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September 15th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

House act on congressman who called pres. a liar?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The House may formally criticize Joe Wilson - the congressman who yelled "you lie" at President Obama during his health care speech to Congress last week.

Rep. Joe Wilson shouts, "You lie!" after President Obama denies the health plan would cover illegal immigrants.

Democratic leaders are deciding whether to bring a resolution of disapproval to the House floor. It wouldn't be a formal reprimand or censure - but would put the House on record as condemning Wilson's behavior.

Republicans say Wilson already apologized for his outburst... and the president accepted. They say Democrats are just wasting taxpayers' time - instead of focusing on issues like health care.

Even one top Democrat - Congressman Barney Frank - isn't sure the resolution is such a good idea. Frank says it sets a bad precedent to put lawmakers "in charge of deciding whether people are jerks."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially said she didn't plan to take the issue any further, but other Democrats argued that Wilson's behavior couldn't be ignored. For his part - Wilson already said he would refuse to apologize on the House floor.

Meanwhile some of Wilson's supporters say if Democrats go forward with this resolution, it will only help him back at home in South Carolina, where he's up for re-election. They see it as yet another chance to raise money and rally the base behind him.

Both Wilson and his Democratic challenger have raised more than $1 million since he called the president a liar.

Here’s my question to you: What should the House do about Rep. Joe Wilson, who called President Obama a liar?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jeanie (a social worker) from Wilmington, North Carolina writes:
Since Mr. Wilson's mother did not teach him manners, I guess strangers have to. I think it is time to call a jerk a jerk in public and let future jerks know that presidents should be given respect. He is a terrible role model for our youth and his behavior encourages the violent amongst us.

Sue writes:
Absolutely nothing. He shouted out, he was wrong, he recognized it, apologized for it and that should be that. Democrats are just angry it brought the issue of health care for illegal aliens to the forefront.

David writes:
Joe Wilson's uncivil and childish, loud mouth are a symptom of the dysfunction that has taken hold of our congressional leaders and the American people are sick of it. Shame on Rep. Wilson and shame on anyone who supports or condones his actions. Will Congressman Wilson take off his shoes and throw them at the president the next time?

Cary writes:
Jack, I'm glad you brought this point up. Wilson not only needs to apologize but he also needs to retract his videos and comments from YouTube and his public signing of his photo during his outburst. His apology is two-faced and not an honest one. Sure, some people may disagree with the president and that's fine, but respect is necessary at all times during a speech like this.

Kim from Atlanta writes:
No! We can’t just move on as if it was an accident. This is the president and the first black president at that. Obama had to be gracious, but I do not. It was disrespectful and it was a deliberate calculated attempt to demean our first black president in front of the whole world. Off with his head, I say.

soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. kim

    No! we cant just move on as if it was an accident. This is the president and the first black president at that. Obama had to be gracious but I do not. It was disrespectful and it was a deliberate calculated attempt to demean our first black president in front of the whole world. Off with his head I say. Fryem till hes extra crispy

    Atlanta, ga

    September 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  2. Paul L. Ransom

    Are you kidding me? This is another waste of time. If someone interrupts the president you kick em' out the room to cool off. You don't create a bill...blah blah blah, again & again Washington high tech solutions to simple common sense answer.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  3. April Boxeth from Minnesota

    It is a political gamble for Dems to bring the issue to the floor, yet appears necessary for the future of civility.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam in Florida

    Well, he called the President a liar on national T V.
    Why not get back on T V in front of joint congress and aplogize to the President.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Kay Rodgers

    I know that this Wilson will get away with this and I can not believe that that will be allowed. Campaign funds more than 1 million dollars and still coming; just to disrespect the President and put a shame on this nation.,, I am with the one senator who said that this is racist and I can not believe that the President can't see that. If that had been George Bush there would have been serious consequence. Welcome to the New America the land of changes, nonrespect and kooks.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  6. RobRoy, Atlanta GA

    Bahner had the nerve to say that Joe Wilson is a good guy. How dare he refer to this jerk as good when he upholds the Confederate Flag that still flies in South Carolina. Also, regardless of the President accepting Wilson's apology, Congress rules were broken and something should be done to make an example of anyone who interrupts or speaks against the President in front of his face! Give names of previous US Presidents that this has happened to by people of Congress or the House. THERE ARE NONE... Get rid of Wilson and those like him and then we can move on.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  7. Ruie - Brownstown, MI

    Dear Jack: Once again, the Republicans will maintain their stance of political stonewalling, instead of doing what they know is proper and DEMANDING Representative Wilson go to the floor and issue an apology to the House and to the President. He not only accused the President in joint session of being a liar, he brought shame on the institution of the House. Sheesh Jack, I sure do long for some honorable Republicans again like Everett Dirkson - they seem to be long gone.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  8. Ken Deminick

    Wilson apologized to Obama's cheirf of staff because he was pressured into doing it. He should apologize to his peers as well. He made his party and all of congress look bad by his outburst. All he has to do is stand up and say sorry & this will all blow over. We all know most politicians lie & cheat to line their own pockets. The least they could do is be civil while screwing the American public.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  9. Can

    From Houston, Texas.
    I am a democrat supporter but I voted for John Mccan in the last presidential election.
    To me, congressman Wilson never looked up Obama as a president of the U.S. and he has never respected Obama at al either, from the bottom of his heart.
    When I saw a video that he was signing an autograph for a gentleman on street, it made me sick.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  10. Lew

    An Iraqi reporter was sentenced to 1 year for thrownig both shoes at president Bush, but the representative who called president Obama a liar in the Senate chambers thinks that it is politics for him to be censored. Do you think the Iraqi reporter was sentenced because he missed with both shoes.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  11. Bill McMichael

    Since Wilson violated House rules on decorum, he should apologize. I don't understand why anyone would think such rules should be ignored. If the House decides it wants a British system with catcalls and creative insults, change the rules.

