Rick Perry’s three greatest dancing moments

To commemorate former Gov. Rick Perry’s pick as President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Energy, a coming-together that required Perry and Trump to dance around their put-downs on the campaign trail, we’ve unearthed three of Perry’s most famous dancing moments.

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state's top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
  1. Perry celebrates the lighting of a menorah at the Capitol.

From a 2014 story by American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman, in which Perry recalled his 14-year tenure as governor:

And then he pinpointed his pick for most interesting thing that’s ever happened in the room.
“Lighting the menorah with the Orthodox Jews,” he said, recalling the immortal 2010 moment when he danced around the table with Hanukkah celebrants. So classic is the video that David Letterman still finds reason to show it.
I told Perry I noted he’s planning to do it again this year and asked if there will be a dance ban.
“No, no, no, man. You gotta do the dancing,” he said, twitching into what was either dancing or a cry for help from a man whose shorts were riding up.

2. Rick Perry dances the cha-cha-cha.

Perry’s reactions to his weak scores — he and his partner won only 5’s (on a scale of 1-10) — shows his “contagious enthusiasm,” our political columnist wrote, possibly bemusedly.

3. Less than a year after calling Trump a “cancer on conservatism” and his politics “toxic,” Rick Perry says supporting Donald Trump is a “no-brainer.” Politics, you might say, is a lot like dancing: Keep your eyes up and make sure your partner feels like the only person in the room.

 

Rick Perry celebrates with ice cream at Sandy’s … again

Time, as it turns out, is both a flat circle and a cone.

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state's top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state’s top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The state’s Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday threw out the remaining criminal charge against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, signaling the end of 18 months of legal trouble. Perry was indicted in 2014 on two felony charges related to his 2013 effort to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest.

The former governor’s indictment spurred at least viral moments: a well-coiffed mugshot seen ’round the world and a defiantly casual trip to Austin sweet spot Sandy’s after booking.

Pre-custard, Perry also gave campaign-like speeches before and after his booking into Travis County Jail.

Flash forward to 2016. In addition to the legal victory, Perry on Wednesday made a case for considering social media a form of poetry, returning to the Barton Springs Road burger joint for a follow-up photo-opp.

The photo’s caption reads, “Epic legal victory falls on the 180th anniversary of Col. Travis’s Victory or Death letter: ‘I shall never surrender or retreat.'” Please note the carefully curated composition of the photo, with the former governor’s apparent swirl flanked on either side by vanilla and chocolate treats. The lens flare, too, is Photoshop-filter caliber.

Watch Perry discuss the dismissal of his criminal case below.