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.


someone posted he should of stopped his speach and had wilson come up and prove, that would not happen on national tv because if you actually read the bill wilson is right. these are the debates they should be having in the congress. if he is not lying why did they shoot down a small bill to make sure illegals dont get my money.


About 30% of Americans seem to have a deep seated hatred of President Obama that is almost certainly unshakable. Not too surprisingly, these people didn't vote for Obama. But, this is how Democracy works. Obama was very clear that he wanted to improve our society through social programs-- including a reform of health care. Americans knew this before we voted for the guy-- and yet we elected him. The idea that a loud obnoxious minority should be allowed to stop the will of the majority of Americans is ludicrous. Of course the guy has a right to his opinion. It is just when he expresses it in such an obnoxious, inappropriate way, it is understandable that this will bother most of us. The obvious consequence is that this guy (and the people he is speaking for) will pay politically. Justice is served.


James, Paul, Jessica and Anna actually get it. No matter what you think of the president, disagree with him respectfully. Sleepingbull probably shares a brain with Sarah Palin.

Avatar about disrespectful. There was a better way to get his point across without screaming when the President of the United States is much as I disliked Bush I wouldn't be disrespectful when he was a person from the South that comment only pushed us further into the stone ages..its comments like that that make people from the South look stupid and ignorant.


This Wilson needs to never be in the White House. He needs to be fired and than put in jail. All this mess that is going on. Parent don't want their preschool kids to watch the President on TV. It has got out of hand. President Obama needs to put his foot down. He is the President. Not any person you can and should disrespect. He earn his title. He puts his life and his family life in risk everyday. I demand that something should be done about this. He is the boss and should be treated like one.


Don't be a hypocrite. If Obama lied, someone should point it out like Joe Wilson did. When someone lies in such a big issue affecting so many people, he does not deserve respect, even for the President of this nation. As a matter of fact, he did lie in his speech as the record shows. He might not get all of the facts together when he prepared his speech, but that is what he always has been since the first day as our President. He is a smooth talker and sounds great at the moment, but most of of his speeches are more rhetoric than substance.


South Carolina has a long list of dignitaries that includes Lauren Caitlin Upton (Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant contestant), Board of Education Chair, Kristin Maguire, Governor (and avid Appalachian hiker), Mark Sanford and now Joe “the hater not a debater� Wilson or the “screamer not the dreamer� as others have dubbed him. I did enjoy him cut and running through his apology, which only goes to show that he stands for nothing. He is just another good old boy where in the morning these married men preach to you that there should be prayer in our schools and in the evening they are on their cell phones setting up a date with their other women on the side, hypocrisy has been bred in. I am not surprised that he felt compel to yell like he was at some Friday night game. So long Joey, you too will be seeing the unemployment lines.


I am such a idiot . I think I will resign .


I just can’t figure why Obama is coddling these assh*les. He should have stopped his speech and called that delusional Christianist to the podium and asked him to explain to the American people what their President was lying to them about, and how much the health care criminals were paying him to disrupt the address. A delusional Christ Cultist debating with Obama is coming to a gunfight with only a knife. What is up with S Carolina anyway? Are they giving away free stupid with happy meals?


If neoconservatives and middle-class crybabies have a problem with a polician's honesty, they need to get off their fat, couch potato butts and create a working stragety. Similac, anyone?

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