Joe Wilson (R-SC)
By now it is unlikely that anyone reading this post has not heard about the quote.
For the record, I do not think he should have done it in the House. It may be true but there should be a sense of decorum. I don't think Obama has much respect for the office of the Presidency but the rest of us should maintain it.
With this said, let me address a few points:
-The House of Representatives wants to censor him.
This is laughable considering top leadership Nancy Hoyer and Steny Hoyer wrote an op-ed, under their official name, calling American citizens un-American for exercising their freedom of speech rights.
-This is major news story
The media did not talk about the contradictions in Obama's speech, they did not talk about the lack of details, they did not talk about the fact that the bill actually did allow for covering illegals, they talked about 2 little words. Why, because it was a distraction. They are emotionally unable to criticize Obama so this gave them an out
-The truth is in, well...the truth
Breaking decorum or not Obama has been lying when he has said that illegals will not be covered, they were. Look no further than this:
White House Stiffens Against Illegal Immigrants
While letting Democrats in the House of Representatives attack Wilson and threaten to punish him, the White House quietly announced that Obama would insist on prohibiting illegals from receiving the health benefits.
So, let's recap:
-Obama was saying that illegals would not be covered in the health care reform
-Rep Wilson called him a liar
-Obama is insisting it was the truth when he said illegals would not be covered
-Obama says he will now insist illegals are not covered
Doesn't this mean Obama was lying?
Rep Wilson clearly needs to be punished.