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House to Vote on Reprimanding Wilson

By Paul Kane
House Democratic leaders have decided to hold a vote Tuesday to reprimand Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for his actions during President Obama's address to Congress last week, during which he shouted "You lie!" as Obama discussed proposed health-care legislation.

After an hour-long meeting in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), aides told reporters that the leadership team was united in its decision to press ahead with a "resolution of disapproval" because Wilson has refused to go to the well of the House chamber and publicly apologize to his colleagues. "It goes directly to the issue of conduct on the House floor," said Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who has led the effort to rebuke his home-state colleague. "Not addressing the issue sets a precedent for bad behavior."

Wilson continued to refuse any further apology Monday beyond his private phone conversation with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel shortly after Obama's speech Wednesday night, and GOP leaders have lined up in opposition to the resolution against Wilson.

Democrats have scheduled a pair of lengthy meetings for their caucus in the morning and the early afternoon, part of an effort to build party unity on the health-care proposal, so the Wilson vote is not likely until midafternoon or later.

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Congress has become a circus. Its approval ratings are in the basement. I'm concerned for the viability of representative government.

Posted by: DnMn | September 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Congress; with everything on your plate, how about getting down to the businees you were elected to do.
Enough of this nick picking and GET TO WORK!
Namby pamby babies, scared little people in Congress, you should be ashamed of yourself wasting time on something that is FINISHED BUSINESS.

Posted by: canyon2 | September 14, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Wilson was out of bounds. But he already apologized. The Democratic "leadership" is now out of bounds. Stop the nonsense!

Posted by: DnMn | September 14, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"Congress has become a circus....I'm concerned for the viability of representative government."

Are you delusional? At a minimum you are way over the line with melodrama.

Our Congress (and our President) for good or for ill was constitutionally elected. They are legitimate.

Get over the paranoia.

Posted by: chicago11 | September 14, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Although I am usually against vindictive acts to force someone to do the right thing, I am leaning toward full-throated support of this censure. Frankly, the republicans do not understand anything but brutal partisanship, and they see conciliation as a sign of weakness.

If you are going to be accused of partisanship no matter what you do (or don't do), you might as well get your money's worth. Censure away!

Posted by: DaveR1 | September 14, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Nope, I'm not delusional. Not paranoid, either. Sorry to disappoint you. I really am concerned. We have become so partisan that Congress is unable to function. Why don't you comment on the story rather than target commentators.

Posted by: DnMn | September 14, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

HEAR! HEAR! Let the insincere Wilson feel the sting of a public rebuke for his disrespectful behavior from his colleagues.

Posted by: meldupree | September 14, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Reprimand Patrick Kennedy for being a Kennedy, a drunk, a drug addict, and crazy.

Posted by: wagtdn | September 14, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah he deserves it. Yeah lets get it over with. Yeah if the bill isn't strong enough to deny illegals health care, make if stronger. That seems to be the republicans beef. Okay republicans fix it. If you can.

Posted by: kubrickstan | September 14, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

He should be censured and entered into the Congressional record as such for history to remember. He actions were a direction violation of House Rules that all members are aware of. No apologies necessary.

Yes, I am from South Carolina and ashamed of his behavior, both here in his term as a congressman and in Washington, D.C.

Posted by: screwjob | September 14, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

House Rules are clear: You can't call the President a liar. That is written in black and white. He has no choice but to apologize for breaking house rules.

Posted by: wlockhar | September 14, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

If I were Joe Wilson, I would wear the reprimand as a Badge of Honor.

Posted by: HawkSprings | September 14, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The idi*t should be tarred and feathered and run out of town. If this kind of behavior is tolerated I can imagine the next POTUS address to congress will be like a scene from Animal House.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | September 14, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

He should apologize to his colleagues so maybe in the ~future~ he might learn to controll himself better.I mean he was the only one there unable to keep his cool and allow our President to have his say without being interupted.I believe he did it just to show his a** and for the attention. either way self controll is a virtue he has not and what he did was look like a kid with an ugly temper in front of everyone there and those veiwing on tv also very very disrespectfull to our President and he should have at least an ounce of decentcy and be man enough to apologize before his colleagues and get it over with.

