Rick Perry Comes Back to Texas

"The schedule said 9 a.m., right? Anyone seen him?"
"The schedule said 11 a.m., right? Anyone seen him?"
photography by Christina Barany
(sound of Garth Brooks' "The Dance" playing loud enough it is clearly audible outside the bus. The song ends and then immediately starts again, even louder)
(sound of Garth Brooks' "The Dance" playing loud enough it is clearly audible outside the bus. The song ends and then immediately starts again, even louder)
photos by Laura Callas
"Nope. Griff said he thinks he's still on the bus."
"Nope. Griff said he thinks he's still on the bus."
photography by Christina Barany
(The song abruptly ends. A voice is heard screaming: "GAME FACE, RICKY! GAME FACE!")
(The song abruptly ends. A voice is heard screaming: "GAME FACE, RICKY! GAME FACE!")
photos by Laura Callas
"I ... I'm gonna miss you guys."
"I ... I'm gonna miss you guys."
photography by Christina Barany
(Joe Esposito's "You're the Best Around" -- from The Karate Kid soundtrack -- plays five times)
(Joe Esposito's "You're the Best Around" -- from The Karate Kid soundtrack -- plays five times)
photos by Laura Callas
(muffled) "OK, let's do this. (door opens) "How y'all doin'?"
(muffled) "OK, let's do this. (door opens) "How y'all doin'?"
photos by Laura Callas
"Oh, here he is. Governor Perry, um, well, last night you didn't exactly pull out of the campaign, but you did cancel all of your activities in South Carolina. So, what are your pla--"
"Oh, here he is. Governor Perry, um, well, last night you didn't exactly pull out of the campaign, but you did cancel all of your activities in South Carolina. So, what are your pla--"
photography by Christina Barany
"Eesh. Jesus pumping a 12-gauge, Jerry. Let a fella get his GD bearings for a sec, huh?"
"Eesh. Jesus pumping a 12-gauge, Jerry. Let a fella get his GD bearings for a sec, huh?"
photos by Mariah Tyler
"Oh, uh, OK."
"Oh, uh, OK."
photography by Christina Barany
"I actually prepared something on the bus ride back. Let's see here..."
"I actually prepared something on the bus ride back. Let's see here..."
photography by Laura Callas
"JUST BECAUSE WE HAD A SETBACK IN IOWA DOES NOT MEAN ... WE WILL COME BACK AND FIGH ... I AM HERE TO TELL YOU ... "
"JUST BECAUSE WE HAD A SETBACK IN IOWA DOES NOT MEAN ... WE WILL COME BACK AND FIGHT ... I AM HERE TO TELL YOU ... "
photography by Christina Barany
"..."
"..."
William Neal
(long sigh)
(long sigh)
photos by Mariah Tyler
"Governor? Mr. Perry? ... Rick?"
"Governor? Mr. Perry? ... Rick?"
photography by Christina Barany
"Ah, hell. Screw it."
"Ah, hell. Screw it."
photography by Jason Acton
"What in the double GD dang happened, fellas? Where did ol' Ricky go wrong?"
"What in the double GD dang happened, fellas? Where did ol' Ricky go wrong?"
photography by Lisa Stewart
"Well, Governor, there was the speech in New Hampshire. And the debate. And the other debate. And the commercial. And the other commercial. And--"
"Well, Governor, there was the speech in New Hampshire. And the debate. And the other debate. And the commercial. And the other commercial. And--"
photography by Christina Barany
"I mean, SERIOUSLY! What did I do? We were running this thing like a dang Swiss watch. No bad hair days. I wore my lucky barn jacket. I was on Letterman AND Leno. I mean, did I not shoot my guns enough? Is that it? I told Griffin I needed to shoot my guns more. Griffin. GRIFFIN! Didn't I tell you that?"
"I mean, SERIOUSLY! What did I do? We were running this thing like a dang Swiss watch. No bad hair days. I wore my lucky barn jacket. I was on Letterman AND Leno. I mean, did I not shoot my guns enough? Is that it? I told Griffin I needed to shoot my guns more. Griffin. GRIFFIN! Didn't I tell you that?"
photography by Jerry McClure
"You sure did, Dad."
"You sure did, Dad."
photography by William Neal
"Hell, I even figured out what the voting age is ... "
"Hell, I even figured out what the voting age is ... "
photography by Jason Acton
(mutters) "Eventually."
(mutters) "Eventually."
photography by Christina Barany
" ... and got Jeffress out of my hair."
" ... and got Jeffress out of my hair."
photography by Jason Acton
"Now, Rick, I don't remember it exactly like--"
"Now, Rick, I don't remember it exactly like--"
photography by Jerry McClure
"Stow it, padre. Make you mouth like Jesus' tomb and don't roll the stone away from it for a few days."
"Stow it, padre. Make your mouth like Jesus' tomb and don't roll the stone away from it for a few days."
photography by Jerry McClure
"I HAD THIS THING BY THE GD BISCUITS."
"I HAD THIS THING BY THE GD BISCUITS."
photos by Mariah Tyler
"Ol' CRotch had the ball and he was RUNNING WITH IT, BABY."
"Ol' Crotch had the ball and he was RUNNING WITH IT, BABY."
photos by Mariah Tyler
"Anyway, I'm done with this horse hockey. You guys have fun kicking Big Love in the chaps. I'm gonna split. You got the corn dogs and Chard in van, Chuck?"
"Anyway, I'm done with this horse hockey. You guys have fun kicking Big Love in the chaps. I'm gonna split. You load all the corn dogs and Chard in the van, Chuck?"
photography by William Neal
"Ha, you know it, Ricky!"
"Ha, you know it, Ricky!"
photography by William Neal
"Me and Chuck are road-tripping out to Florida. Mr. Herman Cain told me he'd set me up with a job delivering pizzas. And let me tell you, once Chuck and I get to Florida, it is gonna be ON."
"Me and Chuck are road-tripping out to Florida. Mr. Herman Cain told me he'd set me up with a job delivering pizzas. And let me tell you, once Chuck and I get to Florida, it is gonna be ON."
William Neal
"ADIOS, MOFOS."
"ADIOS, MOFOS."
photos by Mariah Tyler
"DRRLISSHUSS."
"DRRLISSHUSS."
photography by Jerry McClure
(van pulls away, blaring Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy")
(van pulls away, blaring Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy")
photos by Mariah Tyler
"Do you think he knows he's still the governor of Texas?"
"Do you think he knows he's still the governor of Texas?"
photography by Christina Barany

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