Stephanie Condon, CBS News, April 1, 2010
In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island, Johnson expressed some concerns about the plans to Adm. Robert Willard, head 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. Willard paused and replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”
Online pundits have wasted no time lampooning the congressman for his remarks.
According to the Hill, a spokesman for Johnson responded to the incident by saying the congressman is concerned the influx of military personnel will overwhelm the island’s infrastructure and ecosystem.
[Editor’s Note: You can listen to Congressman Johnson’s remarks here and judge for yourself whether he actually thinks an island can tip over.]