2. At Least If Guam Capsizes, Global Warming Won’t Be To Blame!
Another Leftist politician from my home state made a big blunder in 2010. This one was Georgia’s 4th District Representative Hank Johnson. In a congressional hearing, Johnson became an international laughing stock when he expressed his worry that the island of Guam is in danger of capsizing because of the number of American troops stationed there:
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.
The derision online quickly gained momentum Thursday.
A note from a reader to a blog at National Review Online said, “My son is stationed on Guam. I just sent him the video and told him to run to the other side of the island. He said one of his shipmates showed up to work with a life vest on!”
Just so you know, Johnson’s district is the one that elected Cynthia McKinney repeatedly. It’s a district that borders mine, and yes, it worries me that the folks who elected McKinney and Johnson are in such close proximity to me. But I digress.
Later on that week, Johnson attempted to issue an explanation:
“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” he said. Johnson said he was “using a metaphor” to describe how adding more military personnel to the tiny island “could be a tipping point which could adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and could overburden its stressed infrastructure.”
Sure, Hank. We believe you. Isn’t it funny that when Leftists make a gaffe like the one Johnson did, they claim to have been speaking metaphorically? Imagine the uproar if George W. Bush or Sarah Palin had said something like this. We’d never hear the end of it.
Check out the video. Hang tight through Johnson’s obsession with the dimensions of the island to get to the good stuff. It’s remarkably impressive how Admiral Willard managed to keep keep from laughing uproariously at the suggestion.