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Rick Perry’s Mugshot is Kind of Awesome

Like a Texas tornado

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I first heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry was going to be indicted, all I really cared about was seeing his mugshot. And indeed, it was everything I was hoping it would be.

On Tuesday, Governor Perry showed up at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center to “turn himself in,” which essentially means he was officially processed for the bogus abuse charges.

But before taking the #winning photo above and getting fingerprinted, Perry shared a few words with reporters:

I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law, and I’m here today because I did the right thing,” he said to a crowd of cheering supporters. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right … This indictment is nothing short of an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor. There are important, fundamental issues at stake, and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand.”

Good for The Rickster. The best way to get a leg up on the people who want to embarrass him is to turn right around and embarrass them. This was a great start.

But back to that booking photo. How great is that? The grin alone speaks volumes, almost as if Perry is quietly saying “Adios, Mofo!” to the moronic grand jury that came after him.

This happens to be a perfect excuse to look back on some of the other great mugshots in recent history, like…

Justin Bieber:

Bieber

Charlie Sheen:

Sheen

Nicolas Cage:

Cage

Mike Tyson:

Tyson

Mel Gibson:

Gibson

Robert Downey Jr:

Downey

Larry King:

King

Mickey Rourke:

Rourke

Marilyn Manson:

Manson

…and of course, John Edwards (who happens to be far more vile than anyone else on this list, Bieber included):

Edwards

“Adios, Mofo” indeed!


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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