Gov. Rick Perry may be a whiz on Twitter but he has a problem with saying the name of the popular social networking site.
Perry reportedly drew laughter when he referred to the site as "tweeter" in a video shot for a conservative convention in Minneapolis over the weekend. The story was quickly picked up by several national news outlets.
What's remarkable is that Perry made the exact same gaffe two years ago and barely anyone noticed. Back in 2009, then-Houston Chronicle reporter R.G. Ratcliffe taped Perry encouraging young conservatives to use "tweeter" to mobilize voters. Ratcliffe posted the video online. It prompted some guffaws and that was the end of it.
Now, as a potential candidate for president, Perry makes the same mistake and it draws considerable attention and prompts reporters to cite it as another example of how Perry is like his predecessor, who also occasionally mangled the English language.
Check out the two videos. The first is Perry's video address from this weekend. Below that is Ratcliffe's footage from an event in 2009.