April Fool’s Joke? Congressman Fears Island of Guam Would ‘Capsize’

April 1, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Oh, boy. The April Fool’s jokes are coming to us fast and furious today. A U.S. Congressman, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), recently remarked during a House Armed Services Committee hearing that he had grave concerns that the tiny Island of Guam would actually “tip over” if thousands of new Marines were deployed there.

The two-term Senator from Georgia, made his mockable remarks, during a hearing in which Admiral Robert Willard presented his plans to the panel to deploy 8,000 Marines to the American territory in the Western Pacific Ocean. After what seemed like a lengthy discussion about the exact size of the Island. (For the record, it has an area of 212 square miles, making it the largest island in the Mariana island chain.)

Johnson then delivered the money quote:

“My fear,” Johnson said, “is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Without a change in expression, the stoic Admiral Willard responded:

“We don’t anticipate that. The Guam population, I think, currently about 175,000, and again, with 8,000 Marines and their families, it’s an addition of about 25,000 more into the population.”

Johnson’s office told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Congressman is known for his “deadpan” delivery and that he was using a “facetious metaphor.”

Later, in response to questions asking if the video was an April Fool’s joke, Johnson issued a formal response to his “tipping over” comment:

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” said Johnson. “I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction to the port on the tiny island with a population of 180,000 – could be a tipping point which would adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and over burden its already overstressed infrastructure.

Watch and enjoy:

Source: Talking Points Memo


8 Responses to “April Fool’s Joke? Congressman Fears Island of Guam Would ‘Capsize’”

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  3. Steve on April 2nd, 2010 10:36 am

    Anyone ever notice how the media treats democrats when they say something incredibly stupid? It either ignores it completely or if the story somehow gets out to us peasants they go out of their way to defend the politician.

  4. r.c.nauman on April 2nd, 2010 12:46 pm

    how could anybody that dumb get elected to congress.there must be a lot of stupid people in his district.

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  6. Doc WIlson on April 2nd, 2010 2:14 pm

    No one in Congress is that stupid, if you go on to watch the whole line of questioning he’s talking about the economy and the marines impact on a tiny ecosystem like the one in guam. (A small community of fisherman near the famed Galapagos island nearly disrupted that island system). You can tell it from the very good answer the Admiral gave which is defending the possible impact of the marines on the ecosystem.

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