Gov. Rick Perry revealed on Monday that he will not run for a fourth term as Governor of Texas. As he rides off into the sunset, we remember some of our favorite Perry moments that made him famous on the internet.
1. Adios Mo-fo
In 2005, Perry signed off of a contentious interview on ABC’s Houston affiliate with a fervently delivered “Adios, mofo.”
Perry later apologized.
2. Trying to talk his way out of a traffic ticket
“Why don’t you just let us get on down the road?” he suggested to the state trooper.
3. Shooting a coyote with a laser sighted .380 Ruger while jogging
"Don't attack my dog, or you might get shot . . . if you're a coyote," he said.
4. This gun waving photo
5. Rick Perry's manly handshake
With President Bush. . .
and President Obama
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
6. Chiding George W. Bush for being a big spender
Stumping for presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in Iowa, Perry reminded them that George W. Bush wasn't that much of a fiscal conservative.
“George has never, ever been a fiscal conservative,” he said, referring to the former Texas Governor.
7. Perry Asks Texans to pray for rain
"I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life," Perry declared in April 2011.
Good idea Governor.
8. Talk of Texas secession
In 2009, Perry fired up a Texas Tea Party event by reminding them of their rich state heritage.
"We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot," he said, as some in the crowd shouted "Secede!"
9. Going after Ben Bernanke
"If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa," Perry told supporters during his run for president in August 2011. "I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous, in my opinion.”
10. Social security is a Ponzi scheme
“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie,” Perry said in August 2011. “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”
The man has a point.
11. War on Religion
"You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school," Perry said in Sept. 2011, in a presidential ad that sparked instant controversy.
It currently has 8,727,027 views on YouTube.
12. Rick Perry doesn't golf
“I don’t play golf," Perry explains in a video discussing his hobby of shooting sniper rifles. "This is my golf.”
13. Rick Perry's grades
During Perry's presidential campaign, someone leaked his Texas A&M transcripts showing that he earned a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, a D in the principles of economics, a C in gym, a D in veterinary anatomy, and an F in organic chemistry.
14. Rick Perry's comment to a man wearing salmon colored pants
"Anybody that wears that color pants, you gotta win," he said.
15. Maple syrup moment
Was Rick Perry drunk? Never has a U.S. governor appeared so delighted to receive a bottle of maple syrup.
Not true, according to his staff: "The Governor is passionate about the issues he talks about," Perry spokesman Mark Miner explained at the time.
16. Oops. Perry can't remember which agency he'd like to close
Biggest. Debate. Gaffe. Ever.
17. NRA intro video
Attendees of the 2013 National Rifle Association Convention in Texas must have been expecting a fiery pro-second amendment speech from the Texas governor - but nothing prepared them for this.
18. "Wake up baby"
After announcing that he would not seek a fourth term as Governor of Texas, Rick Perry delightedly picked up his new granddaughter to show her off to the crowd.
"Awww, wake up baby," he said to the sleeping child. "Ella's sleepy."