NYT worried about Rick Perry’s recovery from spinal fusion surgery

posted at 11:50 am on July 28, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s migraines dominated headlines for at least a week. Now, it seems The New York Times would like to stir up similar concern about the presidential fitness of potential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Today, the Gray Lady reports that Perry had surgery … nearly a month ago. His aides described the operation as minor. But, the article explains, ”as Mr. Perry weighs whether to join the Republican presidential race, even minor is major.”

Even minor is major. How minor? Supposedly, Perry looks to be having a hard time recovering because he’s changing his footwear and is now wearing a back brace. Now, admittedly, it is a tragedy to have to trade in cowboy boots for black tennis shoes and I’m sure any extra layer of clothing in the Texas heat — even a back brace — is less than comfortable. But it sounds to me like Perry’s just following proper post-surgery protocol. If it’s right to take that as an indication that he’s the sort of responsible man who cares more for reality than for the projection of a falsely perfect image, I’d say that’s rather more evidence of his presidential personality than less. After four years of a president who seems altogether too into appearances, Perry’s take-me-as-I-am approach would be extremely refreshing.

By the way, after paragraphs parsing the governor’s shoe selection, the final two paragraphs of The New York Times article concede Perry’s probably fine:

As Mr. Perry increases his national profile, and carefully orchestrates what many in Austin believe will be his entrance into the presidential race, he and his advisers have no interest in having Mr. Perry appear weak. The day Mr. Perry had the surgery, in fact, his office sent out four news releases, including a statement he issued describing President Obama’s disaster declaration for parts of the state hit hard by wildfires as “good for Texas.”

Dr. Robert E. Isaacs, the director of spine surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., said that lower-back spinal fusions had become fairly common — about 250,000 are performed each year in the United States — and that the governor’s wearing of a brace was probably not a sign that he was having a difficult recovery. “The smaller types of spine fusions people can recover from quickly,” Dr. Isaacs said.


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If he was fused a month ago – he’s still in the recuperation phase of this kind of surgery.

HondaV65 on July 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Alls you can do is laugh.

SouthernGent on July 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Concern trolls are concerned.

mudskipper on July 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Hoping the Governor returns to his boots (named Liberty and Freedom) quickly. They kick you know what a bit harder.

publiuspen on July 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

And I’m worried about 0bama’s mental health…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Jeez – What’s the point ? FDR was in a wheelchair…

moc23 on July 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Oh well, scratch Perry from the list.

If Tpaw breaks his index finger and Romney gets pink eye, they will have to leave the race too.

Bishop on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

GOOD THING he did not sit in a Chruch for 20 years listening to a Preacher tell him how awful the country is and how evil Black people are…..then they would really have to dig into the story….or if his best friend was a convicted domestic terrorist….or if he didn’t have an original birth certificate….or…oh never mind…

SDarchitect on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Their concern rings hollow for some reason.

gophergirl on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

How can this be an issue after FDR and JFK? Seriously NYT, try to be relevant.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

OT: GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges
OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Good for PBHO though, he won’t have to pretend to celebrate that holiday this year.

Bishop on July 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

OT: GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I am belly laughing at my desk. This is hilarious!

I smell desperation on a Thursday.

gophergirl on July 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Well, it’s not like our current president had any high risk health issues and behaviors that were thoroughly vetted by the lame stream media.

Oh, wait…

parke on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Even minor is major. How minor?

If it’s the reason he’s not on the campaign trail, it’s a story, regardless of how minor.

Just not that much of a story. Which is perfect for the NYT, which is, after all, not much of a newspaper.

JohnGalt23 on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Yup. Scratch all GOP hopefulls. There will always be something that will make each and every human being ineligible for the presidency, as long as they are conservative.

astonerii on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Minor is major……unless that “major” is a chosen candidate’s clear ties to America-hating leftists and hate-mongering black liberation theology clerics…than that major is really minor.

Huckabye-Romney on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

You can always count on the NYT for true empathy & concern when it comes to conservatives.

lizzie beth on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

And Dear Liar’s medical records are still unreleased. . .

rbj on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I recall kennedy had back problems when he was president also. He had special chairs at the wh for him. Perry will do just fine.
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letget on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

No way that was spinal fusion, unless they’ve come up with new methods.

I had spinal fusion 5 years ago and in involved inserting screws into the affected vertebrae and rods connecting those screws. I have an image of one of the x-rays on my Flickr site. Mine was a two-level fusion with L4 fused to L5 fused to S1 and required a 5 day hospital stay followed by several weeks getting back to full movement, even as the dressing needed to be regularly changed.

