I took some heat from McCain fans after posting his “senior moment” on Youtube a few weeks ago. However, freshman House republican Curtis Clawson put McCain’s name-flub to shame. However, we do have to give Rep. Clawson a little slack… I mean he just started his new job as a politician a month ago.
While addressing two U.S. Officials at a congressional meeting for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clawson didn’t seem to realize he was talking to Americans. Fairly, the two officials do have names which aren’t very Judea-Christian in their origins (Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar), and both of them do have an appearance of possibly originating from that area of the world. However, Clawson’s clumsy introduction speech was something straight out of the movie Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantamano Bay.
John Hudson over at The Cable covered the awkward moment for Clawson extensively.
“I’m familiar with your country; I love your country,” the Florida Republican said. “Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I’m willing and enthusiastic about doing so.”
Apparently confused by their Indian surnames and skin color, Clawson also asked if “their” government could loosen restrictions on U.S. capital investments in India.
“Just as your capital is welcome here to produce good-paying jobs in the U.S., I’d like our capital to be welcome there,” he said. “I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?”
The question prompted a lengthy pause and looks of confusion from State Department and congressional staff attending the hearing.
“I think your question is to the Indian government,” Biswal said. “We certainly share your sentiment, and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the U.S.”
Here is the video of the awkward moment…