September 22nd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Congressman who called Obama a liar has since raised $2 million?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Congressman Joe Wilson has raised over $2 million since he called President Obama a liar. It hasn't even been two weeks since the Republican from South Carolina carried on like a child on the floor of the House during the president's health care speech before a joint session of Congress.

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

In fact, Wilson's outburst has been a money-maker for both parties. Wilson and his Democratic opponent in next year's election, Rob Miller, each raised more than $1.5 million in the week following Wilson's stunt.

Initially, Wilson was quick to apologize to the president for his behavior; but since then he's become more defiant. In videos on his campaign web site, Wilson says he's "under attack by liberals" and vows not to be "muzzled."

The House voted last week to formally reprimand Wilson, but that hasn't stopped the congressman from raking in the big bucks from all around the country. In fact, he's become somewhat of a hero to conservative activists - being invited to speak in other states.

But there's a darker side to all this... Some people, including former President Jimmy Carter, say Wilson's actions were racially motivated. Wilson insists that's not the case, although critics point to his past actions - like a 1999 vote against removing the confederate flag from South Carolina's Capitol dome.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say when the congressman who called the president a liar before a joint session of Congress has since raised $2 million?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ted from Aloha, Oregon writes:
Representatives who act like children are supported by men and women who also act like children. It most clearly shows the U.S. needs more grownups.

Richard writes:
Jack, It’s not surprising at all: the GOP is very good at using fear, smear and denigration in order to rule the day. Wilson's cash influx is nothing more then a financial "attaboy" from the right.

Stephen writes:
It says that a lot of people agreed that the president was lying at that moment. The outburst was terribly impolite and inappropriate, but that doesn't make the statement untrue.

Jack from Nice, California writes:
Jack, it means that ignorance, greed and racism is worth about $71,428.57 a day in South Carolina.

Scott from San Diego writes:
The country is becoming more divided… Those of us who disagree with the direction in which the country is being taken are very upset over the less than honest information coming from the White House. Joe Wilson stood up for us when we felt like the Democrats didn’t care.

Michael from Atlanta writes:
It says that fools and their money are, indeed, easily parted.

Mark from Seattle writes:
Simple. It means a whole lot of Americans from across the country agree with Wilson. Wake up, Cafferty.

F. from Manchester, New Hampshire writes:
This means that there are a lot more creepy people in the U.S. than I wanted to know about and I don't know what to do about them.

Mike from Armstrong, Texas writes:
If this guy can get $2 million for calling Obama a liar, just think how much he could have gotten if he threw his shoes.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Diane in Arizona

    That we are tired of being LIED to and we're NOT going to take it anymore. WE are fed up with our money being wasted and taxes, fees and other government imposed ways to pick our pockets. People are sending him money because he is standing up for US.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  2. Don (Ottawa)

    It says that not only are there people out their that condone Rep. Wilson's behaviour, but there are those that will reward him for more of the same. Like you've said before Jack, "it's getting ugly out there."

    September 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  3. Stephen Nicolai

    It says that speaking the truth and calling a liar a liar can pay.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Jayne

    It means the right wing hate machine has tons of money to throw around and nothing more. All the money in the world can't change the event. The Congressman was rude, childish and out of order.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  5. Patricia

    The truth is, his opponent started to raise a bunch of money, the press reported it and then the right-wingers went "Hey, how does this internet-thing work?"

    C'mon, he comes from a very white, pro-Confederate district and there are plenty of others like him. Scary.


    September 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  6. Rob of Brooklyn

    and so has his opponent. so whats your point. Big deal !

    September 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: South Carolina is supported by alot of old and young men, or people who show no class or show their ass get rewarded for it. Most people to include the republican bosses were offended by Rep. Wilson's remarks. They may agree with him, but disapprove of his method. People give alot of money for a show, and a congress joint session is an important stage for the world to see, but Rep. Wilson used his small mind to insult a greater man.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It says the rich have more money than brains. Obama has prevented another great depression. He's bringing health care nearing that of other industrialized nations. He has restored good relations throughout the world. Unless that 2 million came from Bin Laden, the rich have more money than brains.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It says that we are a bunch of undisciplined, unruly, ignorant slobs who probably deserve the lousy, unresponsive government that we have. Unfortunately, those of us who have been bred well enough to know better, are being dragged into the same cesspool with the uncivilized.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Alice,AR

    Jack, it means that we have become a country of anything goes and it shows that racism is alive and well. To disrespect the president the way he did should outrage us all. I voted for Mr. McCain, but the people decided with their vote that Mr. Obama would be our next president. The choice of the people should be respected.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  11. Ray in Nashville

    It says that this man is the hero of the radical right and that he will probably have statues erected in his honor all across the deep south.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Jackie in Dallas

    That the rabid right-wingers are showing solidarity with a third-rate, back-bench sitting Representative who hasn't ever done anything noteworthy before, and who not only insulted the President of the United States, but did it in a Joint Session of Congress, in front of world-wide media. Not only was he rude, he broke the rules of the House and Senate, and HE was the one that was lying, NOT the President.

    And that if the situation hadn't been premeditated, I wonder just how the camera "happened" to be focused on him instead of the other 533 members of Congress or all of the distinguished guests in the galleries at the time.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  13. JENNA

    What does it say when the congressman who called the president a liar before a joint session of Congress has since raised $2 million?

    More importantly, what does it say that his Democratic challenger received MORE than 2 Million?

    Frankly, I don't understand those who condone a lack of respect for the office of President of the United States. They are truly UNAMERICAN.

    Roseville CA

    September 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  14. Independent Joe


    It says that alot of people agree with Wilson.

    Independent Joe (Mn)

    September 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  15. sean

    sure has raised 2 million dollars jack! Just like Saddam had WMD. The republicans are just trying to save face in light of the situation because they cannot do anything right. They cannot even help pass any legislation. They have no plans at all so I guess lying it is for them!

    September 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  16. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Racism runs rampant through the land of the free. The line in the sand has been drawn; Republicans on one side Democrats on the other. The rest of the world, which at one time had admired America, must be laughing themselves silly. If you truly want to understand the crass stupidity we see on the news daily, imagine yourself as a Brit, a Canadian, a German, a Japanese, or a Russian and try to understand what you see happening in America. Better yet be an American and try to explain the mindless hatred, the name-calling, the politics of "NO!" Anyone have an idea what the founding fathers would say about todays America?

    September 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    It says that a huge portion of this country has absolutely no respect for the office of President of the United States, and that basically, people have lost their minds! They would rather believe the lies that the dark side is spreading than act and think like responsible adults! They hold up Joe Wilson as a hero and disrespect the president. That's intolerable!

    September 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  18. bill rupert

    Not much other then showing how under educated, stupid and lacking common sense people can be

    September 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  19. Jay1975

    It means that a lot of people agree with Wilson and are willing to put their money where Wilson's mouth is.
    Jay Colorado Springs,CO

    September 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Joe CE

    Barmun was rigth – half these contributors are investing against their own best intrest. Hate is very powerful.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  21. Jimmy in Houston

    People support Joe Wilson for standing up for US. We are feeling like the government is taking over our lives and spending/ wasting too much of our money on programs we do NOT support. The Democrats are NOT listening to the will of the people.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  22. John in Miami

    Birds of a feather, flock together. And there are a lot of jerks out there with money.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  23. Melissa

    That there are alot of stupid people in the United States that should be kept far away from a ballot box.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  24. Al Bledsoe in Dallas

    $2 million? Is that all? I guess it means that there are others that think Obama is a liar and who also appreciate rudeness.

    - Now that I think about it South Carolina is a very poor state. Where is all the money coming from? Can you find out, Jack?

    September 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  25. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Seems obvious to me. Many people are not for the kind of change Obama is advocating, and they do not feel they are being heard by their reps. Though he went about the process incorrectly, the voices against the change are being drowned out or "unnewsworthy". Guys who have been against it from the beginning like Cantor or Cornyn do not get their message out there. Joe did.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  26. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It shows that his remark, or "shout out", was calculated to raise his profile. Who heard of Joe Wilson prior to this event? Now everyone knows who he is, and he is drawing down big bucks from the hard right fringe of his party.........it was a win win for him. And its a shame, because nobody should profit from being rude in public and disrespectful of our President.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  27. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    His statement brought out a lot of passion on both sides. He is gaining support because the "racism" card is being played out of context as well as the people are tired of the government takeover of our lives and we KNOW we are not being told the truth, we are being purposely misled by the Democrats.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  28. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    It means that money that would have gone to conservative televangelists are going to his coffers instead. It proves that P.T. Barnum was right.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  29. Joanne Buck

    What it says is "Democrats will be voted out next year and in 2012".
    Democrats have made a mess of it (want for power and money is in play) and I'm so glad our family has become Independents....as we are now embarrassed re both sides.
    Joanne B

    September 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  30. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    It means that money that would have gone to conservative televangelists are going to his coffers instead. It proves that P.T. Barnum was right. I'm wondering how many of the donors are reacting favorably to his attitudes on immigration, a part of the story you didn't mention at all. If they are, it shows the GOP is getting ready to immolate itself when the issue comes up next year.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  31. Ed from the Four Corners

    It means a lot of folks out there are too easily duped.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  32. Betty from Texas

    It says that the Republican party has abandoned civility in favor of slash and burn politics - party first, country second. Shameful!

    September 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  33. Eric in Denver

    This is great news. It is nice to see that the truth hurts(The Left).

    September 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  34. Ashley Robinson

    I think it all has to do with being racist. I also think that what he did was very childish. And the people who want him to speak in their states are being childish with him. The only thing by him speaking is going to cause more controversy. He might even persuade the people to turn against Obama. All I can say is that these people need to grow up and let President Obama do his job. People act like he's been in office 2 years! He's only been in office for some months. Give the man time to put what he is going to do in some kind of order. And I say to Congressman Joe Wilson grow up!!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  35. Carl D.

    When president Obama states that our government run healthcare plan will not provide free healthcare to illegal aliens, and then turns around and says, we need to get our countries immigration policy in order, in other words, amnesty, then in my opinoin, Obama is just playing on words, and he is a liar. If Obama's intention is to not cover illegal aliens in our new healthcare plan, and then give amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal aliens, then yes, he is a liar.
    Carl in Illinois

    September 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  36. Kim in MPLS

    It says that this guy is a capitolistic pig. Saying that your sorry to the President yet having your hand out to the tune of 2 Million? That isn't an apology in my book.

