Friday, April 2, 2010

The brilliance of Congress


All you can say is, "wow."

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) "recently worried that it might be, according to a videotaped congressional hearing that is getting plenty of play online and over the airwaves. Johnson's comments came during a House Armed Services Committee meeting as he questioned Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, about the impact of U.S. troops on the little island. 'My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,' Johnson said, straight-faced and seemingly serious. The admiral seemed to take the question seriously, too. 'We don't anticipate that,' he said, proceeding to describe the population on Guam." (h/t: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Since this became public, the good congressman has been the subject of unending ridicule. Staffers tried to explain/blame it away. At first, supporters said, "don't be cruel - Johnson has Hepatitis C, which can cause people to lose their train of thought mid-sentence. That was later retracted after it was learned the representative from Georgia finished his treatments back in December.

But have no fear! Staffers decided to shift the blame onto the admiral, saying he didn't for not understanding the Congressman. According to The Political Hotsheet, a statement was released saying, "The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island."

Watch the video and decide for yourself...

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