Rick Perry LettermanRick Perry delivers the “Top Ten” list on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
After his infamous “brain freeze” that drew laughter and ridicule from his detractors, the Texas Gov. poked fun at himself Thursday night with David Letterman.
He sauntered on stage smiling, clapped his hands and saluted the crowd before rattling off the “Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses.” Among them:
No. 6: “You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude!”
No. 5: “Uh, El Nino?”
No. 4: “I had a 5-hour Energy drink six hours before the debate.”
No. 2: “I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.”
No. 1: “I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.”
Perry made sure he was in control of the jokes after Wednesday’s GOP debate in Rochester, Michigan, when he said he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected president — but could name only two of them.
That produced a painful period of more than 50 seconds during which Perry tried in vain to remember the third federal agency. It ended only after Perry conceded that he could not remember it — even after appearing to consult his notes.
“Oops,” he said.
Perry has a chance to redeem himself on the debate front Saturday, when he is scheduled face off with other Republican presidential hopefuls at the CBS News-National Journal debate in South Carolina.
The morning after the debacle, Perry said his “brain freeze” showed he is not “the slickest politician” among the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.