‘Adios, Mofo:’ Rick Perry’s Words Back to Haunt Him

Aug 16, 2011 3:22pm

ABC News' Sarah Parnass reports:

From Joe Biden to Howard Dean, presidential candidates have made some pretty interesting remarks on their way to the White House. Rick Perry’s dirty-mouthed moment came back in 2005 and is set to haunt him by way of an upcoming book.

Ted Oberg, a reporter for ABC’s Houston affiliate, was covering education funding at the time and trying to find out Perry’s plans. After an unsuccessful interview, Oberg told Perry, “Try as I may, Governor, I guess I can’t win this one.”

With cameras still rolling, Perry turned to his spokesman, Robert Black, and gave his own interpretation of Oberg’s words.

“Try as I may, Governor, I’m not going to wait that long,” Perry chuckled. “Adios, mofo.”

As Oberg put it back in 2005, “Those last words aren't exactly part of the seven dirty words, but it isn't something you want to say to your mother or use in good company.”

Perry later apologized personally to Odberg, but those infamous words did not go away so quickly.

They inspired the title of anti-George W. Bush author James Moore’s forthcoming book, “Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush.”

The insider's look at Governor Perry is set to come out in early 2012, according to the Associated Press.

Moore’s most recent work, “Bush’s Brain,” asserted that the former president was not the most powerful man in the world but was instead propped up by Senior Advisor Karl Rove.

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