September 9th, 2009
10:09 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP congressman heckles Obama during health-care speech

Rep. Wilson the congressional heckler.
Rep. Wilson the congressional heckler.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican House member shouted "you lie" during President Barack Obama's health-care speech to Congress on Wednesday, and members of both parties condemned the heckling.

When Obama denied that proposed health-care legislation would provide free health coverage for illegal immigrants, South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!"

Obama paused and looked toward the Republican side of the chamber before
continuing his speech.

After the speech, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate defeated by Obama last year, called Wilson's outburst "totally disrespectful" and said he should apologize.

McCain said there was "no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately."

Other Republicans also criticized Wilson, along with the expected Democratic condemnation.

"It was crude and disrespectful," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a top Senate Democrat. "I think the person who said it will pay a price."

Updated: 10:00 p.m.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. John

    way to show how stupid and uneducated you are

    September 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Jack

    I suspected it was a southern republican.

    September 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Zion

    I love it. The president had the haters so flustered until they could not hide it.

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. SweetP

    Can you expect any better from the GOP?

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Really?

    Obama will likely invite him to the white house to see what he has to say to his face one on one without anyone else around. Doubtful that he will accept the invite.

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Dave

    Oh my god, someone dares disagree publicly with the messiah. Should he be shot, castrated, or exiled to Canada?

    September 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Democrat for Palin Primary 2012

    Shows class! yeah that's right, go ahead Rep. Joe Wilson show where you come from.... trailer trash?

    September 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Melissa

    This behavior is disgusting. I don't care what party you are from, you don't show this kind of disrespect to the President, especially as a member of congress during the Presidents Congressional address. Its bad behavior, pure and simple.

    September 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. uggg

    Well, well, for some reason I can't get on his website to learn about him. Perhaps the server crashed due to heavy traffic?

    September 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. SteveRHCP02

    I'm not surprised. Just like my parents taught me in 2nd grade. When someone tries to shout you down its because they have ground to stand on to talk you down.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. MGJ

    A white POTUS has never to my knowledge been disrespected like President Obama has. The republicans are despicable with their lies.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Joyce

    A public insult to my president requires a PUBLIC apology. Mr. Wilson should be ashamed of himself as his actions are not worthy of a man in his position!

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Chris H.

    There always has to be one jerk in the room, and with a room that size, several. Way to be classy Joe.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Karen

    Whether or not you agree with someone, you should always do so respectfully. Rep Wilson should be ashamed of himself.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Tina W

    Such awful behavior. Whether one agrees with him or not, Obama was addressing Congress and the nation and deserved all respect. How many times you you think Democrats believed Bush was lying but refused to play the childish game as Rep. Wilson did?

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. stephanie

    I am a resident of South Carolina and I am a shame of this man totally respect towards the President, this is worst then a spoiled brat who has no home training. He needs to be removed from his duty. This was not the place for that kind of behavior,,,

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Michelle Lowe

    I would like to say that Wilson was the most disrespectful Congressman I have every seen. He not only owes an apology to President Obama he also needs to apologize to the American People. He should be reprimand for his unprofessional behavior.
    I would like to ask all South Carolina voters to rally together to get this jerk out of office.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. SteveRHCP02

    Woops. i mean no ground to stand on!

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Dave in Albuquerque

    Mr. Wilson has just proved his unfitness to serve in Congress, or in any public office.

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. daren thibert

    If Obama wants a Canadian style health care system then opponents should be aloud to grieve opposition out load during public political discussion like we do here in Canada.

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Dani

    How mature. That's a great way to get your ideas heard. Really.

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Emma

    And that is one of the elected people who makes decisions that impact our lives. Outrageous!

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. HomerJay

    Sadly, typical of the GOP. Classless.

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. BENJAMIN

    He needs to go back to grade school , this was not the place or time to put on this rude behavior, send him to china where he would have been beheaded for such run comment to a president.

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Are you smarter than an Obama?

    Way to go...

    Stand up against this dictator...

    Call it like you see it...

    You're 100% correct...

    HE LIED!!!

    September 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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