Posted by: smorrow | September 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

When is Obama going to apologize for all his lies during the speech and all his constant lies?

When is Obama going to apologize for hiring an avowed communist, Van Jones? Communism is responsible for more deaths than Nazism so this is worse than hiring an avowed Nazi.

Posted by: bug45 | September 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

HALLELUJAH!
Wilson doesn't have the character to admit he was WRONG about Obama lying - but at least he should have apologized to members for violating House rules and decorum!

Posted by: angie12106 | September 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Imagine the posturing of the Republican windbags if someone had heckled Bush that he lied about the war in Iraq while said village idiot lied through his State of the Union address. They'd be apoplectic. By all means, reprimand him and then ram a healthcare down the throats of the Republican wing of the brown shirts. He's a slime bag.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 14, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Wilson is a self-serving back bench hack. His 15 minutes of fame has given him the opportunity to show that racism is not dead in America. Every step of the way, this man has stood in the way of racial harmony. He may be the pride of South Carolina, but he's the shame of America.

Posted by: Keesvan | September 14, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Pelosi can never pass up a chance to look like an idiot.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | September 14, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

bug45 wrote: >>>>When is Obama going to apologize for all his lies during the speech and all his constant lies?

There were no lies.
Did Bush apologize for LYING about WMDs in Iraq??
ha!


Posted by: angie12106 | September 14, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) which illegal aliens use to get free treatment at emergency rooms, was signed into law by non other than republican hero Ronald Reagan in 1986.

So the illegal immigrants were popular when nobody wanted to do the work or pay higher wages. joe wilson's disrespectful shout out at the President and all of those who heard it was base on stupidity. First of all, illegal immigrants when they go to the hospital its to the emergency room. (Don't forget, they are illegal) But because of laws most hospitals will treat them and send them a bill. If the bill is not payed then taxpayer pays for it.
There is nothing in the bill that will put illegals on the plan, plain and simple. However, if your illegal maid, if your illegal nanny, if your illegal farmhand, if your illegal painter, if your illegal trench digger, if your illegal house restoration builder and if your illegal odd job helper need emergency help, then I'm sure he or she would not be kicked out of the emergency room. After all, what kind of country do you think we are? Surely, if we can tolerate paying Joe's healthcare, we can tolerate paying his helpers emergency bill.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 14, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

this the congress can pass...
but any legislation to help Americans find work, they can't...
isn't America sick of the dems yet...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 14, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

First, Congressman Wilson never apologized...in his reaction Wednesday night and Thursday morning, before he subsequently started using his boreishness as a fundraising device, he never used the word apology.

Second, and worse, he said that that night that he made the call to the White House because "...he was told to do so by his leadership to call the White House"....and

Third, regardless of whether the President was gracious to "accept" his "apology", the Congressman flagrantly violated the Rules of the House [in its own House] and would bring the House into further disrepute unless the House enforces its own Rules by censuring [not wusily "disapproving"] his actions and obduracy.

Posted by: BobinSRQ | September 14, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Where were you from 2001 through 2008? How can you say, "We have become so partisan that Congress is unable to function." when for years all the Republicans did were abuse children, claim moral values, when they were sleeping outside their marriage, and walked totally in locked step, even calling anyone who did not agree with "W" and the Republican Party,unamerican?

Posted by: johndoe2001 | September 14, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

That's it, Nancy. Get those deck chairs nice and straight while the ship of state sinks ever more swiftly beneath the coming tide of public indignation and outrage at this lame duck congress. Washington's new nickname: "Titanic on the Potomac."

Posted by: Apostrophe | September 14, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE APOLOGIES ! ! ! ONE IS ENOUGH ! ! ! WHERE IS THE PELOSI APOLOGY FOR LYING ABOUT WHAT SHE NEW AND WHEN SHE KNEW IT . ONE LAST THING CARVE JOE WILSON INTO MT. RUSHMORE > JOE WILSON FOR PRESIDENT ! ! ! YEEEEE ! ! ! ! ! HAAAAAA ! ! ! ! ! !

