Rep. Joe Wilson Of S.C. Calls Obama A Liar During President’s Speech To Congress


s-JOE-WILSON-largeAnother South Carolina politician who just can’t control himself. GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of S.C. yelled You lie!” at Obama in the middle of the President’s Health Care speech to Congress earlier today when the President mentioned that the legislation he was proposing would NOT mandate coverage for illegal immigrants.

For the record, the non-partisan organization FactCheck.org has debunked the claim that health care reform would mandate such coverage.

Immediately following the President’s speech, Sen. John McCain stated that Wilson’s outburst was “totally disrespectful — [there’s] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.”

And so Wilson did:

“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.”

Well, I certainly hope that in addition to his apology, Mr. Wilson makes another public statement detailing exactly how the President has lied so that we may determine whether or not Mr. Wilson’s proclamation, one which he clearly still stands behind, is truthful in and of itself.

It does feel a bit like the pot calling the kettle black to me as many on the conservative side of the aisle have been spreading misinformation at an alarming rate about Obama’s health care plan.

And perhaps Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sanford could get together to discuss how best to control their destructive urges and stop embarrassing South Carolina before having to deliver public apologies for their misbehavior becomes the state’s norm.

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Rep. Joe Wilson Of S.C. Calls Obama A Liar During President’s Speech To Congress

15 thoughts on “Rep. Joe Wilson Of S.C. Calls Obama A Liar During President’s Speech To Congress

  1. What a horrible act that you did Wilson. we the people of America want you to go national with why you did this? even mccain said you was wrong.. well bottom line we have a new president and he has so far taken care of us. so if that you can not agree with this maybe you need to pack your bags leave D.C. and return to SC. you and Sanford are really running neck in neck for some kind of award. so the next time you get the desire to scream out you lie-perhaps to tweet it would be better.

  2. Stan says:

    We need more people like Joe Wilson who are absolutely fed up to their ears with this joke of a President trying to cram something down our throats that we DO NOT WANT!!!!! He WAS lying and needed to be called on it, in front of the whole country. The government-controlled media won’t tell the truth so someone has to. Go Joe!

  3. halmasonberg says:

    Stan, thanks for your comment. You are a very scary person. Luckily, you do not speak for the majority of Americans. For that I am thankful.

  4. Stan says:

    If you will pay attention, you will find that I am speaking for the majority of Americans. Over $1,000,000 has been donated to Joe since the speech. Also, this man has no business being President until he shows a copy of his birth certificate. He will not because he was born in Kenya. You better do some studying and quit watching TV!

  5. halmasonberg says:

    Again, I find you to be a very scary person and believe you represent a portion of Americans who seem to be very afraid of real change. I will also guess that, even if you don’t recognize it as such, that you are somehow threatened by the idea of a black president. Though I feel confident you will claim this has nothing to do with race. If you truly believe Obama was born in Kenya, you have already shown yourself to be what I would call a conspiracy nut. Something here scares you enough to resort to adopting outright lies as your gospel. If you have genuine issues with Obama’s policies, that I will hear. If you’re claiming he’s not a citizen or is trying to turn the nation into a socialist one, then you are latching onto propagandistic lies created by people who know that there are folks out there in America who are angry and gullible and afraid. If you are not one of these people, then you should know that your actions and statements suggest that you are.

    And for the record, I don’t watch TV. That’s another incorrect assumption on your part.

    While I do support your right to your beliefs and your right to express them, I can not take you seriously when you spout such statements as the ones you have in your above comments.

    Regardless, I do hope you have a good day.

