Video of Senator Joe Wilson
yelling out "you lie" at Obama.
Joe Wilson Apologizes
For Shouting "You Lie!" At Obama
September 12, 2009
Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" after Obama denied that his health care proposal would cover illegal immigrants.
"Shame on you!" shouted someone from the Democratic side. "Throw him out!" shouted someone else. First
Lady Michelle Obama, seated behind and above Wilson, seemed to mouth a drawn-out "damn" at the scene unfolding before her.
Not long after the speech ended, Wilson issued an apology. "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," he said. "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." Wilson also called the White House to apologize.
Wilson's wasn't the only disruption, though it was the most extreme. Throughout the speech, Republican members of Congress repeatedly held up stacks of papers that appeared to represent ideas they had for the bill.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) held signs that read "What Bill?" and "What Plan?"
When Obama told the chamber that the "death panel" lie was, in fact, a lie, a Republican member said loudly enough to be heard in the press gallery, "Read the bill" -- a common refrain at August's angry town hall meetings.
When Obama told the chamber that he had "no interest in putting insurance companies out of business," a Republican member responded with a loud, "Ha!"
"Nineteen years, never, never have I seen anything like this," said a furious Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) after the speech.
"I thought it was very inappropriate behavior, to hold up signs. None of us ever would have done that," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). "I don't think in the Congress of the United States there ought to be catcalls, or people standing up and yelling comments or holding up signs."
Obama, in his speech, referenced Rep. John Dingell's (D-Mich.) father for first introducing universal health care legislation in 1943. Dingell has introduced such a bill every year he's been in Congress and today's House bill bears his name.
"I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last," Obama said of the long history of failed efforts. It struck a chord with Dingell. "The best speech I've ever heard on the floor of the House," he said.
It was great that Sen. Joe Wilson had the guts to yell out and call "Resident" Obama what he IS....A LIAR!!
I lost a little respect for him when he apologized. Should A person apologize for telling the truth....I THINK NOT !! I wouldn't have. I don't care if it upset the decorum of Congress....it's about time someone DID upset it. Who the hell cares about decorum, WE ARE LOSING OUR COUNTRY!....and Obama is leading the way!
"Resident" Obama and his Socialist buddies want you to be politically correct and stick to "decorum". This crap is just a way to stifle people and disable them from exposing lies.
IT IS NOT WRONG to stand up and speak out against lies and evil and to do it vehemently! That is exactly how it was done by the early patriots of our country.
THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE APOLOGIZING to ALL of America is "Resident" Obama, for his compulsive lying and vigorous,voluntary destruction of our once great country!
Read the following to see why Rep. Joe Wilson was correct in calling the "Resident" Sneak (Obama) a liar:
In his speech to Congress Wednesday, President Barack Obama said the changes to health care that he's proposing "would not apply to those who are here illegally." That prompted Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, to shout "You lie!" from his seat in the House chamber. Wilson later apologized for the outburst, but he didn't back down from his claim.
THE FACTS: The House version of the health care bill explicitly prohibits spending any federal money to help illegal immigrants get health care coverage. Illegal immigrants could buy private health insurance, as many do now, and they could also buy into a new government-run insurance plan if Congress creates one. But unlike legal residents, they wouldn't get federal subsidies to help them. The bill's exact language: "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully in the United States." Health care legislation in the Senate is also being crafted to exclude illegal immigrants from coverage.
However, Wilson is far from alone in thinking that the prohibition in the House bill doesn't go far enough. For him and other Republicans, the problem is not what's in the bill, it's what the bill leaves out. There's no provision for how the prohibition would be enforced, or any requirement for people to prove they are citizens or legal residents before getting health care benefits. In fact, Democrats on the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees defeated Republican-offered amendments that would have required people to verify their legal status before getting care, with some Democrats saying such requirements would be unnecessarily burdensome for people legally entitled to coverage. Wilson cited the defeat of those two amendments Thursday when he discussed his outburst with reporters.
"I will tell you this, that it was spontaneous. It was when he stated, as he did, about not covering illegal aliens, when I knew we'd had those two amendments," Wilson said.