Posted by: Imarkex | September 14, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

To Canyon and DmNm, why is it you want Wilson to be "finished business" for being "out of bounds?" When it's a Republican who's in the hot seat, it's "it's finished business." But when it's a Democrat or a "liberal" it's let him fry as long as possible. Why is that?

Come now accept the reality of karma. I'm pretty sure if it were the same ol' W and a Dem said the same thing, the Republicans would be all over it. "Don't you dare insult my president," they'd say. "It won't be over until s/he appologizes." What goes around, comes around, babies. Demand the same respect for Obama as you would for Bush, Palin or McCain. He is, after all, your elected commander in chief.

Posted by: kogejoe | September 14, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Pelosi can't pass up an opportunity to show us her idiocy. Her IQ must be lower than a cockroach's.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | September 14, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

This now makes the dems look small and petty, unfortunately. What will this achieve? Poor judgment -- again.

Posted by: nigel_bivens | September 14, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

DnMn, I think you've misunderstood what the requested apology is for. House Democrats are not asking that Rep. Wilson issue another apology to President Obama (although, he never actually apologized to the President, but instead relayed his "apology" to Rahm Emanuel and then went on to say he had only called because Republican leadership had told him to, but let's not nit pick).

House Democrats are asking that Mr. Wilson apologize to his colleagues in the House of Representatives for a breach of decorum according to the rules of the House of Representatives.

RULE XVII: DECORUM AND DEBATE

Decorum

1. (a) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who desires to speak or deliver a matter to the House shall rise and respectfully address himself to ‘‘Mr. Speaker’’ and, on being recognized, may address the House from any place on the floor. When invited by the Chair, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may speak from the Clerk’s desk.

Having said that, am I to understand that if a Democrat had insulted President George W. Bush in such a manner that you would

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | September 14, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. Charlie Rangle, Chris Dodd and many others are abusing and profiting from their positions and the Dems want to punish someone for an emotional outburst. America, do you see where their priorities are? Protectionism and Cronism! Vote them out in 2010!

Posted by: NO-bama | September 14, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news. Hopefully, the democrats will have the balls to follow through on the reprimand of 'little' Joe Wilson. Did y'all see how red and twisted up his face became as he was spewing out his remarks? Looked like a oily zit getting ready to pop...


Next on the agenda is to bring the fat drug addict, "Rush" Limpbag up on charges of treason. Watch fat boy cry like a little girl...

Posted by: 4Jaxon | September 14, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

kubrick wrote: >>>Yeah he deserves it...Yeah if the bill isn't strong enough to deny illegals health care, make if stronger. That seems to be the republicans beef.

Yes, that could have been handled with a simple amendment - but then Wilson couldn't have used his own LIE to raise a million dollars.

Obama was speaking about HIS proposals - illegals wouldn't be included in a government plan. There would have been details about how illegals would be excluded.
But Wilson was reacting to HR3200 which lacked clarification regarding how illegals would be excluded.

You can always count on Repubs to make a mountain out of molehill to ramp up opposition to a government health care plan. They've been doing it for decades!

Posted by: angie12106 | September 14, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

If we use the same logic, then we should admonish all democrats that booed Bush during the 2005 State of the Union Address.

Posted by: MTBW | September 14, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Democrats only cry partisan when you don't see it from their point of view. It is about time congress stands up and does their job. Go Wilson! Obama was continuing to lie. Wilson was tired of listening to them. When is Obama going to stop playing President and perform as President!

Posted by: mhubbard1 | September 14, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

funny, the GOP never tried to censure any of the democraps when they booed GW during his speeches. Typical two faced, good for nothing, living on the backs of hard working Americans, communist loving, terrorist supporting, free-market hating, tyrannical hypocrit DEMOCRAPS!!

