Rick Perry Explains How He Differs from Bush: I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed recent comparisons between himself and former President George W. Bush today, calling them “inevitable” but unfair.


CNN reports: “I am Rick Perry and he is George Bush,” Perry declared as he marched through Iowa’s State Fair while surrounded by reporters. “And our records are quite different.”

Asked what the biggest difference is, Perry responded: “I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale” then did not answer after being prompted to name a difference in policy.


Voters are apprehensive over another President from Texas sauntering into the Oval Office; he also took office just after Bush won the White House. With Bush still sidled with the majority of the blame for the economy, their understandable, but his reply will not quench their thirst for an answer. 

“George Bush is not my opponent,” he told reporters. “He a former president and we give him all the respect for that, but we are talking about how you create jobs.”

The Texas Governor’s success may vastly depend on how well he can differentiate himself from Bush but, Perry did not or could not answer the question.


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  • Hank

    “With Bush still sidled with the majority of the blame for the economy…”

    Really? I think only the hyper partisans STILL feel President Bush is responsible for the exorbitant debt. The credit down grade. The high unemployment. The runaway entitlements. (And that should be “saddled”. Jeez!! If you’re going to still be blaming Bush almost 3 years later, at least get the verbiage right!! 😉 )

    P.S. I’m STILL p.o.ed at the p2pl people!! :-)

  • Sally

    Oh, Hank. Unemployment is stabilizing an edging down. The entitlements are not running away with anything (the one that is Medicaid, IS Bush’s fault…he never funded the drug mandate!) The credit downgrade is due to the TEA PARTY, the people who think a country can run on no revenues, and who are too stupid to know that their taxes are lower than they have been in 50 years. And BUSH’s debt far outruns anything Obama has done. Stop listening to FOX…they lie because they hate Obama and want the country to absolutely fail.

    • keith


      That comment by Sally right there is what is wrong with this country. How can someone be so stupid to blame the Tea Party for credit downgrade and continue to blame Bush. Good Lord get a life and learn what is really going on.

      • Sally

        FROM FACT CHECK: Why don’t you learn some history yourself???

        “Income-tax receipts are down sharply since the Bush tax cuts. In fiscal 2000, the year before the cuts began to take effect, receipts from the federal income tax on individuals amounted to 10.2 percent of GDP. That figure was down to 6.2 percent of GDP last year.
        Spending for the military and for homeland security has risen substantially since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Spending for national defense rose from 3.0 percent of GDP that year to 4.8 percent last year.
        Non-military spending also has continued to rise. President George W. Bush pushed through an expensive prescription drug benefit for seniors in 2003, the largest expansion of Medicare in its history. In the financial crisis of 2008, Bush also pushed for and signed for a massive banking bailout. In early 2009, President Barack Obama pushed for and signed an expensive stimulus measure, and after a long fight in Congress he signed another expensive plan, the health care law, in March of last year, aimed at expanding coverage for millions who lack health insurance.
        Two economic recessions have had their effect. The recession of 2001 began in March and lasted until November. And the worst downturn since the Great Depression began in December 2007 and continued until June 2009. In both cases unemployment remained high for long after business activity began to recover, holding back both wages and the taxes that jobless workers would have paid on them.”

        AND S&P said themselves that they downgraded us because of the stubborn refusal of a GOP blinded by Tea (KOCH) money to even consider raising revenue, at any price. I was not wrong.

        • Reaz

          @Sally, Sally, that was pretty awesome. Keith & Hank, watching FOX is bad for your brain. Save your brain and turn off FOX News.

      • truth_hurts

        @keith, Why don’t you offer some factual evidence to contradict Sally’s assertions? You don’t because you can’t. You are just another ditto headed douchebag who can only repeat talking points that are fed to you by your puppetmasters at FOX News. I’m so sick and tired of people like you who, incidentally, make up most of the conservative morons who think it’s patriotic to dumb down our children and give all the tax breaks to people who don’t need them. You, Keith, are one ignorant lemming!

  • steve

    Trying to blame Bush won’t work for Obama this time around. People are looking for solutions, not blame. I noticed lately Obama has changed the blame game from Bush to Congress. Not sure why he wanted the job if he was just gong to blame people for 4 years. It’s easy to blame, but we want solutions.

  • sly

    One went to Yale the other went to Texas A&M. Both weren’t much to speak of academically. What’s Perry’s point again?

    • Reaz

      @sly, Wow … Sly what school did you attend again ?

  • Frank

    Actually, most political distracters (politicians, talking heads, extreme news stations, etc) spend most of their time trying to have their “base” feel like victims in order to rally them to their side. Yes, I do think the Conservative party continues to rally behind the big money, large corporations and the wealthy are mostly responsible for our economic mess and guess what, they don’t care about it or YOU and your life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sammysings Sammy

    I wonder if Perry will be asked to explain his obstruction and (non) action in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who he let be put to death even after receiving information that may have exonerated the man.

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Sammy, Oh you know it! I’m sure you read every detail of that and it’s nothing less than murder. He knew the man had evidence to the contrary and refused to have a look at it.

  • http://www.hghreviews.org/ Mark

    Please stop upsetting the conservatives when they are mid-narrative making. Of course, Perry is not an “elite” like Obama and Bush (who are the same, of course, no matter that one failed his way through daddy’s alma mater and came from a dynasty and the other was on scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude). See, this is about the “REAL TEXAS COWBOY”, er, cheerleader… and they don’t need to know nothing about his policies or the fact that his state sucks the blue states dry with federal welfare while paying nothing into the system — they just have to know that he is the Chosen Theocrat who is “one of them”. You know, like Palin was and Bush was before they turned out to be frauds. But this time, this time, this time it’s real Dorothy!

  • http://1wallface.com/obama-is-traveling-the-midwest-on-a-new-1-1-million-bus92654/ lupee

    As many of us already know, President Barack Obama is traveling the Midwest on a new $1.1 million bus purchased by the Secret Service,

  • Seamus

    “You’re not going to see a philosophical difference between Rick Perry and George Bush”

    — Rick Perry, upon assuming the governorship of Texas, (as quoted in USA-Today December 14, 2000).

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Seamus, Do you have a link to that? I’ve been trying to find it and it would be great to point it out in a post [with credit given of course].