Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, “You Lie” during President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. While this may have been funny to most of us, it was a little disrespectful to the office of the President, and Rep. Joe Wilson immediately apologized after the speech. President Obama has accepted the apology from Rep. Wilson, but he has chosen to try and make an example of the situation. According to Jake Tapper,
After what he called an “excellent and informative Cabinet meeting,” President Obama told reporters that he accepts the apology of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, who shouted “You lie!” during the president’s address to a joint session of Congress last night.
“Yes I do,” the president said. “I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes. He apologized quickly and without equivocation. And I’m appreciative of that.”
Mr. Obama then turned to use Wilson as something of an example – making this a teachable moment, perhaps – saying that “we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people’s motives.”
Obviously, Obama is trying to use Rep. Wilson to support the liberal idea that anyone who speaks out against the health care bill is being illogical and mean. What I find startling about this is that Obamacare supporters are in fact the ones who have been vitriolic, calling people names and trying to discredit anyone that disagrees with them. Obama’s supporters have called people racists, Nazis, mobsters, brown shirts, political terrorists, and evil mongers. Aren’t these vitriolic insults?
Obama himself has told people who disagree with him to shut up and get out of his way. He has also said, “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Does this type of language help us “get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people”? Rep. Wilson may have been in the wrong by letting his emotions momentarily get the best of him, and he promptly apologized for it. Have Obama and his supporters apologized for all the insults they have recently hurled at conservatives? Maybe Obama should start looking at himself and his own party if he really wants to stop all the vitriol and name calling.
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