September 9th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
13 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. Michelle

    This was not an "outburst"! He yelled it twice with a long pause in between! I am donating to his opponent’s campaign! He is an Iraq war veteran named Rob Miller! South Carolina can do better with someone who fought for our country.......not a disrespectful flip-flopper! What an embarrassment he is to S. Carolina!

    September 10, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. shawnm77

    No pre-existing conditions make life easier for every american citizen family in some way. People like Joe Wilson is mad cause they have no plans other than collect a paycheck from South Carolina like the other congressman. Joe Wilson needs his private life investigated I bet he's got some skeletons in his closet. All I know is we have enough crazy people mad that an estimated 47 MILLION AMERICANS will be able to see a doctor if needed.

    September 10, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. Hodson dorival

    The idiot who shouted the President a liar, in front of the world. should be punished immediately. i bet he could have not done that in Haiti, i bet that.

    September 10, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. brian in mesa

    Joe Wilson = GOP. Another reason for this Indenpendant to continue to stay away from all Republicans. Who does Joe Wilson appeal to. Scary to think the mindset of people who vote for this type of individual.

    September 10, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Proud American

    The Republican Party has sunk to an all time low, how disrespectful. They must hate this President with a passion. As bad as things got in this counrty he was never treated that way on the hill. Republican are so stupid that they don't have a clue just how stupid they are. The good thing is Americans know and don't forget.

    September 10, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Drew

    It seems that this is the first time that a member of Congress has been so verbally disrespectful to a President during his address to Congress. Of course, it's also the firs time that the President is a Black Man. Could there be a correlation? And to Rep Joe Wilson, you are a disgrace for your blatant disrespect to our Commander-in-Chief! As a military man, you know better! Whether you agree with him or not, he IS the President of the United States of America and you need to show some RESPECT! I'm sure your parents taught you proper manners!! You are the kind of trash we don't need in Washington or any other place of public service! You should be reprimanded for your conduct. He's Black and he won it fair and square, so grow up PUNK!

    September 10, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  7. Patty in the CA mountains

    I'll bet he did....and I'll bet he pays for his outburst....

    September 10, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  8. Lisa

    Wilson's outburst was disgusting and disrespectful!

    September 10, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  9. LVCami

    What a disrespectful jerk. I guess his mama didn't bring him up very well. My child would know better than that.

    September 10, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Bruce Kettler

    Real classy, Rep. Wilson.
    Call the President a liar in public. And then apologize.
    How long until he recants his apology?

    September 10, 2009 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Ignorant, arrogant, typical Republican fool. You Mr. Wilson of the state of S. Carolina have just sealed your doom. You WILL be replaced by the democratic senator looking to unseat you and you would be deservedly defeated. We've had enough of your kind of hate and ignorance and it's time for Republicans to go in 2010. You and Sanford are a continuing embarrassment to that state.

    September 10, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Jim

    Rep. Joe Wilson has no respect for the president nor congress or the American people. The people of South Carolina should vote him out!

    September 10, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Clint

    Between the governor and this idiot, are there any SANE christian redneck's from South Carolina left? ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

    September 10, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  14. mn

    Class meets trash Mr Wilson you out to be ashamed of yourself. Luckily for you Mr Obama is able to school you on how to behave.

    September 10, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  15. Wise Latina

    Rahm Emmanuel - the same man who sends DEAD FISH to political opponents - saying "We can disagree without being disagreeable". That is a real hoot and a half!!

    September 10, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    The apology should have been rejected. The idiot still thinks the plan will cover illegals. The apology was not sincere, it was forced upon him by the GOP who look like complete morons right now.

    September 10, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  17. Karl

    President Obama met his goal this evening. Explain health care in layman's terms. He did that. Now for the GOP. No one should be upset with the Repugs' behavior. It's a sign of fear and loathing. Never in the history of American politics has a party totally disembowel themselves of purpose and reason. Our President bought it home this evening and many can't stand it...but many more love it! Keep your heads up. We're winning.

    September 10, 2009 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Hear, hear! Enough of the hysterical lies! Our country needs the smartest and coolest heads to prevail in helping us meet our many challenges!

    Enough of the schoolyard name calling, lying and threats. Time to get down to business and get this done!

    September 10, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  19. JJ

    Representative Wilson not only acted disgracefully, but he was also INCORRECT. The current bill specifically excludes illegal aliens from coverage under healthcare reform. Conservative politicians like Rep. Wilson don't even bother with the truth. They seem only to be interested in blocking progress in this country and in tearing down the President of the United States. Shameful.

    September 10, 2009 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  20. Ian

    That bonehead Joe Wilosn should resign ASAP, forget the apology.

    September 10, 2009 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  21. Ken

    Despite the apology, I think Wilson's outburst highlighted exactly what Obama was talking about, in a venue for all the public to see just what the Republicans are all about. It isn't about opposition to healthcare, or the kind of conservative ideology that says it's ok to spend a trillion tax dollars on a needless war, but not on helping our own citizens... it's degenerated into name-calling and petulance... instead of working for the American people, there are many in Washington who are just out to beat eachother.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  22. Keith B

    The real problem for the Republicans is this. Not only is Obama smarter than most of his critics, but he outclasses his critics.

    September 10, 2009 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  23. Kathy, Phoenix, AZ

    Joe Wilson should resign and go work for an insurance company and give up his "government health plan for members of congress", an apology is not acceptable at this point. He just reminded us why we no longer need the republican ideas and "values".

    September 10, 2009 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  24. Wanderer

    Again, I am no fan of Mr. Obama, but the GOP representative’s behavior has shown how cool the POTUS was and how foolish Mr. Wilson was. After 2008 election, many GOP seem to have lost their self-control and could no longer hide their true color.

    September 10, 2009 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  25. Keith B

    Joe Wilson's website, down for "maintenance?" Why don't he be a man, bring his site back up, and take his own medicine? Wimp!

    September 10, 2009 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
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