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Following a cabinet meeting Thursday, President Obama responded to a question about the outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) during his health care address Wednesday night.

"We all make mistakes," the president said.

Continue reading for more reaction to Wilson's remarks»

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 10, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
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Memo to all the neocon fools on emergency room healthcare for illegals, ours courts have told the hospitals they must provide service, not the congress or the executive.

Posted by: jameschirico | September 13, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

we shouldnt apoligize on how we feel. Why are we put down for freedom of speech. how about everything you own they can run it. then they can come in your home on anything just the like the nazi did the jews. Oh more taxes to pay. The more you are the slave haha blacks it wont never change slave till we all die. What was your fight for in the early centry oh nothing. Or maybe when we left England what was the fight for. TAXES TAXES TAXES Ha ha America your back in England. Pay those taxes or off with your head

Posted by: btbarnes | September 12, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Victoria, i echo your sentiments. The American voters chose the right man for the job in 2008. Cool, calm, and collected.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 12, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: theoldmansays | September 12, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

There is a line in Shakepeare's Julius Caesar-- "their praises are like the curses of undecerning people." Throwing curses at Obama at an official state event, is becoming commonplace. For some the 'curses' tell us the president is doing something right.

I am convinced there are certain segments of the population where the words: truth, civility or professionalism does not exist. That level of behavior, surprising is also coming from those in Congress. But as somemone commented before, President Obama is a class act-- adding to that, forgiving. Never losing his cool. Keeping his 'emotions' in tact, as he should.

For those seeking attention, that is a hard act to follow and can prove to be quite annoying.
Yes, some are born for leadership! President Obama falls in that category.

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilsons second mistakes was only apologizing when told to by his party and then not meaning it. Acting like a drunken redneck is hardly charming.

Posted by: carolo43 | September 11, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wilson was a member in good standing of the Sons of the Confederacy, which according to this story is populated with ex-KKK'rs and racists.

I guess ole 'bubba' Wilson didn't know this.

A sample from the Son's of the Confederacy's newsletter:

• “Previously, anthropologists had routinely recorded the notable differences in IQ among the races; but at Columbia, a liberal cultural anthropologist named Franz Boas…decreed that there were no differences in IQ among the races, and the only biological differences between the blacks and whites were of superficial nature… Meanwhile, the liberals in the media heaped special praise upon black athletes, musicians, singers, and writers—and treated them as typical of the black race. The liberals were creating a false image of the blacks in America as a highly competent people who were being held back by the prejudiced white Southerners.”
—Conner, September/October 2003

Posted by: Richard18 | September 11, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Tom Sowell said it best: "To tell us, with a straight face, that he can insure millions more people without adding to the already skyrocketing deficit, is world-class chutzpa and an insult to anyone's intelligence. To do so after an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has already showed this to be impossible reveals the depths of moral bankruptcy behind the glittering words."

:"To which I will add: " The renewed push for new health care legislation came as the Census Bureau reported Thursday that the number of people without health insurance rose to 46.3 million in 2008, up from 45.7 million in 2007. The bureau's total was attributed to a continuing erosion of employer-provided insurance as a result of job losses. The number also includes illegal immigrants whom Obama insists are not covered under his proposed plan.", except that he repeatedly refers to the 45-50 million uncovered AMERICANS."

Joe Wilson said the truth President Obama "LIES". I agree it was disrespectful when the liar was speaking as the President but lies they were. Respect the office save all your disgust for the man.
Shame on you Washington Post for diverting attention from the truth of what he said. Hospital Emergency Rooms are full of illegals using the emergency rooms like we would a medicine cabinet and not paying! Only a liar would say Medicare is not paying for this. How else would the Hospital avoid bankruptcy? The unpaid services are covered in the “overhead” rates one way or another and then paid by those of us with Medicare or private insurance.

Posted by: PRRWRITER | September 11, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I am getting sick of these people that use racist to describe anyone or any organization that says anything against President Obama's and Democrat policies.
I am getting just as sick about these people and organizatins that call racist anyone or any organization that is against illegal immigration.
Racist is an inflamatory word. Please use it wisely and only when you have concrete evidence to back up your claims. It borders on defamation when used inappropriately.

