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HOUSTON — Rocky Carroll was inside his cluttered boot shop here on Tuesday, watching television as the dusty ceiling fan jangled. Dolly Parton’s white boots were behind him. President George W. Bush’s cigar-color alligator boots were by the front door, next to President Ronald Reagan’s Italian calf. A fly swatter was within reach.
Then Mr. Carroll heard the bad news: Gov. Rick Perry had recently announced that he had given up on cowboy boots. The governor, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 2010 with boots emblazoned with the Texas battle cry “come and take it,” said he had stopped wearing them because they worsened the back problems that dogged him during his failed run for president in 2012.
Mr. Carroll, who has been making boots for Mr. Perry since the governor was agriculture commissioner in the 1990s, did not quite believe it. He is the bearded, toothpick-chomping craftsman-king of the pinched-toed elite in Texas, a surly, beloved bootmaker who, at 75, is slow in pace but fast in tongue. His next move said a great deal about the power and influence of cowboy boots in Texas.
“I’m going to call him,” Mr. Carroll said.
He reached for his iPhone.
“Perry, Perry, Governor Perry,” he mumbled as he scrolled through his phone. “Maybe it’s under Rick.”
Moments later, Mr. Carroll was on the phone with Mr. Perry’s office in Austin. “Yeah,” he said, “this is Rocky Carroll at the boot shop in Houston. I make the governor’s boots all the time. Will you have him call me?”
Mr. Perry might be getting other calls on this one.

Rick Perry Turns From Beloved Cowboy Boots (via NYT)

HOUSTON — Rocky Carroll was inside his cluttered boot shop here on Tuesday, watching television as the dusty ceiling fan jangled. Dolly Parton’s white boots were behind him. President George W. Bush’s cigar-color alligator boots were by the front door, next to President Ronald Reagan’s Italian calf. A fly swatter was within reach.

Then Mr. Carroll heard the bad news: Gov. Rick Perry had recently announced that he had given up on cowboy boots. The governor, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 2010 with boots emblazoned with the Texas battle cry “come and take it,” said he had stopped wearing them because they worsened the back problems that dogged him during his failed run for president in 2012.

Mr. Carroll, who has been making boots for Mr. Perry since the governor was agriculture commissioner in the 1990s, did not quite believe it. He is the bearded, toothpick-chomping craftsman-king of the pinched-toed elite in Texas, a surly, beloved bootmaker who, at 75, is slow in pace but fast in tongue. His next move said a great deal about the power and influence of cowboy boots in Texas.

“I’m going to call him,” Mr. Carroll said.

He reached for his iPhone.

“Perry, Perry, Governor Perry,” he mumbled as he scrolled through his phone. “Maybe it’s under Rick.”

Moments later, Mr. Carroll was on the phone with Mr. Perry’s office in Austin. “Yeah,” he said, “this is Rocky Carroll at the boot shop in Houston. I make the governor’s boots all the time. Will you have him call me?”

Mr. Perry might be getting other calls on this one.

Rick Perry Turns From Beloved Cowboy Boots (via NYT)



A bad back doomed any chance Perry stood to break through. It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates. The manager of a rival campaign was at a urinal in an empty bathroom in Hanover, New Hampshire, before the Bloomberg News debate on October 11, when he heard someone come through the door loudly singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas. Perry came down the row of about twenty urinals and stood companionably close by. Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: “I-I-I’ve been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day …” Asked about the episode, a top campaign official said, “He whistles. I wouldn’t read anything into it.”

Oof, Rick Perry. (Politico via Gawker)

A bad back doomed any chance Perry stood to break through. It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates. The manager of a rival campaign was at a urinal in an empty bathroom in Hanover, New Hampshire, before the Bloomberg News debate on October 11, when he heard someone come through the door loudly singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas. Perry came down the row of about twenty urinals and stood companionably close by. Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: “I-I-I’ve been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day …” Asked about the episode, a top campaign official said, “He whistles. I wouldn’t read anything into it.”

Oof, Rick Perry. (Politico via Gawker)


“I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like another really good-looking man—without breaking the law in Texas.”
—Texas Gov. Rick Perry joking about his former Republican rival Mitt Romney at Saturday’s Gridiron dinner in Washington, via the Washington Post. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like another really good-looking man—without breaking the law in Texas.”

—Texas Gov. Rick Perry joking about his former Republican rival Mitt Romney at Saturday’s Gridiron dinner in Washington, via the Washington Post. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Rick Perry at the FFC rally in Myrtle Beach (Taken with instagram)

Rick Perry at the FFC rally in Myrtle Beach (Taken with instagram)


And here it is America, the 2012 GOP sand sculpture you’ve been waiting for (Taken with instagram)

And here it is America, the 2012 GOP sand sculpture you’ve been waiting for (Taken with instagram)



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