American Rhetoric: Anita Perry Sings The Blues

Anita Perry and husband, governor Rick Perry (R. TX)

     Leave it to a politician’s wife to generate good blog fodder. Earlier today, the wife of GOP candidate and current Texas governor Rick Perry stated that she could “empathize” with the trials and tribulations that the unemployed are going through. If that was indeed true, then the statement would be all well and good. But as the old advertising addage goes, “But wait! There’s MORE!”

     The reason behind Anita Perry’s “empathy” as she states it, is the assertion that their son, 28-year-old Griffin Perry had to quit his job at Deutsche Bank, so that he could take a more active role in his father’s presidential campaign. Mrs. Perry (née Thigpen) blames the government for Griffin’s “job quit.” (The following is an excerpt from a CNN article on the matter:)

     “My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us,” Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job.

“He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can’t go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations,” she continued, referring to the Securities and Exchange Commission. “He has a wife… he’s trying to start a business. So I can empathize.”(1)

     So wait. Griffin Perry isn’t really unemployed. You’ve gotta figure that the son of the governor of Texas, out stumping with dear ol’ dad, has to be getting compensated in some way or another. Besides that fact, that family has money. Unlike a lot of unemployed people I know, the Perry’s don’t have to wonder where the next power bill or rent payment is coming from. Anita Perry doesn’t have to wonder if she has enough money in her checking account to buy a few more quarts of milk to get through to the end of the month.

     Anita Perry is a hypocrite. Griffin did not have to quit his job, he chose to. He could just as well have chosen to remain in the background, silently supporting his father’s presidential bid while “tending to his knittin’,” starting his business and taking care of his wife. As for Anita, she can take her lip-service platitudes and do whatever the pampered wife of a Texas governor does with things like that.


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