  6. Stan says:

    I am not the least bit scary. I was born in a Christian home in the Midwest to wonderful parents who taught me that there is good and evil in this world. I am married to a wonderful wife, have two super children who are adults. I attend church, have worked at the same job for 33 years and I have learned to pay attention to things and know a little bit about history.
    Mr. Obama is scary. If you will look at the people he has studied, who he quotes, and who he surrounds himself with, you will see why. He and his wife have both quoted excerpts from Saul Alinskys’ book”Rules For Radicals”. Take a look at it.
    Every socialist country becomes so by the government taking over health care. They try to play on peoples emotions by pointing to the poor. It is not the governments place to take care of the poor. We are to do that out of the kindness of our hearts, not by having our wages taken and then handed out by government. Look at what the government is in charge of. Social Security is broke. Medicare is broke. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are broke. The FDIC is broke. The US Postal Service is having financial problems. Cash for Clunkers was broke in one week. This is why they have no business running health care, schools, auto manufacturing, banks, churches or anything else except the military and printing money.
    I am not afraid of a black president. I would vote for J.C. Watts, Walter Williams, or Bill Cosby in a second. I have black friends and people from Africa attend our church. God loves us all the same, but this man managed to get to Harvard despite not having the grades or finances to do so. No one knows where all the campaign donations came from. Something is not right.
    We need the truth. If people are told the truth, they will find their own way. If government is the answer, then how did people leave Missouri and head out West and settle it without them. Government is not the answer, it is the problem. Politicians should not be paid except for reimbursement for travel and expenses. Too much money and power turns it into a monster.
    If you want to live in a country where there is national health care, there are plenty out there. I don’t think you would stay there too long.
    I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy the freedom I have enjoyed and I see it slipping away. It is time to turn this thing around and let “We the people” run things. It’s in our best interest. I have nothing against you or any one else in this country unless they start trying to take what I have worked for or make decisions for me. There are countries that are run that way and I don’t want to visit them let alone live in one. Sorry for the length but not what I have said. My family has fought in wars to keep this kind of thing at bay and free other countries from oppression. Hate to see it be in vain.

    Really do some checking in to what is REALLY going on. Thanks for your time and have a good day. Remember, all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!

  7. halmasonberg says:

    Thanks again. We come from very different worlds indeed. Some of the ways in which you describe yourself as not being scary are actually quite scary to me. I find organized religion, for example, to have quite the potential for scariness. I’ve witnessed quite a lot of destruction done in the name of god. As for national health care, I’ve lived in both Sweden and Canada. I found their systems to offer greater service to more people than ours. It was a revelation and put our system to shame. I felt embarrassed for how far behind the U.S. was in this arena. However, I love America and would like to see our nation show a bit more respect and humanity toward its citizens. You make a grave mistake when you think health care reform is simply about taking care of the poor. It has moved so far beyond that. Grotesquely beyond that. It is far from being the poor who are without health care or have health care that does not serve them when they need it. As someone who has done research, you should know that. It also seems to me that we want something completely different from government. What i saw in the Bush Administration were the very things I believed we were fighting against in previous wars.

    I want a government that takes care of its people. That respects its citizens more than their own purses. Obama for me represents that possibility. From where I stand, you see evil lurking. From where I stand, evil doesn’t exist except in the hearts of men who fear it. And even if evil were a real thing, I assure you, Obama is far from the embodiment of it.

    Again, I think your comments here shine a brighter light on you and your fears than they do on anything having to do with Obama.

  8. halmasonberg says:

    Oh, and in addition, Stan, you should know by now that what Obama is proposing isn’t nationalized medicine. His plan keeps private insurance companies in business. You don’t have to change your insurance company or doctor. What he’s doing is offering an alternative for those who cannot afford private insurance costs. And that extends far beyond America’s “poor”. The way in which Obama’s proposal WILL effect the private insurance companies is that it will keep them from raising the costs of insurance. It will also prevent them from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. It will also make sure that they do not deny coverage to those who are already insured. Believe it or not, this happens regularly. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. There is no socialism going on here. Just a nation making sure that no one is left out or taken advantage of. How or why anyone would fight this is beyond me. Your solution, while claiming to be about generosity, allows people in this country to not only go bankrupt trying to meet medical costs, but actually results in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Americans. As a Christian, you of all people should be supporting this.

  9. Randy says:

    Stan,

    I’m also a white Christian guy originally from the Heartland, for whatever that’s worth–but I can see through the BS Karl Rove and his cronies are feeding you.

    You are buying what the ultra-right is selling because you don’t know any better. I hope you are not planning to do anything to teach anyone a lesson about “the truth” as you call it.

    “He was quiet,” your neighbors will tell the TV cameras after the event. “Stan worked the same job for 33 years,” they’ll say in utter disbelief, “and he…mostly kept to himself.”

    The sad truth is this:

    The Republican Party is intellectually bankrupt–-and is facing a deep crisis. Their very powerful and only half-busted GOP misinformation mechanism continues to mislead, spread false stories and plant lies like the “Obama was born in Africa” tale…and a number of weak-minded people fall for it.

    All of the intelligent thinkers are gone, as are the moderates. Joe Wilson is a prime example of what’s left. He’s just another rude bozo jumping out of the clown car at the low-rent circus that used to be the GOP’s proverbial Big Tent. William F. Buckley is rolling in his grave, as are Dwight D. Eisenhower and the other insightful-but-now-dead GOP thought shapers.

    Check out the new book by Sam Tanenhaus: “The Death of Conservatism.” Interesting stuff, indeed. I’m hoping that, unlike our last president, and despite the 2000-2008 national war on intellectual discourse, some Republicans will pick it up and still aren’t afraid to admit that they read.

