Lordy, Seagulls, And ‘No Fuzz’: Relive All The Best Moments From Comey’s Riveting Testimony
Merriam-Webster joined the fun more than once
Chicago customers head to the bar R Public House, which opened five hours early, to watch former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate intelligence committee on June 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
Former FBI Director James Comey kicked off his public hearing Thursday morning by letting the Senate Intelligence Committee know he expected them to have done their homework, declining to repeat the “explosive” written testimony he released on Wednesday.
Trying to find something of substance in Comey’s opening statement like https://t.co/igLC4JPREg— GOP (@GOP) 1496863864
Though the Republican party insisted there was nothing of substance to be found in Comey’s statements, the internet begged to differ, capturing Comey’s sincere, apparently damning, and at times downright weird live testimony in all its glory.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
Early on, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) pressed Comey, asking, “Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr. President, this is wrong, I cannot discuss this with you?'”
Comey answered by saying, “I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in and the only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind to remember every word he said, I was playing in my mind, what should my response be? That's why I very carefully chose the words. I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes," he said.
The moment was an instant Twitter classic.
Newsroom email: NPR style will be "lordy," not "lordie." (Apparently 'lawdy' not in consideration)— Scott Detrow (@Scott Detrow) 1496934339
Comey saying “Lordy.” Warner saying “Amen.” This isn’t a congressional hearing. It’s church. #ComeyDay https://t.co/NUkrZQXUxz— 🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿 (@🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿) 1496934069
And nobody could wait until Merriam-Webster chimed in.
Waiting for the @MerriamWebster tweet re “Lordy."— J. Lester Feder (@J. Lester Feder) 1496933878
Which it did, in uncharacteristically nonchalant fashion.
Here it is: https://t.co/IgqOb5hPN2 #ComeyHearing https://t.co/7Xkxw37lVt— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster) 1496933934
“The media was camping at the end of my driveway at that point, and I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide, and I worried that it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach."
Members of the media had to give this one to Comey.
Journalists can't be mad about Comey calling us seagulls, we've all seen what happens to a box of doughnuts in a newsroom. It is what it is.— Joe (@Joe) 1496937574
Giving info to media "like feeding seagulls at the beach?" Fact check: True.— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1496936370
"I was worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach." Never have I heard the news media better described #ComeyDay— Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann) 1496936358
“I had to call my wife and break a date with her.”
By now, Comey’s January dinner with Trump—in which the then President-elect demanded his loyalty—has taken on a notorious air. Asked if Comey had in any way initiated the dinner, he immediately scoffed and again brought up his wife.
Comey says Trump called him at work to invite him to dinner — and he had to cancel a date with his wife. :( https://t.co/ss3ebCUuHj— David Mack (@David Mack) 1496936746
Trump realizing Comey didn't enjoy their date night #TrumpRussia https://t.co/OMcqWyVHAw— Neo's Desk (@Neo's Desk) 1496937451
Comey said he had to break a date night with his wife to meet with Trump. Mike Pence didn't realize it was that easy. #ComeyDay— Bryce McLeay (@Bryce McLeay) 1496937041
“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever, the Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle.”
The former FBI Director
minced fuzzed no words when he confirmed that the Russians did, in fact, commit a hostile act by interfering with the 2016 U.S. election.
"The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose, they did it with sophistication."-Comey, fuzz-free— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca) 1496935769
I never imagined that Comey would ever say fuzz so much during his testimony. #fuzz #comey— ✨Rachel✨ (@✨Rachel✨) 1496935660
Of course, Merriam-Webster had to weigh in again.
We're a little fuzzy on Comey's usage #ComeyHearing https://t.co/XrYSYHVoOI— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster) 1496936620
Is James Comey Dale Cooper IRL?
With a reprise of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks back on air, starring FBI Agent Dale Cooper (known for employing his own odd turns of phrase), the comparisons ran rampant.
It seems to me that Comey's "Lordy" and "fuzz" could have been scripted by @DAVID_LYNCH It was perfect. @Kyle_MacLachlan @SHO_TwinPeaks— Jennifer Pringle (@Jennifer Pringle) 1496942338
"I proceed as usual, my mind clear and focused..." - FBI Agent, Dale Cooper #cooper #comey https://t.co/GxGNpXEz4T— Charley Mull (@Charley Mull) 1496938019
And we can’t forget about the hearing’s other star, John McCain.
Toward the end of the hearing, 80-year-old Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) either showed his age or a refusal to take a stand, engaging Comey in a number of strange queries.
Rachel Maddow’s description was an understatement, to say the least.
Whatever you think of the questions from every other Sen on the committee, they all made sense. McCain's remarks were a departure from that.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC) 1496940290
Especially when you take a look at the other Senators in attendance.
Other senators' faces as McCain talks. https://t.co/2x1nmRzbkQ— Emma Loop (@Emma Loop) 1496939968
Americans watching John McCain during #ComeyDay be like: https://t.co/icKmLRuDvy— CONTENT (@CONTENT) 1496941058
McCain apparently felt he had to address his unusual behavior, and released a press release on Thursday afternoon.
McCain issues a statement on his hearing questions, suggests he shouldn't "stay up late watching Diamondbacks night… https://t.co/ctLZ5ws1I4— Jeremy Herb (@Jeremy Herb) 1496947192
… So, how’d you do?
Though there were no smoking guns in Comey’s testimony, he addressed many of the public’s concerns about the ongoing Russia investigation—and many Twitter users appeared to keep score, going so far as to employ a #ComeyBingo hashtag.
Yep, it's #Comeyday and @BillionsWriters are playing #ComeyBingo! https://t.co/fRXXFB9kp7— Brian Koppelman (@Brian Koppelman) 1496931299
fresh off the press Comey Hearing Bingo cards made by your's truly. https://t.co/wfqECSuEwh— Maddie Crichton (@Maddie Crichton) 1496890436
Man we should've put Lordy and Amen on this Bingo card https://t.co/PK43EAjfMQ— Xeni (@Xeni) 1496934245