This is really incredible to behold.
Phillip A. Washington, Joe Biden's nominee for the position of FAA Administrator – that is, the person in charge of leading and running the Federal Aviation Administration – recently had his Senate confirmation hearing ... and it did not go well. At all.
During the hearing, Senator Ted Budd asked Washington "7 basic questions about aviation policy" ... and he whiffed on every single one of them.
Senator Budd then tweeted the video. Watch this:
That's right, this is the man Biden chose to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. How unsettling is that?
In case you're a little fuzzy about what exactly the FAA is and does, allow Wikipedia to bring you up to speed:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country as well as over surrounding international waters. Its powers include air traffic control, certification of personnel and aircraft, setting standards for airports, and protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles.
The FAA's roles include:
- Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation
- Regulating air navigation facilities' geometric and flight inspection standards
- Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology
- Issuing, suspending, or revoking pilot certificates
- Regulating civil aviation to promote transportation safety in the United States, especially through local offices called Flight Standards District Offices
- Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft
- Researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics
- Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation
Now why on Earth would Joe Biden pick this fellow to lead such a vast and important agency when he clearly lacks the expertise?
The answer to that question, dear reader, I will leave for you to answer for yourself.