Democratic U.S. House of Representative Hank Johnson said that the island nation of Guam will capsize, subsequently causing an Internet sensation. On Thursday, he said he was merely using subtle humor.
My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize, said Johnson to Admiral Robert Willard at a committee meeting.
Willard, with what appeared to be a smile, said, We don't anticipate that, adding that Guam only has over a hundred thousand people.
His video-taped blunder at a House Armed Services Committee on Mar. 25. was subsequently uploaded to YouTube and played on several radio stations.
Johnson was concerned that relocating several thousand marine troops could possibly be problematic for the small island nation. Guam may not be able to hold several thousand more people because it is 24 miles long and about 7 miles wide at the least widest place and about 12 miles on the widest part of the island, said Johnson.
Rep. Johnson said on Thursday that he was merely being funny and used the capsize term in a metaphorical sense.
"The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island, said Johnson in a statement on Thursday.
As of Friday evening, over 1.3 million people have watched two of the videos on YouTube, both uploaded on Wednesday and Thursday.
After the capsize remark, Johnson expressed concern that relocating the marines may cause ecological harm to Guam, which is a U.S. territory.
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