WASHINGTON D.C. – One politician’s concerns over an island may have been misunderstood and now he’s the butt of countless jokes!
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson has become an internet sensation after comments he made during an Armed Services Committee meeting. Johnson never intended to gain such attention and has become the laughing stock of thousands.
Is the island of Guam in danger of tipping over and capsizing? That more or less covers the basics of Johnson’s concerns. He addressed the matter to Adm. Robert Willard, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson said in the meeting with a look of complete seriousness.
The admiral seemed to take the concern seriously. “We don’t anticipate that,” he said.
As the mockery spiraled out of control, Johnson issued a statement.
“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” he said. He clarified that he was “using a metaphor” to describe how adding military personnel to the island “could be a tipping point which could adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and could overburden its stressed infrastructure.”