**UPDATED**

Perry’s announcement came during a conference call, which (of course) was then blasted across Twitter by the AP’s Beth Fouhy.

Here’s Perry’s “Why I’m Running” pitch.

So, his big announcement speech included a gafferiffic moment, when Perry called the fallen Afghanistan soldiers “Special Operators.” The second half of his speech took off on optimism, which will be very effective in the primaries. Mike Murphy tweeted that this will soon become a contest between Romney & Perry, which is an easy prediction. But if Republicans nominate Perry, Obama will be the luckiest man on earth. I simply see no way Independents and moderates will take to this Bushesque character, whose slick preacher routine will not wear very well at all.

George W. Bush isn’t that far in the rear view mirror, so morphing Perry and Bush will be a breeze.