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Tipping Point

During a House Armed Services Committee meeting, Congressman Hank Johnson (Dem., Ga.) worried about the impact of troops stationed on Guam, which he established is long and narrow. “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over, uh, and capsize,” Johnson said, with a totally straight face. “We don’t anticipate that,” replied Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The exchange was televised, and resulting clips quickly went viral online, with millions of views. As ridicule escalated, Johnson said he was simply “using a metaphor.” (RC/Atlanta Journal-Constitution) ...Right, sort of like how he’ll “lose in a landslide” in the next election.
Story Update: So much for my tagline prediction: Johnson was not only re-elected, he was still serving as of 2020.
Original Publication Date: 04 April 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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