    What he should do is donate the money to a cause, a cause for the study of what lying does to the moral fabric of our society. How cheating, lying and lobbing goes hand in hand with politics.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  37. Ken in NC

    And some idiot said Crime doesn't pay. It did for Good Ole Joe.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  38. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    $2 million dollars for "YOU LIE!!!"? as Bill Maher said on his show last week, "That's a lot of CHEESE for a CRACKER" and obviously there are a lot MORE haters like Joe Wilson willing to support him with donations.

    this country is in REAL TROUBLE. it's the most polarized I have seen the American people since the 1960's.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  39. jchildless

    I would not be surprised to find that Wilson's rude outburst was pre-planned with just the resulting results expected. Some politicians will take calculated risks no matter how distasteful the means. I used to think there was a physical reason for the low caliber of South Carolina politicians. The water in the Palmetto State cannot be blamed for everything!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  40. Kirven Dunham

    That there are still a lot of hateful people mostly in the south. This is a danger for the GOP. Monday in the Situation Room one of the guess mentioned that of all the ethic groups the GOP is only strong with white males. A group that is shrinking by the day.

    An Asian friend told me that his believes are more tied to the GOP but he has never felt welcome or safe around them, which is why he vote for the Dems.

    Blacks, Hispanics, Gays/Lesbian, non-Catholic, Asian, etc. do not feel welcome and more importantly do not feel safe around the GOP (and the Tea Party people are making it worst). The Democrats and President Obama are open, fair and wiling to listen. Everything the GOP is not.

    Rancho Cordova, CA

    September 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  41. gerry in toronto

    I gotta try that. Call the most powerful person in the world a liar and make $2 million. Yep I could handle that.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  42. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Two thougts Jack. Either there are a lot of right wing extremists giving a few dollars each or there are several wealthy right wing extremists giving a lot of money. It tells me that those providing the funding are not at all happy with our president.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  43. Ron Temecula

    Hi Jack:

    It means that there are people out there that lack intelligence. Wether or not you agree with the president is not the issue. What Joe Wilson did was disrespect a sitting president before a world audience. That is not acceptable. If anyone would donate to a politician that would do that is obviously disfunctional. To get up a publically humiliate a US President before a world audience is just not acceptable. And Congressman Wilson should pay a penalty for that outburst. He not only disrespected the president, but he did a great dis-service to his country that day.

    Ron K. Temecula Ca

    September 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  44. BillD

    Thanks to "Juvenile Joe" Wilson, we can look forward to future Presidential addresses having all the dignity of a "cage match." Thanks Joe, for nothing.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    September 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  45. Gail, Plano,Texas

    It says that the inmates of the asylum have escaped! And that racism is alive and doing quite well in the good ole U.S.A. The GOP needs to go away!!!!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  46. BillD

    It also goes to show "Juvenile Joe" Wilson's constituents to be narrow-minded, petty bigots.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  47. john in michigan

    It says that Americans are waking up to Obama and his Marxist ideology.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  48. Robert, New Orleans

    There is so much left over election bitterness from the radical right wingers that they need to express themselves some way, somehow.
    It means the Wilsons and the Limbaughs and the Coulters and the Hannity's have job security as long as Obama is president.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  49. Dennis

    Jack,I have to laugh, this says what my father reminded me of so many times growing up. Fools and their money are soon parted. So what else is new?

    Dennis / Nashville,Tn.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  50. Venia PA

    It says that there are alot of ignorant people in this country.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  51. Terrence phila

    It is sad when ignorance is rewarded and it says that this country still has a long way to go. The face of the republican/conservative party is ignorance, racism, hatred and fear. Are those qualities we want to reward??

    September 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  52. Pat Stiles

    It means that most of these contributors have NO RESPECT for a black man as President and do respect Representative Wilson for speaking out "for them"! President Carter is mostly right and I respect HIM for pointing out the underlying reason for Obama dislike in this country.
    There is no good reason NOT to like Obama... he has done nothing wrong YET, so why the hatred? The answer is simple, it is the continued underlying disrespect and dislike for blacks... also known as racism, and perpetuated by the Republican party and its followers.
    The Republican Party continues to disgust me... as an Independent Voter, I doubt I will ever again be able to consider a Republican for any office. The party definitely does not represent my thinking, feelings nor beliefs.
    ps: Remind me which party voted to ruin our economy with its complete party line vote to invade Iraq at $12 BILLION a Month??? Yet fights health care for Americans who need it? psv Crossville, TN

    September 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  53. ken jefferson city mo

    Jack, it proves how partisan this country really is and that they will follow just about anybody who don't like the president,

    September 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  54. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    It says that the Anti-Obama people will do anything to win because they are like spoiled little children who lost. They do not like it.

    This type of behavior could easily lead to an attempt on the Presidents Life. And I really don't think these people care.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  55. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It means that there is a segment of the GOP base that is fired up by behavior they see as heroic. These are the same people who reject facts wholesale as "liberally biased" and yet embrace that weepy nutbag Glenn Beck. They are not representative of the many wonderful people of South Carolina!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  56. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It tells me that this guy may have been on to something the rest of of ignored.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  57. Fred R Deleon

    At least Wilson is not stealing taxpayers money like the Congress and Senate. Congress made too much out of really nothing. Obama himself accepted Wilson apologies. What else is there. Regarding the decrepit no good for anything Carter, even President Clinton said Carter was and IS wrong. If we dig furher in his peanut farm he made a lot of profit using undocumented people for years WITHOUT health care and less of minimun wages. So that SON should keep his tongue where his A__ is.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  58. Kerry Diehl

    No wonder – Joe Wilson was right and Obama was wrong!!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  59. Anthony

    It means those disgruntled McCain/Palen voters found a new hero as some are probably getting sick of watching Glenn Beck cry them fake crocodile tears every nite because half of his viewers watch for the same reason we slow down on the freeway when there's an accident in eye shot,,,,, to see the results of the crash!!

    The media makes mountains out of mole hills and the right need all the help they can get,.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  60. wanda j brown

    I think this Fool's ability to raise that amount of money truly lends credence to what Jimmy Carter said. Racism is alive and well in
    the United States of America. But you will REAP what You Sow. and
    Joe Wilson and his followers will soon find out that the same voters
    who put Obama in office are the same ones who will Vote AGAINST
    Joe Wilson and the very same ones who will BOYCOTT anything from
    south carolina. Starting with ME!

    September 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  61. Gigi

    There is a lot of ugly minded people out there. Is what it says to me. Too bad because he tarnishes the rest of his party. Remember one bad apple can spoil a barrel.


    September 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  62. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Congrersscritter Wilson's spew was a message to the corporations that he'll do what they want him to do if they just give him tons of money. The corporations will probably throw in a few whores and drugs to make Congresscritter Wilson really cooperative when it comes to legislation and their profits.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  63. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think it says that there is an element of society who likes people like Wilson who disrespect their office, the office of the president, and the joint session of Congress by shouting out insults. This element of people also rout for gangsters in a court of law. But what is bad it about the whole thing this element of people seems to be growing.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  64. Scott - San Diego, CA

    The country is becoming more divided. This is the first time a president has had the power of congress/senate to make such HUGE changes without any checks and balances in place. Those of us who disagree with the direction the country is being taken are very upset over the less than honest information from the White house. Joe Wilson stood up for US when we feel like the Democrats don't care.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  65. G. Johnson in Shreveport La.

    . The people who send money in support of smug, defiant Congressman Wilson are dissing Pres. Obama ,the man himself. They are racists and Wilson is their hero. I don't care how much they protest otherwise.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  66. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    It says that the top 5% of rich people, and a lot of hardcore bigots from the South just don't "get it." The rich want to get richer, and the bigots just don't like having a man of color in "their perceived" White House. Sad, isn't it?

    September 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  67. Jack in Florida

    It says that racism is alive and well in the Republican party. The deep south was once Democrat territory and became Republican because of civil rights legislation that they still fight against at every turn. They still use the term "uppity" when referring to african-americans who suceed and excel at what they do.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  68. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Some people are dumb enough to buy anything. Others will pay to have their ignorance stroked and their bigotry dressed up as moral courage. That a waste of skin like Fat Mouth Joe is held up as a paragon of American values by a narrow segment of pea wits is unfortunate, but I think the fact that his probable opponent is raising 2 to 3 times that amount speaks well for the counrtry as a whole and South Carolina in particular.
    Arlington Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  69. Darrell from McAllen, Texas

    It says many Americans know Mr. Wilson was telling the truth and they want him to be reelected.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  70. fred doofenshmirtz

    It says we made the wrong choice in November '08.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  71. george

    If it had been Sarah Palin who had said it, she would have raised $100,000,000, and I'm sure if she had thought of it, she would have. I guess class is where you find it, and it sure looks like Joe Wilson hasn't been looking for any lately. What really ticks me off is that my brother is named Joel Wilson, and he is even being hassled just because he has the same name. For sure Joe Wilson got his weekend of fame, but with it carries a lifetime of shame. You know there are a lot of people in this country who just plain don't like jerks.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  72. Roy

    With 307 million people in the country, it's possible to cash in on your 15 minutes of fame, whether it's Paris Hiltion, Sarah Palin, or the cracker from South Carolina.

    Port Aransas, Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  73. Uncle Sam in Florida

    It shows me that these people have about as much class as Mr. Wilson does. Calling the president a liar is one thing, but accepting money because you called him a liar is taking it one step further.
    How could anyone in their right mind believe that this man was sincere when he made his apology to the president?
    The people that donated the money must tthink otherwise.
    U S in Florida

    September 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  74. Luis Betancourt

    President, Obama said, illigal emmigrant will not be coverd by his Health care reform, but he did promisses to give legal status to most of the illigal
    immigrants. So, at the end all of them will be cover.

    Congessman, joe wilson knows best.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  75. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    It's sad, but this seems to represent a new way of thinking in America. We used to believe that Congress was a group of "gentlemen" that debated the issues to come up with an agreement.

    Now, it seems that more and more people believe that the end-justifies-the-means so....do what ever is is necessary to get your way.

    His contributors apparently agree by sending him millions of dollars ...what's next, throwing shoes to make a point???

