Rick Perry Does Letterman Top 10 List

Rick Perry's "oops" moment may have closed the door on his presidential ambitions but it has opened the window for a promising career as a comic.

Rick Perry’s “oops” moment may have closed the door on his presidential ambitions but it has opened the window for a promising career as a comic.

ABC News (“Rick Perry Pokes Fun At Self with Top 10 List on Letterman“):

Rick Perry attempted to get in front of his debate gaffe Thursday by appearing on eight television shows, including a cameo reading the Top 10 List of Best Rick Perry Excuses on the “Late Show with David Letterman:”

10. Actually there were three reasons I messed up last night. One was the nerves. Two was the headache and three um … uh … oops.

9. I don’t know what you’re talking about, I think things went well.

8. Hey I was up late last night watching “Dancing with the Stars.”

7. I thought the debate was tonight.

6. Hey listen you try concentrating when Mitt Romney’s smiling at you. That is one handsome dude.

5. Uh, El Nino?

4. I had a five hour energy drink six hours before the debate.

3. You know I really hoped it would get me on my favorite talk show, but instead I ended up here.

2. I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.

1. I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.

During Wednesday’s debate, Perry failed to remember the name of a third agency — the Department of Energy — which he would eliminate as he restructured the government if he becomes president.

David Letterman took the opportunity to ridicule the Texas governor for the debate flub, calling it a “test of the emergency alert system” and a “George W. Bush Junior moment.” Letterman also delivered a veiled swipe at Republican candidate Herman Cain, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment. ”It’s nice to see a guy running for president who’s only groping for words,” Letterman joked.

I took he liberty of highlighting the jokes that were actually funny.

UPDATE: Here’s a video of the appearance, courtesy David Kurtz:

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  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Number 9 gave me a chuckle as well. The rest of the unhighlighted…meh.

  2. MstrB says:

    #7 was serviceable.

  3. Boyd says:

    It was certainly insufficient to resurrect his Presidential hopes on its own, but I thought it was an excellent way to respond to the previous night’s debacle. It shows a good bit of resilience on his part.

  4. Hey Norm says:

    Absolutely the best way Perry could have responded.
    Maybe Gingrich will pick him as VP.

  5. Charlie says:

    Did anyone notice that Letterman called him “Senator” Rick Perry at the end?