Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas told Huffington Post after the speech: ‘It was different’, but added he had never seen anything like it before.
A Perry spokesman said in an email: ‘The Governor is passionate about the issues he talks about.’
Those in attendance said that passion is not a word to describe his performance, off the wall, bizarre and rambling though, were more adequate.
One Republican operative who watched the video called it ‘strange and peculiar’, and said it could prove fatal to Perry’s campaign.
Others questioned whether he was on medication or if he had had a few drinks before he came on stage.
Never the less, he appeared uncomfortable and erratic in parts and sweat glistened on his forehead.
It’s always dangerous to speculate on why (or what) prompted someone’s behavior, but it’s safe to say that Mr. Perry’s performance was not exactly what you’d expect for an after-dinner talk unless you’re attending a Dean Martin roast and the emcee was Foster Brooks.
So, any guesses on how the Perry campaign will blame this on the liberal media?