September 10th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama accepts apology

(CNN) - President Obama said Thursday he accepted Rep. Joe Wilison's apology for the South Carolina Republican's outburst Wednesday night.

"I'm a big believer that we all make mistakes," the president noted during a Cabinet meeting. But it's important to have a debate "without
vitriol. ... Our goals are generally the same whether we're Democrats or Republicans."

Wilson insisted that his outburst was "spontaneous" and agreed with the White House that the health-care debate merits "a civil discussion."

One top Republican, however, also opined that Wilson's outburst reflected the strong passion being generated by the health-care debate.

"We ought to have civil discourse in America, but don't underestimate the amount of emotion that people are feeling," said House Minority Leader John Boehner.


Filed under: Joe Wilson • President Obama
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. panem et circenses, but CNN won't post

    How about Obama apologizes to us for the ACORN workers who gave the undercover film crew advice on how to subvert tax law and get government assistance to set up a brothel and bring in 13 underage El Salvadoran girls to be prostitutes AND get child tax credits and claim them as dependents while they were at it!

    See it on Fox and Brietbart ... but not CNN ...

    September 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Alan in Marietta, GA

    This is crap. The bottom line is that republicans don't respect Obama as president of the US...because is a democrat and african america. The second bottom line is that the bill does not cover undocumented workers. Joe Wilson lied about the so-called lie.

    September 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Jon in CA

    Let's have a civil discussion on Obama's 30+ Czars, most all of whom have NOT been confirmed by the Senate, nor do they have any oversight. They ONLY answer to the President.

    Convenient way to circumvent the Constitution, Barry. Let's have a national debate about the merits of this decision.

    September 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Laverne

    So in other words, Bone head Boehner concur with Wilson, that figures!

    September 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Chicago Girl

    Wilson show apologize on television. His written apology is not enough. He dispected the President on national television. His apology should be delivered in the same manner.

    September 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. jaye

    The only "passion" the republicans have is the ruination and destruction of our president.
    They're the ones spreading all the lies and hate...they even carry guns to Democrat held town hall meetings! Need I say more.....

    September 10, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Ticker Shock

    It was no mistake Mr. President!

    September 10, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Bob

    Joe who from which state? Need a little Editorial adult supervision here....

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Stacy Clint

    No Tanner Boner....there is astroturfing and lies. You were called out and now you cant hide behind your precious town halls stacked with your dolts

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. joe wilson

    i'm a representative from South carolina not virginia.

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Jim in Maine

    God bless the folks in South Carolina! They deserve wiser and more civil represenation.

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Now its Obama's turn to apolgize to the rest of us for calling US liars.

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. T Mckinley

    Our President, once again, shows himself to be a man with class and integrity.

    Conservatives who insist on calling our President slanderous names like "Socialist," "Marxist," or "Communist," show themselves to be entirely lacking of either class or integrity.

    September 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. dak

    "We ought to have civil discourse in America, but don't underestimate the amount of emotion that people are feeling," said House Minority Leader John Boehner.

    Yes, emotion that is being escalated by the likes of Boehner and his Republican buddies who are spreading lies about health insurance reform! The Republicans are stirring the pot to try to get the ill-informed as mad as they can because then they will contribute more money to the Republicans. Pure politics and nothing at all to do with the welfare of their own constituents, let alone the country!

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. ross berg-buffalo ny

    As a lifelong Republican I was very ashamed of Cong. Wilson's rude,disrespectful behavior. Seems to me that the GOP is on a non-stop suicide mission to drive itself so far into irrelevancy that it will be decades before it's a serious player again??

    Between Sarah Palins constant non-factual rants, Gov. Sanfords long distance taxpayer financed love affair and now this bozo showing total disrespect for the Office of the President in addition to insulting the man himself, it sure looks like a suicide mission!!!

    Sad but true!!

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Melinda

    Mr. Wilson is just a fine example to our children and to all of us – shame on you Joe Wilson – shame on politicians who act "spontaneously" in the middle of a speech given by none other than our President. What's happening to us? What happened to respectful conduct, ethical behavior and we wonder why Congress is looked at with such disgust.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. JS007

    Wow, Boehner truly has no shame. He seems to forget that what Wilson said was a LIE. Being passionate without any regard to facts or reality is called insanity.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Jason

    A non-condemnational condemnation!

    This is exactly the political hackery that the President was talking about.

    The "strong pasison" most conservative politicians cite is a false passion that they whipped up in the fist place . To use it as a basis for your commentis to effecively say "There is a rumor out there, and I agree with because I started it in the first place!"

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. FAYE, NV

    Yes, the president accepts the apology because he's just that type of person. However, Joe meant to show his dislike just like all the Party of No does. Joe displayed what he thought and felt about our leader. At least he let his disrespect and hatred show pulbicly instead of hiding behind the false assumption that our president is wrong on healthcare.

    Joe said what his heart felt and let it be known, others feel the same hate and disrespect for our president but try to keep it hid. But, it show anyway. Joe was made to apologize so it means nothing. sad, sad, sad.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    The President should have stopped his speach and explained how outburst like the one Rep. Johnson did and the outbursts that take place in townhall meetings are counter productive to any discussion or debate.

    I wonder why the same people who were outraged at President Bush getting a shoe thrown at him in Iraq are not as upset about the disrespectful outburst at the Presidents speach in Congress in the United States.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Clay

    Wison, a colonel in the Army Reserve, should immediately be retired at the rank of second lieutenant for flagrant disrepect of his commander in chief. He should also be censured by Congress and removed from all committees and positions of responsibility. Finally, he should resign. Maybe take some time and go hiking the Appalachian Trail with Sanford and reflect on the qualities of civility and fidelity.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Irrational behavior and "emotion" have no place in what should be a constructive, logical legislative process.

    Wilson needs to go – and any others that deceive, mislead, outright lie, or denigrate our President and/or the people of this country.

    Wilson CANNOT unring that bell. He put a public face on the hate the republicans have for all of us. All they love is the wealthy and corporate amerikkkka,

    September 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. panem et circenses, but CNN won't post

    7 stories on this dead horse but not ONE on the ACORN workers giving advice on how to subvert tax laws, set up a brothel as a business, hide assets, launder campaign funds from the brothel, import underage girls to work as prostitutes, getting tax credits for underage prostitutes...

    Go check out Fox or Breitbart if you want to know what is going on outside the bubble of the liberal media...

    September 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

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    The President should have stopped his speach and explained how outburst like the one Rep. Johnson did and the outbursts that take place in townhall meetings are counter productive to any discussion or debate.

    I wonder why the same people who were outraged at President Bush getting a shoe thrown at him in Iraq are not as upset about the disrespectful outburst at the Presidents speach in Congress in the United States.

    September 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Obama accepts an apology from someone who spoke the truth. Only lies are acceptable for this adminstration.

    September 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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