Washington - Republican Senator Shouts "you Lie" During Obama Speech
Washington - A South Carolina Republican lawmaker shouted “You lie” at President Barack Obama as he addressed Congress on Wednesday, prompting a GOP senator to call for an apology.
In his speech in the House chamber, Obama was telling lawmakers that the Democratic plans for health care overhaul do not cover illegal immigrants.
“The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” Obama said.
“You lie!” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted from his seat, jabbing a finger in the air.
Following the speech, it was Obama’s Republican rival from last year’s presidential race for the White House who defended the president.
It was “totally disrespectful,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on CNN of Wilson, a conservative who has opposed Obama’s economic remedies. “There is no place for it in that setting, or any other, and he should apologize for it immediately.”
Wilson’s spokesman Ryan Murphy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Wilson’s outburst caused Obama to pause briefly. Behind him House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., could be seen glaring in Wilson’s direction, but there was no move by Democratic leaders to censure Wilson. First lady Michelle Obama, in the visitors’ gallery, shook her head from side to side disapprovingly.
Neither the House nor the Senate health care overhaul bills would provide coverage for illegal immigrants.
Wilson’s wasn’t the only interruption during Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress.
Earlier, Republicans laughed when Obama acknowledged that there still were significant details to be worked out before a health overhaul can be passed.
According to TPM below is a statement from Rep. Joe Wilson
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has apologized for breaking with protocol and calling the President a liar during his speech before Congess this evening.
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill,” Wilson said. “While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”
I guess that’s 90 percent of an apology, but politically, it may be too late to undo the impression that the GOP is handling the health care fight uncivilly.
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