Joe Wilson Shouts “You Lie”

President Barack ObamaOn September 9, 2009 while President Barack Obama was addressing congress, Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, “you lie” as the president discussed what was in or not in the healthcare reform bill. Wilson’s outburst can be heard in the video below.

Joe Wilson, a congressional representative from the state of South Carolina, is a conservative who remains opposed to the president’s approach to solving the healthcare crisis. According to Wikipedia, his real name is Addison Graves Wilson, Sr., but he is usually referred to as Joe Wilson.  He’s been active in the Republican party since he was a young man and came to represent the 2nd congressional district of South Carolina in 2001.

Sen. John McCain was interviewed on Larry King Live immediately following the president’s speech.  When asked his opinion of Wilson’s behavior Senator McCain replied, “Totally disrespectful. No place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.”

Rachel Maddow reported that Wilson has submitted an apology to the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.

Published by the LA Progressive on September 10, 2009
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Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the Photo courtesy Wadeva Images.


  1. Kinda like Kanye West’s behaviour at the VMAs Sunday night. Not only makes them look bad as individuals but it makes who they represent look bad also.
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  2. It may have been a breach of protocol….
    But, I congratulate you in calling the President of the United States “You lie”
    I felt exactly the same way in my home, watching the speech…
    and I also said: Liar!
    Mr. Obama is a demagogue: he tells people what they want to hear.

    Did you see him this morning with the nurses at the White House?

    Marta Sala.

  3. Yes, it is disrespectful, but rather true.

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