    By the way, I would be interested in knowing how many dollars came from the insurance groups that are opposing any form of health care reform.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  76. Orlando

    It just goes to show how bad behavior is rewarded by our leaders.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  77. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The raising of this type of money by Wilson, and his opponent, only says that we as a people, a society, a culture, have a long way to go before we can understand and embrace our differences.

    It is our differences that has and will make us stronger, but hate is not different at all these days as is evident by paying these people this money in order to perpetuate that hate.

    Shame on all of us.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  78. fred doofenshmirtz

    Do we file this under saving jobs... or creating jobs?

    September 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  79. Charlie

    It is only suggest, how racist South Carolina is.
    Charlie from Toronto ont.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  80. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Some people have too much money and waste it on people who obviously practice being racists. Sad but true and that's just the way it is on the third rock from the sun.

    September 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  81. Kiki H.

    It says some of my fellow citizens of the great state of South Carolina are idiots. I'm tired of South Carolina lawmakers embarrassing the state and getting paid for it. When will they learn? Sure, there are lots of racists and conservatives who eat up that kind of red meat, but there are a lot of us who are just plain tired of being known as the state with the representatives who are immature and unable to think critically. That's why I changed my residency last week. I love my state but cannot tolerate their behavior anymore.

    Kiki H.
    Hattiesburg, MS

    September 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  82. Lynn

    That truth will prevail. Wilson's outbursts was rude just like when the Democrats booed Bush and called him names. Yet the outburst did cause the truth to come out. As discovered, illegals would get healthcare benefits due to lack of citizenship verification. My question is what other backdoor agenda is being enacted with these bills.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  83. Rae from Indiana

    It's disgusting but not surprising. I would be interested to know how much of it comes from the health-care industry.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  84. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Do you think it could possibly mean that there are many people who agree with Joe Wilson. In this poor economic climate people do not throw that much mony around indiscriminately
    With all due respect, I do not agree with former president Carter. Perhaps his remark about racism comes from having lived in the South all of his life, If racism were so rampant, Obama would not have been elected president.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  85. Dennis North Carolina

    it shows that our country is on the down hill road. the confederate flag still hangs in many of the back rooms of the southern politicans but just under a republican banner.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  86. Maria

    It says there are many loony conservatives with money in this country.
    It also shows how low we have arrived when anyone can shout out in a full session of Congress with the President speaking.

    Beside $2 mil isn't anything for fundraising these days. Whatshisname will be forgotten soon.


    September 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  87. vern-anaheim,ca

    it says there alot of "nutty" conservative republicans out there and former president carter was right in saying much of the dislike for president obama is racially motivated,hidden under the rug

    September 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  88. Josh, Charlotte, NC

    It shows how low the Republican Party and the extreme right wing will go to remain relevant and hold-on to power.

    Its disgusting - the House should have admonished him in person on the floor of the House with both Boner and Cantor standing beside him. Enough of this rancor is enough!!!!

    Whats worse is that the people of his district and state are allowing him to remain in office along with that other hypocrite governor.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  89. Geoff T. in Toronto, Canada

    Hi Jack,
    I says that this new anti-Obama movement (not anti-democrat or anti-liberal) is as crude and garish as it proudly claims to be. These hateful, unpatriotic rednecks won't be happy until they have Obama lynched, tarred, feathered, and hanging from an oak tree. Can you picture them having that sentiment against Clinton, Kerry, or Gore? Joe Wilson is a symptom, a boorish, low-brow symptom of a greater problem.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  90. lou

    It says there are people out there with even less ability to know right from wrong than Mr. Wilson. And apparently they have money to give away.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  91. Greg, Ontario

    It means the same thing it does here in Canada. Just because you represent the larger amount of people who voted and just because you hold the highest government office in the land doesn't mean everyone is going to show you the respect and common curticy you deserve. The crazy fringe and the media that give them thier power won't allow it.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    it says that Jimmy Carter was right – the racist republicans have shwon there true color- Hate is a money maker thanks to the MSM including CNN who can't seem to let this story go – just like to constant coverage of Sarah Palin- it is so sad to say but all of you have sold out for the all mighty dollar now owned by China –

    September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    My comments always seem to be awaiting moderation and never make it on air on remain online – I wonder why perhaps you do not like to be called out for your one sided reporting – RACISM again is alive and well in the good old USA

    September 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  94. Joe in VA

    I am afraid it shows how divided our country has become along ideological lines. For far too many on the extreme left and right, ideology has become more important than reasoned compromise for the national good. Our nation suffers as a result and has become a much less civil ,or should I say civilized, place. What has become of statesmanship? I blame much of this on my generation of "boomers'" whose ideas of raising children , stroking egos without teaching commensurate responsibility, has too often resulted in producing adult brats.

    Chatham, VA

    September 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  95. allen

    Congressman Wilson is awesome! Maybe he should run for office. Hes the only one who tells it like it is. Maybe more congress men and congress women should follow suit. And speak the truth sometime.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  96. Harold, in ANCHORAGE, AK

    P.T Barnum had it: "There's a sucker born every minute."

    September 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  97. Laura

    Disrespect to the President and to Congress in a joint session means nothing to them. The more vile hatred they can show the better. All they have to do is go to church and confess their sins and they're good to go for another week.

    San Angelo, Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  98. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    Jack, it says that some of the population would rather our govenment operate like a Jerry Springer episode rather than see any rational discussion. Further, some of his proponents see power in diverting attention from the real issues on the table. Neither response will help us out of the serious problems we face.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  99. Jamie

    I think it says a large number of people think the President was lying.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  100. David , Munhall , Pa.

    Remember the saying " THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN " ? Well it sure begining to look like it's trying to get out of the grave and start haunting this country "again".

    September 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  101. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, the same type of people helped King's assassin take a world tour before he was caught!!

    September 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  102. James

    Well that shows you how screwed up this country is, there is know respect for the presidency anymore and I blame the right wing fringe and the republican for that. Thats why other countries don't like us anymore because we don't respect them either.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  103. Ray Kinserlow

    Jack, I would be interested to know how much of that money came from insurance company proxies. I would bet the farm it is a sizeable chunk.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  104. Jeff

    It's says a lot of people agree with him, I agree that was not the place to say it, but it looks like a lot of people agree with him.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  105. Paul from Canada

    To me it says the extreme fringe will be supportive of someone who bestows their own feelings, regardless of tact, decorum or factual evidence. This is a sad reflection on a section of the American population that responds to fervent ideological sensationalism and those who don't follow the rules. If we reward incivility within government, then what does that lead us to believe about everyday life? Frankly this sets the stage for more of this type of behavior, and could be viewed as a means to raise funds in the future. Heaven help us all.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  106. richard a. winkler

    It says that our country has alot of ignorant bigots in it.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  107. Tim @ FSU

    Jack, inspite of what people may say, the support for congressman Wilson has revealed some of the deep racial feelings and prejudices that still exist within this country. Congressman Wilson, in losing his head and yelling at our president, showed that some, not all of the conservatives that oppose president Obama's administration have a deep rooted fear and dislike of him and his policies not just because he is a democrat, but also because of his skin color. I am sickened by the fact that there has been an outpouring of support for this clearly unstable and prejudiced man, and the fact that he is being praised by dangerous conservative voices such as limbaugh, beck, and hannity should only serve to remind everyone of the kind of people that are supportive of his rhetoric.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  108. Jackie in Dallas

    It shows that the rabid right-wingers are showing solidarity with a third-rate, back-bench sitting Representative who has never done anything noteworthy before, and who not only insulted the President of the United States, but did it in a Joint Session of Congress, in front of world-wide media. Not only was he rude, he broke the rules of the House and Senate, and HE was the one that was lying, NOT the President.

    And I wonder just how the camera “happened” to be focused on this nonentity instead of one of the other 533 members of Congress or all of the distinguished guests in the galleries if the situation hadn’t been premeditated. I think it was a publicity stunt to raise money, and it worked.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  109. The Broker.

    "Obama!" You said it Jack...We all have our differences. We all deserve to be opinionated. The world could not survive otherwise.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  110. Ed from California

    That there are a few "Americans" out there with more money than (common) sense.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  111. Jay in Texas

    It says that the news media, like CNN, should be reporting who all those campaign contributors are just as you should have reported who his biggest campaign donors were when he was last elected.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  112. Donna Wisconsin

    That Republicans are in favor of bad manners, support a non-respectful attitude unless it's their guy in the White House and just generally are poor sports!

    September 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  113. Fran of Huntington, NY

    In a red state with over a 4 million population, not very much.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  114. Frank from Peterborough

    Well Jack to the outside world it shows Joe Wilson is just another exhibit in the world's largest freak show and with him raising money for his antics pretty much defines how far down the drain Conservatism and the GOP have gone in the United States.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  115. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    That just tells me that there are a lot of old white republican racist men who can't accept the fact that we have a very smart person as president of the United States now. They think they should still be running the country, they just need to get over it their power in the United States is gradually going away.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  116. Ron Temecula

    Hi Jack:

    It means that there are people out there that lack intelligence. Wether or not you agree with the president is not the issue. What Joe Wilson did was disrespect a sitting president before a world audience. That is not acceptable. If anyone would donate to a politician that would do that is obviously disfunctional. To get up a publically humiliate a US President before a world audience is just not acceptable. And Congressman Wilson should pay a penalty for that outburst. He not only disrespected the president, but he did a great dis-service to his country that day.

    Ron K. Temecula Ca

    September 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  117. Noel Roberts

    It says there must be a lot of frightened, rude and ignorant people out there. So much for a post-racial society.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Mike

    It shows how mean and nasty Americans have become. It goes hand-in-hand with the behavior of these boors at the healthcare townhall meetings. It's no wonder other countries are losing respect for America. I'm sure the developments in this country since 9/11 have Bin Laden and his cohorts saying, "See? We're winning."

    September 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  119. Bob


    It is more than just a bit disturbing that a bigotted extreme right wing Republican can raise two million dollars in campaign contributions because he interrupted a speech by the President and called him a liar while the Presidnet was addressing a joint session of congress.

    The conduct of the Congressman was reprehensible. More reprehensible is the fact that over the course of the past three months surrogates of the Republican Party organized disruptions of the so called "town meetings" by right wing mobs, some of whom openly carried deadly weapons. On one occassion this took place in Arizona just outside of a building where the President was speaking.

