The White House is clearly on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) mind.
Perry took a break from discussing his presidential aspirations Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to issue a warning to would-be intruders at the Texas governor’s mansion.
The governor talked about being unprepared for his 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign and his efforts to bone up on policy as he mulls another White House bid.
“You know, getting knocked down and beaten up, we’ve always talked about it,” co-host Joe Scarborough said. “Every time we go out and give speeches to young people, they say ‘what’s the best thing that could happen to you?’ And we always say, you know what, get the left hook that you never see coming. Because the next time you get knocked down you’ll see it coming.”
“Speaking of getting knocked down,” Perry interrupted. “Let me tell you, Texas governor’s detail — do not try running through the governor’s mansion, okay. Shannon O’Neil, the lady that’s on our detail –”
“She will knock you down,” Scarborough chimed in.
“Dead down,” Perry said.
Perry was referring to a recent report that said Omar Gonzalez, the intruder who jumped the White House’s fences earlier this month, made it far deeper into the residence than officials let on. A Secret Service officer posted at the front door of the White House was reportedly delayed in responding to Gonzalez, allowing the intruder to make it to the East Room before he was stopped.
Watch below courtesy of MSNBC, starting around the 3:50 mark: