Perry unprepared

Posted Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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It was pretty obvious our governor was going to run for higher office when he started affecting a very studied and precise diction, more urbane and less hokey. Very un-Perry-like.

It reminded me very much of President George W. Bush’s slower and more precise diction when he is trying to sound less “Southern” and geographically regional.

Another Texan who became president, Lyndon Johnson, was no slouch at sounding hokey, but no one ever doubted his influence and power when it came to the workings of Congress. (And the man knew how to negotiate: Grab someone’s lapels and speak “Texan” until they give up.)

Perry can change his diction; he can transform himself into James Bond if he’s able.

However, beneath all that, he remains that person who stepped into the national and international spotlight totally unprepared and embarrassed himself and his state with his conspicuous lack of knowledge.

— Linda V. Bartles, Fort Worth

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