Excellent grasp of the obvious…
Possibly the stupidest thing ever uttered in the House of Representatives, Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) famously fretted that the US Territory of Guam just might “tip over and capsize” if too many US servicemen where permanently stationed on the American outpost in the Western Pacific.
However, Rep Al Green (D-TX) is certainly is giving Johnson a run for his money in the congressional Make-an-Ass-of-Yourself contest.
At a hearing on Capitol Hill of the House Financial Services Committee, CEOs of seven of the nation’s largest banking institutions voluntarily agreed to testify before the same.
When it came time for Green to question the bankers, his line of questioning certainly appeared to be to be equal parts stupidity, contempt, and condescending attitude.
As reported by CNSNews.com;
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) asked seven of the nation’s leading bankers on Wednesday to confirm their race.
“As I look at the panel, and I’m grateful for your attendance, the–the eye would perceive that the seven of you have something in common. You appear to be white men. I may be mistaken,” Green said at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee.
“If one among you happens to be something other than a white male, would you kindly extend a hand into the air? Kindly let the record reflect that there are no hands in the air and that the panel is made up of white men,” Green continued.
“This is not a pejorative,” Green said. “You’ve all sermonized to a certain extent about diversity. If you believe that your likely successor will be a woman or a person of color, would you kindly extend a hand into the air?” [No hands raised.]
Then Green told the bank executives, “For fear that you may not hear me, just raise your hand now so that I’ll know you’re there. Raise your hand, please. All of you. Sir, apparently you don’t hear me over on the end. Would you kindly extend a hand into the air if you can hear me?”
Green prodded all of them to raise their hands, which the bankers did — reluctantly.