September 9th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
9 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. Cy Sharp

    HUMP! He needs to apologize to the American public while he's at it. What a unnecessary display of childish behavior... I cannot believe he's actually representing a state. God Bless South Carolina....

    September 9, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. levi davis

    The American lawmakes are causing all this problem
    Nothing will get done , Too many people with their owned idias
    With all parties
    When are they going to start thinking about us we the people
    The media is not helping , Please talked about some good stuff which is going on instead of the all sad stories
    I need to be stress free for a day or two

    September 9, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. jj

    No apology from this idiot will placate me or millions of Americans who were sickened not only by the disgusting disrespect Wilson showed President Obama and the office of the Presidency. As for all the heckling by the GOP nitwits, they showed their true colors. Check the speech and see how many times they sat on their hands when the President talked about healthcare and helping the average American. Lastly, Eric Cantor owes and apology for texting during the President's speech. The lack of basic civility by the GOP members in the hall surprised and sickened even someone like me, who thought that Republicans could go no lower. They can and did. Sickening!

    September 9, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Jen

    Rep.Joe Wilson needed to apologize after the way he spoke to President Obama tonight during his speech. No matter from what political party you are from or where you stand on Health Care Reform, you don't speak to the President of the United States in that matter. Very disrespectful.

    September 9, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Ellid

    Wilson should resign immediately. Whether or not he likes the President personally or agrees with his policies, the disrespect to the office of the Presidency was inexcusable for any citizen, let alone a member of Congress.

    September 9, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Thomas G

    I've lived in South Carolina for 30 years, and until very recently was a Republican. Joe Wilson exemplifies everything that is wrong with the party I once was proud to cast my vote for. Instead of constructive debate, we have something that looks like an episode of Jerry Springer. In the place of a civil conversation, there's shouting, smears and disinformation. I (sadly) now expect disruptions at town hall meetings, but to shout "LIE" to the President of the United States, during a speech to joint members? Unbelievable. I think even Strom Thurman is turning in his grave.

    September 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. Barry Grissom

    Cong. Wilson is an embarrassment to SC and his district, not to mention the House Republicans. His mother, if he knows who she is, would be embarrassed.

    September 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Kent in CA

    This Representative needs to make a clear statement, based on the various proposals being considered, exactly how these proposals will insure illegal aliens. If he does not do that, he has commited slander. That would mame him the liar, not the President. So, share the facts, Congressman.

    September 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Fitima

    Rep. Joe Wilson is a disgrace and should be forced to resign. He has no respect for the government nor the President of the United States. He is an absolute IDIOT!

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

    The question we want answered is not about the political theater, but "who's right?" Are illegal immigrants going to be covered by a public plan? Does this open the door for more government services for illegals who are already not paying into the system? These are important questions? If Obama's lying, Wilson is an American hero.

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. xargaw

    Disgraceful. He sullied his office and the chamber. He is unworthy of being a Congressman. Great message to send the kids, Congressman!

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What a idiot!

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. Jim K

    He needs to be reprimanded and the be removed from office for his childish outburst.

    Nip this kind of behavior in the bud.

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  14. C.G. Charpentier

    Wilson's outburst is to say the least extremely shameful. He either did not listen carefully to the President's remarks or was blinded by his own ignorance.

    To disagree with the President is one thing; to call him a liar is totally reprehensible and out of line.

    I hope his constituents will choose next time around to be represented by someone who is respectful of others and in particular the President.

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Tracy-Oakley

    His stripes are now shown, he's still a loser!!

    September 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Mischelle

    Publicity and more publicity. The cat is out of the bag for anybody who is unaware of how this legislation not only does not exclude illegal immigrants specifically (no proof of citizenship is required), it ignores the fact that taxpayers will continue to bear an unfair burden in treating illegal immigrants with every modern screening and diagnostic test available when they enter through the Emergency Room doors. To avoid lawsuits down the road, hospitals must repeatedly administer the same tests for the same problem each and everytime an illegal (or any uninsured patient) seeks care.

    As a matter of fact, they may very well receive superior care and diagnosis than most of us receive on arrival at our family physician's office.

    September 9, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Sorey Payne

    This is why we can get nowhere as it is now. People like him and those who act like him! They do'nt want a change to take affect. This is my president and I support him to the fullest in whatever he does.Not just because he is a Black man but because he is a Man who is thinking about and concerened about all of the middle class as well as the poor people who are struggling to make it in this Rich,Greedy mans world.Give him a chance!

    September 9, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. CP

    Rep Wilson's site ( is "down for maintenance." Go figure.

    September 9, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. Gregory Thompson

    The least he can do is to call the White House and offer his apology. Now he owes one to the American people for his show of unprofessionalism and disrespect.

    September 9, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. Germain

    Rude, disrespectful, idiot, jerk, loser,dumb right winger, immature, lack of social graces, raised in a not manners home, just awful

    September 9, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP is a party of loonies

    September 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. d

    He is an embarrassment. Learning to be civil and and respectful of others is obviously something he has not yet learned. I feel embarrassed for the people of South Carolina whom he represents.

    September 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. VGal

    What a complete child. Leaders should be able to control their emotions and be respectful. People like this guy are why we have drive-by shootings – not being able to control your emotions is NEVER a good excuse.

    September 9, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. kravitz

    More favorite headlines of the night. From The Examiner. "GOP plans quiet demonstration during president's speech" by Byron York. And the rather precious "Boustany had three malpractice suits" by Glenn Thrush at Politico. Well, after the trainwrecking they've done to themselves, I sure don't want the GOP in charge of turning on even my water sprinklers!

    September 9, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. Kaci

    No wonder the crazed fringe continues to foam at the mouth – this guy is an embarrassment to South Carolinians and Americans. When will this madness end? In my 50 years I have never seen such disrespect for the leader of our country. Whether you agree or disagree, the lack of disrespect for the office and officeholder is astonishing. Or is it? The status quo sees their stranglehold on this nation diminishing, their fat cat supporters and lobbyists throwing money at them like they have velcro on coming to an end, and a centurys old belief that they are supreme in total jeopardy. I guess that fear has turned to anger and complete loss of civility. Can't wait for the reaping to begin.

    September 9, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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