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Rick Perry, Singing at the Urinal: There's Something Wrong with This Anecdote

Whistlin' Rick Perry
Whistlin' Rick Perry

Gawker has an exclusive excerpt from a Politico e-book on the 2012 GOP primaries.

Their excerpt focuses on Rick Perry's bathroom habits, but we doubt something in the story.

The manager of a rival campaign was at a urinal in an empty bathroom in Hanover, New Hampshire, before the Bloomberg News debate on October 11, when he heard someone come through the door loudly singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad." Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas. Perry came down the row of about twenty urinals and stood companionably close by. Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: "I-I-I've been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day . . ."

A Perry campaign official told Politico Perry ""whistles. I wouldn't read anything into it."

Now at first we thought for sure Perry wouldn't be singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad" but was instead humming or whistling "The Eyes of Texas," which is the same tune.

But then we thought -- Perry's an Aggie, would he really be humming "The Eyes of Texas"? Does he sing the "Railroad" version as a secret Aggie way of sticking it to the Longhorns?

And who the hell sings loudly while standing "companionably close by" to another guy at a urinal?

Oh, Rick: Your campaign finished much too soon. We all had so much more to enjoy, but now we never will.


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