It turns out that the last word on Rick Perry’s “Oops Moment,” as with all things in this world, will go to God.
As Will Weissert of the Associated Press reported, Governor Perry appeared at an early National Day of Prayer breakfast in Austin this morning, where he told the crowd:
Every one of us has ‘oops moments’ every day. America may not forgive you for it. But God will.
According to Weissert, Perry also suggested praying for President Barack Obama. “Let’s pray for our president, for his wisdom,” Perry said. “I pray that God pierces his heart.”
Perry has also proclaimed May 3 a “Texas Day of Prayer” to go along with the national day, which was created by Congress in 1952.
Of course, the governor has never been shy about explaining God to the electorate. A brief history:
It’s a calling
Last May Perry told a group of East Texans at a fundraiser for his August prayer event, the Response (pictured above), that he felt that he’d been “called to the ministry,” since the age of 27.
“I’ve just always been really stunned by how big a pulpit I was gonna have,” the governor said, as Patricia Kilday Hart of the Houston Chronicle reported at the time. “I still am. I truly believe with all my heart that God has put me in this place at this time to do his will.”
But God is not a Republican (or a Democrat)
“His agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda,” Perry said at the Response. “He is a wise wise God, and he’s wise enough to not be affiliated with any political party.”
The burning bush
In October, Texas’s first lady, Anita Perry, said God was “speaking to me” about her husband’s obligation to pursue the presidency.
“[Perry] didn’t want to hear it,” she said. “He felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said, ‘Look, let me tell you something. You may not see that burning bush but there are people who see that burning bush for you.”
Let my people go
In this interview with James Robison, Perry seemed to suggest that the recession was a test of faith, and a lesson for America:
[The country] was going through those difficult economic times for a purpose, to bring us back to … biblical principles of, you know, don’t spend all the money, you work hard for those six years and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. not spending all of our money. not asking for pharaoh to give everything to everybody and to take care of folks, because at the end of the day, it’s slavery, and we become slaves to government.
At a January 16 candidates forum in South Carolina, days before ending his campaign, Perry said that “God didn’t say ‘I want you running.’ But … there were certainly things that I tested God on before I made the decision about this.”
He then added: “He sure didn’t tell me I was gonna win.”
Or perhaps he misunderstood completely
A couple of months before Perry officially announced his presidential run, the jokers at the Onion claimed to know God’s true feelings.
“God Urges Rick Perry Not To Run For President,” read the headline. According to the story, Perry “told reporters outside the Texas Capitol” that “I prayed last night and asked the Lord to support my candidacy, and He said no.”