On Tuesday Texas Gov. Rick Perry rambled on down to the Austin courthouse and turned himself in for charges of abuse of power. And boy, was he camera ready. Slicked up in a suit, tie, and classically wig-like hair, he smirked for the camera and came out with one of the best mugshots I've ever seen. But the Internet had different ideas when it used Rick Perry's mugshot for meme gold.
Perry emerged from the courthouse about 15 minutes after he entered Tuesday afternoon. Before going to turn himself in, the presidential hopeful made sure that the crowd of supporters gathered outside knew he's definitely not worried about this whole felony thing. As The Austin American-Statesman reported:
"I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law. And I’m here today because I did the right thing. I’m going to enter the courthouse with my head held high knowing the actions I took were not only lawful and legal but right."
More than his head held high, he went swaggin' on into the courthouse. The seemingly perma-governor may have horribly misguided views on everything from abortion access to how Texas should secure its borders, but damn. The man is undeniably handsome. He seemed to relish in the power of a chiseled jawline, taking on an almost defiant look for his booking.
The late, great, Molly Ivins didn't call him "governor good hair" for nothing. SERIOUSLY, look at that coif!
And just in case you had any doubts about Perry's confidence going into this upcoming legal battle, he went to go get ice cream afterward.
To be fair, it is really hot in Texas right now, and Sandy's is amazing.
Perry's mugshot was released just after his booking, and it took no time at all for the Internet to go completely crazy with its own re-imagining.
Perry wasn't allowed to wear his terribly-hip trademark glasses, so some kind soul took the liberty of making all right with the world once more.
Perry was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly using his veto power to muscle Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office following a drunk driving incident. The jury said he threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit. Strangely enough, the entity handles political-corruption investigations for the state. When Lehmberg was hauled in for a DWI in April 2013, she wasn't quite as camera ready as Perry.
If we're going purely by mugshots, Perry's got this case on lock.