Uncharacteristically feisty Obama slams Rick Perry at campaign fundraiser

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Barack Obama got unexpectedly salty at a campaign fundraiser this weekend, making fun of Texas governor Rick Perry by citing the wildfire currently demolishing his state. Obama mocked Perry to a group of donors, calling him a "governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change."  The remark came as part of a larger jab at the increasingly insane antics of the Republican party: 

"I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay. That's not reflective of who we are. This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election."

So I guess it's official: Obama is back in campaign mode, and probably not a moment too soon given his approval ratings.