Gov. Perry Calls Obama “Socialist” In “Lazy” Ad

November 16, 2011 5:34 pm ET — Julia Krieger

Last Saturday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s annual forum, President Obama expressed his disappointment with policymakers’ less-than-stellar effort in “trying to attract new businesses into America” with the phrase: “We have been a little lazy.” Now the Republican presidential contenders, hungry for a sound bite, are jumping at the chance to twist president’s comment and use it against him.

Yesterday, Mitt Romney, with his own job-destroying resume, was the first to attack. “Sometimes I just don’t think that President Obama understands America. Now I say that because this week, or was it last week, he said that Americans are lazy. I don’t think that describes America,” Romney said.

Today, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) dropped this gem of an ad, with a one-word title and 30 seconds of word-twisting and name-calling: “That’s what our president thinks wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That’s pathetic. … Obama’s socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now.”


It’s more than a little “pathetic” (even “lazy”?) to see a candidate who can’t come up with an honest criticism, and who concludes his attack with the only name he seems to remember to call the president. As Michael Scherer summarizes, “Did President Obama argue that ‘Americans are lazy,’ as Perry alleges? No. He argued that American policy makers have been lazy in not doing more to attract businesses. (Obama’s standard line about the American people, by contrast, is that they are the ‘best workers in the world.’)”