At least new to me. Much has been made of the superficial comparisons of Rick Perry (who appears set to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend) to George W. Bush — both Texas governors, cowboy boot-wearing swaggerers who like to show off their purported religiosity, both seemingly not too bright. Not true, say closer observers of the Texas scene! Bush and Perry actually have a poor/distant personal relationship, and while the same observers acknowledge now that the Connecticut-born Bush’s larger-than-life Texas persona may have been affected to a certain extent (now they tell us!), Perry, on the other hand, is the real deal!
Perhaps. But reading Rick Perry’s Wikipedia entry today, I learned that, like Bush, the very manly Perry was also a college cheerleader, or if you will, a yell-leader. Nothing wrong with that, of course. The picture above seems to be the only photo of this exuberent phase in the life of the young Rick Perry.