    Wison's apology to the President was due regardless of rules in place, but that apology was to the President, not to the House.

    While there are rules on decorum and civility, House members need to observe them or face the music.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  12. Mike in Colorado

    Well the republicans wanted a resolution condemning the Betrayus ad. what is the difference? If a line isn't drawn the next thing we'll have is congressmen throwing their shoes at the president.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  13. fred doofenshmirtz

    How about awarding him Person of the Year. Hurrah for Wilson for calling it like it is.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  14. Tony George

    Jack:

    I voted for George Bush twice. Part of the reason was the Republicans were the party of 'respect' for the Presidency. Now that Joe Wilson has shown 'disrespect' for the Presidency, will the Republicans defend the Presidency? I doubt it. And they will lose my respect as a result. The Republicans have a chance to show their TRUE colors here. I'm waiting to see if they are red, white, and blue, or just anti-black!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    The House and the Democrats should get over themselves and focus on the more pressing issues, such as healthcare reform and economic recovery. Rep. Wilson already apologized to President Obama for his inappropriate behavior last week. This should be sufficient enough. The Democrats are wasting time on unimportant matters and should remember really why they were elected into office: to serve the American people.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  16. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I think they should follow protocol and admonish him one way or the other. I don't care about his re-election or the politics of it. Congess already has a low opinion in the polls. His lack of decorum just fuels that and is wrong. If he is going to act like a bad child, he should be spanked.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  17. Lawrence MacLachlan

    Jack;
    The look on Speaker Pelosi's face at the interruption of the President's speech reminded me of the nuns in parochial school in the 1950's on hearing whispering behind them. LIttle Joey Wilson should have to stay after school and read the entire health care bill out loud...all 2,541 sections of it...then maybe he'll keep his mouth shut in class..I mean in Congress.

    Lawrence MacLachlan
    Prairie Village, KS

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  18. Trisha Straight - (use first name)

    Help me understand,
    1. A athlete can be punished financially for word spoken by a verbal comment.
    2. A TV journalist, lost his TV program by a verbal comment.
    3. A representative of the USA, conduct of a verbal comment to our POTUS and no punishment?
    The above are just a few of many......the real severest punishment should be becauce of: no. 3., because the whole world heard his remark! Yet, the republicans say we should focus on the issue of Health Care. And yet the GOP has no solutions to assist with true solutions but only to talk in circles and avoid and pass a bill for health care reform for the uninsured.
    Trisha, Portland, OR

    September 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  19. RJ from Lake,MI

    Liberals must remember that whats good for the goose is good for the gander! If Joe Wilsons claim turned out to be a false then I say yes but he was totally in the right to call anyone out if they are lying to the American people! Obama was lying and if Joe Wilson is punished then so should the President!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  20. Sheri

    I believe the actions of Rep. Joe Wilson originated from the House floor and that is where the apology should take place.
    There should be a message sent that this kind of disrespectful behavior willl not be tolerated.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  21. Christa, Dallas,TX

    While I do feel his outburst was inappropriate, I do not feel that Congress should "call him to the carpet" on the House Floor. He has already apologized through the media and to the President himself. It just shows that Congress cares more partisan bickering than working together to fix the nation's MANY problems

    September 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  22. James from Texas

    They should throw him out, like one of the Rep. said, if they don't do something; people will be going around in "white hoods" and such. While they are at it ,they should finally get rid of the real Klan member Democrat Byrd. If they don't throw him out, it will only encourage more people donning "white hoods."

    September 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  23. Sidney

    Jack, Joe should be punished for his remarks. Not only is he displaying exactly what we hate as an image for our country, he displays possibly bias that we are trying to rid our country of. This shows a disrespect for the office and boardrs racial issues. Never has the president been so disresected by the media or congress. This nation has a long way to go when it comes to race relations and will only go down as the old mindset dies off.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  24. Vin

    Jack – Why the kid gloves with Wilson? He knew in advance what the speech would say (it was released in advance) and knew just exactly when he could make his outburst. In advance. His action was cold and calculated. He wasn't wrapped up in his passions. He acted just like a person shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. Too bad we don't do time in the stocks anymore. He needs to be rebuked, and most loudly from his own party.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  25. Bob from Valley Stream, NY

    nothing give this guy enough rope and he'll be hanging next to his governor

    September 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  26. Lee S. Downie

    Rep. Joe Wilson should be brought up in the well of the House and Censured. It is important that House Minority Leader, John Boehn, lead this effort. Wilson should be stripped of his seniority and all his ear mark appropriations be pitched into the nearest trash can.

    Lee S. Downie
    Henrico, NC 27842

    September 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  27. Nate, Greenwich CT

    Jack, the house should censure him, fine him, make him apologize on the house floor and make a public spectacle of him so that no president in the future (black, female or any other minority) will have to deal with the comments of a bigot in this forum again.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  28. Alabama

    Joe should apologize to the congress for being a loud mouth, unintelligent member of Congress. Regardless of what one believe.What would happen if everyone does as Joe. Joe is a bully and he has found a group of cowards to back him.
    Openly apologize Joe for being the back end of a donkey! Apologize to your parents for shaming them, because I sincerely don't think they raised you to be a disgrace. Apologize Joe and your wife may look favorably upon you instead of hanging her head in shame. Shame on you Joe, for showing the world that you truly belong on the back end of a donkey.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  29. Steve Gaydos

    First the Republicans trotted out Joe the Plumber, not we have Joe the Dumber.

    Wilson had his day in the sun, time to move on to the next republican dummy.

    Steve Gaydos
    Randolph NJ

    September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  30. Video Guy

    Show him the door. Rent him a moving truck to take him and his junk back to SC.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  31. Daniel Brady

    It's never ok to behave the way Wilson did. In his case I believe it's a denial that an African-American is President. The "birthers" and rest of the conservatives just can't deal with it. Could even be racism. A reprimand should occur and would be mild. Two other things should happen: 1. a public apology from the floor of the House; and 2. forbidden to drink the water in So. Carolina...something is going on in SC.

    Dan
    Highland, NY

    September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  32. Scipio

    Six months ago, I would have said to ignore the jerk. Unfortunately, ignoring jerks seems to embolden them to new levels of being a jerk. What will he do next – throw a shoe at the President. As far as a reprimand helping him with campaign contributions in South Carolina, he's going to get that support whether he is reprimanded or not. A cursory review of that state's history will make that clear.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  33. James G. (Winston Salem, NC)

    Ironically enough, the majority of the time spent debating this resolution was by Republicans stating what a waste of time it was. Had they held the vote immediately, they could have gotten back to the "pressing matters" they spent so much time delaying.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  34. james St. Petersburg, Florida

    Nothing...they should focus on the business of the country not more partisan posturing.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  35. Teddi from Jonesboro GA

    Joe Wilson should should be censured/admonished and should make his apologies where he made his utterance, in the House. I am further appalled at the attempts of Minority Leader Boehner to put his spin on the situation by saying Congress should do what they were elected to do. Yeah, the heat is on his party, so he is trying to distract us with his red herring.

    Wilson's apology to Rahm Emanuel is not a satisfactory end to this mess. I strongly feel that Wilson would have stifled himself had the President been either of the Bushes, Carter or Clinton.

    I really don't want to play a race card but I can't help but feel that he (Wilson) feels that President Obama is not deserving of the respect he would have shown any of his predecessors.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  36. Nick

    No one is focusing on the real issue...Is Obama telling the truth if illegals are covered? Why spend $$ to reprimand a congressman when it really wont do anything. What are the facts with the healthcare claim?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  37. RobRoy, Atlanta GA

    I am so tired of the Republicans referring to Joe Wilson as a good man. They say that he made a mistake and appologized to the President. I say that he has been in office long enough to know better. An outburst like his should be dealt with by removing him. What's next from Republicans? Obama is our President, like it or not. How can we move on if they continue to push and prod and expect us to keep quiet or accept this crap. I say, No Way.. GET RID OF WILSON.

    RobRoy of Atlanta, GA

    September 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  38. RDR9 - NJ

    Not too long ago if an individual publicly opposed the policies of our former President George W. Bush, an individual would face over the top public scrutiny in addition to having their career destroyed. So why shouldn't Rep. Wilson be reprimanded for his disrepectful outburst?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  39. James in NYC

    Jack, they should take my tax dollars and send that uncultered ogre to an ettiquette class.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  40. Ray

    Here's what the House should do; they should give Wilson detention, and teach him how to be more respectful of people by forcing him to watch video of all the democrats that have said:

    “Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country.”
    – Sen. Harry Reid

    "NO! NO! NO!"
    -Dems responding to Social Security reform at the SOU, 2005

    "BOO! BOO! BOO!"
    -Dems responding to a call to renew the Patriot Act at the SOU 2004

    "Nazi's. UnAmerican. Racist. Brownshirts."
    -Dems opinions of citizens who oppose Obama's health care plans

    September 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  41. Karl from SF, CA

    Joe Wilson has showed himself for what he is as a person and as a member of Congress that obviously has no respect for the President of the United States, the Congress or the American people. He should be removed from office by the entire House and barred from ever serving again. Let his supporters know this is not acceptable behavior for a Congressman regardless of party.

    Secondly, as a retired Army Colonel, he has been called out by none other than Major General Paul Eaton. It boils down to behavior unbecoming an officer, retired or not. I think he should be disgraced for his outburst by the Pentagon and stripped of his Army pension.

    We need to get a collective backbone and tell these loonies, enough is enough, no more. John Boehner needs to become a leader and manage his ranks instead of an instigator or condoner.

    Now, let’s see what really happens.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  42. Maureen

    Of course Rep Wilson should be reprimanded - it's not necessarily what he said - although that was uncalled for - but the fact that he disrupted a Presidential address with what amounted to a "catcall" is the act for which he should be reprimanded.

    Can you just imagine what the Republican House would have done to a Democrat if anyone had dared speak out against the former President during one of his addresses to Congress? He/she would have been tarred and feathered and probably thrown out of Congress.

    What a bunch of hypocrits repubs are....

