October 8th, 2009
08:55 AM ET
9 years ago

Wilson becomes Republican rock star

Rep. Joe Wilson has become in demand on the GOP fundraising circuit since shouting at President Obama.

Rep. Joe Wilson has become in demand on the GOP fundraising circuit since shouting at President Obama.

(CNN) - In the days after Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress last month, the South Carolina congressman reached out to several of his longtime confidantes.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, a school with a strict honor code, and a veteran of the Army Reserves, Wilson was worried he had disappointed those close to him by showing a lack of civility.

"Joe has always operated as a gentleman, and I think for anyone to question if he was continuing to do that is something that concerned him," his friend Ed McMullen said.

But the people close to Wilson assured him that beyond apologizing for the outburst, he did not need to be ashamed for questioning the president's sincerity in the health care debate. Wilson made the outburst after Obama denied his health care plan would cover illegal immigrants, then apologized to the White House later that night.

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  1. susanj

    what a pathetic group the GOP has become.

    October 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. KG, MN

    Rock star, eh? He was clearly lip synching.

    October 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. EBJ

    The Repubs turn this guy into a hero yet they want Grayson to apologize....and you still wonder why the GOP is a second rate party at this time.

    October 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Brenda

    Joe's an idiot. What is it with Joes anyway? Joe the Plumber. Joe the liar...

    Illegal immigrants are not covered under the current system nor will they be covered under any future one.

    October 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Minnesotan

    Republican rock star = National Buffoon

    October 8, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. katiec

    Wilson's shouting out was something unwarranted, completely disrespectful of our political system and the office of the president.
    For the republicans to support his actions is no surprise as
    they have become a party that has thrown all honor and integrity to
    the wind.
    Their destroy our president, win at any cost and victimizing the
    American people with their lies, distortions, fear mongering, rather
    than working on the survial of our country is a disgrace for our

    October 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    Considering that Obamacare will accept and cover millions of illegals and the fact the the democrats shoots down any propose amendments to the contrary as they did last week, Obama was indeed lying to the American people when he said that his plan will not cover illegals. Joe was right.

    October 8, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. honest mike

    Joe Wilson has dishonoured the Army Reserves. As a veteran of the Army Reserves I HEREBY state that Joe Wilson's apology to the Commander -in- Chief was not sincere and any man with honour, discipline and courage would not have addressed our president as Joe did.

    October 8, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Tom C

    Joe Wilson has no respect for the office of the president. He did'nt have the guts to apologize to his fellow house memebs for the dishonorable act he committed. All the Rush and Sean followers thing he did a great thing. They have no honor as they followed pied pipers and do not think for themselves. What a shame

    October 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. NJ Mom

    He should be embarrassed and ashamed. I do not care whether he agrees with the President or not, his behavior was horrible. Where is the respect due the office of the POTUS? Many did not agree with what Bush did, but they did not behave this way while the President was speaking! This country does not need this type of poor behavior and attitude. Even schoolchildren know this type of behavior is not acceptable!

    October 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. flamer Sniffit

    Ozzie Osborn is a rock star and he bites the head off of chickens. Joe may be a rock star now, but he will never be a Barrack-Star!

    October 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Gale

    Yes, our Democrat Congress is very fair!! Censure Wilson, but let Rangel get away with out and out corruption by failing to disclose income he knew was taxable. Yeah, watch what happens in 2010!

    October 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Scott

    This charater is no hero, but he is a obstacle for progression for America. Him and a few more Republicans is obstacles because they lean toward the big buisness. How can anyone support this guy? They have got to be blind, arrogant or just don't care!!! America will only suffer if more of these characters gets into congress. Look what happen because of these Bush followers!!

    October 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Renee

    Go Joe! You were right all along! Rock on!

    October 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. D. Tree

    IF what he did was so right, why did he apologize? He knows he was wrong, he's just trying to profit from it now.

    October 8, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Adalbert

    We should all be ashamed of what Wilson did. He is a typical southern racist idelized by the right wing. And, he should be removed from congress.

    October 8, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Love My USA

    Joe Wilson is not only a Rock Star, but a HERO to many of us for teling the truth. Something Democrats are unable to do. Lies, Deception and Propaganda is the platform of this White House.

    Sooner then later the truth will prevail about this corrupt Administration.

    October 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Connie, Indiana

    Rock star, I think not.. Maybe a falling star would better describe him, for it showed just what a heel he was/is. He went to a school where there was a strict honor code, seems he didn't remember it after he left school. I still say this was a set up, no reactions from the guys sitting next to him, they knew it was coming.

    October 8, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Dan, TX

    Ancient Rome, the greatest technology, the richest empire, no one would believe their power was lost through political bickering. The loss of knowledge that was the Dark Ages. Mankind lost 1000 years of progress.

    PIty it will happen to America, not because either Republican or Democratic ideas are bad, in fact, they are two sides of the same coin. But both are willing to destroy the coin to spite the other side. That is why America and Americans will be second-rate has-beens 100 years from now unless this changes.

    October 8, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Joel Miller

    The guy is a first class inarticulate moron. Pair him up with Palin in the next Presidential nomination and insure Obama a second term.

    October 8, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. sean

    If Wilson is a "rock star", the Republican Party is doomed. The utter lack of civility displayed, as well as his own lies and bigotry mean the Republican herd is appealing to an ever narrowing audience audience of kooks.
    A shame really, as America needs a functioning 2nd party for the system to work. I for one would like a choice in who I vote for. Right now, I see no Republicans on the horizon.

    October 8, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Gordon Shumway

    Chastized for questioning a lie. Only in congress!

    October 8, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. nellie

    Why in the world would this person become a rock star for the rep. party? Today, is this all you would have to say (You Lie) and instantly you are a star? The American people can not be this ignorant.

    October 8, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Hugo

    Hmmm, blasted by the left for publicly voicing dissent and exposing the holes in Obama's healthcare Bill. With the majority of the press in the tank for Obama backing his Liberal agendas, I think Wilson did his countrymen a service by speaking up. The only news channel that would possibly report any discrepancies or half truths out of the Whitehouse propaganda machine would be FOX, you don't think a liberal would watch FOX do you? This at least made some of the "thought capable" people on the left to consider Obama's word for what it is, LIES and half truths. Oh yea, what happened to the liberal reporter from the NY Times that heard Wilson use the word "Boy", could it have been another blatant attempt by the liberal left to deceive and redirect debate of an important issue to one of racial basis, the use of deception by the liberals is most masterful to cover their lies.

    October 8, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Billie Lamaire

    It is true that Obama has spoken so many thousands of promises that it is no wonder he has mixed up his facts. It is true that Obama is a liar but he keeps smiling as Alinsky advised.

    October 8, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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