WTF Moment: Rep Says Guam Will Tip Over [UPDATE]
Matt | On 01, Apr 2010
I didn’t believe it when I first heard it. But, after I watched the clip, I kinda think that Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) was actually serious.
Johnson was in the House Armed Services Committee meeting on March 25 speaking to an Admiral about sending more marines to Guam. After guessing about the size of Guam, which is three times the size of the District of Columbia, Johnson then hit the STUPID button in the meeting.
With a straight face he tells the Admiral that he fears “the whole island will become so overpopulated and tip over and capsize” with the addition of 25,000 people with troops and their families. Yes PJM readers … the island will tip over. Let the comment sink in. This man actually (in his mind) made a 549 square km LAND MASS into a freaking boat and said the whole thing would flip the hell over. Just like one ole’ bad canoeing trip.
So, my advice to PJM readers all over the country … let’s all move to the Midwest, particularly the strip of states from North Dakota to Texas. We gotta keep the people in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Miami from tipping us all into either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.
UPDATE (Thursday, 7:20 p.m. ET) – Johnson has finally said he was joking about the Guam “capsizing” comment. He says, according to a statement:
“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.”
Yeah … ok Hank. He claims he was simply using humor to show how Guam’s delicate environment can be affected by the addition of that many people. But, yet and still, Johnson is ok with all the trees they tear in metro Atlanta for houses, lack of adequate mass transit, and the daily smog alerts his constituents face in the summer??? Explain that to me, Gilligan!