The back brace was tried prior to the surgery to see if it could correct the problem and avoid the surgical procedure. I suspect that’s what is actually happening with Pery.

BKeyser on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

FDR – consigned to wheelchair.

Yawn, NYT.

Good Lt on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Speaking of health issues:

BreakingNews Breaking News
by DailyCaller
NJ Governor Chris Christie taken to hospital for tests after having difficulty breathing http://bit.ly/oOozFj
7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Hope he’s okay…

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Oh no!

gophergirl on July 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Oh, I get it. They’re insinuating that Perry has a weak spine.

Doughboy on July 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

See? If ObamaCare was already in place, there’s be no problem because he’d still be waiting for the surgery, wingnuts!

The Mega Independent on July 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Hope he’s okay…

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

It’s up in the headlines…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Hope he’s okay…

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Me too.

In the meantime, it’s probably going to turn into a leftist death wish hate fest.

forest on July 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

If you are republican with a band aid, you are unfit. If you are a socialist with polio, you are the greatest leader of the century.

paulsur on July 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Perry Invokes States Rights on Abortion

Falz on July 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

correct link: http://gop12.thehill.com/2011/07/perry-invokes-states-rights-on-abortion.html

And, with that, he so-con support begins to crumble…

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t provide anonymous quotes from unlabeled Texas Democrats that he hurt his back while out on the plains re-enacting Brokeback Mountain with an illegal immigrant under aged stable boy.

Nothing from these people will ever shock me again.

Brian1972 on July 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

It’s hard to take seriously a dying newspaper whose sugar daddy is named Carlos Slim.

Really Right on July 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

It’s the new “McCain is 70 years old and old people sometimes die, so vote for a government diametrically opposed to your preference.”

At this rate, soon a President will need to be cleared for service by Army DIs before taking office.

I’m just kidding, of course. Only Republican candidates will.

HitNRun on July 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Doesn’t the current occupant of the White House smoke like a chimney?

CDeb on July 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

OT: GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Obama misunderstood them… they just said “Santa’s not going to be bringing you a multi-trillion dollar debt ceiling raise this year.”

teke184 on July 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Exactly, Cindy. And, since we’re caring about everyone’s health right now, how’s Barry doing with the smoking? I only ask because I care…

av8tr on July 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

NYT: Minor = Major, Plus = Minus, Up = Down. Great news – I did not know this…..

gullxn on July 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Perry signed LOSER PAYS Frivolous Lawsuit Reform today. Of course let the NYT talk about his back. And maybe in Manhattan someone will sue them because their front doorman looked at them funny and businesses will continue to escape to Texas.

Marcus on July 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Rush just talked about the GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges article…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

How come JFK’s back brace wasn’t a problem, but Rick Perry’s is??

landlines on July 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Just like every other democrat, he is really pro-choice.

Falz on July 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM

correct link: http://gop12.thehill.com/2011/07/perry-invokes-states-rights-on-abortion.html

And, with that, he so-con support begins to crumble…

steebo77 on July 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I’m as anti-abortion as you can get…and I agree with him-as does my husband.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM

News song they’re singing at Scooter’s:

You’re a mean one…Mr. Speaker.Ho ho ho.

kingsjester on July 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The New York Times is worried about Perry winning the presidency, not any back problem he may have. Get ready for these left wing rags to conjure up all types of bogus problems and ailments.

rplat on July 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I’ll take a man with a back brace over a man in mom jeans any day.

redwhiteblue on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I don’t see a problem here, al New York Times also spent many articles speculating over what those horrible scars all over the back of little Bammie’s head were from. They did do that didn’t they?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

As if a President who sneaks Kools and has admitted to doing blow in the past (and would anyone be surprised if he was still doing it, given his personality disorders?) is the picture of health.

crazy_legs on July 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Meanwhile, Drudge links to article NH Activists Search for Candidate leads to Texas

Thus repeating the Bush scenario

I was waiting for the moment. The wise men of the party make a journey to find the Better Candidate and Lo and Behold, He is Found

Luckily, I have been de programmed

entagor on July 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Meanwhile, isn’t it fascinating to note what the libbies are doing…? They’ve gone straight to the health issues of major R candidates, and the campaign hasn’t even started.

No hidden agenda for when the government seizes the healthcare system, though, right?

