Photo Op: Mom-Jeans Wearing Rick Perry in Helicopter Gunship Hunting Refugee Children

This photo is making the rounds but I’ve had trouble tracking down the source. It appears to show Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a helicopter gunship leaning on a powerful-looking weapon aimed at the ground. He is scanning the field below presumably, given recent headlines, seeking to target and shoot refugee children who are attempting to cross the U.S. border from Mexico. A commenter somewhere on Facebook pointed out that the gun Perry is leaning on is not loaded, but I can’t verify that either.

But check out how he’s dressed and posed for the photo op. He is shown in profile — jaw clenched, with his baseball cap on backwards and his “I’m smart” glasses removed — wearing a flight jacket with mom jeans. His right hand is gripping the weapons but his left hand is carefully draped over the gun to display his Aggie ring (shown in photo to the right).

Update: Mystery solved. See comments.


  • July 23, 2014 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    It’s possibly interesting to note that in 2011 Perry signed the “Pork Chopper Bill” into law making it for the first time legal in Texas to shoot feral hogs and coyotes from a helicopter. The Texas legislature was apparently spurred to action when feral hogs tore up a $10 million golf course.

    Prior to paying $500 per hour to shoot pigs from the air, hunters are required to take a safety course because, as a trainer put it: “flying below 50 feet at high speeds and shooting semi-automatic rifles from helicopters” is “inherently dangerous.”

    We assert that people of Perry’s ilk would argue that hunting small children from a chopper is more “sporting” than shooting fat hogs.

  • Mike Giberson
    July 24, 2014 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    The photo turns up on Facebook at least as far back as January 2012, so likely not a border related issue.

  • Thomas
    July 24, 2014 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you should have tried a basic Google image search.

    The picture is from a photo op with veterans in 2009. More here:

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  • JW
    December 4, 2014 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Those are Wranglers you Eastern nincompoop. It is intellectually dishonest and in fact, downright stupid, to suggest a Governor of the single most successful state in The United States of America would be gunning down children at the border. You’re a special kind of political hack to write such trash.

  • December 4, 2014 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I’m a Texas-born nincompoop who lives in California. I try to keep up on goings-on in my native state, but the only metric I can find in which Texas ranks number one is in executions. It is in the low 40s, some say 49, in education. Its air ranks as the fourth most polluted among states, under Alaska, Nevada and Arizona. (California is 24th.) Texas received a D+ in infrastructure in this anuual report – It has the 15th largest GDP in the world, well behind California, which has the eighth largest and, under Gov. Jerry Brown, is rebounding back to seventh, where we were before the GOP’s disastrous Bush recession and debacle of the Schwarzenegger administration. Finally, regardless of the brand, the pants Ricky is wearing in the photo are still mom jeans.

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