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Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson worries loading too many people onto Guam could capsize the island

April 1, 2010 |  3:22 am

First, before you watch this short but remarkable video, a little background on Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson.

He's from Georgia's Fourth District. A Washington, D.C. native, he's the fellow who took office in 2007 after knocking off former five-term Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney.

A former county judge, the 55-year-old is an attorney, a standard liberal Democrat, receiving 100 ratings from the ADA and ACLU.

In this House Armed Services Committee hearing last Friday (no, it wasn't April Fool's Day), Johnson was questioning Admiral Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific fleet, about the stationing of 5,000 additional U.S. Marines and their families on the western Pacific island of Guam, a 212-square-mile American territory that is 30 miles long and from four to 12 miles wide. 

President Obama will visit there this summer.

Of course, since Johnson is one of 535 members of the United States Congress, everything he says is important. But pay particular attention to the congressman's comments starting at the 1:16 mark and the pregnant pause after his stated concern and hand gestures.

Followed by the admiral's admirably measured military response.

Also, remember you are paying Congressman Johnson's salary this year -- $174,000.

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Ummm, I think some prescription painkillers might be involved in this . . .

Wow. What a moron! I guess there were also plenty of morons who ELECTED him too.

I'm revising my previous comment, he's not only a moron, I think he's high.

Obama fired Gerald Walpin and questioned his mental capablities, yet this brain dead elected official is OBVIOUSLY INCAPABLE of thinking clearly and performing his duties in congress.

No surprise here. Obama needs equally ignornant people surrounding him.

And the idiot goes on to reflexively mutter some complete non-sequitur about...." warming...errr...climate change..."

We are in the very best of hands, America.

Congressman Johnson makes Dan Quayle look like a Pulitzer nominee. He should invest a large part of his salary in geography, environmental science and public speaking lessons.
You have to hand it to Admiral Willard. You can tell he has years of experience suffering fools calmly. He'd be a terrific straight man in a comedy - oh wait! He WAS a terrific straight man in a comedy!
I can't finish this cuz a really big ship is coming into the inner harbor and according to Congressman Johnson, it will make a really big wave that will roll north to drown us all -

and this is an example of the leadership we're going to have running our health care???

To quote John Mayer, "Why, why, Georgia, why?!"

WTF! Is this guy serious? Scarily, he is 100x's better than that idiot McKinney.

I watched this and couldn't help but think that the Admiral
Has far more discipline than I could have mustered under the circumstances. I know that I could not have resisted the urge to dope slap this fool back to reality! Oh, is that
violent speech?

Maybe there are zero comments here because we are all just speechless!

Thats AWSOME can you believe Rainman was elected to congress. Makes you feel all secure about our leadership. He's probably the smartest of all the congressmen!!!!!!!

This guy is an attorney and was a judge? He talked like he had a third grade education. Is he on medication? The island could tip over? Does Guam float? I did not know that.
It must have been all anyone could do not to break out in hysterical laughter.

If this had been a white Republican from Georgia, the media would be having a field day with this.

This poor man needs to be led away by the hand to a comfortable chair where he can watch tv and quit taxing his brain. Unfreakingbelievable! How did the Admiral keep from laughing out loud? Or the people behind him? Or the entire chamber?

Does this idiot think that Guam is just free-floating out there? How can an island capsize? Sounds like a Gilligan's Island rerun. Makes me mad that this doofus takes $174,000 of our tax money each year (probably much more by the time you figure his expense account and benefits).


All i have to say is wow......

This is the funniest durn thing I've heard all week. Is this guy a walking fool or what?

I'm from GA. Usually our politicians are insane white rednecks. I'm not from this guy's district, but I'd still like to apologize to everyone about this.

Well, I'd like to apologize for the white rednecks, too.

What a sorry state this is.

We don't have to claim him as a Georgian since he's a D.C. native... but he is better than Cynthia McCrazy.

This is a perfect example of the intelligence of the folks who support and, in spite of massive public opposition, vote to impose government-run health care.

They assume, or they have been taught by their liberal educators to believe, islands float!

Vote all Democrats out in November 2010!

What a moron....!

This Congressman is an idiot! Is he kidding?

What the heck?


Guam will capsize......

Man mande global warming.....

The new health care bill will save billions......

*laughing and laughing and laughing*



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