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GOP Lawmaker Heckles President Updated 16 Sep 2009

My question: If the outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was 'spontaneous,'  as he claimed, how come -- and who -- photographed Wilson at the exact moment of his heckling of President Obama? --Lori Price

Joe the Heckler

House Vote of Disapproval on Rep. Joe Wilson 15 Sep 2009 The 240-179 roll call Tuesday by which the House passed a resolution of disapproval against Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for Wilson's ''You lie!'' shout during President Barack Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress. A ''yes'' vote is a vote to pass the resolution. Voting yes were 233 Democrats and 7 Republicans. Voting no were 12 Democrats and 167 Republicans.

House officially rebukes Rep. Joe Wilson, 240-179 16 Sep 2009 The House of Representatives officially rebuked Republican Joe Wilson on Tuesday for shouting "You lie!" in the middle of President Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress. The South Carolina lawmaker's outburst last week was a "breach of decorum," according to the resolution, which states that the House "disapproves" of his behavior. The resolution passed 240-179, largely along party lines. Seven Republicans broke with their leadership to support it; 12 Democrats were opposed.

Text of Rep. Joe Wilson Resolution 15 Sep 2009 The text of the resolution disapproving of the outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during President Barack Obama's speech

Tourism boycott threatened over Wilson's 'You lie' outburst 15 Sep 2009 State and local tourism officials are being flooded by emails and calls from people across the country, saying they won't vacation in South Carolina because they're upset by GOP Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst at President Barack Obama. The officials said that a number of the out-of-state e-mailers have said they've taken beach trips for years in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and other South Carolina resort areas, but don't plan to return.

Democrats to vote on Wilson sanction 14 Sep 2009 House Democratic leaders will move ahead with a "resolution of disapproval" against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Tuesday afternoon, following through on their threat to sanction the conservative lawmaker for heckling President Obama during his speech to Congress last week. Democratic leaders will formally introduce the resolution Tuesday afternoon, according to House insiders, and the vast majority of Democrats - as well as some Republicans - are expected to vote for it.

Joe Wilson Voted to Provide Taxpayer Money for Illegal Immigrants' Healthcare By Donny Shaw 11 Sep 2009 On Wednesday night, Rep. Joe Wilson [R, SC-2], shouted "You lie!" at President Obama when he said that the healthcare bill would not cover illegal immigrants. "The supporters of the government takeover of healthcare and liberals who want to give healthcare to illegals are using my opposition as an excuse to distract from the critical questions being raised about this poorly conceived plan," Wilson said the next day in a campaign fundraising video. However, in 2003 [under Bush], Wilson voted to provide federal funds for illegal immigrants' healthcare. The vote came on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, which contained Sec. 1011 authorizing $250,000 annually between 2003 and 2008 for government reimbursements to hospitals who provide treatment for uninsured illegal immigrants. The program has been extended through 2009 and there is currently a bipartisan bill in Congress to make it permanent. [Wilson obviously has no problem funding undocumented workers' health care, as long as the 'president' is white. --LRP]

House may vote on formal rebuke for Rep. Wilson outburst 13 Sep 2009 The House of Representatives appears headed for a vote to formally rebuke Rep. Joe Wilson this week for heckling President Obama after the South Carolina Republican refused Sunday to apologize on the House floor. "The House likely will take up a resolution," Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told USA TODAY. "He violated the decorum of the House; it has to be resolved in the House."

Lawmaker won't apologize to Obama in Congress 13 Sep 2009 South Carolina Republican Representative [racist] Joe Wilson, who faces possible censure in the U.S. House of Representatives for shouting "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's speech to Congress on healthcare reform, said on Sunday he would not apologize again. Calling his outburst on Wednesday evening "a town hall moment," Wilson told "Fox News Sunday" that since his apology to the president had already been accepted, he did not plan to apologize on the House floor as Democrats have demanded.

Boy, Oh, Boy By Maureen Dowd 13 Sep 2009 Surrounded by middle-aged white guys -- a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club -- Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t. But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy! ...The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a "smear" the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the '48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber. ...Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president -- no Democrat ever shouted "liar" at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq -- convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

"Joe the Heckler" Wilson Newest GOP Star By R J Shulman 12 Sep 2009 While not as snappy as "I have not yet begun to fight" or "give me liberty or give me death," the words "you lie," hurled at President Barack Obama by South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, has catapulted the little-known congressman into the new Republican sensation. "With just two words, Joe was able to wrestle the spotlight away from Obama and his fascist communistic plans for a government takeover of health care, complete with death panels and doctor rationing," said Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa. (Satire)

House plans to admonish Rep. Wilson over outburst --While not a formal censure or reprimand, the resolution, if passed as expected, would put Congress on record as condemning Wilson's conduct. 11 Sep 2009 Democratic leaders are planning a House vote early next week to admonish Republican Rep. Joe Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor for yelling "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's health care address to Congress. National attention from the heckling episode has money pouring into Wilson's campaign treasury and that of his 2010 Democratic challenger. Democratic leaders decided at a meeting late Thursday that they probably will propose a resolution of disapproval early next week if Wilson doesn't apologize to Congress, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Dem leaders renew push for Wilson censure 10 Sep 2009 Joe Wilson's flat refusal to apologize to the entire House for heckling President Obama has rekindled a push by top Democrats to introduce a censure resolution -- despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi's earlier refusal to consider the idea, sources tell me. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) are once again considering the move after Wilson adamantly refused to offer a mea culpa in the well of the House -- after Clyburn buttonholed him on the floor.

Joe Wilson: 'I will not be muzzled' 11 Sep 2009 Rep. Joe Wilson (R-Racist-SC) released a fiery fundraising appeal late Thursday, calling himself a target of the left and vowing to push forward in his battle against President Obama’s health care reform effort. "…I will not be muzzled. I will speak up loudly against this risky plan," Wilson says in the video appeal on his campaign Web site.

Wilson’s factual failure worse than his incivility --Even Bush, an actual liar, was granted enough respect not to be yelled at during a speech By Keith Olbermann 10 Sep 2009 But Congressman — you're not supposed to be a Town Hall panicker, you're not supposed to be a Rube defending the efficacy of the Snake Oil, you are a Congressman — and still you were wrong at the top of your voice! Town Halls, Death Panels, Oligarhys, a multi-racial president who is accused of hating half his own ancestry, neuroses about communist artwork, the idea that fascism and socialism aren't mutually exclusive, grass-roots protests bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporations, scared seniors terrified enough to turn to insurance companies for protection against reformers who want to increase their coverage and cut their rates, birchers, birthers, deathers, the voices in Michele Bachmann's head, the Republican rebuttal to the President of the United States given by a guy who thought he could become "Lord Boustany" by paying a couple of English con men.

Wilson's 'Spontaneous' Outburst 10 Sep 2009 8:11 PM Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) addressed reports about the implications of his "you lie" outburst during President Obama's health care address.

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