September 9th, 2009
10:23 PM ET
3 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.”

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Nadeem

    Good, he appologized and lets leave it at that. It was a sad moment for American patriotism.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Todd

    Too little, too late, Congressman. You knew you were on television and you knew this was despicable behavior. Where is your Republican call for personal accountability now?

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Any adult who "lets their emotions get the best of them"

    Should NEVER EVER be allowed to sit in the US House of Representatives.

    I am waiting for his resignation, and refusal to accept a publicly funded insurance and pension.

    THAT would be a real apology.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Bill B. Nancy,KY

    If someone as crass as this man is elected again, then we should allow South Carolina to secede again. The house ethics committee should reprimand him accordingly! It sure seems as though he is part of a long line scum-bags from South Carolina!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Katie

    There is no excuse. You're a grown man, a congressman representing the state of South Carolina. How disrespectful whether you agreed with the speech or not. You did nothing to prove to anyone that you deserve the privilege you've been given to serve the people of your state. Grow up and show some respect.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. Ron

    Apologize? He should resign. This is the level of disrespect the republicans wish to bring to this president. Where all all the top republicans condemning his actions? What do you think they would have said if a democrat had said something like that to a republican president? There is no room in politics for people like this jerk. Perhaps if we got rid of people like him on both sides of the aisle, we could get back to civil politics once more. Perhaps.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Jamie

    You congressman are purely ignorant and an embarassment to the institution of our government, grow up and stop acting like a brat, what have you done lately to make this country a better place? stop holding back those who are trying!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    No need to say your sorry for telling th etruth Joe. Th eleft called President Bush worst than that and the media and democrats in Congress condoned it.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. chestercountyrants

    Too Little Too Late
    Sorry the damage is done, he has shown his true colors here. This is who is running our house, this is just crazy, he needs to go. People vote him out asap, this kind of town hall craziness has no place in the white house. If everyone acted like this when upset what kind of place would this be? We wonder where the townhall crazies get their training. Sorry to little to late, vote him out . South Carolina he doesn't care about you anyway, doesn't care about the people without healthcare, while you and we all pay his and his families. What a pathetic man. Vote him out, trust me, my grandaughter is three and can control herself better.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. kcmo

    he is going to have to do ALOT better than that. There is going to be heck to pay ...I have been trying his DC office # for the past hour ....its been busy the entire time.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Rob

    Wow. South Carolina just can't catch a break this year, one embarrassment after another...

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Colorado Voter

    This man is a RAT and a LIAR. Not only that, he is a fool and clearly not ready for adulthood.

    Could this be the death shivers of the Republican Party?

    A bigoted and disgusting organization that takes its cues from UNelected people like Limbaugh, Beck and Coulter.

    Go crawl back from under the rock you slithered from!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Steph

    This man needs a serious lesson on respect and professionalism!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. rupertv

    You only apologized because you were told to.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. Tom

    "I'm sorry" means nothing without action.

    I challenge Senator Wilson to now VISIBLY work WITH the President to pass Healthcare Reform in this nation!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Get out!!!

    Your place is not in the congress... What a shame. This is completly outrageous!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. back talker

    Your weak apology doesn't cover up your disrespect, your arrogance, nor your true feelings of disdain for the President.

    Go home. Immediately. You don't deserve the seat you occupy.

    September 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. aaron

    Joe Wilson is rude and disrespectful. How dare he?
    This jerk should be censured or impeached!

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. Kma in Miami Beach

    Next time, read the bill, Congressman and by the way, your behavior was a disgrace. But then again, it's what one would expect from an out of control, right wing, ignorant wingnut,

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. Helmetbreaker

    Very undiplomatic, very disrespectful, very unprofessional for the Congressman...but I guess the truth can sometimes get you in hot water. Obama has been regurgitating half truths, misinformation and outright lies for months, i guess it could get to anyone's sense of good taste, sooner or later!

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. JackieC

    This man needs to resign

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. MrManhattan

    It takes a big man to apologize. But it will take a bigger man to start working with our president and your colleagues to fix the health care problem.

    I hope you're that bigger man, Mr. Wilson.

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Cheri

    What a bunch of bull!! He can apologize all he wants but I don't believe him one bit.I thought I was watching a townhall meeting the way the republicans were acting they are so disgraceful.

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. gmsnowball

    Screw Wilson, I just donated to his opponents campaign. I hope many others do as well. Maybe Mr. Wilson will join his buddy the SC Governor, another SC creep, in looking for a new job. They both need to be removed from office.

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. zago

    Believe me if you want: If this gentleman was a BLACK congressman behaving this way, he would have been taken away from the audience in front of the Cameras so that stigma on BLACK would get reinforced. Believe it or not. I have seen that in Sen McCasil town hall meeting. All the media showed was a black lady acting stupid, but not a white man who crossed over and tear down a poster of Rosa Park that the lady was showing to a journalist peacefully. Objectivity!

    September 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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