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At State of the Union, Republicans plan to be 'respectful' audience

By Ben Pershing
House Republican leaders had a message for their members Wednesday in advance of the State of the Union address -- please don't pull a Joe Wilson.

Top Republicans didn't use those exact words, but they made clear to rank-and-file lawmakers that they wanted to avoid a repeat of the South Carolina lawmaker's behavior in September, when he shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress, sparking several days of controversy and partisan bickering.

"You invite someone to your home you should be respectful and considerate," House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters at a breakfast event Wednesday, according to a CNN account.

Boehner and his fellow leaders made a similar point to members during a private meeting of the full House Republican Conference Wednesday morning, according to sources.

"The leaders basically said that the president should be treated respectfully," said a House GOP aide who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting. "There were no directive -- 'Don't Shout' 'No Hand Signals' -- rather, that the State of the Union is an historic moment and the president should be treated with respect."

As for Wilson himself, he told McClatchy the September outburst "was a one-time incident. I will continue, through my agreement with the White House, to discuss issues civilly." He does plan to offer a response after the speech -- on Facebook, not in the House chamber.

By Ben Pershing  |  January 27, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Capitol Briefing  
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How many times did Bush & his administration tell their tales with the utmost sincerity? The bipartisan system is rife with corruption, this is apparent to us all, but the lesser of the two 'evils' is not the Republican Party that believes yelling something loudly enough will make it a fact. Somehow they have convinced the gullible ordinary folk that it is in their interest to listen to their lies and to believe that trickle down economics works. How is that working out today? They routinely use the Bible and the flag to hide behind and to distract us from the damages they have done. While the middle class was vanishing, the 'rich got richer' and the world economy suffered. Now they have found every excuse to halt progress on healthcare and to maintain the status quo. In the "best medical care system in the world" people should not be declaring bankruptcy and having their homes forclosed on to pay for it. Republicans have stopped progress w/threats of filibuster to protect their own interests... they are the advocates of the wealthy and the powerful but they have some of us believing they are the 'saviors' of the middle class and the poor with the help of certain cable news channels. John Gotti gave out turkeys at Thanksgiving, but that didn't mean he wasn't a criminal and it didn't make him a hero. They made this mess and after barely tolerating our new President for a year, they say he has failed and they have the solution. They shouldn't be allowed to speak for 8 years. Yet, perhaps people should listen to a Republican and "stay the course." It may take longer than a day to fix a mess that has been in the making for over a decade... and it will cost money to fix the problems. From the Bible, Mark 10:21
Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Maybe 'the rich' should just pay their taxes instead of seeking more loopholes.

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Posted by: eyrtiuyoluerhyitertyutu | January 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

A tale of two parties–of Alamo Republicans and landrieu dems.....

The Republicans, facing Dem majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, stood together. The obamacare vote was 60-39 in the Senate, with all 39 Republican Senators present voting NO.

A day to be proud of our Alamo Republicans.

Then look at the dems–open bribing with demands for more and more landrieu.

See, there is no honor among dems.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 27, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse


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against the Depression Obama Virus

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 27, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Darn! I was hoping to see some drama tonight.

Posted by: burlydave | January 27, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

It's pathetic that Republicans have to be told to be polite at the State of the Union speech.

Posted by: bschratwieser | January 27, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The disgust with which one should view the aging, white, rightwing male dominated leadership of the Republican party is only matched by disgust with the angry, negative, ignorant, white male dominated tea baggers. They represent the political downfall of democracy.

Posted by: dudh | January 27, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has no base because they allow a fraud to hide his history.

The "unpluggers" are reminding people unwilling to act as codependents to the NPD SOCIOPATHIC dual profiles displays to turn the channel from the one Obama is on before you move to games or movie inputs.

The GOP is definitely no out in front of the TEA PARTY REVOLT who intends to boycott the whole mess.

Smart people are headed to big box stores tonight to hoard and join the "preppers" in the plan for a depression, as Congress attendance by the GOP signals they will not remove Obamaland from the turf.

Posted by: dottydo | January 27, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

At some point in the middle of his speech, they should all collectively stand up, turn away from him and then drop their trousers, then bend over. Obama and Pelosi have ruined this country and our government. They have polarized the country with their back room deals with drug companies and others. Corruption is king and Charlie Rangle is the crown prince.

Posted by: richard36 | January 27, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Semper, now now.. I doubt it has anything to do with his being black but more to do with him being a freakin' liar.

That simple.

Posted by: RobParker | January 27, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere in the middle of his address Obama should stop and ask Wilson if he has any comments he would like to make.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 27, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I wondered if the Republicans could be civil to an elected Black President tonight. Seems they have been told to be good boys and girls.

So far they are 0-1 on civilized behavior.

Tonight, with any luck, they might go 1-1.

Posted by: SemperPax | January 27, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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