    September 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  43. michael

    I seem to recall Harry Reid calling Bush a liar during a interview but , the
    media didn't make a big deal about it. An Harry Reid never apologized.
    Now I am not saying it's OK for Rep. Joe Wilson to interrupt President
    Obama in a speech , that's what the rebuttal is for to give the other point
    of view. My point is Rep. Joe Wilson apologized to President Obama
    and Obama excepted the apology. So the media and Congress need
    to let this go and start working on the real issues or the Democrats are going to lose a lot of sets in Congress after the next election.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  44. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    I think a cash penalty equal to the amount of donations Wilson has collected since his childish outburst, should be forfeited by his re-election campaign and given to a chartable institution. Money is the only thing guys like him respect, so hit him where it hurts.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  45. Jon S.Pridham

    Jack
    Having helped raise my children and my grandchildren, I can only say that I would hope that I have had enough influence on them, to have enough respect for people not to call anyone a lier in front of a group, there are other ways to handle differences, and yes I would expect them to apologize, to any one envolved. I should expect Rep. Joe Wilson would apologize to the Congress to wihich he insulted with his slip up, out burst or what ever he wants to call it.

    Jon S.Pridham
    Kittewry, ME

    September 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  46. Fran of Huntington, NY

    Funny, your next question about celebrities ties in with this. However we don't elect our celebrities, we elect men and woman to represent us and I don't know about Joe Wilson, but I was taught human respect. Especially for my elders, teachers and certainly for the men and woman who hold office and the highest respect for the person who holds the highest office in the United States of America. It was absolutely disgraceful and he should stand on that floor and apologize to his constituents, the President and most of all to the people of this proud country. Shame on him and shame on the people of So. Carolina if they re-elect him.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  47. Rae from Indiana

    If they have rules, he needs to follow them or they need to get rid of them.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  48. Brian - Trinidad

    Jack, a few days after this incident,I read somewhere that earlier in the President's speech he referred to statements made by prominent Republicans about his health care plan as 'a lie'.Does this not change the context in which Wilson made the 'you lie' comment? True, it was rude and should not have been made at that time,but was it not more of a transgression for the President,in a speech to congress,characterize anyone as lying?Is there not a double standard here?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  49. Cheryl

    Simple. He bahaved like a bad child, therefore he can no longer be allowed to attend grown-up functions, like further joint Congress meetings or State of the Union speeches. Instead, his spot should be awarded to a high school student that has won an acheivement of some sorts. That will serve as a punishment for an adult behaving as a child – and a reward for a child behaving as an adult.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  50. Cary

    Jack,

    I'm glad you brought this point up.

    Wilson not only needs to apologize but he also needs to RETRACT his videos and comments from YouTube and his public signing of his photo during his outburst.

    His apology in my opinion is two faced and not an honest one.

    Sure, some people may disagree with the President and that's fine, but RESPECT is necessary at all times during a speech like this.

    He should be fined heavily and issue a formal apology in the house and be closely monitored going forward.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  51. Dennis North Carolina

    congress should do nothing because you should not throw stones if you live in a glass house. there are many in congress who live in glass houses. the congress will pay a price for his big mouth but his state will pay a price because he used mouth not his brain. south Carolina needs to look at their leaders to see if they are getting their moneys worth of proper leadership from the republican they have elected.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  52. Pam holt

    Pam holt foley al. They should abide by the rules already in place. Not only was the president disrespected, but also congress and the American public. There must be an example made so as to never let this take place again. this is history in the making. future generations must be able to see how it was properly dealt with...

    September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  53. David

    Joe Wilson's uncivil and childish loud mouth are a symptom of the dysfunction that has taken hold of our congressional leaders and the American people are sick of it. Shame on Congressman Wilson and shame on anyone who supports or condones his actions. Will Congressman Wilson take off his shoes and throw them at the President the next time? Wilson's behavior is outrageous and his motives are transparent - to bring attention to himself and raise a million dollars for his slush fund. Kick the bum out and get back to the real work.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  54. Cory

    The house should do nothing about this, they apparently don't know the history of house dealings if they think this is out of line. Maybe they should concentrate on the economy or the corruption in both parties instead of some petty nonsense like this.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  55. Kevin B.

    Yes the resolution is just. If you listened to each of the Republican supporters they all took more time to speak on other issues then about the issue of Congressmen Wilsons outburst. Yes you can say all you want how good of a man he is but, As Rick pointed out why don't they point out his other affiliation with the sons of the Confederates... He never apologized to the President and he still beleieves he lied. So be it it never has happen before and it never would have if President Barack Obama was not a 1st.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  56. Nancy, Tennessee

    Times have changed, but even in 2009, the Office of the President of the United States must be respected. Joe Wilson set a bad example for our youth and needs to be reprimanded. We should put him outside the Capitol with a sandwich board that reads, "I am ashamed. I called the President a liar." Three days of this with no bathroom breaks would be about right.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  57. JFDavis

    As a fellow South Carolinan vacationing in Florida at the time of the outburst, I was highly embrassed to see that another one of our state's politicians acting foolishly in the national limelight. I think that Mr. Wilson's behavior was reprehensible and should not be condoned by the other well-behaved members on that night. A statement of disapproval by his peers in my opinion is certainly in order.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  58. Bishop Wright

    Public dignity and respect for leadership should be a priority of our elected leaders who represent not only themselves but also the public communities that put them into their public offices. Rep. Wilson publicly embarrassed himself, the community he represents and the institution of elected leaders who represent our nation. He should not stop at making a telephone call to clean up what he publicly did before the whole nation, he should also apologize publicly from the floor of the house. Shameful public deportment, and sadly, it seems to be spreading.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  59. Michael, Kansas City, Missouri

    My grandfather used to tell me that it was better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. Wilson's actions should be recognized for what they are: Childishness. We can all disagree with the president of the United States, but to do what Representative Wilson did was a bad reflection on the quality of his leadership in the House. I suggest that the Congress get on with the people's business, let Wilson sit in the corner for while with a dunce cap on, thinking about what he did.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  60. Natalie

