Perry's 'Oops' video tops YouTube
November 10th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
6 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
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  1. BrewtownPsych

    Combine this with his thought that "prayer can help fix America's problems" and we have a complete mouth-breather on our hands. People, i really don't care what political persuasion you are, but pa-leaaaaase, can we stop electing morons as president! man alive america.

    November 11, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. old11706

    It doesn't matter, once he's elected his corporate handlers will tell him what to do just like Dubya. Did the Iraq war make any sense?. Not for America but for Haliburton( Dick Cheney). It gave Dubya a chance to show up his dad George Sr.

    November 11, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Duke One

    Gov. Perry is the only one with a REAL JOBS PLAN for America !! You can keep your teleprompter and chief ! Nobama 2012 !!

    November 11, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. roy

    Leave Rick Perry alone he just had a temporary brain fart during the debate Geo Bush had lots of them during his presidency maybe it's time to forget all the candidates and draft JOE THE PLUMMER as the front runner.

    November 11, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Jack in Florida

    He makes George Bush look like a rocket scientist!! Hey Texas, how did he ever get RE elected?? I can understand the first time around, but were you all asleep while he "governed??" What an embarassment to your state AND he still doesn't know that the fat lady is singing...

    November 11, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Jeff in TX

    As we say in Texas, the man is all hat and no cattle. Please do not legitimize this dangerous man.

    November 11, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Texas Doc

    Do not overlook the fact that Perry and the other 'candidates' represent the best the GOP has to offer....the best.

    November 11, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. gt

    sure am glad all the ticker fateful are perfect and never say any wrong....

    November 11, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. AK_steve

    Texas has its Palin.

    November 11, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. johnborg

    Rick Perry makes George W. Bush's debating style look superb. Perry get out while you can. Go back to Texas.

    November 11, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Kay

    Rick Perry was done weeks ago. Now he's REALLY done. He won't last beyond the second GOP primary.

    November 11, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. GoWithIt

    I'd still vote for him. He's only human after all, everyone makes mistakes, and I agree with downsizing the government.

    November 11, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. JRuss

    guess I'm not going to vote for someone from'll have to be someone from one of the other 57 states.

    November 11, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Yellow-Rose

    Well, Gov. Perry does have a good excuse.....he left his teleprompters at home.

    November 11, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Chainyanker

    How many of you want to see a President have a brain freeze in a pressured moment and that moment is when the red phone rings at 3 am? What, no hands!

    November 11, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Texan2

    Perry's got about two brain cells: one for breathing and one for walking...

    November 11, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. hahahahaha

    LOL its a train wreck. You want to look away but you just cant! lol.

    November 11, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Chumlee

    Is there something wrong with the water in Texas?

    November 11, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Jan

    I'm no fan, but as someone who also isn't a very good public speaker, I have to have a bit of sympathy for him. Not everyone has the gift of the gab, but that isn't necessarily any reflection on how good they are at their jobs. It's his policies that are the problem, not his public speaking skills.

    November 11, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Squigman

    Have any of you spoken publically? If you have not, then I'd be careful to judge. I'm no republican. I find many idologies common to republicans, to be hypocritical, but to be sure it takes uncommon bravery to speak to a room filled with people. Public speaking is rated one of the hardest things to do. It takes courage to stand in front of a group, and talk. While being no fan of any of the (so called), republican candidates, I'm mindful of the intestinal fortitude needed to attend debates, and partake in public speaking.

    November 11, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. John

    Rick Perry doesn't have a brain to have a brain Freeze.

    November 11, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. PensacolaPet

    It's not what he forgot that's important. His plan to abolish Commerce, Education, and Energy is absurd. Commerce contains NOAA, which warns us of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other weather calamities. The other two departments are equally as important. The man is an idiot.

    November 11, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. cf

    Read my lips: No new Texans.

    November 11, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(real one)

    I remember how the Teapublicans BEGGED Rick Perry to run for the presidency and at first he led the pack of clowns with a 35% ....... after they listened to him speak in the first debate his numbers started to drop. Now Perry is just another Teapublican joke.

    This has NOTHING to do with "not being a good public speaker" campaigns hire people to coach candidates!! This IS about the FACT that Rick Perry does not have the SMARTS to be president!

    November 11, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. sangela

    squigman, yes, I have spoken publically and it's not easy. However, if you are going for one of the most powerful positions of leadership on the planet, you damn well better be a great public speaker. That being said, we did have dubya who was quite pathetic as a public speaker...sigh. The repub candidates should be in a circus tent when they debate as it's a total freak show. But I have to admit it is hysterically funny and entertaining to listen to them spout off their talking points, but it's also quite terrifying if these are the BEST candidates that the GOP can come up. Pretty sad.

    November 11, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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