President Barack Obama defended his 10-year, $900 billion health care plan to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday (September 9) – watch full video. House Republican expressed their disagreement with disrespectful signs and waving health care bills in objection but South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson went too far shouting “You Lie” during Obama’s speech.
Obama was explaining that his health care proposal would not cover illegal immigrants when Wilson shouted “You Lie”, which was followed by responses like “Shame on you!” and “Throw him out!” from the Democratic side while First Lady Michelle Obama seemed to mouth a drawn-out “damn” (watch video below).
Rep. Joe Wilson quickly issued the following apology: “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. 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.”
In conclusion, politicians just don’t know how to behave and we wonder what is wrong with the world. It’s a complete lack of respect. Are we in high school again!?! It’s a speech (to inform, the basic form of human communication!) not a debate!
When Obama told the chamber that the “death panel” lie was, in fact, a lie, a Republican member said loudly enough to be heard in the press gallery, “Read the bill”. And when Obama told the chamber that he had “no interest in putting insurance companies out of business,” a Republican member responded with a loud, “Ha!”
“Nineteen years, never, never have I seen anything like this,” said a furious Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) after the speech.
“I thought it was very inappropriate behavior, to hold up signs. None of us ever would have done that,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). “I don’t think in the Congress of the United States there ought to be catcalls, or people standing up and yelling comments or holding up signs.”
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest serving member in House history, said he was not impressed by the GOP antics. “Well, you’ve got to understand: They’re Republicans. They’re just doing what comes natural,” he told HuffPost.
Joe Wilson “You Lie” Video
UPDATE: This type of incident is not without precedent. Former President George W. Bush was also booed by Democrats during his 2005 State of the Union address (watch video below).
According to Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe in “Renegade: The Making of a President“, Barack Obama has also accused Bill Clinton of promoting “bald-faced lies” during the 2008 presidential campaign.
George Bush Booed At 2005 State Of The Union Video