Posted by: John786 | September 11, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If president Obama had done what Mr. Wilson did, the news media and all those ardent racists out there would have called for his crucifixion. Mr. Wilson claimed that his action was spontaneous, meaning he acted without thinking about it. He was easily led into it by his emotions and passions. Unfortunately, some Republicans are saying his action was understandable. Can we correctly say that the action of the Iraqi journalist that threw his shoes at president George W. Bush was understandable? As rational human beings, we should be able to control our emotions. Mr. Wilson's action is no where understandable. No matter how enraged he may be concerning the proposal of the president, he should be able to control it.He knows the appropriate quarter to send his reaction; he knows the best place to make his opposition known. If our elected officials cannot control their emotions, then too bad. The people of South Carolina may have to consider the character and the temperament of the man who is representing them.

Posted by: emekamarcelyahoocom | September 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Jerzy - I won't challenge your talent for predicting the future. However, assuming for the moment that you are correct,in that those whom voted for Obama will be proven mistaken: My question is what alternatives to Obama have you and liked minded folks like you have submitted?

It would seem that the extreme right wing will need to do a lot better than mustering up tired and unsubstantiated references to his tendencies toward socialism, his falsified birth certificate, his so-called brainwashing attempt of children attending public schools and most laughable that he is the second coming of Hitler in order to up end Obama's political objective.

Abject stupidity seems to be the most glaring flaw of the right wing extremists; Obama openly invites their likes to provide an alternative plan. Instead, they criticize and engage in name calling.

If there are millions that buy that type of politics, I fear being "mistaken" will be a mild side effect compared to the eventual downturn of this country's stature in the world.


Posted by: trmiro | September 11, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

leeh11281,where did the 64% that agree with wilson come from?

Posted by: donaldtucker | September 10, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Rob Miller's Campaign Gets New Life

SC politician benefitting from Joe
Wilson outburst

Rob Miller is experiencing revived interest in his 2010 campaign for Congress thanks to the backlash against Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican from South Carolina who shouted "Lie. You lie" at President Obama during his Wednesday night address. Reports say that Miller has raised nearly $200,000 for his campaign since the outburst.

Posted by: FutureJumps | September 10, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

TMP "Rep. Wilson Also Had To Apologize After Attacking Strom Thurmond's Illegitimate Daughter"

It seems wilson doesn't like mix blood.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 10, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Joe Wilson! You just finished digging the Republicans' grave. May they RIP.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 10, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

We really do need to consider making Texas a separate nation and let the kooks move there.
We can call it "The Great Displacement". They can have their own nation. They can be Christania. They can police their border with Mexico.
If they come here without proper documents, visas, and such, then THEY will be ILLEGAL ALIENS.
Just sayin.........

Posted by: Tomcat3 | September 10, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I have to stop reading the comments section. The idiocy spewed from both sides (but especially the Repubs) makes me physically ill!

Posted by: cabterp | September 10, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA Loves A.C.O.R.N.!?!?!?! Gave ACORN Billions of Dollars, wants ACORN to be apart of the 2010 U.S. Census?!?! (NOTE: You may have to Copy & Paste the Links into your browser as the Post Does NOT allow Active Links in Comments on all Articles) WATCH THESE VIDEOS!!! PART I:

Posted by: Suffer | September 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Should Congressman Joe Wilson be censured?


Posted by: usadblake | September 10, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Now most of the people who made comments above forgot what their parents taught them. Don't lay down with dogs you will come up with fleas. Obama did the right thing by ignoring ignorance from an ignorant person. Rep. Wilson was paid very well by the Insurance Company to do his performance and he might even get a bonus. Look it's clear those Law Makers both Dems and Republicans who are following the orders of the Insurance Companies orders and getting paid very well for it. Matters and respect are taught to children and as adults you either use it or not. I would guess this is Rep. Wilson's last year as a Law Maker as the voters will pick a candidate that will represent the voter from his district. We have serious problems right now and we need serious people to deal with these problems. Now Rep. Wilson's disrespectful conduct might hurt his son who is running for office as some might think the Father taught the son the same disrespect.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | September 10, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Is this the America I dreamed about?
Republicans and their supporters at townhall meetings are acting worse than people in the third world countries. One thing is clear these people don't respect their country. Although they say they are patriotic their actions prove otherwise. What's wrong with Americans? Republicans don't want to compromise but expect evryone else to follow their ideas. They made us bankrupt and suddenly claim they are concerned about our deficits. If any sensible person thinks clearly it is quite apparent that they are turning our great country into a thirld world country. God protect America from unreasonable republicans.

Posted by: Realist17 | September 10, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

There is a train of thought that says, if you're at the top of the Devil's hitlist, you must be doing something good. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

Posted by: sjcsando | September 10, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"We all make mistakes"! How absolutely arrogant of Obama! Let's have a beer and discuss it! Too arrogant, Obama, and pompous!