    Hopefully some members of the so called "main stream" media will muster up enough intestinal fortitude and expose those behind this dangerous strategy in an effort to bring an end to it before there is an outbreak of serious physical injury and deaths.

    There are a lot of "Lee Harvey Oswald wannabees" who are being encouraged by the tactic of a major political party.

    Louisville, Ky

    September 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  120. T. G. from the virgin islands

    It says that people are awarded for doing wrong rather being punished. Even after congress reprimanded him, he is viewed as a victim in the eyes of the right-winged conservatives. It appears that the people who donated money to Joe Wilson's campaign have no respect for President Obama because of his policies, political views, and race.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  121. Mike Armstrong TX.

    It says that Joe Wilson might have a chance at winning the 2012 presidential election.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  122. Yvonne

    It shows the disrespect of not only the President of the United States, but America itself by the Republican party.

    If my party acted like the Republicans have been, I would no longer be their party. P.S. I used to vote sometimes Republican and sometimes Democrate. However, no longer.

    Yvonne Walters
    Spencer, Indiana

    September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  123. pat in lexington, Ky.

    Wilson wasn't quick to apologize on his own – he was instructed to do so. He appears to be – and probably IS – immature, impulsive and insubordinate. The Republican base seems to value those characteristics .... remember Palin? And how 'bout Limbaugh?? Yep, immature, impulsive and insubordinate.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  124. Johnnie

    Jack: Until we all experience and understand how our legislators have exploited the Melton pot, some of us could still be taken for granted and flush money for the sake of unethical behavior.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  125. Katiec Pekin, IL

    It means that there are many misguided, unthinking people out there.
    For a politican to act so disrespectful, insult the integrity of our political system , gain from his disgusting behavior is simply unacceptable.
    And, for this politician to have no remorse, cater to those who support this kind of behavior tells us the level our politicans have come to.
    The lack of honor and integrity has to stop!

    September 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  126. Michael in Albuquerque,NM

    It explains why other nations have stopped telling dumb blond jokes, and are now telling dumb American jokes. Wilson's shout out was a publicity stunt. He had the cameras already there and focused on him to catch the moment. I don't know who his donners are, or what color their hair is, but two million in donations makes them the butt of many jokes.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  127. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    It means they wrong folks out there have too much money.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  128. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    What is so surprising, Jack? I am quite sure that most of these donors are the same ones that gave money to Bush, listen to Limbaugh & fervently watch Fox News for their "balanced" reporting of current events. Let's not forget the state motto of South Carolina;
    "Remember the Civil War? We didn't Actually Surrender".

    September 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  129. Brian - Pittsbrugh PA

    Jack, it has demonstrated a brilliant business model. Who knew that in such a tough economy so much money could be made from being disrespectful and immature? I knew my kindergarten teacher was full of it when she taught me not to interrupt others.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  130. Sandy from Elliottsburg

    It says to me that if republicans have that much money to spend they should use it to pay off the war debt caused by the Iraq war that never should have been. It's over 2,300 days since President Bush said "Mission Accomplished" yet Osama Bin Laden still roams free and Afganistan is even more dangerous than it was 8 years ago. The republicans that keep spouting about the national debt need to think about the trillions of dollars spent on a war that should not have been and that did not make us any safer. How dare they disrespect our President by supporting the childish behavor of an idiot.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Yeah..... yeah. But SO TOO has Rob Miller. I hope that the people of his district in South Carolina will do the honorable thing and vote this racist out of office!

    September 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  132. Karen

    The $2 million is not an affirmation of Wilson's behavior but an affirmation of unleashed bigotry in a country that brags about being the "land of the free" but only if you look and think just like me!

    How ironic that a little known South Carolina Republican was insulted when a reporter threw shoes at one US President, but relishes the spotlight for exhibiting the same behavior to the current US President.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |

    His comment was meant to shock and that it did. I didn't know about the situation with the confederate flag though and in light of this incident with the liar call out to our President one would think that maybe Jimmy Carter is right to call him a racist.
    People who are racist have a tough time concealing it. I think it may be a matter of time before Wilson shows his true colors.
    One thing worse than being an uneducated and ignorant racist is an intelligent and powerful man in a position where he can spread his racist bull from the almighty political pulpit.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  134. Ralph from Alabama

    Big deal! Obviously there's $2 million worth of people who agrees with a member of Congress who shouts down the President. In that situation it was a total lack of respect and at some point he failed to learn his manners. But, that's where we're headed as a country – people think it's patriotic to be defiant. Look at the makeup of his district. It's one of the wealthiest in the southeast in addition to having a larger than average military presence – with I'm sure many civil service employees – all enjoying their goverment run healthcare.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Curtis - Udall, KS

    It says that Republicans and Conservatives have been looking for someone to speak truth to power and are willing to back them financially when they do.

    Isn't it curious that when President Bush was in office speaking truth to power was a good thing?

    September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  136. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    I guess Jack when you look at the big picture the people who donated the 2 million to Congressman Wilson must also feel (I do not want to use the word liar) that the President has "stretched the truth on many issues"! I have a better question for you Jack! How come more time is being spent on Wilson's gaffe than Charlie Rangels tax issues? Jack why don't you pose that question to people on your blog!

    Liberal Democrats prove every minute of every day that they are HYPOCRITES, and leading the group is Speaker Pelosi! Congressman Wilson gets rebuked in the House YET Congressman Rangel the tax cheat keeps his powerful chaimanship thanks to Pelosi! I hope the 2010 elections are a disaster for the Democrats!

    Ed Chapman

    September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  137. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    So, Jack, what did you think would happen when the media started covering the amount of money his Democratic opponent raised in the hours following the outburst? HELLO??? And the more money the two sides raised, the louder the media cheered/screamed and the more polarized the incident became. GOOD JOB media! Carter and Johnson turned it into a racial issue, because one is an idiot and one is a racist, and the media ate that up too. The REAL point here is, Obama did lie. Illegal aliens are covered now, and will continue to be covered until/unless the government fixes the Emergency Room requirements and allows the Drs/Hospitals to say "NO INSURANCE< NO MONEY< NO SERVICE" and that ain't gonna happen.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  138. Joy in Colorado

    And where do all the bloggers get the idea that Obama will give amnesty to illegal aliens, therefore the health care program will pay for them? From the big mouth of Rush Limgaugh on yesterday's radio program. He claims no one in the press listens to him and that's why they don't cover his program. A LOT of people listen in self defense and DO know what he said. He LIES!

    September 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  139. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It means that Joe Wilson has been paid well for starring in "Act 1" and will be paid more for "Act 2" if he's a real dare devil.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  140. Mark, Worcester MA

    It says people don't want to be force-fed change in a candied oratory coating. Everyone is talking about the outburst as rude and inappropriate, why is no one talking about whether it was true or not?

    September 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  141. southerncousin

    It says that this country is extremely divided and as you can tell from the name calling by the liberals, those of us who oppose the Obama policies are getting tire of being called racists, nazis, unpatriotic, rednecks and all of the other derogatory terms that the arrogant liberal use to describe conservatives while reaching in to our wallets to take more money for a rerun of the failed Great Society. are ratcheting up the hatred in more ways than they can imagine. They will pay for their smugness, arrogance and lack of realism in 2010 and the next 50 years.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  142. Infantryman from Minneapolis, MN

    When a prejudice crazy like that can make $2milion being disrespectful to our commander and chief it sends a clear message. Our president is soft. I voted for the man but he needs to grow a pair and get this situation under control by putting these people in check. I understand the right to opinions and free speech, but there is also a time and a place. I used to think there was some sort of process as well. Nope just people walking all over the president and when you let one do it, soon everyone is doing it.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  143. cy

    Republicans love liars. Who are the biggest fundraisers in the Republican Party? Are they the few remaining moderates, or liars like Limbaugh, Palin and this clown? The GOP is not a responsible party searching for answers to tough policy questions, it is a circus and you can't have a circus without the clowns. cy gardner, arlington,va

    September 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  144. Curtis - Udall, KS

    If you have to dig back 10 years to find 'evidence' that someone is racist you don't have a racist on your hands.

    Anyone that can take 'You lie!' and turn it into a bigoted comment has been in the sun too long or needs to get their meds changed.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  145. Eric in Denver

    People like Jimmy Carter and Ashley in this column are causing racism in this country. Does racism exist in this country? Of course it does unforunately. The problem that I have is that every time a person disagrees with the presidents policies they are called racists. I disagree with the president on pretty much everything he has done so far. I would have the same opinion if he was white, black, or green. I would imagine most of the other sensible people feel the same.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  146. Terry

    It confirms that Republicans are more interested in disgracing the president, building an image, and playing political games than they are in searching for middle ground and having a constructive conversation on important issues. If all the Republicans care about is playing blood sport politics in hopes of winning elections I say oblige their interests and leave them out of legislation.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  147. Eric in Denver

    People that call this racism are racists themselves. To disagree with an individual doesn't make a person a racist. Let me get this straight when 80% plus of black voters disagreed with President Bush did that make them racists??????????????????????????

    September 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  148. Brian Rheault

    It means some people think the President is a liar.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  149. Bernadette Loesch

    the monies raised for Joe Wilson only goes to prove that most of the wealthy people in this country are willing to support a stubborn backward thinking man. Joe Wilson is just one example of some of the major ills that face this country. Joe Wilson has been elected by narrowminded individuals. Shame on him and his constituents.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  150. Curtis - Udall, KS

    C'mon Jack – Congressman Wilson did NOT 'carry on like a child', two words hardly constitute carrying on.

    I'm a little shocked that you imply that voting to keep a confederate flag over the capital equates to racism. It's not like he stood in the doorway of a school to prevent desegregation.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  151. Ken in NC

    It says the expression "A Sucker Is Born Every Minute" is true and now we know that 18 years ago there were at least 2,000,000 of them born in the next 2,000,000 minutes.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  152. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    Who are the top 10 contributors to the $2 Million. I haven't really heard, have you? Answer this question and the end result may be better than an apology.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  153. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Calling someone a liar does not make you a racist. What makes you a racists are the people that don't like you calling that person a liar. Those that claim racism have no other explanation for what happened and all they have to do is claim racism. They never prove it. They simply claim it and it makes them feel better.

