ABC News’ The Note had this write-up of the forced Q & A:
Among the protestors at this morning’s meet and greet in Portsmouth, N.H., a mother used her child as a prop to confront Rick Perry about his beliefs on evolution and science.
The mother pushed her son towards Perry and insisted he ask the governor about the age of the earth.
“How old do I think the earth is? You know what, I don’t have any idea,” Perry said. “I know it’s pretty old so it goes back a long long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is.”
While Perry was answering the child’s question, the mother continued to loudly whisper in the child’s ear to ask him about evolution and why he doesn’t believe in science.
“Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it’s a theory that’s out there, and it’s got some gas in it. In Texas we teach both creationsim and evolution in our public schools,” Perry said. “Because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”
In response, Bryan Preston writes:
The push from Mom to ask “Why doesn’t he believe in science?” is just…an example of wonderful motherhood isn’t it? Right up there with the opening lie, in which she says the kid has a question for the gov. The kid obviously has no question of his own, probably couldn’t care less and would rather be home blasting away on his PS3. But he may ask Mom why she lied and roped him into her lie, when they get back home.
Her answer: Because we’re liberals and it’s all for the cause!
It’s ok to be outraged about this but please – don’t be surprised. We’ve seen this all play out before.
Will the last grown-up liberal please turn out the lights and lock the door when they exit stage left, please? Thanks ..