Rick Perry wants more presidential attention

RICK PERRY WANTS MORE PRESIDENTIAL ATTENTION…. For quite a while, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) vowed to fight the “oppressive hand” of the federal government intervening in his home state. His hostility towards Washington reached a boiling point two years ago, when Perry raised the specter of secession.

Now, however, Perry is whining that the “oppressive hand” isn’t intervening in Texas enough.

As wildfires continue to do significant damage to the Lone Star State — last weekend’s state-sanctioned prayer days didn’t do anything — Perry wants increased federal assistance.

And when President Obama visited tornado-struck Alabama yesterday, this apparently made poor Rick Perry jealous.

“You have to ask, ‘Why are you taking care of Alabama and other states?'” said Perry.

Texas officials asked the White House to make the declaration, which would have allocated federal funds to help the state deal with the crisis.

“I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail,” Perry added.

Daily Kos’ Jed Lewison sets the record straight.

So hundreds die in storms throughout the South and Rick Perry’s response is to question why those states are getting federal aid instead of Texas? Funny how he doesn’t mention that Texas has already gotten at least $39 million in firefighting aid from FEMA over the past two fire seasons and has already received 22 grants in this fire season alone.

I’m not even sure what Perry is insinuating when it comes to politics. Does the governor expect us to think Obama favors Alabama over Texas for some kind of political reason? The last time I checked, they’re both very reliable “red” states.

But what makes the governor’s complaints especially noteworthy is the larger context — it’s a reminder of how offensive Perry’s anti-government rhetoric was in the first place. He hates federal intrusion, except when Democrats in Washington are helping him balance his budget. He wants to keep federal officials out of his state, except when he’s facing a natural disaster.

For this guy’s feelings to be hurt when the president visits another state hard hit by a devastating natural disaster is bizarre.