Perry: Obama cares more about politics than U.S. troops
December 28th, 2011
09:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Perry: Obama cares more about politics than U.S. troops

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Barack Obama of caring more about politics than American troops on Wednesday, blasting the president for not planning a major parade to welcome home soldiers from the war in Iraq.

The last combat troops left the country last week, after nearly nine years of fighting.

“This president wouldn’t welcome home our many heroes with a simple parade in their honor,” the Republican presidential candidate told a packed house at The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale.

“Maybe it’s because this war isn’t popular with the Democrats, I don’t know," said Perry, who has tacked to the right in a final campaign push before next Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. "But Mr. President, our soldiers come first. It comes before party politics. We need to welcome our soldiers home. Give them that parade. Give them that pat on the back.”

Perry, an Air Force veteran, repeatedly mentioned the Armed Forces during his morning remarks and twice appeared to choke up when talking about the the sacrifices made by members of the military and their families.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Military • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    Given that Perry doesn't care about this country and wanted Texas to secede from the Union, nothing he says is worth listening to.

    December 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. ricnaustin

    Yeah Perry, and if Obama did have a welcome home parade you'd have accused him of money used in a time of economic crisis.

    You're still looking for something to dig yourself out of your ugly hole.

    Go away.

    December 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. DJ in Texas

    Mr. Governor, if I remember correctly, President Obama was there at some of the homecomings of our troops. BTW – I'm a veteran of the 1st Gulf War. I don't remember President George HW Bush having a welcome home parade for us coming home................And based on your party's politics, they wouldn't even be at home.....They would still be at WAR. I love our troops. But can you, or anyone in the GOP answer one question...........What did they fight for? What did the U.S. gain by fighting the Iraq war...........................??

    December 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He cares about the troops. Just because he doesn't give them a parade (usually the responsibility of a local town to coordinate) doesn't mean he doesn't care. I would think that he cares because he pulled them out of harms way and didn't rush to put them into a fight. I think his actions in Libya would prove that.

    December 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Alan J

    This fool is a FOOL! This was wanted popular with anybody but lying Repubs like Bush and Cheney and Perry! He didn't do a parade nut because we are STILL engaged in war in Afghanistan and it might send the wrong message that the war is over to the Middle East! Go back to TX you can't pass a IQ test let alone be POTUS

    December 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Straight Shooter

    The Iraq war was not popular with most Americans, but you may not have heard about that Rick. You were too busy trying to sucede from the country you are so ashamed of.

    December 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Mike

    Many communities will indeed host parades or other events to welcome home the troops–as they should. It is Mr. Perry, however, that is playing politics with our heroes. No, the war was not popular with Democrats, but it is not the soldier themselves that anyone looks at negatively. I was opposed to the Iraq War from Day 1–but I will stand with any crowd to honor the men and women in the trenches. Holding a "national parade" would be no better than the "Mission Accomplished" speech by Geo. W. Bush–most of the soldier's families couldn't afford the trip to be there.

    December 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Dan in FL

    And who will pay for this parade, Rick? The same people who didn't pay for the war? If we really want to honor our veterans, we would make the sacrifice to raise the taxes necessary to pay for our wars. Now wouldn't that be patriotic!

    December 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. floyd

    And if he did have a parade you would have said he is playing politics. The fact of the matter is you are the one playing politics with our troops. You guys on the right complaiined about him bringing the troops home, but you now want a parade to honor them. There is no honor greater than bringing them home from a war that they should not have fought in the first place. Thank you Mr President

    December 28, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Martha in CF

    Please go back to Texas. You don't know what you are talking about, again!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. DennyD1

    The President and his wife have done more for the troops and their families that the Governor could even imagine. You'll have to forgive him – he's not playing with a full deck.

    December 28, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Mitt Flippy= GOP

    Perry is such a political dead beat. lol

    December 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. MP in VA

    Seriously Perry? A parade? Why? What about the other half a million who came home to no parade?

    December 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Greg Smith

    Mr. Perry, could you tell me when and where the parade for the returning military from the state of Texas will be held?

    I thought so.

    December 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Seattle Sue

    I wish Texas would call Perry back as soon as possible other wise the whole country will know what a worthless man they have for Governor.

    December 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Ed Peters

    OK, how many troops have you talked to Perry? This has got to be the stupidest issue Perry has ever brought up (and there have been a ton of really stupid issues and statements. I will admit that you do provide good material for the late night comics!

    December 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Emil Nitrate

    Last minute panderings of a desperate man on the way out of the race.

    Fail.

    December 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. vet in texas

    reaching deeply into nothingness, I'll bet their are idiots yelling, "yeah, you tell em' Perry", while the news media showed events nationwide........had you been here in your home state working, then you would have been at Ft. Hood when they had the ceremonies instead of corn-holing with Iowans.

    December 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Jilli

    I have to laugh at Perrys comments. Obama, after years of failure under republican administration, gets the troops out of one of our misguided and wasteful wars, and his complaint is that he didn't arrange a parade? Lord help this country, when morons like Perry are considered serious presidential contenders.

    December 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Tuan

    Hey Perry! Parades costs money which America doesn't have as said by all Republicans!

    December 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Mr Perry, the military don't need a parade; But they could use a few extra dollars in their pay checks. If you want to fight for something fight for that.

    December 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. puzzles7thchild

    Man. Please. Perry, you are complaining that Obama cares more about the politics than the troops when you are trying to make a political point about not having a parade for them. I guess you forgot that the troops are home because of Obama and that you opposed the troops leaving Iraq. If it was up to you the troops would still be in Iraq fighting an unnecessary war. Sit your butt down and shut up.

    December 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Keith in Austin

    Plan a parade for our Troops? Considering all his campaigning to do and the all the Hawaiian tee times to make, Barry just didn't have time for the trivial stuff!

    December 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. SaintM

    Perry is trying to gain political points by grasping at straws. He brought the troops home after the long war–apparently for this other Texas village idiot, that's not enough. Go back to Texas and continue your destruction in that state–they are the only ones stupid enough to put up with you.

    December 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. E

    If soldiers come first, then maybe we shouldn't have sent them to die and be mangled so Cheney could make a profit, or maybe instead of a parade we should give them better medical care, couseling and jobs.

    December 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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