Congressman Joe Wilson Apologizes for Yelling “You Lie” During Obama’s Speech

September 10, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Following in the foot steps of some of state’s other fine Republican politicians (see Governor, Mark Sanford, Kristin Maguire), South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R) yelled out “You lie!” during President Obama’s major health care speech on Wednesday, when the President said the legislation would not mandate coverage for undocumented immigrants.  Apparently Wilson thought he was in a in town hall meeting, where it seems to be the rule of thumb or perhaps mob, that public speakers get shouted down.  During the post-presidential address coverage on CNN, Senator John McCain  (R-AZ) told Larry King, Congressman Wilsons actions were “totally disrespectful—[there’s] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.”  Later Wilson attempting some damage control for his major faux pas published his statement of apology on his website which subsequently crashed.

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.

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn , a fellow South Carolinian, said Wilson’s heckling was more damaging to South Carolina’s reputation than the exploits of Republican Gov. Mark Sanford , who admitted to having an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman.

“I thought he [the governor] had embarrassed us as much as we could be embarrassed. But to have a congressman use the floor of the House of Representatives in a joint session to insult the president the way Joe Wilson did is as embarrassing as anything anyone could think of,” Clyburn said. “Our state can do without this.”

The Huffington Post notes, the non-partisan organization has debunked the claim that health care reform would mandate coverage for illegal immigrants.


5 Responses to “Congressman Joe Wilson Apologizes for Yelling “You Lie” During Obama’s Speech”

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  2. Jerry Yekeh on September 10th, 2009 9:07 am

    Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelling ” You Lie ” during President Obama’s address to Joint Session indicates how racism is enbeded in the minds of some of our Representatives in Washington. This is a nation of Liberty
    but this representative must not be let off the hook with a mere apology.

  3. Ol' Whip on September 10th, 2009 9:18 am

    Accepting his apology at face value, perhaps he should give it some meaning by leading those radicals in his own party back to something resembling civil discourse?

    Contrition is one thing, making amends is another and just as important.

    Representative Wilson,

    The ball is in your court.

  4. Deborah on September 10th, 2009 11:53 am

    I hear Rahm had a little talk with him. I thought I saw Rambo carrying a long package wrapped in newspaper.
    These guys from Chicago are tough, I personally wouldn’t want to mess with them.
    I guess you can be brave and dumb at the same time Mr. Wilson.

  5. CL on September 11th, 2009 3:32 am

    Joe Wilson’s congressional websit did not crash. Here are two tests prove it:

    1) goto Wilson’s house dot gov site, press F5 to refresh repeatedly – you’ll get an IP denial.

    2) goto house dot gov and pick another congressman, do the same – their site will not block you on refresh.

    He’s turned off his website so people can’t send him email or look up his office phone #.

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