On Rick Perry, a Swing and a Miss

by Rich Lowry

The headline and lede of this New York Times story this morning were irresistible for the Left:

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

This provoked great fun at Rick Perry’s expense. The only problem is that the sole on-the-record source for the claim says he was distorted, and the thrust of the story seems demonstrably false. Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner went back and found Perry’s statement upon getting nominated:

UPDATE: Don’t miss the piece that Ian has on the home page about this episode.

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