Wilson’s Problem

The issue regarding Rep Joe Wilson shouting “You lie” at the president is not that he called Obama a liar. Politicians call each other liars all the time. Under Bush, Democrats made it quite clear that they felt the president was not being honest. The issue is Wilson’s yelling out during a joint session of Congress while Congress was being addressed by the president. The issue is the shouting, the belligerent tone, the disrespect for decorum, the fact that Wilson seemed to think he was attending a lynching, rather than a televised conference of the highest political bodies in the land. Research the Vietnam War era, the Iraq war under Bush, and you’ll find not a single instance of a Democratic congressmember shouting at the President while Congress was in session. So what’s up with Wilson, then? The man honestly believes that President Obama is not worthy of simple courtesy.-Chuck Weiss

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