Photo: Perry gives Obama a Lone Star welcome
May 9th, 2013
01:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Photo: Perry gives Obama a Lone Star welcome

(CNN) - Deplaning in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Barack Obama was greeted by Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who made a bid for last year's GOP presidential nomination.

The focus of Thursday's visit is job growth - something Perry has touted as a chief accomplishment of his time in office. Speaking after greeting Obama, the governor said the president was smart to visit Austin.

"We are doing things right in Texas and I think the president is wise to come here and take a look at it," he said, noting Obama had recently visited the Lone Star state to attend a memorial service for the first responders killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

A vocal critic of Obama's, Perry most recently railed against the president's gun control proposals during last week's National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston.

"I realize to those who don't understand the issue, gun laws may look like an easy fix, and might even make some of them feel like these laws do something to solve a problem. Except they don't fix anything. They may win a news cycle, or help our president score political points, but they do nothing but make it harder for law-abiding Americans to own guns," Perry said.


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  1. just askin

    ProudDem
    Texans do love to congratulate themselves on job creation and their economy. There's nothing special about it, Texas just HAPPENS to have the oil industry as one of it's main industries, and they're going like gang busters. That's also what helps them on the tax situation, all that corporate tax income.
    --

    you mean that dirty old disgustin' business that obama and the democrats want to drive out of business and replace with government subsidized green jobs, that last for a year, then go bankrupt or head to china? yeah, obama has a lot to teach all those stupid texans about creating jobs! don't they know only large federal government stimulus plans can do that?!!! hahahahahahaha.... btw, still waiting for that summer of recovery four years later.

    May 9, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. truth hurts but reality bites

    Is Obama going there to announce the approval of the Keystone pipeline??? If he really wanted new jobs, that is a no brainer. But of course we all know he won't do it for political reasons. So enough of this Obama cares about jobs BS please.

    May 9, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. jinx9to88

    Texas created 1/3 of the jobs? The hourly wage it below every other state so of course the employers are gonna higher cheap labor. Gotta love the conservative thinking on here turning a negative into a positive for good ole Perry.

    May 9, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    Sniffit
    "Many Democrats were for the war initially before being against it"
    Yeah, because they were told there were WMDs...which turned out to be a lie.
    --

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    Well, it looks like the lies started with Democrat Bill Clinton long before George Bush was ever elected. When can we expect the Democrats to start trying him for uttering these lies that lead us into a war that his wife, Hillary Clinton, also voted for????

    May 9, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. patNY

    The only major job growth Perry can take credit for, is the growth in minimum wage jobs!

    May 9, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey,
    It's good for Obama to get out in the world and see how it really works.
    --------–

    The world is a wonderful place, isn't it Ray? New and wonderful experiences waiting to happen ... complex people and new friendships to be had ... beautiful, pristine scenery no picture book can ever do enough justice to.

    It's too bad Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney aren't able to spend their golden years enjoying a future filled with the wonder of travel and the good cheer of companionship every soul cherishes.

    Indeed. One is still hiding out in his bunker ... and the other is reduced to painting shower scenery.

    May 9, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "AND – a "lone star welcome" well, Dominican – I've been here for almost 8 yrs, from the welfare state – and I don't know what the heck THAT is !!!"

    It involves getting his gums flapping at ludicrous speed and then offering to compare schwartzes.

    May 9, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Naaaaaa

    I'm surprised Perry showed up!
    He's such a racist and Obama hater.

    May 9, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Ryche said.... Perry is 10x smarter than Obama. Too hilarious. Perry is dumb as dirt and each and every time he opens his big mouth, he shows it.

    This is the problem with some people, they think they are superior to others simply because they lack melanin in their skin.

    Yo Ryche.... President Obama has more intelligence in his pinky toe than that idiot Perry. Between oil and the stimulus money, TX ought to be #1.

    May 9, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    ""If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    Well, it looks like the lies started with Democrat Bill Clinton long before George Bush was ever elected. When can we expect the Democrats to start trying him for uttering these lies that lead us into a war that his wife, Hillary Clinton, also voted for????
    "

    Yawn. Keep on keepin' on with your irrelevant distractions. Nobody relied on statements made by Clinton 5 years prior to the Iraq war when voting for the authorization of force. Nobody. They relied on direct representations of the current status of Iraq's programs and supposed intelligence reports proving that they had WMDs...all of which came from the Bush administration.

    Oh, and enjoy the demographic shifts that are taking away GOP power...I know I will.

    May 9, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. lottie

    good job MR President. Laying the foundation for the future. The Hispanic population will surpass the non Hispanic in the not to distant future, By 2020 Texas could be in a position to go democratic like it use to be. .

    May 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "That's also what helps them on the tax situation, all that corporate tax income.:"

    That and the fact that Perry created approximately 150,000 government jobs to balance out approximately 170,000 private jobs lost during the recession just so he could claim that the TX economy is so magical that it somehow wasn't effected by the recession.

    May 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "The hourly wage it below every other state "

    TX: America's India.

    May 9, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    ProudDem
    Texans do love to congratulate themselves on job creation and their economy. There's nothing special about it, Texas just HAPPENS to have the oil industry as one of it's main industries, and they're going like gang busters. That's also what helps them on the tax situation, all that corporate tax income.
    -

    you mean that dirty old disgustin' business that obama and the democrats want to drive out of business and replace with government subsidized green jobs, that last for a year, then go bankrupt or head to china? yeah, obama has a lot to teach all those stupid texans about creating jobs! don't they know only large federal government stimulus plans can do that?!!! hahahahahahaha.... btw, still waiting for that summer of recovery four years later.
    *****************
    Perry used 17 Billion in stim money to balance his budget retroactively, as well as to grow pubic sector jobs at at rate twice that of private job growth. When the funds dried up, the teachers and oterh puclic sector workers he lured from out of state were laid off. The only thing Perry is good at is creating a Wal-mart economy, where the residents of his own state can't compete with labor from outside for high-skilled labor.

    May 9, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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