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Ad of the Day: Texas governor's tarmac letter to Obama

By Emi Kolawole
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is out with an ad that touts his having handed President Obama a letter while greeting him on the tarmac at the Austin, Tex., airport. The move was part of Perry's work to combat illegal immigration.

In the ad, which is aptly called "Border," Perry says: "Securing our borders is Washington's responsibility, but it's Texas's problem. I recently confronted Barack Obama with detailed steps to reduce drug cartel violence along the border."

The Obama-Perry tarmac incident was given moderate press attention when it happened, mostly because Obama did not accept the letter directly (notice the video in the ad cuts away before you see a hand-off); an aide accepted it on his behalf.

(via Hotline On Call)

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I am a Texan and I certainly do not feel that President Obama insulted Gov. Goodhair or all Texans. Rather, I feel that Perry was simply trying to score political points with his actions.

I'm not going to waste my time trying to refute any of your lies about the President's birthplace, religion, etc., because you will only believe what you WANT to believe. However, he is not a phony president; he is the legally elected president of our country and you know it. Whatever happened to showing respect for the president, even if you disagree with him? I disagreed many times with both Bushes and Ronald Reagan, but I never called them names nor suggested they were anti-American or not born here. I am appalled at the way the Republicans and Tea Partiers have been acting ever since the election and the disrespect shown to President Obama is shameful. If nothing else, you should at least respect the office. And don't you think that if the Republicans could prove he wasn't an American or that he won the election through voter fraud that they would have acted on it already?

You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.

Posted by: sanantoniorose | October 4, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Texas gov Perry? The same nutty guy that took the economic money from President Obama and balanced his state budget recently? I hope his letter was a thank you letter! As for the radical right wing nuts out there...go get educated at on President Barack Hussein Obama's birth certificate...and quit being's getting old and stupid sounding. Of course, I am assuming that you can read(perhaps) and comprehend(probably not). Does anything good ever come out of Texas??---we should just apologize to Mexico for stealing it and give the stupid place back to them, along with all the nutcases like TexRancher.

Posted by: Sherry91 | October 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Perry may not be perfect, but he is a darn sight better that the alternative. He has Texas' best interest at heart and is our only viable choice for governor. That the "jive-turkey" president did not personally accept the letter is neither here nor there; it just shows that he (el presidente) is a jerk and an elitest. He will get his just rewards in 2012, and in the interim, Texas will have to fend for ourselves against invaders, as we always have.

Posted by: inowat | October 4, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

This ad should backfire on Perry. For five years now,,,,five long years,,,the violence in the border towns on the Mexican side of the border has been unchecked. Perry clashed with President Bush about this issue. So his latest effort is to write a letter to President Obama and hand it to one of his assistants??? Is that how Perry is going to resolve this problem? How ineffective and inept is that?

If Gov. Perry really cared about the issue, he would have done more than make a few phone calls and write a letter. This is Texas' chance to elect a governor that is able to solve problems and govern effecively. I hope they don't blow it.

Posted by: AnnsThought | October 4, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

TexRancher- you've been in the sun too long. The one who was out of line was your governor, which from all reports, is not a surprise to the majority of the country. People already think he is a nut case. No one gets to hand something to the president without having clearance to do so, especially someone who has been very disrespectful to President Obama. If he was trying to do something other than create a controversy, he would have done the proper thing to convey a letter to the president. Perry just wanted the picture.
As far as the presidents birth place- it is documented that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii just as his certificate of live birth says he was. To keep beating that dead horse isn't going to make it get up and go- it's dead. Get out of the sun before you start seeing pink elephant's and little green men.

Posted by: alaskan2 | October 4, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

TexRancher -- you're absolutely right, you know nothing...about this duly elected president. So why not admit your allegations are unfounded, not supported by facts, but a lot of hot air. But then again, why not make allegations when you don't have for a lot of people.

Posted by: mskate | October 4, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I've seen the ad and Perry doesn't claim he gave the letter to Obama. Rather IT SHOWS that he did try to give it to the phony president who deflected it to Vallerie Jarret. Obama was too C.S. to accept it!
Just shows the disrepect that Obama has for our governor and our State. What a low-life! He insulted not only the Governor, but all of us Texans!
But then what should we expect from a Kenyan Born, Anti-American, Anti-Constitution, Muslim? And before you say I'm wrong on that, prove me wrong just show us the documents. Until then you don't know anymore about him than I do!

Posted by: TexRancher | October 4, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

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