    September 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  154. Emily, Canada

    I wonder about the people that are donating that money. I know that not everyone is going to agree with Obama. Joe Wilson would have let this go that night if this were not such a gravy train for him...just who is paying for that train to keep going?

    September 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  155. Nancy, Tennessee

    We elected an African American President and this could have shown the world that we are a nation that loves all of mankind and treats everyone equally. Instead we have shown how deep rooted our prejudices really lie. Over a hundred years ago we abolished slavery, but we still have not cleansed the country of its racial bias against black Americans. Joe Wilson is capitalizing on the dishonor he brought himself, the Republican Party, and all members of Congress.
    It says that our nation needs healing. The country needs to be reminded that we are one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  156. Joe Rogers from Annapolis, MD

    When you factor in some facts here, Jack, it really doesn't mean
    much of anything. Fact one: Representative Joe Wilson"s opponent raised a bundle of money at the same time. Fact two: Note the
    comment made by Mrs. Joe Wilson during her husband's phone call to her after the event when she inquired, "What kind of nut....." yelled out during the president's address to a joint session of Congress?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  157. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    It tells us that the whackos in this country have money.

    It tells us that the people in this country who let others do their thinking for them and/or who buy into misinformation and misrepresentation of facts have the money to help finance a disrespectful politician’s campaign.

    The good news is that many of Joe Wilson’s constituents are retirees from other parts of the country who, like me, are SO embarrassed by the antics of our state government officials, will vote him out of office.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  158. Annie, Atlanta

    It tells me very clearly that there are a lot of people with money to burn who don’t know the difference between right and wrong, or don’t care to. Either way, their value system is in question, as is congressman Wilson’s. They deserve each other.

    Jack, my sentiments exactly on Tom Delay – disturbing. The tv is off until we see you again at nearly 10 after and then again just before 6. He should be in jail, not shaking it for all of us to see. Ick.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  159. Just me

    It means that capitalism is alive and well in America. We are a nation that thrives when people speak their mind and spend their money freely. We don't have to agree with what other people say, how they say it or how they spend the money, but it's a free country.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  160. Shawn, KY

    Jack, it say’s reality. More and more often society rewards bad behavior. A recent example, Tom Delay landing a spot on Dancing with the Stars. It’s simply sickening .

    September 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  161. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, it means that ignorance, greed and racism is worth about $71,428.57 a day in South Carolina. Jack from Nice Ca.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  162. juliet hartford ct

    i want to add my two cents ...it tells me that we do not have respect for each other and that congressman..is il-mannered, i'm sure if his child or children had done that someone in authority he would punish his children,...i think he deserve punishment and anyone who reward he need to go to call Miss Manners...he is rude and disrecpectful. if this is the nation that we are rewarding people for been rude and we are in terrible shape.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  163. summer

    It just means some people have more money than sense.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  164. Lisa

    What does it say? It says there are a number of loud mouth, uncouth, ignorameouses who want to support one of their own.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  165. Marty W.

    Jack, it just means that there are some morons running around the US with a little less money than they had two weeks ago.

    Marty W.
    Springfield, IL

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  166. Katiec Pekin, IL

    It says and shows how disrespectfulm dishonorable the republicans and those who support them have become.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  167. Michael Demmons

    It says that fools and their money are, indeed, easily parted.

    Underwater in Atlanta, GA

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  168. Adrian Z from Toronto

    It was inappropriate. Disturbing. But if his district wants to be represented by a narrow minded child, then so be it. If that's how they want the country to see them, it's cool with us. As far as the racial thing goes, has anyone ever met Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of Virginia?

    I suggest the Democrats be careful throwing stones in a glass house.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  169. elsa olsen

    It means people think the president is lying.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  170. Ross in Las Vegas

    It means that South Carolina will continue to have a congressman that is completely out of touch with reality. I'm hoping Joe Wilson plans to use some of the $2 million to pay health care bills of the millions of legal citizens who have been discriminated against by insurance companies. One can dream right?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  171. Mark (Newburgh, NY)

    It means that our country is more divided than ever, Jack. It's sickening. It's supposed to be "Indivisible", not "Totally divided"...but it's still "With liberty and justice for those who can afford a good lawyer".

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  172. Jeff W

    This just shows that "you can't fix stupid!"

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  173. john g mcmahon

    It simply means what it is, Wilson is right.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  174. Joe S.

    It certainly doesn't say he's a racist. Maybe it says that the people in his district agree with him.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  175. cl

    Simple answer Jack.......The truth is always the best policy!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  176. Buzz in Solvang, CA

    It simply shows that there are a lot of racists out there willing to help keep a racist in office no matter how much that means he will vote against their best interests. All of this done out of the sheer hatred and racist attitude towards our first black president. Wilson himself is a hypocrite and a liar. Once upon a time that would call for a disgraceful resignation from office. NOW it means, get as much money and support as you can.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  177. Zack

    I believe he just hides his racism with anger and hate for an African-American president, similar to how so many people are just so intensely angry at town hall meetings.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  178. D Flynn

    It means that there are at least two million morons that voted for W (w=worst) still around and full of crap...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  179. paul bouyce

    this is tribal warfare.
    we live, literally, in a country that is divided 50/50, almost to a percentage point.
    and the chances of the warfare ending don't exist.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  180. Matt

    I think it goes to show that win you give someone a spot light and people like/dislike what that person has to say, it gives people a focal point to support or oppose, whether by giving to Congressman Wilson or his upcoming opponent. I wonder how many of those donations for either of them are actually from their home district and how many are from people across the country reacting to the controversy.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  181. Carol J. Mitchell

    Unfortunately, there are stll a number of Americans that judge a man by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character. That is very sad. I had hoped we had matured as a Nation!!!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  182. Jeremy

    Because America is not going forward just going backwards and there are still people out there who think like we are in the 1950’s

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  183. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    This means that there are a lot more creepy people in the USA than I wanted to know about and I don't know what to do about them.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  184. Ozzy

    Jack, I guess KKK is still out there and there wealthier than before.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  185. Alice W

    I think what this (Wilson raising money instead of being drummed out of congress for disrepectful behavior) says is that there are people out there that are more intent on destroying civility than maintaining the former beliefs of the majority in the country that Americans can resolve differences if they work together. Apparently the donors of this money don't believe in resolution and only seek to maintain hatred and discord.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  186. Dick Stover

    More power to him, I hope he raises $10 million, after all he doesn't have ACORN to raise money for him.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  187. Alphonso

    Disrespect of the president should not be tolerated, especially here in the United States. No matter the race or gender. He's the president for God sake. If a citizen isn't willing to respect him, who should be respected?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  188. Nina Walker

    What does it say about this country that this yahoo can raise $2.0 million in the wake of his ridiculous outburst?
    1. A fool and his money are soon parted
    2. Birds of a feather flock together.
    Yet one more example of how our country has decided that acting like immature, spoiled brats is somehow an effective way to blunder through life.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  189. George Holman

    It says we are in big trouble. We honor impropriety and bad manners making this previously unknown congressman from South Carolina a hero to the fringe right. America is best governed in the middle, but the fringe gets all the press. The loudest of us all gets the most attention regardless of the shallowness of the argument.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  190. Mia

    Well,Jack,it seemslike a wash to me. Wilson'sopponent raised almost as much money in response to this most uncivil outburst. I do not believe that the President is a liar,but I do think he is over hishead on this one!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  191. Beau

    Jack, Wilson is being supported by the same Klan members that supported McCain during his campaign

    Washington, D.C.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  192. Ray

    He displayed the type of open disrespect that plagued the south for 100+ years still exist even when people say it doesn't. That would never have happened if the President had been white.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  193. Larry

    $2 million! What an outrage. I thought people were broke these days. But I guess not the right-wingers. They say they're broke and then they give all this money to a politician who has no class and has brought shame to this country. Republicans, YOU LIE!
    Larry M., Sherman Oaks, CA

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  194. Rick Medina,OH


    I have been politically active for decades, and I've never seen a nation so polarized. It is difficult to have a rational, civil, and polite conversation with anyone about a political subject. There is this national 'rage,' and I find it disquieting and troubling.

    My best guess is that it is about money ... those who have it, and those who don't. What I find particularly odd are the 'Bubba' Republicans ... those who don't have much money, but espouse a politic as if they did. We used to call them Reagan Democrats, but now they lack leadership. So, when an idiot like Joe Wilson comes along, they donate $5 ... $10 ... $20 in droves. It's not that difficult to understand.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  195. Wesley in Pa

    Just shows how much we need to throw all of them out, elect new leaders, and restrict terms to no more than 8 years. The polar division we see in congress is as bad as it has been, historically, since the civil war. I say again: Throw them all out, disband the two major parties and disallow them from running for office for 10 years.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  196. Janice

    Why is this guy still getting air time? Who says that it doesn't pay to behave poorly?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  197. Kevin from AZ

    It unfortunately highlights the decline of intelligence in this country.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  198. Tina Raleigh, NC

    The answer's a no brainer, Jack. It means two things: Wilson's not the only bigot in the country. It means as a country we not only overlook boorish behavior, we embrace it. Remember the huge applause Kanye West got when he came on stage on Leno's new show last week. Go figure!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  199. Joe Palen

    It means he knows his consituency. Hopefully, they are small in number.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  200. KPurdie

    The South Carolina congressman has raise so much money after his outburst because conservatives hate Obama and all he stands for. The contributions seem as though it's a reward of sorts.

    These are the same people that endorse Sarah Palin. Not very bright.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  201. kathy from Phoenix

    Jack, to me it shows that the people who donated money to Joe Wilson are just as ignorant as he is and that doesn't say much about this country anymore. Why are people so stupid!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  202. Noah

    more good folk like him need to be heard. obama is a lier that needs to be exposed. nobody respects obama these days.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  203. j

    it means this is AMERICA FREE SPEECH

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  204. Viola

    This is a total embarassment for America. The extreme total disrespect from the Right Wing Republicans and the racists slurs and statments toward this President is about as unpatriotic as you get. All Americans gave Bush 4 years and then another 4 years to keep this Country on track. Obama has only been in office less than a year and inherited all this MESS from Bush and the Republicans are acting like it is the 1950's and 60's.

