Perry follows Oberg interview with "Mofo" gaffe
KTRK-13's Ted Oberg recounts the end of an interview with Governor Rick Perry (R):
Our questions were not recorded on tape, but in saying goodbye I told the governor, "Try as I may, Governor, I guess I can't win this one."
Eleven seconds after he said goodbye, the camera crew was getting ready for the next interview with another station. That's when Gov. Perry repeated what he thought I'd said, and added a few words of his own with his microphone on and tape still rolling.
"Try as I may, Governor, I'm not going to wait that long," Gov. Perry said. "Adios, Mofo."
Those last words aren't exactly part of the seven dirty words, but it isn't something you want to say to your mother or use in good company. Tuesday morning, Governor Perry called me personally. He apologized and said his comment wasn't directed at us.
He agreed it was just one of those times a politician is caught by an open mike saying something embarrassing. He tells us he was just trying to get a reaction from the camera crew and it wasn't said with any malice or intent.
During the excitement of KTRK-13's recent coverage of the multi-county power outage, it seemed liked an anchor might actually drop the "mofo" bomb on poor Mr. Oberg a couple of times.
UPDATE (06-29-2005): KTRH 740's Chris Baker has posted an mp3 of the "Adios, Mofo" comment here (scroll down).