Blarney Frank -- the same blubbering old fool, and hardly frank in his reply
When the student said, "You're a public representative, I'm a student," Frank interrupted, "Oh, which allows you to say things which you don't back up." Rude and a non sequitur, but what else could we expect?
The student was not making any allegations or assertions, but asking an open-ended question. He was remarkably composed, compared to how I'd be. "It does [interrupting laughter] it does allow me to ask you a question, I'm waiting for you to explain, how much, if any, responsibility do you think you have?"
Then Frank went on a tangent about the student being "entitled" to his freedom of speech. See how gracious Lord Frank is, to permit a peasant to rise up from a prostrate position for a few moments? Even so, how dare the peasant make the lord think he was being accusatory!
The student clarified for the functionally illiterate Frank, "I didn't accuse you of anything." All he was asking was, how much responsibility does Frank think he has for this crisis, considering he pushed through all the gargantuan "stimulus" and TARP legislation? "If you say 'none,' that's fine!"
Frank still couldn't answer the question, getting more defensive about the "accusation," babbling about trying to get hedge funds registered and the "right-wing" attacks on him, and incorrectly saying the student called on him to "apologize." The student never said that!
And Frank lied. "Congress did not vote to give AIG that -- money." Not originally, no, because it was initially done through the Federal Reserve. But subsequent funds came out of the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," which Bernanke specifically pushed for as the means of "saving" financial companies, including AIG, and which Frank not only voted for but co-sponsored.
Now who's being "disingenuous"?