Posted by: NO-bama | September 14, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BobinSRQ
First, Congressman Wilson never apologized...
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Wilson called the white House and personally apologized to Obama and was told the apology was accepted. The matter was over at that point. This is just another lame attempt by the Democrats to make a mountain out of a mole hill. The American people doesn't care about this cr@p. They want JOBS to be created not screwing around with this petty BS.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | September 14, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Representative Wilson should apologize in the well of the House for his rude behavior. Our Congress should be a place that respects the speakers before its body. This not only applies to the heads of the branches, the President, the Chief Justice and the leaders of the Senate and the House, but also anyone who speaks.

Representative Wilson's behavior was out of order by all our national standards of conduct. His rudeness should be apologized for and the sooner he goes to the well and does so, the sooner our nation can get back to the important matters of government.

The Republican Leadership does Representative Wilson or the American people no favors by blocking this required action. This goes beyond party politics, this is the only right thing to do.

If Representative Wilson does his duty by apologizing, the Democrats should forgive and forget -- as all Americans will have to do also.

Posted by: cdlumpkin | September 14, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi should apologize for her lies about enhanced interrogations! She's a bold faced liar that got caught, yet she doesn't even have the guts to admit it. At least Wilson knew he was wrong. Pelosi is too stupid to know she is wrong. Vote her out California!

Posted by: NO-bama | September 14, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Representative Wilson should apologize in the well of the House for his rude behavior. Our Congress should be a place that respects the speakers before its body. This not only applies to the heads of the branches, the President, the Chief Justice and the leaders of the Senate and the House, but also anyone who speaks.

Representative Wilson's behavior was out of order by all our national standards of conduct. His rudeness should be apologized for and the sooner he goes to the well and does so, the sooner our nation can get back to the important matters of government.

The Republican Leadership does Representative Wilson or the American people no favors by blocking this required action. This goes beyond party politics, this is the only right thing to do.

If Representative Wilson does his duty by apologizing, the Democrats should forgive and forget -- as all Americans will have to do also.

Posted by: cdlumpkin | September 14, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I missed the post you wrote when the cat calling when on by the Dem's when President Bush spoke on the floor?
Oh, you didn't!!!

Posted by: mhubbard1 | September 14, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Taking a stance against granting illegal immigrants government-funded health care inniatives is 100% different from being a racist issue. If you are here on US soil without the necessary paperwork to show you've entered this country in a legal manner... can you responsibly argue that the new country you just stepped into.. where you are not paying taxes to this government to upkeep the roads/schools/local municipalities/etc., and where you cannot be honest about your status here... can you responsibly argue that without contributing as a legal citizen that you are "entitled" to healthcare services at the legal US citizens' expense? Look past the race issue. It's about the paperwork, the documentation, the honesty, the legality and the morality of the position you've put yourself and others into. The US is sinking financially, and very rapidly.... our national funds need to be reycled to keep the US afloat. Stability can only come from recycling the money back into our existing country and citizens. We can't keep pouring money into secret illegal pockets and looking the other way while our own lively-hoods are being affected. Stripping the legal Americans of their own surplus is death to the American economy. It's not a racist issue.... it's an ethical issue.

Posted by: lucijane | September 14, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Bush was booed on the House Floor. Obama was booed on the House Floor. But that's where the similarity ends. And if you guys keep trying to justify Joe Wilson's behavior, I got two shoes to throw your way.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 14, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I beg to differ with the Congress, I did read the transcript of Pre.Obamas speech, Contextually or not, our President in the chambers of the Congress used the word "LIE", first, which prompted the outcry from the audience as well as from congressman Wilson. I do not condone the action by the parties concerned. Certainly, Mr.Obama and Wilson should be censured . Coming from President's mouth is even more heinous and Mr.Wilson were absolutely wrong. All the references by the president,sounds like all Americans are liars. Do I call him liar, absolutely NOT, but his statement was a LIE and affornt to the Nation. He indulged in this LIBERTY, but we as Americans have the right to the same liberty of SPEECH- President or not the word should not have been used.In the past, GUNS have been drawn,not a good thing. If the president called it GUTTER POLITICS, that is what he is surrouded with. Mr.Wilson made a mistake, but I am not conviced that he meant to call the president a liar or the WORDS THAT were used. I,myself was outraged, at that moment of Obama's speech. Below is excerpt from WH
" President used the LIE first,as american all of us,and a congressman stood up and called the statemnt a LIE. I am sure this person was referring to the president facts, were a LIE

"Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple. (Applause.)
There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You lie! (Boos.)
THE PRESIDENT: It's not true. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used"

Posted by: jayrkay | September 14, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, what have we here?? To all you folks who are offended by Rep Wilson's remarks -- how about you apologizing now!! Wilson was right - Obama was being untruthful!! Notice that the WH and Dem Senate rushed on Friday to put language into their draft bills to affirm the point that Wilson was upset about. The law is the law, anyone who goes into a hospital for medical care must be treated and the hospital is prohibited from asking if they are here legally. Any idiot knows this is the reason so many Mexifornia emergency rooms have closed. Tax payers have been paying for the medical care of illegal aliens. More and more truths are surfacing -- the new figure Obama is using to describe the uninsured in the country is now 30 million vice the previous 47 million. And even that number is false when you subtract all those who have conscientiously chosen not to have a health care program. The President is prepared to destroy the best health care system in the world to assure 6-10 million people are covered. That seems like a little more than 3% of the total population. Lets get real, have some respect for the vast number of citizens who distrust these proposals, and who would agree to modifying the system - not ruining it. Wilson was right when he emotionally blurted out "You Lie!" The speaker was being untruthful. When will all the citizens call out Obama, and his advisers, to tell the whole truth about their programs??

Posted by: hairlessbear | September 14, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

something in the water is SC.
joe wilson was told to apologize and admits that it. It was not legit.
Joe Wilson cross the line on the House Floor. If this happen during a "House debate" all work would have stopped and a democrat would demand that wilson's words be "taken down"
C-span: "Words Taken Down is the House rule used to discipline a member for using inappropriate words in debate.
After the words are "taken down" by the clerk and read back, the chair rules on their suitability.
If ruled inappropriate, the member may not speak again on the same day without House permission."

Wilson ought to be ban for from speaking on the house floor for the rest of the year. The decorum of the House should be respected at all times. This is not a town hall meeting. This is a joint session of congress. The folks from South Carolina that I know don't act this way.

This behavior by the republicans is appalling. Goofy Gomert waving a sign doing the President's speech was lower than low. This is not another country. THIS IS THE US STATES OF AMERICA, were most people try to teach their children to act civil. The republican minority leader must take full responsibilty for his party's action and ban his members from watching their other leaders like glen beck, rush limbaugh, fox news and the like until after the work is complete on healthcare.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 14, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

HOUSE TO VOTE ON REPREHENDING CENSURE?

Another lie does not correct the First LIE. Transcripts are available at WH, including the applauses and BOOS.Please read my review of the facts.
I condemn such activities, inside or out side the congress. I am not in defense of Mr.Wilson- am stating the facts- this is Washington, D.C, inner circle. and not the residents.

Posted by: jayrkay | September 14, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I would recomend revival of the pillory, and allowing the public, or their hired representitives (a new group of citizen lobbyists, not fresh from public office) to throw the appropriate materials at the offending parties; varying lengths of sentance for particular errors.
Highest would be those who equate being the loyal opposition with breeding hate to the point of civil war throughout society. Lowest those who have, and are squandering our children's inheritance for their private pleasure. The only problem I foresee is finding enough room in D.C. for pillories for every member of the government.
I realize that brutalizing persons has never helped to humanize one. But equality before the law is the foundation of the Republic (what's left of it). The poor are treated so; let the rich, with their hands in our pockets, and choke-chains on our throats, receive the same. After all, the law, in it's magnificent equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, or steal bread!
Alternatively, kick every single one of them out, and replace them with people who aren't obsessed with money and power.

Posted by: gene1o | September 14, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

House Republican leaders FORCED Joe Wilson to apologize to Obama - but not to his colleagues in the House.
Lack of character displayed by Wilson and Republicans!

btw - did you see that clown sitting near Wilson wearing a sign around his neck as if he were at a rally??
jeeeeez!
Republicans have absolutely NO respect for House rules of conduct and decorum.