    While Bush was preaching democracy for other countries, his party is preaching racism and hatred TODAY. This is a sad ERA for America.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  205. CW

    It says that people don't trust Obama.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  206. John Lloyd

    Raising money does not mean defending the truth. We must remember that Adolf Hitler had huge support as he rose in popularity which led to the persecution and deaths of millions of innocent victimes with little protest from the populace.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  207. Norma

    What it says is that there are many other RACIEST that share his sentiment. Even though the President wants to tap down the talk of racism, it is so apparent that it has a great deal to do with the outrage about health care. People of course could be against what he stands for, but to the extent that it is bringing out the extreme behavior. It is so obvious that that behavior has to do with racism. I am quite sure those that voted for him are not the ones who are the irrational ones.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  208. George from Tennessee

    It doesn't say anything...but, looking at it another way, it shows to what extent some people will go to be disruptive and create the appearance of an unpleasant atmosphere. He's bought and paid for...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  209. Lynne Labrador

    It says that Wilson is not alone in his disrespect for our President. It is one thing to disagree with the President's policies, but quite another to show such a lack of respect for the man and the office.

    The fact that Wilson has raised that much money, particularly in this economy, speaks volumes about our neighbors. As a minority, I am reminded that regardless of how far we've come, we still have far to go.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  210. Zenat Ali

    It says, Jack, that you can do anything in America and you will be worshipped; wait and see how many shows he will be invited to, not to mention his soon to be famous book – "you lie"
    That's what the U.S. encourages. What's next?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  211. Nick

    Wilson's actions were rude and disrespectful. It does bring to light what I have long suspected that not only is Wilson a racist but I feel that the republican party has deep racist and bigoted views. Does anybody remember Strom Thurmond?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  212. Jack

    $2,000,000 worth of people agree with him that Obama lied.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  213. Stephen

    It says that a lot of people agreed that the President was lying at that moment. The outburst was terribly impolite and inappropriate, but that doesn't make the statement untrue.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  214. John

    Have you seen the bill in the senate? Its allows illegal immigrants to get health care. So if Obama says NO then why is is in the senate have it in the bill. Joe Wilson is saying what everyone else wants to say.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  215. Pat S SINY

    It seems like not a day goes by that Obama isn't caught in another astonishing lie. It was the wrong venue to blurt it out, but tens of millions were probably screaming the same thing at their TV sets. And by the way, Jack, are you under the impression that the 2 mil came exclusively from South Carolnians? The President is out of touch, and the ground-swell of resistance is growing.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  216. Eric, Columbus, Ohio

    It's simple, despite the historical election, we still have a long long way to go. Don't full yourself, this is all about race. I would love to see what portion of the country is donating to his campaign. I'm sure it's south of the intelligent line.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  217. Chris A.

    I think this country is showing its true colors. I was deceived for a few months when race was not an issue to elect the best man for the job. Now in retrospect I see this was all a joke. America did not anticipate that President Obama would actually be able to lead this country and he has with style. He is as good of a president as any and has done more in 200 days than most did in 1200 days( but I sure that was expected, since minorities are required to work twice as hard) When will the hate end?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  218. Randy

    Joe Wilson has set a dangerous precedent. Now every congressman knows that a quick way to pad their re-election coffers is to bark derogatory comments to the president during a joint session speech. I hope future presidents will post their speeches because now we'll have a hard time hearing them over the rude outbursts.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  219. Tom Walsh

    Two million dollars.?Chump change, Jack. Serious racists and hate-mongers like Rush Limbaugh abd Glenn Beck make two mill in every 60-second commercial break. This country was founded on racism - No Irish Need Apply - and will struggle with hatred for all its days. Such is the human condition. As for Wilson? Much ado about nothing.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  220. Jay from MD

    It means that there a lot of right-wing extremists out there who can't stand to face the reality that the nation needs to move on and leave the past be in the past.

    These people would cut their own nose off to spite their face, so is it really surprising that they would champion someone who disrespects the President ? They are the tail that has been used to wagging the dog. Time to bob this dog's tail.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  221. Bob (Sarasota, FL)

    Considering both sides are raising money it doesn't mean much. A more appropriate question might be: What does it mean when the President of the United States knowingly lies about, or at the very least knowingly misrepresents, the potential for illegal aliens to receive publicly funded healthcare under the bill he was discussing. There's no doubt that the bill would have allowed it. I support health insurance reform but I want the truth and there appears to be very little of that available-even from Mr. Obama, it seems.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  222. Stacey (Georgia)

    I think it is absolutely disgusting that people are actually rewarding Joe Wilson for yelling at the President of the United States. Believe it or not, it is still possible to disagree with the President's statements and even state your own opinions while still showing respect for our nation's leader.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  223. John R Mast

    Wilson called it like it is. That is why he is raising money from all over the nation, and not just from the "fringe' right, but from many Americans who are beginning to see through the smoke and mirrors thatis Obama. The left including disgusting morons like Jim Carter want to make Wilson out as a racist but the fact of the matter is a much better argument can be made that Obama is a racist. cafferty points to Wilson not voting to change his state flag. But Obama sat through racist church services of a black racist for decades, appoints racist Van Jones, says health care is about reparations and so on. Liberals are hypocritical morons, not the true liberals of the 60"s and 70's.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  224. rich schultz

    I am fear that the disrespect the Congressman displayed during the President's speech is reflective of society at large. With each succeeding generation, the boundaries of good behavior, repect, values and decency are pushed back till society finally gives up. We now tolerate disrespectful back talk and questioning of authority, our electronic gadgets have made us addicted slaves to those very items designed to free up our time. Don't get me wrong, dialoge between differing parties can be healthy but when we cross that line like the Congressman did by calling the President a liar, when society tolerates and rewards that behavior, then I am afraid society has reach that slippery slope from where it may not recover. Respect the office and the institution even if you dislike the man. I doubt race was an issue in the Congressman's outburst just like the protest signs his fellow Republicans were holding or the constant Twittering of others that night, it was a lapse of judgement and lack of respect, pure and simple.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  225. zenkosi zulu

    If Joe Wilson could make so much much from being so disrespectful of the Presidency......I can only say that this country is a little on the sick side.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  226. joyce

    the fact that he was at first conciliatory and now he's defiant says a number of things...it says that once he found that he had backing for his comment ( i.e. 2 million dollar donations) that somehow gave him the GUTS to stick up for himself...kind of shows how gutless he really is...secondly it shows the power of the media...after the comment when he was chasened by the media...he apologized...third..it shows that people in america have diverse opinions..which is a good thing..nothing cookiecutter about americans

    September 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  227. Patrick S

    It says no matter how much progress this country has made, there will always be closet racists (like Willson) and outright racists doing whatever they can to 'get back' at the majority of America for wanting change. Wilson is a disgrace to the fine people of SC. WHY all of sudden are conservatives concerned about where there tax dollars are going?. What about Iraq and the waste and corruption (KBR, Haliburtun) that war brought upon the tax payer? Where were the Tea Parties then? God forbid your tax dollars go to a united effort to care for all Americans.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  228. Will Bean

    So what if he made $2 mil., that means a lot of people agree with him, and those that didn't, beefed up the Demos coffers.
    Stop jumping on the messenger and get on the message, he lied according to the bill being presented and we all know it.
    It's about time someone called him on this and they should do the same on his other statements that don't tell the real truth. The president has a great command of language and is very likable, but the public is not stupid and with the government in charge, they have never made anything more cheaper nor saved waste in the system.
    Look at Medicare, $500 b. according to a congressman, save that and it is almost enough to run a national health care program, but not by the government. They need more money so there is some left after the waste, they inject into it.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  229. Leo


    Just goes to show you how many troglodytes are willing to reward bad behavior in our country.
    How embarrassing for all of us, and just maybe President Carter has called out all of this behavior correctly!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  230. Keith

    What a sad commentary for this supposedly "great nation". When you have public officials show horrible disrespect for to the President of The United States, what does it say for this country? We can all disagree, but to blurt out like you are at a truck pull fest is unacceptable. Whoever contributes to this mans cause has more money than decency and patriotism. Keep up the great work Mr. President and the world loves and respects you. This country is back in the saddle and you are a great leader.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  231. Vincent Murphy

    I think this guy got exactly what he wished for. Embarrass the President on the floor of Congress and get alot of attention plus 2M$ in contributions. I look everyday a Lincolns' words.

    If Wilson is going to speak for our children, I weep for them.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  232. j/n

    What does it say when the congressman who called the president a liar before a joint session of Congress has since raised $2 million?

    It says the episode is over despite the need within the news reporting business not to let go...for the record the confederate Flag issue has nothing to do with Wilson's remark...like it or not that flag is central to 19th century American history, there is no reason not to let it stand in SC's Capitol Dome...it harms no one...indeed one wonders why it is so difficult for those in the society who are mired in puritanical ideology to think outside the box...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  233. Delia

    It says there are still some people out there who have white hoods in their closets. It also says we've lost the common courtesy of shutting up when someone else has the floor. There's definitely something in the water in SC these days that isn't good for the country!

    Katy, TX

    September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  234. Tracie, Atlanta Ga

    Here's what it says Jack...that a white man can get away with completely and totally disrespecting the president and make money off of it, because there are some who share his racist attitude against President Obama because he's black...And i'm not supprised he raised 2 mil, look what state he's from...good ole' fashioned as red state as they come republican south carolina...Joe Wilson's a loser! and so are all the idiots who reward him for disrespecting the President Obama!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  235. Francisco Pagan (New York)

    It says that Former President Carter is right. 2 million dollars because the guy said "you lie"? I can only imagine how much he would of got if he would of shouted "Your not a natural born citizen"

    September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  236. Timothy

    What does it say when the man who shouted at the President raises two million dollars in campaign donations? I think it says there is more racism involved that one would like to think. After all he did vote no to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol didn't he?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  237. Kathleen

    If he was truly contrite, he would not have taken the money. He is an ill mannered bigot that has not had any attention nor money in the past.
    His cursery apology was out of fear.....now that he is getting attention and money, he is emboldened. He is not a statesman (what is that?)
    He is lapping up the attetnion and the money. ....forget about the citizenry.
    An apology is only truly an apology when it is true.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  238. a.c. of La.

