If you approach a congressman in Washington D.C. and try to ask them what seems to be a pretty simple question and he goes nuts, grabbing at you and demanding to know who you are … don’t answer him.
Why not answer? This guy is showing aggressive behavior and has enough power – since we gave it to them – to make your life miserable for years to come. I don’t blame the guy for not answering.
Without further comment, I give you Rep. Bob “Who are You” Etheridge (D-N.C.).
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Let’s recap what we saw on this video. A sitting Congressman–a presumed living extension of James Madison and other founding fathers–was asked on a public street whether he supported the President’s agenda. His response was to hit away a video camera and assault a student. The age of Pericles this ain’t.
It is going to be a long, hot summer. But, you’ve been given a target. Act accordingly.
Those of you in North Carolina’s 2nd District have an option this November, and her name is Renee Ellmers.
So, will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) do anything about this assault? Does she care? I’m certain our “get in their face” president will cheer for this type of action, he’s encouraging this stuff.
This guy should be toast…
Someone says “Hi Congressman” and the response is physical assault? Bob Etheridge is the epitome of our elitist, arrogant, abusive federal government. The man should be fired – and hopefully the good people of his state will do what is right. We know the Pelosi Congress will not do what is right.
For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my government (not my country).
Update: ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh-Duham, N.C. got their coverage wrong and selectively edited the video footage and combined it with the anchor’s voice over to give the impression Etheridge got testy only after the do you fully support the Obama agenda question.
Here is a portion of the written text from their online article, with my emphasis in bold.
The story by Breitbart.com contributor Mike Flynn says the men were students. In the video, they ask the congressman if he supports the Obama agenda.
Etheridge’s reaction was to demand to know who the photographers were.
Bull feathers. Etheridge clearly started demanding who are you right about the time the student got the first two words of his question out.
He then got physical – grabbing the camera from one man and then taking him by the wrist.
Let’s make it clear that Etheridge got physical within six seconds from the beginning of the question, and Etheridge took three seconds from the end of the question before he started pushing. Etheridge was looking for a fight; he was mad about something before he arrived on scene.
In the video, the photographer’s faces are blurred and their identities aren’t given. They never identify themselves to the congressman other than to say they’re students working on a project.
Damn straight they didn’t identify themselves. In less than 10 seconds, this congress-critter went from a guy walking down the street to a lunatic. Would you give this obviously angry man your name or school?
When they continue to refuse to identify themselves, Etheridge grabs one around the neck and then the shoulders refusing to let him go. The man eventually slips Etheridge’s grasp and the video ends.
So this ABC affiliate suggests the students identifying themselves would have calmed this lunatic down? I don’t think so!
Etheridge has apologized. Note his staff seems to be commenting on the “viral video” in the headline of the press release. You would think this type of public display would be so embarrassing you’d withdraw from the race immediately and resign his seat, but no…
I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.
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