How the cookie crumbles

From CBS News:

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson was quizzed at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, resulting in yet another viral moment for the cabinet official. Appearing before the House Financial Services Committee for an oversight hearing, Democratic Rep. Katie Porter asked Carson to help define what “REOs” are.

For those not in well-versed in housing terminology, “REO” stands for “real estate owned” — a term used to describe foreclosed property that has been transferred back to a bank or lender after an unsuccessful auction. Banks will typically sell REO properties as-is, meaning the buyer buys the home and all the problems along with it.

Carson, however, appeared to have misheard Porter, thinking she was referring to the delicious chocolate sandwich cookie.

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“An Oreo?” Carson responded.

“No, not an Oreo, an R-E-O,” Porter spelled out.

What followed was an awkward back and forth with the congresswoman as Carson appeared to not know what REO stands for, responding: “Real estate?”

“What does the O stand for?” Porter probed.

“Organization?” Carson suggested. Porter retorted: “Owned. ‘Real estate owned.’ That’s what happens when a property goes into foreclosure. We call it an REO.”

At least totally unqualified Sleepy Ben didn’t mention the guards in the Wizard of Oz.

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10 responses to “How the cookie crumbles

  1. Sherry Shirk

    I can’t bear it some days. These are the unbearable days. Appreciate you and your talent. Sherry

    On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 6:08 PM HYSTERICAL RAISINS wrote:

    > nonnie9999 posted: “From CBS News: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) > Secretary Ben Carson was quizzed at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, > resulting in yet another viral moment for the cabinet official. Appearing > before the House Financial Services Committee for an oversi” >

  2. And this guy is supposed to be a brain surgeon? Sometimes I wonder if he donated his own to research to help the profession.

    I have no idea what an REO is either (or at least I didn’t until I read this), but I’m not posing as the HUD secretary.

    You can see why I’m counting down days to the inauguration of the next President. The end of this clown show can’t come soon enough.

    Who is the woman in your version of the Oreo ad? You changed the face, but I don’t recognize her.

    • Infidel, the most infuriating thing is that Sleepy Ben thinks his complete ignorance and incompetence is a laugh riot. He tweeted himself with a package of Oreos afterwards. His arrogance is astounding!

      The woman in my version is California’s magnificent Katie Porter, my favorite new member of Congress. She is the same Katie Porter who took JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon over her knee and smacked the shit out of him in a hearing. She also took the textbook she wrote and slapped the shit out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director, Kathy Kraninger. AOC might have the sizzle, but Katie Porter brings the steak and several side dishes. She doesn’t get enough attention, but I suspect I will one day have the honor to vote for her in a federal election.

  3. Satire is dead. Or else it’s alive and has mistaken itself for reality and is taking over the world and has lost its sense of humor. Either way, I’m going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head.

    • I think irony died a horrible death in 2016, and its children, satire and parody died along with it. A whole family wiped out. Sad!

      P.S. Thanks for the retweet on Twitter, Ellen! It’s appreciated. 😉

  4. therub

    both funny & pathetic. when an incompetent president disrespects our institutions so much that he puts versions of himself in charge of them then this is what happens. i wonder if he twists the cookie open to lick the creamy filling first?

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