Give U.S. Representative Pete Sessions credit for participation. In December, he met with a group of students from Richardson's Berkner High School to answer some questions and be filmed for a C-SPAN contest in which the students were competing.
The students seem well informed -- or at least well prepped -- and Sessions seems game. You can see in the full video, which was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, below.
For most of the meeting, Sessions is Sessions. He rails about national security and Edward Snowden holding the country hostage, goes on and on about new healthcare spending crippling the economy and gets excited when one of the more avaricious youngsters in the class asks a question about government "ponzi schemes enslaving youth in debt."
The whole thing is about what you'd expect until, at about the 44 minute mark, Sessions takes a question about 9/11 from a member of the class who seems to have read a lot of truther literature.
After a little conspiracy background, the teenager asks Sessions: "Do you think that the government has withheld important information regarding 9/11 because it does not agree with the official narrative given in 2001?"
A simple "no" would have sufficed. Sessions chose to go another direction.
"Do you think that Oswald is the only person to shoot Jack Kennedy?" Sessions asks rhetorically. "I don't know. You know if they go down there and re-create it, it's really hard for a guy with that rifle to pop, pop, pop, pop."
He then tells the class that when his dad, William Sessions, was FBI director, the thing people asked him the most was who actually killed Kennedy.
"I don't know. I was in Washington. I wasn't close," he goes on. "But let me tell you, that plane did land at the Pentagon."
So, at least he doesn't think it was all made up. Like the moon landing.
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