AUSTIN – There has been a lot of buzz lately among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents as to whether Rick Perry will someday run for the office of President. Much is to be said about his track record of successes and controversial decisions throughout his political career. One thing that may prove to hold him back the most though, is his sub-standard selling efforts on June 26, 1969.
While working for Southwestern during a summer in college at Texas A&M, Perry was trained in his sales school by both his student manager and sales manager alike that he should demo his books to at least 30 families every day. The 26th of June that summer proved to be a consequential day that has left a mark on his record as a professional with him only achieving a disappointing 28 demos.
Bill O’Reilly calls the Governor a “pinhead” for not putting forth the effort that day to see just 2 more people, saying, “It’s things like that, particularly that, that make you wonder if this guy is really cut out to someday be the leader of our nation.”
Other leading Republican voices such as 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney have said, “Sure, Perry has the experience of leading the 2nd most populated and geographically largest state in our nation as well as protecting a US border, just to name a few extraordinary accomplishments, but, then again there was that one day when he only got 28 demos instead of 30. Just makes the American people wonder, you know. What if in office he planned to withdraw 30,000 troops from deployment and only withdrew 28,000? Or wanted to create jobs for 30 million Americans, but only created jobs for 28 million. Then what?”
Southwestern Company Executive Chairman of the Board Spencer Hays remembers that fateful day well. Hays recalls, “I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. The young student manager on the other end relayed Perry’s stats to me for the day. He had been a fantastic salesman all summer, he even finished in the top ranks of first year dealers for 1969 that summer, but that 28 demo day was just disappointing for us all.”
When reached for a statement, representatives from Perry’s office simply responded to reporters with “No comment” when asked for an explanation as to why the Governor chose to end that day, 42 years ago, without seeing the recommended 30 prospects.
Democratic leader Harry Reid explained to reporters that he was fully aware of both Perry’s political accomplishments and also of his questionable 28 demo day. Reid simply stated, “I would have concerns with a President that may potentially protect the US Constitution only 28 days out of the month instead of 30.”