September 9th, 2009
10:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Wilson apologizes: 'I let my emotions get the best of me'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina issued a statement Wednesday night apologizing for his outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress:

“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”

Filed under: Joe Wilson
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    So inappropriate and immature for someone to interrupt the President of the United States in this way, whether you agree with him or not.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Ray, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    I wanted to send Rep. Wilson an email this evening about this... but his Contact web page is down. It looks like either the server is down, or a LOT of people are trying to send him an email about it, or both. If I had been able to sent it, the email would say just three words...

    SHAME
    ON
    YOU

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Brandon

    He doesn't need to issue a statement rather a public apology. He embarassed himself on national television.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Palin 2012

    glad he stood up because even i found it completely disrespectful –

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Dan Stewart

    Do us all a favor and do the right thing and resign. You are a disgrace.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. standby4321

    It's good to know that Rep. Wilson figured out that the deportment requirement for a joint session of Congress with an address by the President might be a little different than showing up at a Tea Party. I'm sure he got a little help from nearly universal agreement that his outburst was completely out of line.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. JB

    I have never witnessed such outright disrespect for a president.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Jasmine

    Can your response be any more scripted? You, Joe Wilson, are an embarrassment to the state of South Carolina and your childish outburst clearly eclipses any good you may have done. May God have mercy on your soul.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Steven Patterson

    Representative Wilson is an embarrassment to his state and the country.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Jim

    Wilson is a disgrace to NC and the Nation.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    We're waiting on the Resignation now!

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. John

    So he's still calling the President a liar. How is this an apology?

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    The good people of South Carolina deserve better. Never have I seen such disrespect and childish behavior. Disgusting. He should resign immediately.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. connie

    South Carolina GOP Rep. Joe Wilson should face full censure by both houses of congress. This type of behavior towards President Obama is completely uncalled for. His apology is simply not enough.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. laura

    Your done Joe.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. MP

    Joe "Idiot" Wilson exposed himself, what a moron.

    September 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Sharon Knight

    "I let my emotions get the best of me." What is this man – a United States Representative or a spoiled, frustrated toddler? The jab about disagreeing with the President's statement deflates any real meaning in this disingenious, hollow apology. Here's an idea, Mr. Wilson: keep your mouth shut and your mind open. You, your staff, your constituents and your party should be ashamed and embarrassed for your regrettable behavior.

    Your behavior was disgraceful.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Just Me

    Now resign! You Pig. Learn manners cat behavior!

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. David In Houston

    I wonder if Rush will make him retract his apology. Everyone knows that Obama is not really President, and not entitled to civility.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. pam

    Did you even read the bill, Mr. Wilson? Or are you listening to Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Savage?

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. Writerman

    Tomorrow we will be contacting several small companies in South Carolina with whom we do business and advising them we are boycotting the state so long as Wilson holds office. We will also be working to organize a national boycott of Sc State businesses in an effort to have Wilson censured

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. alicia Goodman

    Great...he lies in his apology....why bother, really.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. yappy

    my God, that guy was a complete jerk . I don't want to hear his apology I want him fired. People like that have got this country in the muck. Just divide us... Please.... just DIVIDE us.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Juliet

    The president spoke eloquently about the character of this country, and we have this disrespectful, dispicable racist congressman from the south behaving in such poor taste.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12