The Mega Independent on July 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Well, let me see. Our President has admitted to using drugs; hard drugs at that. His demeanor of lying to get his way, is that of people I have known who were hooked on drugs. The President’s medical records are not open for public scrutiny. So-o-o-o what is he hiding. The people have the right to know!

Bet that those thoughts wouldn’t go anywhere in the MSM, anymore than anything else suspect about this man.

amr on July 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

They just can’t stand a Texan manly enough to shoot a coyote who attacked his dog during a jog. Only took one shot. That’s gun control.

obladioblada on July 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

NYT worried about Rick Perry’s recovery from spinal fusion surgery

Supposedly, Perry looks to be having a hard time recovering because he’s changing his footwear and is now wearing a back brace.

When do we get to hear the Time’s story about how Obama’s weekly surgery to remove his foot from his mouth is seriously impeding his ability to function?

Rovin on July 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

OT: GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges
OmahaConservative on July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Are they kidding? Watching Obama squirm and lie through another round of debt ceiling negotiations would totally make my Christmas!!!!!

Trafalgar on July 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Um, FDR anyone?

Aronne on July 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Half the commentors when Michele Bachmann was in the news for migraines, mainlined this sort of argument. Instead of being honest and forthright, everyone who had an axe to grind against Bachmann piled on and said this was 100% legitimate reasons to disqualify a person from the presidency. What, you did not think that it was going to be turned against your favorite politician?

astonerii on July 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

My mother has been through several of these surgeries. (We named her last brace Matilda and “taught” it to drive.) Even if I don’t like Perry as a Presidential candidate, I hope he’s taking all the proper post-surgery precautions. Messing up recovery can make your life worse than it was before the surgery.

pookysgirl on July 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Jeez – What’s the point ? FDR was in a wheelchair…

[moc23 on July 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM]

Which is why we think FDR was a failure as … oh wait, …

Which is why the country fell apart and eventually we lost WWII because he died in office … oh wait ….

Listen well get back to you on that. (Not!!!)
— NYT Editors

Dusty on July 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

steebo: What twerp said. If the states could decide, then we would have the same dynamic that we have with taxes. Over time, the states that allow abortion would see their population dwindle vis-a-vis those states that do not have abortion, their population would fall, and their representation in Congress would necessarily fall.

Scott H on July 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Obama is a chain smoker and appears to have some scary mental pathologies. I’m still waiting for the New York Times to jump onto these issues.

Cicero43 on July 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM

If he was fused a month ago – he’s still in the recuperation phase of this kind of surgery.

HondaV65 on July 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Exactly. I had a spinal fusion when I was a young pup in good physical condition, and I had to wear a back brace for as I recall for 4+ months after I was released from the hospital.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Are they kidding? Watching Obama squirm and lie through another round of debt ceiling negotiations would totally make my Christmas!!!!!

[Trafalgar on July 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM]

Yeah, if I were Boehner, I’d bust Obama’s chops by responding:

Okay, the President got wind of our plan, but it is not what you think. Our plan is to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending by enough to send every American household a $100 check in time for Christmas and reduce taxes across the board by 5%.

Dusty on July 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

And the NYT jumped all over Bill Clinton for refusing to release his medical history.

Oh wait, they didn’t.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

steebo: What twerp said. If the states could decide, then we would have the same dynamic that we have with taxes. Over time, the states that allow abortion would see their population dwindle vis-a-vis those states that do not have abortion, their population would fall, and their representation in Congress would necessarily fall.

That. And we live in a representative republic and have states for a reason. We can’t demand states rights when the federal government does things we don’t like and shy away from federalism when it does things we do like. The Founders set it up that way for a reason: we’re a huge nation with diverse cultures.

cpaulus on July 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

How many people have had the same surgery recovered and went back to normal activity? Is Perry a smoker?

Dr Evil on July 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

cpaulus on July 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

So life in California and New York would be different than in Alabama or Texas?

Falz on July 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

After four years of a president who seems altogether too into appearances

What, you don’t like Bam-Bam’s mirror gazing, Italian shoes, and multi-thousand-dollar suits from a celebrity tailor? But the crease in his pants is so deliciously crisp . . . . and didn’t Davie Brooks assure us that’s the sign of a superior intellect?

AZCoyote on July 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Falz on July 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Yes. H*ll-life in Texas is certainly different from life in Illinois.
That’s a good thing-and why we no longer live in Illinois.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I recall Kennedy had back problems when he was president also. He had special chairs at the wh for him. Perry will do just fine.
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letget on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

..one wonders if JFK got the bad back from all of the touch football on the White House front lawn or the touchy-feely with Marilyn Monroe and other assorted bimbos.

