Two days after releasing a television ad chastising President Obama for calling Americans “lazy,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry stuck to the claim in his TV spot despite having taken Obama’s comments out of context.
“Yeah it’s a fair ad absolutely,” Perry said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday evening. “This president’s traveled around the country making excuses for America, apologizing for America, saying that America is not an exemplary country, and then he gets on TV and talks about that Americans are lazy, that they’ve lost their ambition, that they’ve lost their imagination.”
Even after Bill O’Reilly played President Obama’s entire comments, which show the president was referencing the government and business sector not Americans, Perry still clung to his belief.
“He said we’ve been a little lazy,” Perry said. “I think he’s talking about Americans.”
“Do you really?” O’Reilly asked. “Is that what you took away from that?”
“Absolutely,” Perry said. “I think that’s exactly what he’s talking about. I think this is a man who really, if he believed that Americans were hardworking, that they were ready to ignite this economy, then we wouldn’t have the tax policy, wouldn’t have the regulatory policies in place that are killing jobs in this country.”
Perry did not hide his contempt for the president and his policies and directly labeled Obama a “socialist.”
“Absolutely,” Perry said. “I think Barack Obama is a socialist.”
“I think he cares for his country, don’t get me wrong about that, but I think he truly misunderstands what this country was based upon, the values that America was based upon, which was free enterprise and having the ability to risk your capital and having a chance to have a return on your investment,” Perry said. “When you talk about printing money and spending government money, and trying to spend it out, that conversation he had with Joe the Plumber, kind of redistribute the wealth – the best I can tell that’s socialism.”
In the opening week of his campaign, Perry suggested Obama might not bear passion for this country.
“I think you want a president who is passionate about America – that’s in love with America,” Perry said during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in August.
Later that evening, at a GOP event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a reporter asked Perry if he was suggesting the president does not love America, but Perry would not give a direct answer.
“You need to ask him,” Perry responded. “I’m saying: You’re a good reporter, go ask him.”