In a sudden charge following his announcement to run for the presidency come 2012, the Texas governor, Rick Perry has lashed out at the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, at a Republican Party fundraiser in Iowa. Without seeming to weight the import of his words on his presidential ambition, Governor Perry stated that “it would be almost treasonous in my opinion” if Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election. I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
The governor also took some sly swipe at the president on the state of the economy when he stated in his words that “we’ve already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The President of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost the last three years, and it has gone tragically wrong and we need to send him a clear message in November of 2012 that new leadership is coming.”
Although many people have condemned the brash words of the governor, and tainted him as being irresponsible for making such unguarded statements, Perry is quite confident that nothing would stand between him and the Unites States presidency come next year. Former president Bill Clinton stated matter-of-factly that he is quite ‘tickled’ to see Perry gunning for the presidency. But as much he is free to attend fundraising campaigns, some persons have berated him for his remark on Ben Bernanke as bad for his image. Among those who have been using social online media to voice their views are the former deputy press secretary to President George Bush, Tony Fratto, who stated on twitter that the governor’s remarks are very “inappropriate and un-presidential”. And another New York university don, Professor Nouriel Roubini has commented on twitter that Perry’s comments are criminal and amounts to life threats to the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke.
While this scenario has continued to generate the kind of buzz it warrants, it is interesting to note that has kinda made the presidential race more interesting, and at the same time intriguing. The whole world is watching, and kinda expecting to see what reactions would be elicited from the Republican Party over Perry’s gaffe.