Perry's 'Oops' video tops YouTube
November 10th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry's 'Oops' video tops YouTube

(CNN) - It's been dubbed the "'Oops' heard around the world," and now there's YouTube evidence to back that up.

According to the video share site, the 53-second clip of Perry's stumble during Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate was the top-rising search that night and was the most-viewed YouTube video in the U.S.on Thursday morning.

During the debate sponsored by CNBC, Perry said he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected president - but he was able to name only two.

That produced a painful period of more than 50 seconds during which the Texas governor tried in vain to remember the third federal agency that he would eliminate. It ended only after Perry conceded that he could not remember it - even after appearing to consult his notes.

"Oops," he said.

The clip was most popular in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the important first-in-the-nation caucus state.

It was also the No. 2 "most-shared" clip in the U.S.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • YouTube
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. texan

    Who cares if he can`t remember what he stands for !!!! ---– Don`t he look pretty??

    November 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    "Stepped in it"? ..... he did a freakin' face plant!

    November 10, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    I don't like Rick Perry and would never vote for him, but his latest mental gaffe is not the reason. Everybody has memory lapses at times. Now do I think Perry is a light suit , yes.

    November 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    Did anyone notice the Political Ticker Truth Squad stuff about last nights debate. Great idea, but someone will have to explain to the Political Ticker people that they should do it all of the time, including with Obama and the chronic liars in his administration, otherwise, many of us just consider it more liberal bias from a notoriously democrat liberally biased news outlet.

    November 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Mike

    I am not in favor of Perry but that Ooops! made me uncomfortable. I actually felt bad for him, that is until I remembered that the so-called Christian stood there and said nothing as the crowd cheered at the statement taht people would die if they had no health insurance.

    November 10, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to be hard for right wingnuts to watch a debate and realize that not one of their candidates is capable of telling the truth.

    November 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. normajean @ verizon ,com

    For me,,,,.... Rick Perry said "oops" way back when he said the words"" Social Security is a Ponzi scheme" !!!!!!!

    November 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Frankly, considered what we've read about his management of Texas, I find it hard to understand why his face is still around. He's a loser!!!!!

    November 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Jamie from Riverside

    I wasn't surprised much by Perry's amnesia moment. He'd already proven long before jumping into the race what a dullard he is. Just look at his one-sided fights with the White House all year.

    What has shocked and horrified me throughout these debates is what a rabble the republican audience is. Cherring at the body count of executions in Texas, as if it were some football score, screaming approval for letting fellow citizens die on the street without health care, hooting and hollering for their sexual-harrassing hero. More frightening than a Geroge A. Romero movie.

    November 10, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Jamie from Riverside

    Not at all fazed by his non-brilliance.
    I have been horrifed by what a rabble the republican audience at these debates has been: cheering at the Texas execution body count in Texas as if it were Monday night football scores, screaming approval for letting fellow citizens die on the streets without health care and hooting approval for a serial sexual predator. Horrible.

    November 10, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Who cares if he can`t remember what he stands for !!!! -– Don`t he look pretty??
    (Smiling) Yes he does. He's dumber than a Texas fencepost but he's great to look at!
    Thank you Texas for giving us women our political equivalent of Sarah Palin. What makes it even better is that there is no chance in hell that someone will pick him for V.P., so enjoy him now ladies his time is almost up!
    Wink, wink you betcha!

    November 10, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Everyone knows by now Perry is NOT responsible for what he says. Now on to "the stiff" (Romney) I can't wait for the media to focus on his many lies. It should be very entertaining.

    November 10, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to be hard for right wingnuts to watch a debate and realize that not one of their candidates is capable of telling the truth
    Yup just as soon as they get over the angst of knowing that none of their candidates can debate either.
    These "things" have been anything BUT debates. You ask them one question and they will answer if they want to or more often than not choose a different topic to talk about.
    These "things" have been the personification of one big huge non sequitor.

    November 10, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    @ Sick of it

    Correction: I'm glad my posts are driving you crazier than you already are.
    Take that!

    November 10, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. BigJim

    or maybe he needs a teleprompter.

    November 10, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Woman In California


    Who cares if he can`t remember what he stands for !!!! -– Don`t he look pretty??

    That's a pretty funny statement. Thanks, I needed the laugh.

    November 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Slim

    The Tea/Republican Party has been reduced to one adjective–pathetic.

    November 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Nash

    It is unfortunate, but since the ranch stuff, his negatives went up pretty fast and have remained that way. Can we say the country is waiting for another Texan who is not Bush or Perry?

    November 10, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    This thing we have called the internet is a wonderful invention, we can now check facts as statments are made, wish we had this back when St. Reagan was telling his numerous lies. I mean the welfare queen in cadillac went on for years, now in 2011 she drives a Lexus or Mercedes, and the person who saw them was always in line behind them buying their stuff.

    November 10, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. lisaj

    I can't tell you how many times I had my train of thought together and then my mind went blank. It happens to all of us. I think he handled it well! And I like the fact that he isn't running away from it, instead the next day he began his rounds of morning shows dealing with his gaffe head on. I like that and it says alot about his character! Don't know if I will vote for him but this gaffe is, as with anything Perry does, is overblown by the media.

    November 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. annie s

    Personally, I think this is a non-issue. So he forgot. Far more important is that his policies would be bad for America.

    November 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. donna

    Time for him to throw his support for fellow Texan Ron Paul and be done with it.

    November 11, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Lee

    You can forgive someone for forgetting something. But I feel if Perry really has serious thoughts about how when and were he would do something as epic as eliminating these federal agencies, and the ramifications of doing so, he would simply not be capable of forgetting the names. This shows me that these are mere talkign points to him and not deep seated convictions.
    Someone should ask him to list his "conservative principles" while we are at it.

    November 11, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Plueeez

    Cain should send Perry a fruit basket.

    November 11, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Liz the First

    The story shouldn't be so much he forgot what government agencies he wants to destroy, but that he wants to destroy them. Repugs want to end the dept. of education because they know the stupider the population, the more votes they will get. they want to take away the watchdogs over the environment and business so the huge corporations can rape the earth and bring us back to the days of no union protection, no minimum wage, no workplace safety regs, etc. is this the America we want? the days of the robber barons and the desperately poor slaving in filthy, dangerous factories for pennies an hour????? really? that's what you're voting for when you vote rethug? is that the life you want for your kids????????

    November 11, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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