The War Planner on July 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Um, FDR anyone?

Aronne on July 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

..THIS! especially!

The War Planner on July 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

He should release a vague, one page note from his doctor saying he’s super-duper.

That will shut them up.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

His wife is an RN, and first-impression of her is that she is “strong-willed”. You can bet your arse that he’s following post-op instructions closely.

humdinger on July 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

How touching.

We have a Muslim President who smokes and the NYT is worrying about the migranes and successful back surgery of GOP candidates.

molonlabe28 on July 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I am truly touched that Liberals are so concerned with Mr. Perry’s health. Who would have thought they were so caring?

SgtRed on July 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Typical Yankee newspaper! Don’t they know that down here in Texas, when we ain’t counting our oil money, riding the fence line on our ranch or rounding up cattle, we’re having a little fun rodeoin’? Yew know, ridin’ bulls, ropin’ calves and such. Heck, we all have bad backs down here!

cartooner on July 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

How many people have had the same surgery recovered and went back to normal activity? Is Perry a smoker?

Dr Evil on July 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

A year after my spinal fusion, I was back at one of my favorite activities, backpacking. Still doing it, too.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Isn’t it just so amazing – the left want’s to have equality for all genders, races, ages, disabilities – except if the person is REPUBLICAN!! Talk about DISCRIMINATION.

IlonaE on July 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

They fear him like the devil.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

BKeyser on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I am presently sitting approximately 300 yards from the front gate of MCAS Beaufort, and about 5 miles from Parris Island. Saw the other photos at your Flickr account and just had to say…Thank you, Marine. Over the last 25 years with my employer, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with a number of Marines and Naval personnel and can say truthfully there is not a better bunch of folks to deal with. Thank you and your brothers and sisters in arms for your dedication and willingness to take a round for my sorry @$$.

Semper Fi and ooh-rah!

odat on July 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

They fear him like the devil.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

+100

itsspideyman on July 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I’m surprised NYT hasn’t got its federal subsidy yet.

Or maybe it was part of the stimulus package?

petefrt on July 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

President Perry may not be able to play golf with former President Obama in 2013?

joe btfsplk on July 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

It’s like being concerned that Obama’s basketball court knock on the noggin might affect his campaign…

JetBoy on July 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This from the paper that continues to this day to idolize FDR!

MJBrutus on July 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Conveniently Gov. Christie goes to hospital.

NYT salivating at the prospect.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Perry Invokes States Rights on Abortion

Falz on July 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Outstanding! I like this guy more every day. If true, this is more than enough for me to forgive him his Aug 6 pray date.

MJBrutus on July 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

NYT requested Obama’s medical records.

They have no issue with with brain deficiencies.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Doesn’t the current occupant of the White House smoke like a chimney?

CDeb on July 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I dare him to provide a nicotine-free blood test. There is no way that self-indulgent twit quit cigs.

disa on July 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This from the paper that continues to this day to idolize FDR!

MJBrutus on July 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

A terrible president. Only through World War II did he somewhat redeem himself, but even at that he should have left office earlier and let someone more competent lead. With Truman in office a year earlier the history of Eastern Europe might have been radically different.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM

”as Mr. Perv the Dem weighs whether to run for re-election, even major is minor.”/nuf said
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RalphyBoy on July 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Where are Odumbo’s medical records?

rjoco1 on July 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I forget, were they this concerned over Barry’s spinal removal surgery?

reaganaut on July 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

The real news here is that Perry HAS a spine.

Which would set him apart from much of the GOP.

tsj017 on July 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

odat on July 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Thank you odat.

reaganaut on July 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I think that was spinal addition surgery, and he hasn’t had it yet.

BKeyser on July 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I would be more concerned about Gov.Rick Perry if he had not had the surgery. Having experienced both cervical vertebrae (C5-C6) and spinal vertebrae (L5-S1) fusions I’m mystified by the trauma a the NYT.

Wearing a back brace after spinal surgery is no more significant than wearing a cast for a broken limb. If Gov. Perry can not wear his cowboy boots BFD.

RealityCheck4 on July 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Perry had a spinal fusion? That’s fantabulous! When he is the next President, he’ll have enough backbone to be able to shut the border down.

I hope more Republicans get one of them-there spinal fusions as well.

Southern Tragedu on July 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM