Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Who is going to shoot Obama?"

-- Question asked by an attendee at a town hall event hosted by Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun on Tuesday

What's more alarming than the question itself (as it likely came from one of Oglethorpe County's many redneck dumb-asses) was the answer (which came from a member of the United States Congress).

Broun didn't immediately denounce the remark -- he didn't even say, "Look, regardless of how angry you are you can't ask me something like that; it's unconscionable to even make a joke about the assassination of the President of the United States, especially in the current political climate and given the recent shooting of an elected official who sits about fifty feet away from me in the House."

No, as you might expect, Broun entertained the staggeringly irresponsible comment by responding with a tepid, "I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller -- who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Seriously, Broun's answer shouldn't surprise anyone -- after all he's the spineless asshole who spent the last State of the Union address doing this.

(Update: In addition to TPM now reporting that Broun himself laughed at the question -- as did the rest of the audience at the meeting -- the Secret Service is releasing information about the commenter. It describes him as an "elderly person," with another audience member calling him "some old man." Surprise!)


Steven D Skelton said...

The congressman not having an appropriate answer doesn't really bother me. Politicians have canned answers for most all expected questions, and I doubt "Who is going to kill the president?" is one of those questions. He was probably caught off guard.

What bothered me was the reported laughter and chuckling in the crowd. People there thought the question was funny.

Chez said...

Good point.

Anonymous said...

TPM is now reporting that Broun himself chuckled at the question. And this is the guys who still uses the old "War of Northern Agression" line.

This is a week filled with revealing tells about the true infantile nature of the modern Republican politician.

Anonymous said...

how is the secret service handling this?

Sommer said...

.....I'm from Oglethorpe County.

Not even joking.

My entire family still lives there.

This apple fell so far from the tree.

Chez said...

Obviously, not everyone in Oglethorpe or any other county in America is an ignorant shithead -- but damn if there don't seem to be a very specific type en masse there.