Sometimes it takes a middle-aged white guy to put things into perspective.
This week, the Texas governor got caught saying "Adios, Mofo."
This line will follow Perry around like a dog after a ham sandwich. Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty, or give me death." John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
Rick Perry? Best he could do was, "Adios, Mofo."
I expect to see Rick in a pair of those big baggy shorts, break-dancing in an alley off Sixth Street.
This was such a startling remark that the day after the story broke, there was a line of clothing for sale online honoring Perry's gaff. On cafepress.com you can get your Rick Perry "Adios, MoFo" T-shirts.
Although I'm not sure where you'd wear one. Wait. You could wear one to a Carole Keeton Strayhorn gubernatorial rally. One tough grandma might take Perry over her knee and give him a spanking, if she knew what "Mofo" meant.
I can hear it now. "Mo who?" She probably thinks it has something to do with the Three Stooges.
The good news is that Perry says he wasn't directing his remark at Ted Oberg, the TV reporter who interviewed him. The bad news is that he said he was speaking to Robert Black, his deputy press secretary.
Too bad for Black. For the rest of his life, he'll be known around these parts as Robert "Mofo" Black. But I suppose it beats being known as Robert "Jive Turkey" Black or Robert "Gettin' Jiggy Wid It" Black.