Joe Wilson to Barack Obama: You Lie!

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U.S. President Barack Obama was giving a speech to Congress Wednesday night about health care. Until Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina decided to interject.

Here's how the exchange (if you can call it that) went:

  • Barack Obama: " ... There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false ... the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."
  • Joe Wilson: "You lie!"

Truly, the classiest, most effective way to disagree with someone.

Check out the video of Joe Wilson's "You Lie!" moment ...

You might expect such a response to Obama's address to school children ... actually, no you wouldn't. Five-year-olds typically have better manners than this.

Perhaps it was a perfect storm of controversial topics helped evoke Wilson's bizarre, negative and universally-criticized outburst. It was the South Carolinan who had been reinforcing the belief that health care reform includes "Death Panels."

Wilson called it an "end-of-life counseling program, which has been highlighted by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a program which could lead to seniors being encouraged to seek less care to protect the government´s bottom line."

Minutes before Wilson's outburst, Obama's speech debunked that: "It's a lie, plain and simple," he said, which brought most of Congress to its collective feet.

After the speech, reaction to Wilson's remark was bipartisan.

Sen. John McCain, among many others, said the outburst was "totally disrespectful" and demanded that Rep. Wilson apologize to the president, which he did.

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"Truly, the classiest, most effective way to disagree with someone" How would you classify Democrats booing President Bush before his 2005 State of the Union address?

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Joe Wilson: Cheap, country Christmas white trash.

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Wilson states he doesn't need to apologize anymore, if that was an apology I'm afraid he doesn't have a heart. Second he owes an apology to the Institution that he shamed. What sets us aside from other country is our respect and dignity to our institutions, if we let him get away with this it will only get worse in the future. So if he truly loves his country he owes a true apology....

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But Jeff there is a difference. Obama is a President where Bush was just an imbecile. Healh care was a campaign promise that Obama made. It was featured prominently in the election (certainly before the election). People who were very opposed to reform of health care didn't vote for Obama-- and yet he won. Polls continue to show support for a "public option" from a majority of Americans.

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Everyone is making Joe Wilson's "You Lie" out to be some horrible act. It is as if Obama is some kind of religious figure to some people. It's ridiculous. He shouted two words. Bush was heckled during his 2007 state of the union. This is not the first time it happened. But its the first time people are getting their underwear in a knot over it. Why?

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Hah!!! Tie old Wilson up and give him 20 lashes. Then let him go and do whatever he wants to do. It might joggle some respect into him.

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And if you don’t like posting on Hollywood gossip, why are you posting? Don’t be a hypocrite. I know it’s hard not to be, since your republican and Christian but give it a try.

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More name-calling. Let me guess, you’re not only a republican your Christian as well?

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You are an idiot. Because liberals NEVER open their big fat mouths, right? But what was I expecting from a website named "The Hollywood Gossip."

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I was wondering how Rush Limbaugh would spin this incident. He might want to put Joe Wilson on Mount Rushmore. Perhaps republicans should stay out of politics all together and stick with watching Jerry Springer.

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