    It means we are very divided and I dont think its going to get better.....I,ve personally heard racist remarks made about this President, so to say it is,nt a problem with some is simply not true....I think racism is so ingrained that some people don,t even realize they are racist.......Joe Wilson just can,t seem to come to grips with the fact that Repubs lost, and in my mind if they dont change their attitude they will again. I,m sick to death of their constant harping and whining.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  239. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)


    Money Talks

    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  240. Katherine Lee

    They are all concerned about having their way; that is why no Republican has shown the President any support. Obviously, they have no respect for the president and more importantly, no concern for this nation. Everyone knows that the health problem in the US is a major problem; but of course, the Republications care about no one but the wealthy. It matters not that so many people have no insurance, nor does it matter that the insurance companies are going to ruin this country with their out of hand high prices. Thank God for Obama and his concern for humankind.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  241. Viola

    Where were all these "CONCERNED" REPUBLICAN CITIZENS, when Bush was running up the DEFICIT and when he was CUTTING taxes for the wealthy, when he was spending a TRILLION DOLLARS, alone, on the IRAQ war? Where were they when the Bush Administration let legislature created by Phil Graham 8 years ago that caused the housing market and big businesses to crash before Obama took office. Just who are REPUBLICANS STANDING UP FOR AND WHY WERE THEY SO SILENT DURING THE 2-TERM BUSH ADMINSTRATION???? Some of you Republicans are so racistist that you will do and say anything about this Black President rather than admit that President Bush did anything wrong. I can just imagine how other Leaders in other countries are viewing the so-called "FREE" America when America discriminate and tear down their own President.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  242. judge

    since all of the hooplah about YOU LIE., i am just wondering about this jokers voting record on illeagel immigration in the first place..george in apple valley..

    September 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  243. R J Koser

    This shows a couple of things: racism is alive and well and many people condone bad behavior along with racism. Many whites are very uncomfortable with the multi-ethnic, ,multi-cultural direction the country is going. They don't want to be a minority. This is where immigation fits in the "debate." Sad and very small minded. These people will be left to live in their alternative universe.

    RJ Koser
    Glen Campbell PA

    September 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  244. Dennis..S Toronto Canada

    People are donating money because they agree what the Congressman that said President Obama is a liar, The Congressman isa very rude man,
    No one desrves this as President of USA if liked or not. Being rude is disrespect to the office of the Presidency and also to the man himself.

    The Congressman should say he is sorry to the President himself and not a White house Administration employee, Sorrrrry is not enough as an appology or whatever the Congressman wants to call it, RUDE! RUDE!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  245. Helena

    It tell us a alot about how he got elected in the first place.The same racist people who elected him are prepare to keep him there at all cost.It also reminds me about the sincerity of his apology to president Obama after his fall from grace while the nation looked in disgrace and shame.
    Willingboro, NJ

    September 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  246. paul westminster maryland

    It says that even a non descript, do nothing poitican like Wilson can still attract support by appealing to the worst our country has to offer.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  247. James Nolan

    What does it mean? It means that A lot of people agree with Mr.Joe Wilson. Jim from Wisconsin

    September 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  248. joyce

    the fact that he was at first conciliatory and now he’s defiant says a number of things…it says that once he found that he had backing for his comment ( i.e. 2 million dollar donations) that somehow gave him the GUTS to stick up for himself…kind of shows how gutless he really is…secondly it shows the power of the media…after the comment when he was chasened by the media…he apologized…third..it shows that people in america have diverse opinions..which is a good thing..nothing cookiecutter about americans

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  249. Judy from Butte

    It says those donaters must have been bad parents too. You know the kind that give their kids an all day sucker for sticking their tongue out at the teacher. What ever happened to good manners.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  250. Nina Walker

    After reading others comments about Obama's alleged "lying" I wonder where all this outrage was under the Bush administration which did quite a bit of proven, not alleged, lying. I also wonder why so many people have bought into the idea that health care for illegal immigrants is such an awful thing and a huge problem. Wake up to reality, we are paying through the nose for an ineffective and bloated health care system that is run by the devil aka pharmaceutical and insurance companies. The biggest opposition to health care reform is in the insurance industry and they are quite happy to fan the flames of ignorance, racism, and a total lack of compassion for your fellow human beings regardless of their country of origin.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  251. Sylvia from California

    It speaks to President Obama's credibility or lack of.... I for one actually liked the outburst and wish we had more Representative with guts to speak out everytime we are being fed bull....It reminded me of colorful exchanges in the British Parliment where outbursts are common place. Thank you Representative Joe Wilson for speaking which resulted in the addition of enforcement language in bill.......

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  252. kallie

    First of all an apology is only good if you mean it. He talked to the president, said sorry, but then he got some feedback from his party and some money and started up again. That's not good character, but typical for a repub.
    Second of all the reason why he had the guts to yell out in the first place was because wilson doesn't believe- in the depth of him- that president Obama deserves that amount of respect from a White man,don't deny it joe- just be honest with yourself.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  253. Greg H.

    Why the continued uproar about the liar comment???.... no one in the left wing media batted an eye when Reid, Pelosi, Gore, et. al. referred to President Bush as a liar, war criminal, dumb, betrayed the country. In fact the media thought it was just reflecting the pulse of the country and how the "people" felt about Bush. No the tables are turned and you all are HYPOCRITES.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  254. Milena Sacky

    Civility is being pushed and shoved towards Death's Door by the masses who've grown accustomed to watching "reality stars" wallowing in their own muck . Why is it so hard to believe that they would reward a man who is aiding and abetting this hypnotic drama that they have so grown to love.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  255. Nelly

    I thinks it says: there are still a lot of people out there who just can't get used to the fact that an African American named Barack Hussein Obama is the U.S. President. And I just wouldn't expect that kind of behavior from a Congressman. Jeez Jack! Can you believe it? Because I don't...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  256. John Best

    How do I feel about Wilson & the $2 milloin raised? Jack, I think it shows off the true character of the Republicans: total disrespect for the office of the President, hate mongering and ignorance...and THESE, I feel are their GOOD traits!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  257. Vince in Florida

    It means that the KKK is alive and well in America." Act like a child" is not the way to discribe this mans actions. This was a calculated action to garner the kind of support that fanatics thrive on. These people think that they are right and the rest of us are wrong. Like Bush and his cohorts " you are with us or against us". There is no reasoning. ie; Creationism and that whole basket of idiotic ideology.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  258. Marge

    It says there are a lot of 'sick' peple in the country to condone ANYONE disrespecting the President in a session of Congress. If the President were a white man ... it wouldn't have happened–PERIOD!

    P.S. Why isn't the sleeze bag Tom Delay in prison?


    September 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  259. Gary Abbott

    Why so much money to Wilson?

    Because there are still plenty of rich racists in the good old U.S.A..

    September 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  260. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    It means that Wilson will lose his Congressional seat next year. He almost lost it last time to a virtual unknown. The people of Columbia and Hilton Head are not ignorant and uncivil. This is the South and politeness and good manners are valued. Wilson will be gone - and good riddance!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  261. Marvin

    Jack, President Carter was right on point, with his comment, We all know Congressman Wilson past history on equality and respect. He has neither. This Is America our homeland,our country where people come to start new lifes. We should never allow, Actions like tthis to replace lady liberty with old fashion hate. I here alot of these same tea bagger saying " We want our old America back" No thanks, we already know what they are really saying. Many live here,of all colors,all races, we all must do better.Even when we really do not want too." Respect".

    September 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  262. Carrie , Bham , AL

    The fact so many will donate money to someone who is disrespectful of the office of the President , give a half hearted apology , and say he was directed to do it , then autograph his pics from that night, speaks volumes of the lack of class and deep rooted prejudice some have for Obama..
    Sad that the lack of respect is ok'd by his party and runs deep within the GOP.
    Obama has taken the high road , while Wilson and his contributors have chosen the low road .

    September 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  263. fred

    Jack that is not true.That is the only way the media can surprise those who are against Rep Joe Wilson for his recent outburst to the president of United States. No more reelect to people like Joe Wilson.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  264. Ruby

    The people that defiantly support Wilson is also the ones that will not ever support or respect our President because of his skin. Wilsons past bears that out. The Rep party, Wilson, conservatice radio, and hate groups are all capitalising on this and fanning the flames with fear, lies and distorting the truth. Never before has a debate (healthcare) brought out such aggressive high emotions and defiance. The undertones are unmistakably bigotry. We are teaching the world that we are not the country that we claim to be. We still have a long way to go.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  265. Marlene

    I say it goes along with all the other ill mannered and rude incidents that are happening in this Country of ours. It is time for some refresher courses in respect and it needs to start with parents now because I am afraid for the future of us all.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  266. John R Kelley

    It means Joe Wilson must have received a lot of money from Health Insurance Companies to stand up against the Obama administration.
    Perish the thought he received money from people who have his views ~ but they gave money to this lighting rod.
    Let's face it, Joe Wilson has a lot of supporters and he is now the number One spokesman against health care reform. And most likely he will hold unto his seat. There is just not enough people in his district that can understand civility and reason.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  267. Al from SoCal

    It says, the man (Obama) came to Joe Wilson's house (House of Representatives) and lied to him, lied to his constituents, and lied to the American people. The facts favor Joe Wilson. It is time for others in Congress grow a couple and proclaimed to Obama, "Yes you lie ,Yes you Iie Yes you lie" again and again and again, Obama needs to apologize to Joe Wilson his constituents and the American people.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  268. Joyce

    Ann from Charleston, S.C. has it right. Lunatics on the fringe are becoming more prevalent year after year thanks to the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Coulter's. Spewing vitriol at citizens with little else to do other than have a reason for hate and disrespect.
    Wilson, will just become one of a long line of many who will use their office to enlarge their voter base from the fringe. How sad a country we have become when only hate comes from it's citizens.
    Just trying to find ways to help every average American afford lifesaving insurance it seems what the right is fighting so hard against.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  269. Fran Cassanto


    It tells me that the Republicans are jealous of President Obama and will do anything to bring him down.

    Spring City, PA

    September 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  270. SLM

    It means that if people keep trying to claim "you Lie" is a racist comment that this white woman who voted for Obama will be sure and NOT vote for the BLACK man in 2012.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  271. E Pender

    Jack, It is disgusting and horrible that an individual like congressman,(wilson) could disrespect the President of the United States in such a crude and rude way in front of millions of Americans and be rewarded for such a senseless act with monetary donations from barbarians with no respect for the institution of the presidency of the United States of America. Also, while lacking common sense decorum for the Congress as a whole. If a grown man like congressman wilson acts like a mindless buffoon, then what kind of message is he potraying to the youth of this great nation that we all love even with our differences.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  272. Sarah

    It shows that many U.S. citizens agree with Sen. Joe Wilson.

