Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) needs to switch to decaff, when leaving a Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser last week he was asked by a couple of college students about his feelings regarding the Obama Agenda. The Congressman’s reaction was to grab the student first by the wrist and then by the back of his neck, while repeating over and over What is your Name. Below is two different videos from different angles.(video source The College Politico)
“Bob Etheridge has lost it. His conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress,” Jon Thompson, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.
Etheridge sent out a press release this morning apologizing for the incident:
Washington, DC, Jun 14 – U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:
“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.”
The strange part of this is the Congressman assumed that the kids had a viewpoint different than his. His apology says “No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become” The kids politely asked a general question, “Do you support the Obama agenda?” before the Congressman went crazy. The congressman has learned nothing from the incident, he delivered an apology meant to cast aspersions on the college student he assaulted.