Joe Wilson Dishonors Congress by Calling President a Liar During Speech

 As President Obama addressed the joint session of Congress one representative demonstrated disdain for the president, and his agenda by calling him a liar. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina said the president was lying when he said the healthcare benefits would not be extended to illegal aliens. Wilson screamed “lie” and at that point the president paused for a moment and then resumed his point.  Wilson must have channeled some of the hostility that we witnessed this summer at the town hall meetings. He just felt the need to get rowdy. Other Republicans demonstrated good manners by simply not applauding for those points they opposed.  Sen. John McCain said that the Congressman was totally disrespectful and he should apologize. Wilson apologized after speech and said ”This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the president’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.” This is typical GOP say what you want to say and then apologize, but you got it out there and tomorrow Wilson will be the toast of the right, and that is the audience he answers to.

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  • Elogam  On September 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Wilson’s behavior was inappropriate. He took responsibility for his actions and apologized. He’s paying a price for his comment, because his election opponent has received thousands of dollars in donations since his outburst. Contrast his behavior with that of the dems like Maxine Waters, etc,who–in session–accused GWB of “lying” to the American public about the war in Iraq. They didn’t apologize, and they are still the toast of the Democratic party. Bottom line, Republicans are held to a higher standard of conduct than their Democratic counterparts. Sadly, Wilson is actually correct that this health plan WILL cover illegals. The technicality is that the bill doesn’t STIPULATE that, but once it’s signed into law it’s only a lawsuit away from covering illegals.

  • musesofamom  On September 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Let’s keep it real. Democrats have said horrific things about Republicans and vice versa, but no one has yelled out anything to a president during a joint session of Congress. What he did was wrong and it can not be diminshed by saying they do it too. They have not done this. He stands alone in this instance.

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