Housing Secretary Ben Carson confuses real estate term 'REO' with Oreo cookies

Larry Hoffman
May 23, 2019

Things continued to get even more awkward from there.

Carson, a renowned doctor and John's Hopkins University's former director of pediatric neurosurgery, fired back by touting his endurance during marathon surgeries.

He replied, "It would be very nice if you would stop acting-" but did not answer before Pressley's time expired.

Carson said it was "silly" he hadn't been allowed to respond and proceeded to explain his position that he believed more money wouldn't solve the nation's housing crisis.

"REO stands for 'Really Excellent OREO (cookie).' Everyone knows that", Oreo Cookie tweeted to its 846,000 followers. Watching Rep. Katie Porter dunking on Ben Carson for confusing REOs with Oreos.

While illegal immigrants are already barred from receiving federal housing subsidies, families of mixed-immigration status can score these benefits as long as one of the members was born in the US or is the spouse of a citizen-providing a "loophole" for many illegals.

Carson, however, appeared to have misheard Porter, thinking she was referring to the delicious chocolate sandwich cookie.

Several hours after the incident, which immediately went viral, the Oreo Cookie official Twitter page, run by the snack manufacturing company Mondelez International, weighed in on the REO acronym definition, apparently in jest.

The hearing came on the heels of a damning report claiming that Carson violated the law with his exorbitant spending to decorate his office on Capitol Hill. "Sending some your way!" his tweet read.

She explained that REO relates to properties that go into foreclosure, instead of going to loss mitigation or other alternatives that are less likely to result in owners losing their houses.

Carson later joked about the back-and-forth, but the joke seemed to be on him. The cookie. He had no idea what REOs are, a basic real estate term.

Velazquez later tweeted: "Thanks for mansplaining, Mr. Secretary, but what's NOT logical is cutting housing budget and then saying there's a housing shortage!"

Only the "best" people.

Beatty wanted to know whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development had such an office and whether he worked with its head.

Democrats, however, stand fiercely opposed to the plan because it would mean leaving thousands of legal minors-many of them born in the U.S.by illegal parents-homeless.

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