Perry Gaffe:”A Big Black Cloud” Hangs Over The Country (Updated): Appears To Refer To Debt

After threatening Ben Bernanke and questioning whether President Obama loves America, Texas Governor Rick Perry has but his foot in his mouth for the third time in two days. Having an imaginary conversation with the president, Perry did it again.

“He says he’s on a listening tour,” Perry said, “so I’m going to talk to him.”

“Mr. President, you need to free up the employers of this country to create jobs.” Perry called on Obama to “free up this country” from “stifling regulation.”

“I’m a pro-business governor, I don’t make any apologies about it and I will be a pro-business president.”

Perry warned that a “big black cloud” hangs over the country.

Perry surely didn’t mean to refer to Obama as “a big black cloud.”

UPDATE: It appears Perry was taken out of context and that he was referring to the debt, as Tommy Christopher reports.

GOP hopeful Gov. Rick Perry drew fire from some quarters earlier over a remark, reported by ABC News’ The Note blog, that “a ‘big black cloud’ hangs over the country.”

As it turns out, Perry’s remark was much more specific. While he did use the phrase “big black cloud,” he was referring explicitly to the debt, as the full video of Perry’s remark reveals.

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