Congressman Hank Johnson worried about Guam

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Here’s a video that sounds like an April Fools prank, but it happened a couple of days ago, so it must be serious.  Besides, we know politicians typically don’t have a sense of humor.

Henry Hank Johnson, a Congressman from Georgia, is featured in the video below, “debating” the idea of adding more soldiers to the U.S. military base in Guam.  That may not sound humorous, but it gets random.  Not only is he obviously filibusting (delaying an answer / vote), but he has some logic issues while rambling.

Hank is concerned that if they add 8,000 soldiers and their families to Guam, the island might “tip over and capsize”.  I mean, Guam is a small island, so you have to consider these things.  Or, um, NOT!   Unless I totally missed something during geography classes, islands aren’t known for tipping over if you put too many people on them.   In case you didn’t watch it, he said, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Perhaps Hank was just rambling in hopes that the discussion would run out of time or the moderator would just give up.  Or perhaps he was trying to make a “facetious metaphor” (as a spokesman later claimed), but if so, he failed… epicly.  Maybe he should work on saying intelligent things, instead of just making stuff up.  It is kinda funny to hear, until you realize that this man gets a vote in legislation that governs our country.

Should we cut him some slack?  Everybody says stupid things from time to time, right?  Probably, but not things that stupid.   And the average person isn’t in Congress, where the bar of intelligence should be considerably higher.  Even if he was just rambling (and he was), how do you say something like that?  I know rambling can get random — this I am familiar with — but when you’re sitting in front of government officials, you should be able to refrain from saying one of the stupidest things of the year…

And he doesn’t know when to stop!  Surely he realized how ignorant his statement was about the island tipping over (along with visual simulations), but then he rambles on about the soldiers interfering with the coral reef, that we don’t like to think about it, that it might become like global warming.  (Notice how he keeps adjusting his tie around the 2-minute mark.)   And he talks so slow… does he think that will make him sound more intelligent and/or thoughtful?

I just keep thinking this is a prank video, that there’s no way an elected official to Congress is this obtuse.

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7 responses »

  1. Somehow the Admiral kept a straight face and answered, “We don’t anticipate that.”

    BTW, props to Fab for telling me about the video.

  2. Yes, ummm…I’m concerned that with the extra peoples, they won’t be enuff oxygens fo breathf kinda like da umm global warmings and the coral roofs yeah.

  3. I’ve noticed your problem here –

    “I just keep thinking this is a prank video, that there’s no way an elected official to Congress is this obtuse.”

    If there’s one thing you should never underestimate, it’s the stupidity of people in charge.

  4. Congressmen have said stupid things before, but this is a new low, a “tipping point”, if you will… 🙂

    And if anything is about to tip over and capsize, it’s Hank Johnson’s career, as this video goes viral…

  5. Um… that dude sounds like he’s stoned or something! notice how the lady behind the Admiral was about to laugh?

  6. All you conservatives are white racists who are only showing this video because you hate on the Black Man’s opinion on topics of utmost importance. If he was white, you would not have this video on your website.
    Quit with this racism and respect the office of our congressman. It is men such as this man and our best president EVER: Obama!…that this country is about to take a turn for the best.

    Hang you heads in shame!!

  7. I will take the opportunity to mention that this is a good point in the conversation FOR ME TO POOP ON.

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