    This uncivil behavior could not be ignored. A reprimand by Wilson's peers is in order–no way around it. Complete sign of disrespect.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  61. Daniel Hollar

    If a resolution of disapproval is not brought to the House floor it will sets precedence for this type of behavior to occur again. When historians look back at this moment and how it was handled, what will not having a resolution say about respect for the office of the president under the first Black president of the United States?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  62. Alex Shepherd

    I would like to see the House do some work instead of admonish Joe Wilson. No one cares, nothing is accomplished by admonishing him, and there are bigger things to care about. Do these people have real jobs?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  63. Bill

    congratulate him

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  64. Jacinto Diaz

    He must appologize
    He should be polite to congress
    He si saying he is not going to appologize to Congress
    I wonder why?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  65. James in Dallas

    Tar and feather him. Everyone would get a good laugh.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  66. Kirk Neuman (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

    I'm sure that if any Democratic congressman had shouted out anything when George W. Bush was beating his war drums in front of both houses of Congress and the American people, Republicans would have crucified him/her. Remember how Republicans were calling anyone that objected to the Iraq invasion and it's run up as unpatriotic? Other countries may allow that kind of behavior. We don't and shouldn't.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  67. Henry J. Nellons

    Rules are rules. Joe Wilson broke the house rules and he should
    apologize for his remarks before the house as required or receive
    his just reward. There is no place for misbehavior in a body of law
    makers and there should be no bad precedent set for future Joe
    Wilsons, if punishment is not given. Come on Joe be a man and
    stop playing politics.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  68. Deborah in Blue Springs, MO

    Our legislative branch has always been traditional in its manner and formalities of old. It is the last bastion of the principles of our founding fathers. Decorum and temperance are part of the job. Yes, Rep. Wilson has already issued a personal apology, but he owes the integrity of his House seat the official apology.

    History demands no less.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  69. Ken in NC

    The House should pack up Republican Joe Wilson and Democrat Pete Stark, of California and ship them both off with Sarah Palin to China and leave them. She would need come back because I would not want to wish all three of them on China at one time. It wouldn’t be fair to China plus Palin would lose site of Russia.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  70. Dee R

    I am in total agreement with the resolution against this jerk.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  71. Faith

    They should do the same thing that they did when Harry Reid called President Bush a liar-NOTHING!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  72. Lane, Nashville TN

    Joe Wilson has made it abundantly clear that his apology to the president was not sincere. He has played the 'victim' card instead of "manning up" and admitting his behavior was inappropriate. He embarrassed his colleagues and owes them a sincere apology. In the absence of his apology, the House's resolution is literally the least they could do. After the president's address, several Republicans, including John McCain, stated that the outburst was inappropriate. Why now are they turning 360 degrees?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Linda E

    The House Resolution to censure Joe Wilson is NOT a waste of time, and I hope it passes. If it fails, how much more brutish behavior can we expect from the House?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  74. Dave

    Rep. Wilson showed the quality of his character, and those who defend his actions are showing the quality of theirs. It's important for us to know who is who, and perhaps more to the point, who is what. So I say, let them rant. We'll remember their behavior the next time we enter the voting booth.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  75. Adrienne of Syracuse, NY

    The best thing the House can do to "punish" Joe Wilson is to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill, with or without the assistance of the the Republicans. Wilson's outbursts showed the childish behavior of the right; but the House does not have time to sit and scold a petulant child. Instead, they need to use their time to pass a health care bill that most Americans support.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  76. Terry, Ft. Bragg

    His colleagues can't hurt him any more than he has hurt himself so they should stay out of way.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  77. Jeannine Dos

    He should be reprimanded. I felt offended when he shot off his mouth, when watching President Obama speaking nationally. What a disgrace! Bad manners! What does that teach our children? Hope they vote to discipline.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  78. T-Money

    Bestow the Medal of Honor?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  79. Marie Larke

    NOTHING........they have more important business to take care of, the guy has apologized, the president accepted it and that is the end of it.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  80. Greg B

    Republicans would be outraged if a Democrat did this. Follow the House rules and pass this "wrist slap". It is the least they can do to somebody who embarrassed that government body.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  81. Jerry King

    He apologized directly to the President which was the proper and correct thing to do. That should be the end of the story, but oh no, the good old dems, you know the ones who a couple years back were going to cleanup congress etc, are simply wasting the taxpayers money for a little political gain for the wild wild left. Did I miss MS Pelosi's apology for calling the CIA liars ???

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  82. Shannon

    The Democrats are overplaying their hand. This resolution will do nothing but futher mobilize the far right base and get this idiot re-elected. What he did was despicable, but the best thing for the Dems to do is sit back and let him dig his own grave. This is going to come back to bite the Dems. They never seem to know quite when to quit while they're ahead.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  83. Mike (New Hampshire)

    What should Congress do? Mostly, just stop talking about it. I'm not sure Obama lied, but, even if he had, lying to joint sessions of Congress is nothing new. Nigerian yellowcake and Iraqi WMD's anyone? I would think we'd have been happy for someone to point that out then. It might have saved a few lives . . . ours and theirs.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  84. Joey

    Jack,

    If Wilson didn't autograph infamous photos of himself during the outburst and if Republicans would have distanced themselves from bad behavior including disgrace depictions of President Obama during the 9/12 rally, maybe his apology would have at least appeared more sincere.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  85. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Rep. Joe Wilson should be put in the stocks, right in front of the Capitol Building and left there until he apologizes to his constituents, not just the President.

    South Carolina's onstituents are represented by Joe Wilson in the House of Representatives.

