September 9th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Wilson calls White House to apologize

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN's Deirdre Walsh reports that Republican Rep. Joe Wilson called the White House Wednesday night to apologize for his outburst during President Obama's speech, and spoke with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

UPDATE: CNN's Ed Henry reports that a senior administration official says that in the phone call, Emanuel accepted the apology on behalf of the president and told the congressman: "We can disagree without being disagreeable. That was the point of the President's speech."


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Alease

    Not good enough!

    September 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. J

    It doesn't make up for the fact that he's a jerk.

    September 9, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. Vinnie Warlock

    He should have thought of that before he opened his mouth.

    September 9, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Idiot_Pelosi

    Joe Wilson,

    I love it.

    You called OBUMMER out on his lies.

    September 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. bernice

    Would have liked to be a fly on the wall for that conversation... I hope Rahm lived up his Rep..

    September 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Kellie

    Totally ashamed to be a Republican. You're not at a football game, meathead. It's a joint session of Congress. And on this one, you're wrong and Obama's right. Nice move.

    September 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Kirk

    Just when you think the GOP can't stoop any lower...

    September 9, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Chris, Denver, CO

    I feel the President of the United States deserves more respect than Representative Wilson afforded tonight. I appreciate his contrition; however, calling the President a liar during a nationally televised (and very important) speech suggests a new low in the gamesmanship played out these days by the opposition. I would even recommend a referendum or recall - a censorship at least to deal with this most un-SC like behavior. I think of SC and think of southern gentlemen; however, not tonight. This looked more like behavior fit for a high school football game on Friday nights....

    September 9, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Kevin V Shannon

    Hell star on Rush's and other far right talk show by morning. Dumb move but what can you expect from him.

    September 9, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Samina hayat

    I wish entire GOP should apologize ....

    September 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Steph

    What do Joe Wilson and Rahm Emanuel have in common....loud angry outbursts. I bet that was a pleasant conversation.

    September 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Chase

    Oh please....too little, too late.

    September 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Margaret in NC

    I wanted to jump thru the screen and wring that man's neck!

    September 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Carole

    Was his White Sheet in or out of his closet when he was on the phone?

    September 9, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. karyn

    The punk of a politician simply wanted the spotlight. That's why the republican will never get another vote from me.

    September 9, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Morgan

    He spoke with Rahm? That must have been colorful.

    September 9, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Perusing-through

    I'm quite sure President Obama will forgive Joe Wilson, and I'm sure his staff will be forced to go along, , , , , but there is no forgiveness here Joe "The Stupid Idiot" Wilson for insulting the seat of the Presidency. NEVER!

    September 9, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. Peter Archanjo

    I bet a took that apology right to heart and gave him a few choice words of his own. This blatant disrespect for the president shiuld not be allowed to stand.

    September 9, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Osha Reader

    What an incredibly tacky remark. It exemplified the worst of American politics. Joe Wilson disgraced himself and his party. Let's hope he is unseated in the next election.

    September 9, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. B

    Don't worry we still voting the SC Senator out!

    September 9, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    He should have apologized. Like him or not he is still the President!
    Better yet, Wilson should have kept quiet! I'm conseravtive but Sen. McCaskill is right!

    September 9, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. Shirley in California

    The christian thing for Pres. Obama to do is accept it and move on but this does not excuse Wilson's behavior. It was dispictable and racist. These republicans are one set of angry people and they really don't need to ever occupy the WH again.

    September 9, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Tia

    He just ought to have! As a leader for South Carolina he should be just that–a leader. I don't think his constituents would agree that such disrespecful behavior represents their interests.

    September 9, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. BW

    Not enough. He must give a full-length apology. He disgraced the district he represents. Shameful!

    September 9, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. Avi shlomo

    Wilson reminds me of Israel democracy. Not only he should apologize to the President but to hos colleagus and the Country. As we may disagreed with the ommander in cheif civility is warranted and this man should be censored as he broke all norms of civil discourse. Perhaps he should immerse hismself in some disctaor deomocray so he could undersatnd and appreciate beinga citizen of a civilized country. Shame on you, you are nothing but a disgrace to this union.
    I would also add that he should say that he made a big mistake by spreading a lie that is not a true and help stop the avalanche that contributed to hostility towards our president.

    September 9, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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