Wilson is an embarrassment to South Carolina and America!

Posted by: angie12106 | September 14, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

joe wilson is my newest bestest buddy,he had the nerve to say the truth. he should NOT say sorry again. this is just another childish piece of liberal games.
where were your outrages when the dems were booing bush? you hypocrites!
i am no fan of the traitor bush,but i am not a fan of commrade socialistic obama either,and the truth is that he is worse than just a lyer,he should be tried for treason.
someone from s c said i am ashamed of wilson. well, i am ashamed of you for not seeing that wilson is trying to be a patriot,and look out for you.

Posted by: silusdogood | September 14, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

cry me a river,while the country is being sold down the river for the lawyers and unions who own obama. want some cheese with that whine?

Posted by: silusdogood | September 14, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

As a Conservative Republican I think that what Joe Wilson did was rude and uncalled for. With that said, doesn't Congress get it! The longer they keep this in the news, the more support this man recieves from poeple like me. It keeps dredging up the hypocrasy of Congress's rude behavior during past presidential speaches. Please stop extending this man's 15 minutes of fame into weeks of coverage.

Posted by: scurran1 | September 15, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

sooooo! this administration steps all over the constitution and you liberals get upset about a represenative calling it like it is OBAMA IS A LIAR!!.Then you clowns call him a racist my friend me thinks you protest too much. If anyone is owed an apology it is the american people who elected these morons who cannot govern of the people by the people for the people. the split in this country has been in the making since 2000 when you democrats tried to hijack the election and have been whining ever since.

Posted by: tswank1 | September 15, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BobinSRQ
First, Congressman Wilson never apologized...
********************************************

Wilson called the white House and personally apologized to Obama and was told the apology was accepted. The matter was over at that point. This is just another lame attempt by the Democrats to make a mountain out of a mole hill. The American people doesn't care about this cr@p. They want JOBS to be created not screwing around with this petty BS.

Posted by: MikeJ9116
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How about you get the facts correct. Wilson called the White House, as demanded by the GOP leadership, and issued an apology to Rahm Emmanuel (who is not the President). Wilson then, the next day, made it quite clear that the only reason he apologized was the leadership demand, not because he was wrong (which he was) or because he behaved like a rude idiot (which he did).

President Obama accepted the apology towards the White House. However Wilson also needs to apologize to the House. As others have pointed out, Wilson broke a House Rule with his outburst. As with any child, if you allow a bad behavior with no correction then the bad behavior continues and escalates. Just look at the right wing tea parties for a perfect example.

Posted by: alysheba_3 | September 15, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, what have we here?? To all you folks who are offended by Rep Wilson's remarks -- how about you apologizing now!! Wilson was right - Obama was being untruthful!! Notice that the WH and Dem Senate rushed on Friday to put language into their draft bills to affirm the point that Wilson was upset about.
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It is unfortunate that the language in the bill needed to be lowered to the level a first grader could read and understand to make sure that Representative Wilson could understand.
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The law is the law, anyone who goes into a hospital for medical care must be treated and the hospital is prohibited from asking if they are here legally. Any idiot knows this is the reason so many Mexifornia emergency rooms have closed. Tax payers have been paying for the medical care of illegal aliens.
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Hairless Bear seems to forget that this is because of a law passed by Ronald Reagen.


Posted by: alysheba_3 | September 15, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Let it die -- he apologized -- close the book.

Maybe he didn't do it correctly, but at least he spoke up for the majority of the people in this country whose voices have not been heard, nor paid attention to during this whole debate. It may not have been the most appropriate, but at lest he spoke up for me!

Read the bills that have been proposed and then compare them to Mr. O's comments -- you can see he has shaded the truth blatantly. Wake up!

Posted by: nancycrichton | September 15, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather be condemned by the liberal leadership in Congress for telling the truth, than impeached for lying.

Kudos to those democrats that voted no. I wonder if their running for re-election in on-Gerrymandered districts had anything to do with it?

Posted by: wwyni | September 15, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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