My homestate Governor Goodhair, who two weeks ago signed a gay marriage ban in a Baptist compound, sorta said a dirty word on camera. The Startlegram has the word.
When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recites his signature movie line, “Hasta la vista, baby,” crowds cheer.
But Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cringing Tuesday after he was captured on a news video a day earlier using street slang for a common vulgarity at the end of an interview with a Houston TV reporter.
“Adios, mofo,” the governor said into a live microphone and video camera after being interviewed at an Austin studio via satellite by Ted Oberg of KTRK-TV. The station aired the clip, which was taped Monday afternoon, during its newscasts Tuesday and included the fact that Perry called later to apologize.
The Houston Chronicle, which cannot bring itself to print “mofo”, provides the context.
The governor refused to give details of a property tax cut plan that he was set to unveil on Tuesday.
KTRK (Channel 13) reporter Ted Oberg pressed him for details.
“You’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I hate to let you guys in on it and no one else,” Perry said.
After the interview ended, Oberg told Perry, “Try as I may, governor, I guess I can’t win this one.”
About 20 seconds later, Perry repeated what he apparently thought Oberg had said, and then added his own touch.
“Try as I may, governor, I’m not going to wait that long. Adios,” Perry said, adding an expression that’s an abbreviation for a word — as Oberg said in his report — that “isn’t something you want to say to your mother or use in good company.”
The words “class” and “Rick Perry” are seldom seen together.