    That is why the censure should occur within the House of Representatives.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  86. Michael Hiller

    The question should be what is the correct military response when a soldier calls his superior a liar. Wilson is a Colonel in the S. Carolina National Guard and he just called his commander in chief a liar. What should happen there?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  87. Nathan

    What they are doing in the house is extremely important. Millions of people watched the speech and millions of people heard the disruption, everyone knows that was against house rules therefore with everyone following this story, the house is nearly forced to correctly handle this issue with all proper protocols.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  88. John

    Take away his Health Insurance.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  89. Terri

    This is just ridiculous, don't we have better things to worry about. While somewhat disrespectful it was a spontaneous response not a deliberate act to distract

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  90. Sally - Chicago IL

    What ever happened to "nip it in the bud"? Let this go, and at the State of the Union congressmen in dire need of campaign funds could start yelling anything. The legislature has serious issues to discuss and yelling "You lie" is not only inappropriate but requires an apology to the Congress. It's all about solving problems.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  91. Laura

    Nothing. Obama was lying. And I don't care if he's black, white, green, or purple

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  92. Annie, Atlanta

    He should be censured. He called the President a liar, apologized to Rahm, and went on you tube to raise money by calling the President a liar. Now he’s acting all indignant. The reason our politicians treat us like we’re stupid is because we are. That’s how these morons get elected in the first place; and we allow them to take root. Term limits, anyone?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  93. George Holman

    He is becoming something of a "folk" hero to the right, which in these days is regrettable. His comments were totally out of place and absolutely inappropriate, but let's move on and let this guy go back to obscurity.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  94. JC The Bronx

    Hey Jack, I cant Believe im the only person in America to have notce that Rep Wilson, actually said you said twice. If you replay the video you can hear him say you lie right before he said it again louder. if you study the video you hear it faintly over the noise n you see the Speaker notice it turn and make a comment to then Rep Wilson said it again. Why hasnt anyone Notice this Before, He had an Agenda and Should be held accountable for both his outbrust.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Bob Hughes

    Since it would be politically incorrect to put Congressman Wilson up against a wall and shoot him, tarring and feathering him would be the appropriate response... a modern homage to others like him from the past.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  96. Wes Dickerson

    Rep. Joe Wilson's government health benefits should be taken away.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  97. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    Not only Rep Wilson, but all those so-called elected Senators and House members who were texting or on their cell phones need to apologize. Students are not allowed to use any electronic devices in a classroom, so these lawmakers need to set the example first. This country's manners have gone to hell in a hand basket.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  98. Big-K (DC)

    Yes Jack, I wish there was some other saction;
    Lets see a congressman who fought to keep the confederate flag flying over the SC Capitol, who stated Senator Thurman illegitimate bi-racial child should have kept her mouth shut and not embarras the Senator oh yes, he only apologized after Senator Thurmans children acknowledge the fact she was telling the truth, the same congressman who held a Town Hall meeting in a fellow member district, not even giving him the courtesy of informing him of this intrusion and this same congressman who disrespected the President of the United States of America to which he only half hearted apologized after he was told to do so by the Republican leaders. Maybe, I am missing something however, it sure don't look like diversion to me.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  99. Sam

    Joe Wilson had the perfect opportunity to apologize while speaking on the floor of the House today. Instead, he let pride prevail. It's great that Rep. Wilson apologized to the President, but he should apologize to the House of Representatives for violating their rules. Also, making an apology does not exempt one from any consequences. Kanye West was removed from the VMAs. Serena Williams was fined and lost her match. Rep. Wilson is being formally rebuked. That's his consequence, and the ultimate one will be when he loses his reelection bid.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  100. J.C. Manzione

    They should put Wilson up before the entire House, and everyone can throw their shoes at him. Or was that a different story...?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  101. Patrick

    Hom much time and money have these guys wasted yet claim they are there to save us money. MOVE ON and quit making it about racism.

    Get on to other things that we pay you to take care of for us.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  102. D M Burke

    Boorish and uncouth behavior cannot be encouraged in the Congress. It will get worse in the future if Wilson escapes censure.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  103. Nique Roosa

    He should penalized. to think that he has raised over 1 million dollars since his outburst. What's to stop someone from doing it again, especially when they see the money that has been raised.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  104. Barbara Diefes

    He should be reprimanded for his insult to the office of the presidency...unexcusable regardless of his personal opinion.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  105. M.E. Rhytes

    CNN reported today that Joe WIlson's outburst was the 1st ever in the house. How ironic is it that we have our 1st black president when the 1st outburst occurred. Everyone hates the race card but I pulled it and many house members see my card.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  106. Lizzie

    Congress should take action against him. If a democrat did that to the former president Bush, action would have been taken. Republicans don't like change so they shouldn't change punishments with the new administration.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  107. Mark (Newburgh, NY)

    I think that Wilson is despicable, but I think it's a tactical error for the Democrats to go forward on this. Joe Wilson's outburst was calculated and it had the desired effect...it took us away from the real discussion. Boehner says he is ready to talk with Obama? Do you think he's willing to accept a SINGLE Democrat proposal? I say nay nay! Republican ideas got us to where we are, it's time to try something different from trickle-down as usual.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  108. Sean

    Rep. Wilson has apologized, the President accepted his apology – why is this an issue? I'd hope that it's time we set aside to pettiness and bickering, but given the nature of the political area these days, I'd have better luck nailing jello to a wall.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  109. Jeremy Smith

    Joe Wilson should apologize to South Carolina and to the rest of the American people for his unprofessionalism.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  110. Janne from NC

    The same thing the house did when democrats booed President Bush on the floor of the house. Nothing. I admit it was rude and disrespectful but during this same speech President Obama called republicans liars. Explain the difference please.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  111. David

    We like to laugh at clips from the British House of Commons and the Australian Congress among others, where people are always yelling at each other. We need to decide if we want our Congress to be like them. If so, do nothing to Joe Wilson for his outburst. If not, he needs to be reprimanded to discourage others from acting the same way.