    I must say, your attempt to discount him and his supporters by perpetuating the rumor that this disagreement is racially motivated is absolutely disgusting. President Carter should not make accusations without proof, and you should not spread rumors.

    We should be able to disagree with someone who happens to be of a different race and not be called racist. I am proud of the fact that our nation voted on an African-American President – but I still disagree with him on this subject!

    September 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  273. Bill H

    Mr. Wilson took the chance to get the truth out by using one word on national TV. Looks like it is working. We the people need to wake up and you the media need to start asking tough questions and looking out for us.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  274. Pat Nadreau

    It says that there are still too many Americans who promote rascism and ignorance. It also really proves to the rest of the "civilized" world that we are still not ready to be included in that description. Under the past conservative administration stupidity and a lack of "class" became too acceptable.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  275. Frank from Gilroy

    I would venture to say that all $2mil came from racists just like Joe Wilson. It's obvious, their are a lot of racists with a lot of money.
    We have the best government money can buy, whether you are a racist or a corporation you have the right to buy a politician. Why is it not a conflict of interest to vote for those who give you money instead of those you represent?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  276. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, Jack, I guess it shows that party politics has a higher value than truth. Wilson is unfit for office because he is guilty of this at the expense of the American people. I don't hold his opinion against him (his behavior I do) because he's just a poor soul; somewhat racist, somewhat fascist. I can't blame him, a good portion of his party is just like him. What choices does he have?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  277. George from Tennessee

    Another thing...Politics on the national level is a high stakes game and takes no prisoners. It's not for the meek and mild. Guys like Joe Wilson who work their way into this arena are self-serving and have no social plan. Becoming a US Congressperson isn't about public service at all. It used to be...for some. It doesn't surprise me he's raising this kind of money...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  278. lynne from NC

    It says bad manners will be rewarded. One expects this of sports stars especially hockey. But we don't and shouldn't expect the same behavior from our elected officials.

    How do we expect our kids to learn from their mistakes when they see stuff like this? They won't. They will still expect to get the Wii, Xbox or Playstation after cussing out the teacher. And like the idiots that parents are, they'll go and buy it anyway.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  279. Patrick

    It says that his apology means nothing, Jack. He had the audacity to break Congressional protocal by interrupting the president's speach with "You lie" then, and he has the audacity to make a profit from it now. In regards to his vote against the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol dome, that shows that he would rather support sucessionists who stood for African-American oppression and enslavement 150 years ago than a Reform plan that could save our country hundreds of billions of dollars in the long term.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  280. Aurora Saenz

    My answer to your question, THE CRAZIES, and of course the ignorant americans who DONT understand they have a lider, a talented and sincere man, an extraordinary thinker as a President, and that the world is watching them react . It´s so embarazing! I love the US and many americans, but to me, it´s unbelieveble how many people in your country can´t see the big picture, the huge change after the catastrophic Bush era. Common sense, inteligence and world admiration are back at your White House.


    September 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  281. A Southern Lady - No. Carolina

    Joe Wilson's behavior was shameful. The fact tht he is being rewarded by South Carolina Republicans shows how far the once-proud Republican party has fallen. The "birthers", the tea party demonstrators, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News all appeal to the "lowest common denominator", those whose sole purpose is not to help and support this country but to bring down the Demoncratic President. And, I have not seen one high-level Republican step forward and say enough. No clear-thinking person can support such behavior. Shame on every Republican who stands by and lets this happen.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  282. Geri

    Reading the comments on this blog just shows that liberals like CNN , MSNBC and conservatives side with Fox. It's not productive to ask questions knowing your going to receive biased answers. Jack did you ask this question when the last President was booed in the same chamber. Did you question both Speakers when they made crude remarks against and about the last President. Both Presidents the present and the last leave much to be desired. The people of this country deserve more than we are receiving. I hope somehow, someday we can recongize and act on what is the truth- not the party making the statements. I'm going to be 70 years old and one thing I have learned is that both parties have gone down a road of misinformation, contention, and lack of respect of the voter. It is time we demanded more, especially from our news source. I'm tired of talking heads, both in my government and my daily news reporting.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  283. Sandra (Missouri)

    It means that Joe Wilson has replaced Joe the plumber as the spokesman of the Republican party.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  284. Kevin

    It just goes to show that the republicans are looking for anyone to rally behind since they dont have a leader. He (wilson) was a no name congressman, and now he is a republican hero that is racking up the big bucks. Maybe is should paint my face white, carry a gun, and call the president a socialist, and see how much money i can gain for disrespecting our president.

    Dallas, Texas

    September 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  285. Jackie in Dallas


    It may have only been two words, but calling the President of the United States a liar during a Joint Session of Congress and a world-wide televised speech was both childish, and boorish, behavior. There is a time and place for expressing yourself and interrupting the President was not the time or place. Even his own wife asked "who was the nutcase who interrupted the President?"

    If he were truly mature, and had not just been after the publicity, he would have asked for the floor after the speech and civilly asked the President to explain in more detail how the healthcare plan would deal with illegal immigrants. He could have at that time disagreed with the President's interpretation. That is called civil discourse, and is what is SUPPOSED to happen in the House and Senate.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  286. Peter M

    No surprise because he has become a hero for the KKK, southern bigots and all sorts of groups that seek to undermine the Obama Presidency. Most of America voted for, and still supports the Prez.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  287. Clyde in Columbia, SC

    Jack, for a senator, whom coinsidently comes from my state of South Carolina, to totally disrespect our first black president , and be awarded with such huge support, is just another perfect example of what former President Jimmy Carter said last week, and what former President Bill Clinton said last night on Larry King. Since when did the health care debate, become a confederate flag debate. Obama's not a liar, he is

    September 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  288. Vernon Chandler

    Even if the President were lying, to call him a liar in that forum is beneath contempt. We know why the disrespect-he's Black and racist will never accept him as an equal. By the way, what will the rest of the world think when we try to be so called honest brokers in difficult world events?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  289. Robert in Atlanta

    If he got 100 million it would not master. He is what he is and selfserving to boot.Bless him.
    Remember his party thought a self-absorbed C student that attended several 2yr scool would be a good choice as the V.P.
    Why should anyone care was a pack of angry losers think?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  290. Richard Brown

    Joe Wilson has aligned himself with the KKK all his life, in addition after Strom Thurman died his illegitimate daughter who happend to be black, wanted to make this known to the public, he was the person who took an active role in have the family of Senator Thurman of South Carolina to disassociate them selves with his illegitimate daughter Bessie Mae. Finally he took an active role in trying to keep the confiderate flag flying in South Carolina. Rep Wilson " YOU LIED' only reflected the racist thinking he has always thought.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  291. Thelma Sims Dukes

    Two million bucks is a lot of money to pat a person on the head who was dead wrong. Now, we will never know just how awful Wilson insult was. The lesson here is that racism is always correct, make no mistake about that. Wilson was motivated by R-A-C-I-S-M. In fact we need a better word for racism. Racism, somehow t is not awful enough.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  292. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    Obama said illegal aliens would not be covered by government health care. How can that be a lie? Wilson doesn't understand logic.

    Some Obama opponents claim that when Obama says that he will reform immigration, that means he will give illegal immigrants health care. That is a real stretch of logic. The two items are completely separate. What do you think his opponents would scream if the President did not want to reform immigration?

    September 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  293. George from Tennessee

    The citizens of South Carolina should rise up and get rid of this buster. He works for all the citizens of that state and not just a few racists and others who pay for media exposure to see this craziness and rudness played out.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  294. A blessed American

    That means it's not just Mr Willson but there seems to be more people with same idialogy who still could not digest the fact that we have an African American President. The fact that this controversy has lead to
    more fund raising there will be more such incidents, so the ethics committee should deal this with iron fist and save Future Senate address from becoming a Jerry Springer show,i.e. MORE CIRCUS MORE MONEY.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  295. Sonny Onas

    Damn if you do (Wilson makes money saying "you lie), damn if you do not (Miller makes money). Equation, Miller is making money to kick Wilson out of office next year...It is purely competitive politics, where hopefully the good man wins...In this case more money for Miller...

    September 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  296. Randy

    Jack, if it was a liberal that called a Republican president a liar, and then made money on it for his political aspirations, you wouldn't even think of asking this question. I watch CNN, and you, almost every day. I wish you and the rest of you people at CNN would just admit your all liberals, and stop pretending to be non-bias. I'm a Canadian, so I look at CNN news as a outsider, and trust me it is so obvious that your all or mostly Liberals and have a Liberal agenda. It's seems that you have more Liberal pundits, and you always give them more time to speak. If I was an American I would probably be a Independent. The only person I will sit and listen to with respect, is Lou Dobbs, I'm wondering when you people are going to pull back the reigns on him, like you did with Glenn Beck.
    I don't know how you people sleep at night when about 40 million people have no health care, that is more than the population of Canada. You allow Health insurance companies to make billions in profit, while citizens die every day. All Americans should be ashamed. I do agree with you Liberals that every person should have quality health care, and it must be a single non-profit payer system. This way greed will not get into the process. Yes it might mean higher taxes, but it makes me feel good that in Canada my higher taxes for health care means that a child or pensioner will not die due to no health care. You Americans have to stop being so narcistic, arrogant and selfish when it comes to each other.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  297. Leroy in St.louis, Mo.

    Come on Jack, we are taking about the President of United States Of America.We have professional football players that pay fines for disorderly conduct. Joe Wilson should be fined a large sum of money(2 million) for his out burst. Maybe the message will be clear to the next clown's out burst for money and support.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  298. Debra~Arizona

    Dear Jack,
    I can't help but wonder how many of these "donations" came from insurance executives.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  299. Frederick

    When a congressman like Joe Wilson makes statements like "You Lie" to a President and lies about it brings out the right wing looney tunes with money and creating a dangerous situation for our citizens and country.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  300. Dan McGona, Dublin, CA

    The Senator said what he felt, and he did apologize. Can you imagine how many Americans say something like that or worse every day, but nobody makes a big deal out of it. Remember when Nancy Pelosis called Bush a liar? Did any one care, did Pelosis apologize? That’s the way it goes when you’re in Public Office, Right?

    September 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm |