The Tundra Tabloids applauds the Joe Wilson who shouted YOU LIE to the radical socialist US president, and thumbs down to the same man for caving in to the deluge of calls from career political hacks, even from his own side of the aisle, who deem protocol to be more important than speaking the truth. US Congress needs less focus on civility and more emphasis on calling things as they are. KGS
WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, a Republican lawmaker shouted “You lie” at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress Wednesday.
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., tried to call Obama to apologize in person, but ended up speaking to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
The contrite congressman, “expressed his apologies” to Emanuel, not the president at whom he had shouted a few hours earlier, Wilson’s office said.
By that time, Wilson’s House Web site had crashed and he had taken a brutal beating on his Twitter page for breaching protocol and good manners during a presidential speech to a joint session of Congress.
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me,” Wilson said in a statement. “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.”
Wilson’s outburst came after Obama said that extending health care to all Americans who seek it would not mean insuring illegal immigrants. “You lie!” Wilson shouted from his seat on the Republican side of the chamber.