Texas Gov. Rick Perry Breaks Promise, Shakes Pres. Obama's Hand (Video)


Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) said earlier this week that he would not shake President Obama's hand on an airport tarmac, but did so this afternoon at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

After President Obama walked off Air Force One, he and Gov. Perry shook hands and walked to Marine One, a helicopter, which was to take them to a private meeting, reports Mediaite.com (video below).

Earlier in the week, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Gov. Perry wrote a letter to President Obama that read in part:

I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.

I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.

President Obama offered to meet with Gov. Perry, who then changed his mind about meeting Obama on the tarmac, but didn't say if he would shake his hand, noted Politico.com.

President Obama and Gov. Perry were expected to discuss the flood of undocumented immigrants, mostly children, who have entered the U.S. through Texas.

On Sunday, Gov. Perry accused President Obama of being "inept" or having an "ulterior motive," reported Talking Points Memo.

"I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from," Gov. Perry stated on ABC's "This Week."

Sources: Mediaite.com, Austin American-Statesman, Talking Points Memo, Politico.com


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