On His 1st Day, A Congressman Assumes His Brown-Skinned Colleagues Are Foreigners. It Gets Awkward.

This is why we don't make assumptions based on skin color, kids.

Freshman Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Florida) came to his first day on the House Foreign Affairs Committee trying to lay down the law using his impressive experience of being the boss-guy everyone had to listen to in his private-sector job. He didn't realize he was speaking to senior U.S. officials from the State Department and Commerce Department even though they were introduced as such by one of the chairmen. Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar were exceedingly gracious about the whole thing, I must say!

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Curt Clawson: I am familiar with your country. I love your country, and I understand the complications of so many languages and so many cultures and so many histories, all rolled up in one. So 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 and there to be freedom of capital, so that both sides are on the same territory. And I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?

Nisha Biswal: I think your question is to the Indian government, and we certainly share your sentiments, and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the U.S. government.

Curt Clawson: Of course. Okay. Let's see some progress.

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This video of Rep. Curt Clawson came from The Cable on ForeignPolicy.com. Thanks for capturing this prime example of a first-day-on-the-job don't, FP.

Aug 04, 2014

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