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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Thank God we're not like the Brits, "ft". Those people could screw up a two-car funeral. They're still building brand-new hotels with no telephone in each room, and brag if the place has central heating. I'm only surprised they aren't still bragging about indoor plumbing. Joe Wilson's behavior is inexcusable. He shows behavior that used to be exhibited only by the lowest and most ignorant persons. That shouting aggressive behavior demonstrated by so many Republican supporters over the past summer at Town Halls is nothing but low-class rabble-rousing. They evidently have no power of reasonable debate so in their frustration, they turn to behaving like angry children or common thugs. It's totally insane and will not be condoned or accepted by normal, reasonable people.

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Just because the Brits do this in this House of Commons, doesn't make it right or decent. The Brits can be very vulgar, disprectful, and condescending...especially after a pint or two. What Wilson did was just plain rude and discourteous.

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get over it. you should watch the british house of commons sometime. this sort of thing happens every week only much worse

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