Posted by: mihalick | September 10, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

In response to:
Michael J. McFadden,
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"

Let's dissect your argument, shall we? In signing the SCHIP Bill into law, President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise to extend and expand healthcare insurance to an additional 4 million of the Nation's Children. According to the Tax Policy Center a single taxpayer with no dependents earning only $10,000/year (the poverty level is considered to be $10,830 btw) will see a tax cut of $757.40 in 2009. Assuming that figure is accurate if that same taxpayer is also a smoker, he or she would, paying an additional 62 cents in increased taxes per pack, have to burn through 1,222 packs of cigarettes per year; 3.35 packs, or 84 cigarettes a day before their tax cut would go up in smoke... I've known some smokers in my time but I've never known anyone who could smoke a cigarette approximately every 18 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Do you? President Obama told the truth. Congressman Joe "Death Panels" Wilson is the liar. Personally, I don't want to have to help pay for smoking-related cancer treatments but I guess it will come with the territory. Good luck peddling your book.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | September 10, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama says, "we all make mistakes". Pelosi says, "censure would be a distraction". We get this attitude over and over again from the Dems. At first I was irritated that the Democrats weren't fighting back but now I see that there is a method to their behavior. The more they DON'T react to the lunatic behavior of the Republicans, the goofier the Republicans get, the more outlandish their claims become. Yes, a few of the right wing talk show fringe believe everything coming out of the "crazy machine" (Obama is not a citizen, Obama is a socialist/communist and/or fascist, Obama will kill your grandma, Obama wants to indoctrinate the children, etc). However, as time goes on, and more Republican politicians get caught in sex scandles other illegal activity, more and more people see that the party has a large contingent of lying, racist, hypocrites, so desperate to regain the power that they once had, that they will do anything, no matter how dispicable, to achieve their goals.

It is up to the decent minority of Republican politicians need to take a stand against this behavior and condemn the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage etal who are continually fanning the flames of hatred and lies 24/7. These people empower the immorality that is prevailent in the Republican party

Posted by: 6925thCobras | September 10, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 wrote: "But all the good intentions mean not a whit to the thousands of Americans being extrajudicially targeted and tortured by the U.S. government's stealth deployment of classified, silent and health degrading microwave and laser directed energy weapons..."

This reminds me of a line in a movie:

"I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."
-General Jack Ripper - Dr. Strangelove

Posted by: Fate1 | September 10, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

That's right, Mr. President. You take that high road. We got'cher back. We'll take care of all the right wing/domestic terrorists for you. You know, like Wilson, Cantor, Boehner, et al.

Posted by: Karmicquickdraw | September 10, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

To date, the biggest mistake of the millennium has been made by the millions who foolishly voted for Obama.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 10, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Living in the most conservative State (Idaho)in the Union, and in the most conservative County (Cassia) in that State. I can only say Rep. Wilson has finaly embaressed the Republican Party more that Larry Craig.

Posted by: basine | September 10, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The President said:

"We all make mistakes...

Joe, your mistake was proving several key points of the President's speech in front of the entire world.

I'm surprised he hasn't sent a thank you note.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | September 10, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it a coincidence that "illegals" aren't white, either?

I think not.

Are you sure you consider yourselves Christians?

PS: looks like some Timothy McVeigh wannabes have come out of hibernation with their anti-American rants and "conspiracies." Good Lord, each side has its crazies, but the right wing crazies actually hurt and kill people!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | September 10, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Wilson should have saved his comments for news interviews after the President's speech. And the Democrats should not have booed President Bush during his House speeches.

Perhaps the US should adopt a version of the British system of Prime Minister's Questions, where our leaders have to answer tough questions posed by the opposition in a weekly public forum.


I always admired watching Tony Blair during the PM's questions. Articulate, to the point, sometimes humorous. But I always figured that there was no way GWB could possibly be that quick on his feet. Maybe with Obama they should give it a shot.

And just for laughs, get Palin to do it too so she can set us all straight lol.

Posted by: mikem1 | September 10, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak to the truthfulness of the immigration claim but we *DO* know that Obama lied quite openly and blatantly to the American people on June 21st's "Today Show" when he said, quoting here, "The only tax change I've made in the 6 months I've been here is to cut people's taxes."
- - -
He said that - despite the indisputable fact that he raised cigarette taxes by 150% and raised the tax on one of the poorest well-defined minority groups in the country, smokers so poor they roll their own from shreds of tobacco and scraps of paper, by OVER TWO THOUSAND PERCENT (from $1/lb to $24/lb). See :
- - -
- - -
for the quick video clip and full story. Obama does, most definitely, lie. And he can't back out of it with "We all make mistakes." either: That tax was one of his first and highest profile actions upon taking office AND he even interrupted the interviewer specifically to state that particular lie.
- - -
Michael J. McFadden,
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"

Posted by: MichaelJMcFadden | September 10, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Last night, the intelligence and maturity of President Obama was sharply apparent in contrast to the rude Joe Wilson clones sitting in the corner waving their papers like borderline imbeciles with ties. Today, the class and American pragmatic spirit of President Obama is telling in contrast to the blackberry toting fringe knuckleheads lurching out of control in what is left of the backward Republican party. Well-done, Mr. President!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 10, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Wilson should have saved his comments for news interviews after the President's speech. And the Democrats should not have booed President Bush during his House speeches.

Perhaps the US should adopt a version of the British system of Prime Minister's Questions, where our leaders have to answer tough questions posed by the opposition in a weekly public forum.

Posted by: snowflower | September 10, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to slap Obama and tell him to stop being so "nice" and "gracious". He should learn from Rahm Emanuel to be a p***k. Wilson is part of the disloyal (to the nation) opposition and there should not be a group hug after this outburst.

If Wilson wants to shout, let him go protest in Lafayette Park. Our national legislature needs to retain decorum or we're going to end up with shouting and boxing matches all day in Congress.

The GOP base no longer makes sense to me. It's like they're disintegrating into mindlessness. I hope Obama's secret service detail is very alert. One of these right-wing nutters is eventually going to go after him. We do not need another JFK situation on our hands.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | September 10, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse


What a disgusting coward this idiot (Wilson) is. South Carolina deserves more than this imbecile.

Posted by: A-Voter | September 10, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It's all about race for SOME blacks. Hence, the "race card." If you're black, you can 1. get away with murder, 2. keep your job in spite of heinous crimes, 3. get even with whitey whether he did anything hurtful to you or not.

Posted by: IIntgrty | September 10, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson apologizes to Obama: "Sorry I got so mad at you for being a lying N------."

It's all about race for southern white men, always has been, always will be.


Posted by: WWWexler | September 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Please contribute to Joe Wilson's campaign if you feel the Dems booing during President Bush's 2004 state of the union speech was out of line!!!

Posted by: lapagano | September 10, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...The liberals in Congress booed and heckled Bush in 2005 and are silent on that topic. FACT: The Prez lied repeatedly during the speech. Congressman Wilson was just echoing what many in the US were thinking (64% in polls agreed w/ Wilson).

Posted by: leeh11281 | September 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The Dems booed President Bush in 2004 during the state of the union. We they, will they be censured????

Posted by: lapagano | September 10, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If you disagree with this kind of behavior then you can contribute to Wilson's Democratic opponent Rob Miller. I gave a small amount and asked everyone in my address book to do the same:

Posted by: JRM2 | September 10, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think it was outright disrespectful. I'm just glad he's not representing my state!!!

Posted by: AnneSteele698 | September 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Our American President is indeed a class act. Initial reports on Wilson's ridiulous behavior attributed it to alcoholism (that he wsa drunk). I wish it were that simple. Its beginning to look like the GOP lowest common denominator just picked the South Carolina rep to make an A$$ of himself, because he'd get the most support in his district out of it.

Pretty bad. SC needs to clean up their act.

Posted by: free-donny | September 10, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Mighty (.....) of him! ;~)

However, it was wrong to call him a liar about talking about something that does not even exist yet! :-/

Even then...

The Illegals will be approved on a DIFFERENT Bill;


at least all the NEW ones after he rewards all the previous for destroying our Wages, Stealing our jobs, over-running our Communities...

Posted by: SAINT---The | September 10, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's a class act.

That's probably why they hate him so much.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 10, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

That's big of the president.

Posted by: onifadee | September 10, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse


This was NO mistake.



South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson did more for the cause of affordable health insurance for all than even President Obama's forceful advocacy for the concept.

But all the good intentions mean not a whit to the thousands of Americans being extrajudicially targeted and tortured by the U.S. government's stealth deployment of classified, silent and health degrading microwave and laser directed energy weapons...

...enabling crimes against humanity on a par with the atrocities of Nazi Germany.

When will Team Obama wake up and smell the "multi-agency coordinated action" American Gestapo police state -- and the incipient coup d'etat that it must put down before the rule of law and democracy itself becomes irretrievable?

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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