Congressman Yells ‘You Lie’ at Obama During Speech

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They lost their fake smiles quick!!

In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, a Republican lawmaker shouted “You lie” at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress Wednesday. * Ok I agree most people would NEVER yell “YOU LIE” at the President on live television even though EVERYONE in that room knew he was telling a big FAT LIE……….So I believe Joe Wilson has more guts than the rest of them.

The incident came directly after Obama said, “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

“You lie!” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted from his seat on the Republican side of the chamber. * If  this health care reform will not apply to illegal immigrants then well we not still be in the same pace we are now paying for needless ER visits for the UNINSURED?

Wilson’s shout drew immediate condemnation from both sides of the aisle, ultimately leading him to apologize. Wilson tried to call Obama to apologize in person, but ended up speaking to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. * It is sad to offer an apology when you know deep down in your heart you are right.

The contrite congressman, “expressed his apologies” to Emanuel, not the president at whom he had shouted a few hours earlier, Wilson’s office said.

By that time, Wilson’s House Web site had crashed and he had taken a brutal beating on his Twitter page for breaching protocol and good manners during a presidential speech to a joint session of Congress.

“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,” Wilson said in a written statement. “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.” * Isn’t this the era of “transparency” ? I think that Joe Wilson was quite transparent.

Immediately following the shout, Wilson seemed to sense that he had fouled up. Wilson appeared to consult his Blackberry for much of the rest of Obama’s speech. He shook his head defiantly after several of the president’s statements. When Obama finished, Wilson bolted from the chamber.

Wilson’s wasn’t the only interruption during Obama’s speech, but it was the most notable.

Reaction to the outburst included criticism from members of Wilson’s own party.

“Anybody who would cat-call the president of the United States addressing this body is very, very inappropriate, and he will hear from a lot of us about that,” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., told FOX News Radio.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wilson’s behavior was “totally disrespectful. There is no place for it in that setting, or any other, and he should apologize for it immediately.”

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois called it “crude and disrespectful.”

And Democratic Sen. Jim Clyburn, also of South Carolina, said Wilson “went beyond heckling.”

“That was probably one of the most-insulting things I’ve ever seen,” Clyburn told FOX News. “The people of South Carolina are not well-served by that.” * They should know they are served by a man that speaks his mind Honestly

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said “I have never in my 29 years heard an outburst of that nature with reference to a president of the United States speaking as a guest of the House and Senate.”

“It was a shameful act,” he told WTOP radio.

Hoyer said he’ll work with GOP lawmakers to decide whether to punish Wilson. * If he is punished I think allot of others should be punished for Not paying TAXES instead of getting a job from the President.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spoke to FOX News before learning who delivered the yell, said she didn’t intend to move to sanction anyone for it.

I know it was not a sign of respect for Joe Wilson to yell out like he did………on the other hand he was being honest and transparent just like President Obama said. Why wasn’t anyone talking about disrespect when Ted Kennedy’s funeral revolved around “Health Care Reform”? To me that was so much more disrespectful.

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