    Once you’ve filled up on all things Limbaugh, put down your copy of The Watchtower and pondered the “news” on Fox, check our Thursday’s segment of “Fresh Air” on NPR where they explored the recently shattered Republican Party:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112683449

    Face it: the GOP is under the control of fundamentalist extremists, dogmatic right-wing radicals, dangerous corporate profiteers and anti-intellectuals. A thousand clowns, indeed. All packed inside a Mega Church next to Wal-Mart out on the township extension.

    I know, I know…”they’ll pry my dead cold fingers from my beloved gun” and all that.

    Please give it a break and join the 21st century.

  10. Hi Stan,

    Hal and Randy have eloquently covered everything I’d have said, so I’d just like to go on the record as saying I think you’re pretty damn scary, too. Living in a liberal northeastern bubble, I can occasionally be lulled into a false sense that the majority of my fellow citizens are sane and rational. So I guess I should thank you for the reminder of how wrong I am in such a starry-eyed assumption (I’m still scared, though). Also, while I’m certainly no theological expert, I don’t think Jesus is a big fan of wingnut conspiracy theories, or the spreading of deliberate, divisive, vicious falsehoods to ensure that people are too afraid to work towards a better, fairer world.

  11. Stan says:

    You will know you were wrong when the “czars” are running things. And for the record I have never looked at a Watchtower book or paper, nor am I planning an “event”, just comparing today with history. Pretty sad if you think the majority are insane and irrational. Keep your eyes and ears open. It is more than wing nut conspiracy theories.

  12. Stan says:

    Also, the “Obama was born in Africa” deal was brought to light and is being persued in court by Philip Berg, a life-long Democrat. Conservatism is not dead as NPR would have you believe. Read “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder”. Glad to chat, have a nice day!

  13. halmasonberg says:

    Stan, I certainly hope you were as vocal when the Bush Administration was turning the country over to the corporations and giving trillion dollar tax cuts to America’s wealthiest. And while he was engaging us in an unnecessary war that cost more money than we could sustain, built up a debilitating deficit, killed over 100,000 people (and more Americans than 9/11), engaged in torture practices and refused to put procedures in place that would have prevented the financial crash. Or… did you actually approve of that administration and think they were honoring the constitution and doing what was best for all Americans and honoring your ancestors who fought in previous wars? I mean, if you think Obama’s doing these things, and you are as informed as you claim, then you must have HATED Bush.

  14. Randy says:

    Stan,

    Bless your heart—you’re probably not a bad guy, and I send you honest and good thoughts for happier days ahead.

    When the “czars” start running things in the United States, as your own study of history has shown will soon occur, I will be the first in line to buy you a beer. Heck, I’ll even wash your car and wear a T-shirt that says: “Stan was Right.”

    And I’m really glad to hear that you’re not planning an event.

    Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, it is important to note that I do not think the majority of Americans are insane and irrational. I do, however, think the ultra-right-wing dealers in lies and misinformation are doing a decent job of tricking the feeble minded. In fact, they’re having a field day–which is exactly why I’m here. I’m one of the good guys…and we can’t let them win.

    They noticed the copies of the National Enquirer and Star tabloids with the “Flying Bat Baby” and “Giant Face on Mars is Oprah” stories on the cover, and they recognized a huge market of gullible dopes eager to consume and spread their lies in public and on the Internet.

    Your friend, Philip Berg, makes his living on zany conspiracies: he demanded the disbarment of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas for what he saw as conspiracies in 2001, and later brought a lawsuit against your other friend, President George W. Bush, arguing that Bush conspired in a secret pact to bring about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Most rational people don’t believe these cleverly manufactured conspiracy stories. Most Americans are neither insane nor right wingers; they are solid centrists. It is this very group–the center–that grows and maintains the strongest political backbone between pendulum swings. If not for the center, our nation would have fallen apart many decades ago.

    This group also knows that extremism in any form is dangerous, as any thoughtful student of history and politics discovers.

    Ultra-right-wingers are not patriots. They are, in fact, a poor excuse for real Americans who possess a deep sense of justice and fair play. Best-case scenario: they draw hateful signs and promote misinformation and half-baked conspiracies designed to impugn good men. Worst-case scenario: they blow up federal buildings in Oklahoma, wave the bible, scream at people about the black helicopters and claim a monopoly on the truth.

    Most of them don’t realize that, the farther right you move, the closer you get to the left. Eventually, the ultra-right and the ultra-left end up meeting on common philosophical ground…

    …and then proceed to carve up Poland.

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