    Hubbell, MI

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  112. Nikki/san diego

    Jack,
    I've looked at the Rebuke presidings and what I noticed was everyone seems to be interested in solving the Healthcare Debate instead of the resolution at hand. I'm thinking the President should stop by the "house" during all of this GOP grandstanding and just maybe we can get a Healthcare Bill signed in the next hour! Joe's a Jerk, now let's move on......

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  113. James Steuding

    Although I deplore the disrespect to the 'office' of the Prese=idency by Rep. Wilson; I feel strongly the Demoxratic majority in the house is only playing into the hands of the Republicans by attenpting some for of 'censure'.
    The 'deed' has bben done...the man has gravel insulted the POTUS on the floor of congress, now, let it die, let the Representative (Wilson) vanish into obscurity...as he will eventually, and ledts get down to business and pass some meaningful health legislation.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  114. andrew

    Look at how immature this bunch is. One has a rude, child-like outburst during a speech, and then others feel the need to make sure we all know he's such a bad boy.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  115. Ernie Naples Fl

    They should do the same thing they did to Harry Reid for calling GW a liar, or what they did to Nancy Pelosi for calling the CIA liars. Give me a break, they're now going to waste time with a vote for name calling. These people are worse than the "Do Nothing Congress" they should be called "The Do No Good Congress"

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  116. Shirley Marshall

    What would happen if a student called the principal a liar during an all school assembly? That student would be called into the principal's office for a royal chewing out and then suspended.

    We should expect no less reprimand for a grown man who should've known better.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  117. Darryl Edington in Medford, Oregon

    The House should create a new award called the White Hood Award and give it to Wilson.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  118. SC gal

    Drop it! Why carry it on as though this is a grade school playground.

    Calling Obama a liar doesn't make him one, anymore than "stepping on a crack breaks your mother's back."

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  119. larry

    Mr. Wilson's action was totally wrong, but he has already apoligized to the President, who accepted his apology. The House should have more important things to consider, as to why has Mr. Rankle not paid his taxes. This should be of more importance to the House, as actions such as that is more offensive to the American taxpayer. If what Mr. Wilson did is inappropriate, what the rest of our government is doing is inappropriate to the rest of the country.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  120. Barbara Meyer

    All Republicans should be in favor of this resolution of disapproval because Wilson's has broken one of their OWN Republican rules on decorum and civility, which states that it is not permissable to call the President a "liar". Why have rules if they can be broken with no consequence??

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  121. Jack Dunwoody

    Mr. Wilson apoligize to Mr. Obama in front of the the same people he yelled the insult at Mr. Obama. Then the congress and the President should stop their stupid bickering and try to accomplish something. Course I don`t expect miracles. Or do I?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  122. andre daher

    In the old days he would have been tarred and feathered.
    What would be the modern day equivalent of that?
    I say he should be forced to take anger management classes and attend a school of etiquette.
    He deserves the public scorn.
    Even his fellow republican John Mccain from my state called him out on his lack of class.
    What does that tell you?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  123. Sham in Denver

    So let me get this straight... the Republicans want the American people to forget Joe Wilson's outburst so they can get back to the business of killing healthcare reform? I say we talk more about Joe Wilson.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  124. Donna Jonsson

    He should be censured! His words and action since his half-hearted apology demonstrate that he's unrepentant. Censuring puts on record that his incivility is unacceptable. Yes we can disagree and voice objectives, but do so reasonably and at the appropriate times. This country is degenerating into rude, crass behavior on all sides and it's time to take a stand!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  125. Karen in Canada

    Jack: How is this guy calling your President a liar in a formal session any different from some reporter throwing a shoe at President Bush? You are reporting the stories at the same time – That guy went to jail and you all act like that was fair and he should have been in jail. But, you don't hold your own representatives to the same standard. Calling your president a liar in a formal session has to be just about as disrespectful as throwing a shoe – but funny how none of you seem to see parallel? Why is that?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  126. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    They should drop it. He apologized. Move on. What is Pelosi going to do now? Waste taxpayer money on whether he has to sit in "time-out" for a month? Ridiculous. Congress needs to pretend they have our best interest at heart, stop worrying about petty nonsense that adds to value and start worrying about the mammoth issues facing millions of Americans every day that are hang over our collective heads like a Wile E Coyote Acme Anvil. Stop your squabbling and get a grip.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  127. teke szwast

    Was there ever a politician who wasn't a liar?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  128. Chris Swails

    I think that Rep. Joe Wilson should be temporarily suspended for his comments to President Obama. I understand that we as American do not all share the same views but even if he does respect the man he must respect the office. Barack Obama still is and will continue to be our president for at least until 2012 so deal with it.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  129. Tom Masty

    Congress is made up of politicians most of whom are lawyers. How could Wilson or anyone for that matter, degrade the institution's reputation any further then it already is?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  130. Maleka

    They should punish Wilson for his outburst. If they don't punish Wilson it will send a message to others (Republicans) to do it again when the don't agree with the President's message. Maybe this will nip it in the bud before further outburst are considered.

