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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  1. Salvador Dalai Llama

    Hmmm. I wonder what it is that Rahm might have replied. A pithy quote from Dick Cheney, perhaps?

    September 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Brittney, Virginia

    Too late, be a man and apologize to his face.

    September 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. jed

    i thought rep wilson was a good guy. next time he gives a speech we'll show up and serve it back

    September 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. Democracy at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the biggest flop I have even seen for a minority replubican party. It is a rotton egg that needs to be dumped as in the Willie Wonka chocalate factory.

    September 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Hurley

    Typical classless behavior from the party of superstition and lies. The GOP has been taken over by fanatical lunatics. When the USA was in their hands they let us down big time, and now they're being brats about being out of power. Why should we listen to them anymore? They haven't been right once in the past decade, and now they can't even behave like civil adults. Forget them.

    September 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Ed

    This is a prime example of the insanity of the conservatives and the Republican Party, if a Democrat had done this to Bush during a speech they would be labeled anti american, Satan, you name it. The complete disrespect in this country for the rightfully elected President is just amazing to me. I really don't know if he should even be punished, it just doesn't show the American people or the world the right face of this country. This wasn't some hillbilly town hall meeting in some backwater, it was on the floor of the US House of Representatives. It actually is just pathetic!!

    September 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Douglas Russell

    What is in the water in South Carolina?

    Just this year South Carolina politicians have given us this uber stupid "You lie!" outburst and the hilarious hike on the trail to Argentina fiasco?

    September 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Latitia Tate

    He owes the NATION an apology! His comments were public therefore his apology should be public! I recommend he go on FOX NEWS first!

    September 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Louise Marley

    An apology is due not only to the president, but to the public. The last administration excited a lot of animosity, but not this flagrant rudeness. For shame, Mr. Wilson.

    September 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Marcin

    I'm a republican and a very strong opponent of President Obama. With that said I'm very ashamed to be a republican today. What took place in the Chambers of Congress is a disgrace! This was a blatant disregard for the President of the United States!!! This is most disrespectful coming from a member of Congress! Presidents..ALL Presidents deserve our respect no matter who they are!! I respect President Obama fully although don't agree with him on some issues especially his Domestic Policy. I respect President Bush fully although don't agree with him on some issues as well especially with Foreign Policy. WILSON SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. No Incumbents 2010

    Rep. Joe Wilson is a rude jerk. No one should disrespect the President like he did. Wilson is free to vote however he wants on bills but should never shout and interrupt the president as if he were part of an angry mob. Wilson is the one who lies because illegal immigrants will not be covered by health reforms; they are specifically excluded. Wilson has shamed himself and his state and should take responsibility for his disrespectful, outrageous outburst and resign.

    September 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Jon

    Stupid is as stupid does, and Congressman Wilson managed to look dumber and more petty than anyone else tonight.

    Play to the base, Joe, isn't that your game plan? You have no idea how stupid you and your ideological cohorts look to the rational 75% of the American electorate.

    September 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Carol J.

    Your are a complete jerk. I wonder how you have lasted so long in the Senate. You have no respect for the person who is our President whether you agree or disagree this was not the format to present your views. Save it for the talk shows. I'm sure someone would be listening to you but it won't be me.

    September 9, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Mark Barnhart

    Republican Rep. Joe Wilson just lost his re-election bid, because his outburst does not deserve any acceptance for his actions. It will be just punishment for him.

    September 9, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. AP in Illinois

    A good start. Now it's time for the rest of the GOP team to start atoning for all of the lies they have foisted on the American people about health care.

    September 9, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. ron jones

    Maybe they should have a beer.

    September 9, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    Representative Joe Wilson needs to go to the floor and to the media and apologize for his disrepsectful, and unnecessary outburst during President Obamas speech. It was very distasteful in my opinion and needs to be addressed. It was total disregard for his colleagues, the American people and the President. Shame on you Joe Wilson.

    September 9, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Sherri

    Say it's not so, Joe. I was proud of you for standing up and speaking the truth. Why would you apologize for the truth?

    September 9, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. scott

    thats what republicans are, the dumbest 10% of America.Feels like your living with a retarded step child.Although thats an insult to retarded people ,Sorry.

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Jon Krieger

    I don't think the guy should apologize for anything!We still have something called freedom of speech in this country.no matter how badly the liberals want to hijack it!YOU GO WILSON!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. jos

    Wilson called Obama out,no need for him to apologize that the king wasnt wearing any underwear.Illegals will be covered through loopholes,and Obama knows that.

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. i suppose

    And democrats will be gracious

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. CJG

    I am glad this ill mannered congressman called to apologize ,but I would hope there will be some sort of punishment in Congress for that sort of behavior. The look on Speaker Pelosi's face was priceless. But once I learned he was from SC , the bad behavior was much more understandable.

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Jay T.

    Scum bag! These lunatics are the type that put Party ahead of country. He deserves to be voted out.

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. Robert in West Hartford, CT

    This was one of the most disgusting displays of a lack of decorum I have ever seen in American politics. And to support an easily proven lie????

    Republicans should censor him in some way just to convince us they are sentient.

    September 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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