Ben Carson Responds to ‘Oreo’ Congresswoman — Offers to Bring Her ‘Up To Date’ on REOs

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Ben Carson revealed during an interview on Wednesday that an incident during a congressional hearing may not have been as embarrassing as first reported.

Speaking to Fox Business the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary discussed an incident during a hearing on Tuesday. As IJR Blue previously reported, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif) asked Carson about real-estate owned properties, leading to an interesting exchange.

PORTER: I’d also like you to get back to me, if you don’t mind, to explain the disparity in REO rates — do you know what an REO is?

CARSON: An Oreo?

PORTER: No, not an Oreo. An REO. R-E-O.

CARSON: Real estate.

Carson responded to reports that he did not understand what she was asking by clarifying that he could not hear and also claiming that some used it as an opportunity to make fun of him.

“You can see that some of the networks are only interested in those kinds of sound bites that they can use to ridicule,” said Carson to Fox News. “The fact of the matter is I was having difficulty hearing her.”

The secretary showed there were no hard feelings by sending her a pack of Oreo cookies.

He also expressed his knowledge on the issue and the progress that has been made.

“And the REO portfolio just over the last 10 years has dramatically decreased by ten-fold you know 65 thousand down to 65 hundred,” Carson said.

Carson suggested that Porter could visit his office to discuss the issue and pushed back at her for her lack of current knowledge.

“So I suspect when Katie Porter was an expert in this area things were very different that’s why I invited her to speak with our staff that deals with these so they can bring her up to date — maybe she would then be able to understand what’s going on,” Carson said.

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deb
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Another clown.. Ben Carson thinks all is a joke…. But the joke is the wigs his less then desirable wife wears and the stupidity of a brain surgeon

Blackhawk 2001
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Blackhawk 2001

Yeah, all you CEOs with vast experience are competent to criticize Ben Carson’s answer to a hostile questioning by Democrats. Because all of you must be in charge of thousands of workers working with hundreds of programs and have your pinkies on every detail.

Uh huh.

And, of course, since you all got to hear the question directly out of the microphone feed instead of in the chamber, the fact that you might have heard the Rep. clearly _obviously_ means that Dr. Carson must have heard her too.

General Confusion
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“PORTER: No, not an Oreo. An REO. R-E-O.” Rep. Katie Porter

Rep. Katie Porter is an awesome new rep and doesn’t get enough good coverage.

I just now listened to this discussion and she was very clear with her words. Ben Carson was definitely confused and out of his element. He is incompetent in the extreme.

Phoenix
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So in fact, he really doesn’t know the answers regarding a topic his departmenr manages, but knows who in his office that can give the answers.

Taking that secretary title a little too literal?

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