    Maleka
    Florida

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  131. Josh L (St. Louis, MO)

    The House should do nothing...they have already wasted millions of dollars of taxpayers money on this issue. Bottom line is the guy appologized to the President, the President accepted it. This is partisanship at it's WORST.

    GROW UP!

    You have much more important issues to be working like REAL healthcare reform, job creation, regulation of Wall Street, deregulation of the auto industry, and oh....2 wars to get us out of!!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  132. Alan

    The Congress should rebuke him as they as doing. Can you imagine the explosion by the Republicans if this had been done by a Democrat to Pres. Bush. They would have called for much more than a rebuke. Sen. Wilson, another right wing conservative hypocrite, should have apologized not only directly to Pres. Obama but to the Congress too.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Alice - North Dakota

    Whoever was seated behind him needs to give him the wedgie they should have given him when he opened his mouth.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  134. Jonathan Wolf

    If the House really wants to make a lasting impact on Wilson, how about ignoring him? The biggest insult you can give to someone is acknowledging just how insignificant they are. This vote to rebuke Wilson will only give him the attention he wanted when he made the outburst during Obama's speech which is anything but productive. We need to simply do what needs to be done about Sarah Palin and simply ignore this and never mention it again.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  135. Jim Green, Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    The House is doing exactly wihat they are doing–as a message to others that rude behavior is an abatement to civil discourse--and then let this Jerk crawl back into his hole, and, forget him, forever!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  136. Scott

    Regarding the Joe Wilson comments, it is quit evident what this is about. Some of the people in this country are showing their true colors as a result of this "Black" president. "WE DON'T HAVE TO RESPECT HIM"

    "America is the greatest country in ther world", RIGHT!
    If this is correct I feel sorry for people in other lands.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  137. Katie Kessler

    Joe Wilson crossed the line and should be embarrassed and willing to apologize to his colleagues – instead he is out raising money for his "cause", whatever that is. This is a really sad commentary on the state of civil behavior – he should be reprimanded if for no other reason than to point out to children that even adults who behave like jerks have to bear some consequences...

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  138. Jim Week

    Wilson was wrong, but he should only apologize to Congress when Congress apologizes for 30 + years of doing nothing for the country but looking out for their own personal interests.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  139. rick diaz

    Sanction him... (send him home on a 60 day no pay suspension...or make him wear a sign) unless he apologizes profusely.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  140. Ron

    Living in South Carolina I am appalled that this guy is what passes for one of our representatives in Congress. The fact that so much money was sent to support this boob convinces me that we have too many idiots running around now. Instead of finding out the facts they just listen to whoever is selling their brand of made up "facts" and runs with it. It worries me that this kind of behavior is happening now in this country. I think that Congress should throw the book at him!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  141. Rich C. B.

    My daddy used to say "the more you step in dog poop the more it stinks". i think they all should get past this incident and move on to more important things.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  142. Susan B.

    Joe Wilson should be "rebuked," at the VERY LEAST. His conduct was not only insulting to the President and the Presidency, but also to the Congress. The insincerity of his "apology" was made evident by his own statement that he made the apology because his Republican bosses told him to. He also owes an apology to the Congress.

    He is supposed to be one of our leaders. What sort of leadership is this, and what sort of example is he setting?

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  143. LL Jankowski

    DROP IT!
    Enough is enough!!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  144. Megan

    Mr. Wilson's outburst was inappropriate. However, it is not the job of the House to spend the taxpayers' money on reprimanding him. It is his constituents will decide whether they want to be represented by someone who acts that way towards the president. Let's talk about health care reform.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  145. Amador Amor

    Rep. Wilson must be censured. If it was a Democrat who did that when George Bush was the President, these GOP's would have shouted to high heaven to censure or rebuke that Democrat.

    Remember, anything Obama or the Dems propose, the GOP's almost always contradict or oppose them. No wonder, the GOP is called the Grand Opposition Party and - from my friends word, the party of no good.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  146. Thomas B.

    If the democrats put forward a bill they are just going to look petty and petulant. They should leave that job to the republicans.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  147. Despina

    Nothing, Jack. I want everyone to just concentrate on passing healthcare. There are other crazy people in this world like Wilson and a bill needs to be passed in spite of them!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  148. nigel donnelly

    this is disgusting ,taking up precious time on this garbage,in the house, pathetic, we pay taxes for this ,we pay these peoples wages,unreal.
    all because someone called someone a liar,shuts down congress for a day,when there are more pressing issues to work out.
    these men and women are sick.
    when do they graduate from preschool.
    i thought president obama said the time for games is over ?????

    September 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  149. Edyth from Brandon, Florida

    Jack:
    Hell yes, the House should reprimand this joker for what he did during the President's speech in a joint session of Congress. Not only did it disrespect the President, it insulted those who want to have a rational discussion on important topics such as health care, etc. That some people consider him a hero for acting on an impulse just goes to prove that this country's going down the tubes, socially as well as otherwise. I never thought that I'd live to see the day when this country's government follows in the footsteps of the bad behavior of other governing bodies in places like the UK. We're supposed to be setting an example; not lowering our standards.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  150. Armando

    This is the character of a US representative! He is just the specimen of the constituency he represents. If people unanimously believe it was wrong, I believe it was idiot; and send to the world a wrong message on who the American people is. just as a child who misbehaves in a classroom toward the teacher should apologize to both the teacher and the entire class; Mr. Joe Wilson should apologize before the entire Congress. It is just a lack of civility again not to Apologize to the House!I entirely agree with the ongoing resolution.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |