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You Lie Mr. President!


President Barack Obama was trying to put the rhetoric and angst against healthcare behind him.  All of us have seen the town hall meetings with people on both sides of the issue foaming at the mouth.  Granted, one side has a lot more foaming people than the other, but there was rhetoric coming from both directions.  But the era for civility and calm conversation will have to wait just a bit longer.  In the middle of his healthcare address, South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson yelled from the floor two words, “You lie!”  This was in response to Mr. Obama’s statement that his plan for healthcare reform would not cover illegal immigrants.

Now Mr. Wilson might want to explain away his rudeness as a momentary lapse of civility based on his passion for the subject at hand.  Supposedly, Mr. Wilson is a firm opponent of illegal immigration.  He might even try to blame his emotional outburst on his latent turrets syndrome that manifests whenever he sees an authoritative black man.  But one of the television cameras in the house chamber panned over to Mr. Wilson.  He was holding a sign in his lap saying, “What bill?”  It should be obvious that Mr. Wilson came prepared to do his impersonation of a typical town hall foamer ready to cause a ruckus for ruckus sake and not ready to listen at all.

In response to Mr. Wilson’s outburst the chamber erupted in a wave of disapproving boos.  Mr. Obama held Mr. Wilson with a harsh gaze for a moment and calmly responded, “That’s not true.”  As Mr. Obama went on with his speech, both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden continued to send eye daggers Mr. Wilson’s way.  Mr. Wilson looked around at all the people giving him their own stairs of disapproval as if to say, “What?”  For the remainder of the night, his attention was focused on his Blackberry.

Mr. Wilson’s actions did much to reinforce Mr. Obama’s words.  As if prepared for a shameful display of Mr. Wilson’s caliber.  “What we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government,” said Mr. Obama.  “Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long term challenge.  And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned.  Well, the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed,” he added, to Democratic cheers.

Well, in Mr. Wilson’s own words, you lie Mr. President.  There will always be time for bickering and for lies and for mistruths for political gain.  There will always be time to put self serving political agendas ahead of what’s best for the nation.  There will always be a time for a politician to scream an improper comment from the safety of the sidelines.  There will always be time for people to be obnoxious when there is plenty to support the notion that others are ready to support and reinforce obnoxious behavior with their own obnoxiousness.

Many other Republican Party politicians expressed open contempt for Mr. Obama by tweeting during the speech, scanning their BlackBerrys, or holding up copies of Republican healthcare reform bills during the speech.  Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that he was incredibly disappointed in the tone of Mr. Obama’s speech.  He said that he found Mr. Obama’s tone to be overly combative and believed he talked in a manner beneath the dignity of his office that will make it more difficult to find common ground.  The way Mr. Graham speaks you’d think Mr. Obama simply walked over to the Republican side of the House and just bitched slap them all, not that they and their Democratic associates, don’t deserve it.

So this morning, it’s clear that the speech didn’t do much of anything.  People on the left are still on the left.  People on the right are still on the right.  If anything, the trenches just got deeper, the heights of the stonewalling has a new layer of stone on top.  There will always be a time for entrenchment.  It seems to be the natural order of things.  If anything, it is the time that we can achieve anything that resembles reform or at the very least a bipartisan effort that looks like it might lead to reform, is what has come to past.  The idea that we can set aside differences and come together for the true benefit of the American people is a bold lie.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Democrats, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Life, Lindsey Graham, Politics, Republicans, Thoughts, Universal Healthcare |


  1. Rep. Joe Wilson’s behavior was appalling, UNAMERICAN, takey and as my mother would say, showed a basic lack of “home training”. And although I hate to interject race into this issue, it is the elephant in the room that Americans are still unwilling to deal with. It is clearer to me with every teabagger ralley, townhall meeting and conservative talk show and those that support them that this is the issue. Never mind that Mr. Wilson (see how easy it is to still show respect for those you dissagree with?)who cut his political teeth under the tutalidge of Strom Thurman. You remember him? If not google him. Now in the former reps defence, he did kind of change his veiws on race relations before he died but it is clear to me that Mr. Wilson and many of his peers and supporters still hold the same racist and divisive ideals. What’s so sad is that many of them do not care about or can even articulate the actual issues and never offer any real dialog or most importantly real solutions. They just parrot slogans and talking points under the guise of delusional lies, disingenuous fears of big government and the dreaded curse word socialism! But the real issue is that they fear lossing control. You want proof, how about the new “code” slogan “I want my country back”. Back from who and what? I can only guess, but the last time I checked the history books this country had inhabitants (American Indians) when our “forefathers” arrived here which in my definition would mean they to were imigrants just like the people in question under this bill! Which in case you did’nt know by the way is code word for Mexicans.

    Anyway back to Mr. Wilson. You were right in your earlier assessment, how dare a young, liberal, African American president call us out for lying, race-bating, and fearmongering? Who does he think he is? Or how about we offer him an out. Maybe he dozzed off during the speech and woke up thinking he was at a KK oops, teabagger ralley or better yet good old southern church service (I realize that not all southern christians feel this way, I am one of them)Whatever the reason this is yet another smoke screen by many on right in an attempt to see this president fail and real healthcare reform to fail as well.

    Now although I do not agree with our new presidents veiws and ideals on many issues (I consider myself a conservative Dem) I support him on this issue and I still have faith in America and those with true morals and family values. It is time for true Americans no matter your race, creed or color to call this behavior out for what it is by denouncing it immediately and going to the polls!!!

    Latest update, he’s now trying to ralley bucks for his campaign. Typical.

    Comment by noUlie | Thursday, September 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback noUlie,

    Maybe you should get a blog!

    Like you, I don’t agree with Mr. Obama on a lot of issues. Lord knows I’ve offered plenty of criticism of him and his policies. And since he’s a politician it’s a given that he will lie. It comes with the occupation. But the behavior of Mr. Wilson is appalling. And he wants to ask for money. I wouldn’t pay anyone to spit on him if he was on fire!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, September 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Whether one agrees with Wilson or not, his speaking out in the midst of the Presidential address was a major faux pas, even in the midst of congress persons. It has always been that before and afterwards you can speak your mind, but within the halls of congress during a presidential address, one keeps their mouth shut. It is born out of a natural order of common decency, and is i believe even written into code for such occasions (but I’m not sure on that last one).

    Either way, pretty despicable action by Mr Wilson.

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Friday, September 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. Is this what politics has become? A shouting match? I mean my God try and have some poise or etiquite or at least some basic manners! Is it going to get to the stage where politicians have to put their hand up to ask a question whilst the others sit with their fingers on their lips? Some role model for children aspiring to be in politics!

    Comment by feedback backfeed | Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks for the feedback feedback backfeed,

    It was interesting. Just this morning I saw a commentary that said just the day before his appearance before the Congress, Mr. Obama made an appearance in a school where the students were respectful regardless of their political leanings. Then Mr. Obama goes before the Congress and a congressman feel entitled to let loose and allow their emotions inhabit his sleeve. Maybe we can learn a little something from kids.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Reply

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