September 10th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
14 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.

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Tulsa

    As usual, the President is civil and above the bull. This legislation is too important for the debate to be in the gutter. Espescially when the point of contention has been so completely debunked. What was Rep. Wilson thinking? Is he just that angry? The Republican leadership had better get it together or they will not only lose the debate, but all credibility.

    September 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Iqbaaaaaaaal

    "don't underestimate the amount of emotion that people are feeling," House Minority Leader John Boehner


    your sincerely,

    Tea Party Express
    Freedom "always" works
    Sarah Palin

    September 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. aware

    Congressman Wilson was correct. Obama lies! Obama has not earned respect! He has earned disrespect and shame. 🙁

    September 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    Very gracious of Obama, but Wilson should resign. Congressmen like that are more interested in partisan bickeri9ng than trying to solve the nation's problems.

    Wilson is an embarrassment to a state that already has enough Republican office holders embarrassing it.

    September 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. aware

    Vitriol and lies in Obama's speech prompted the Congressman's honest response, and the response of a multitude of Americans who do not trust Obama at all! 🙁

    September 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. James Lee

    If President Obama can accept Wilson's apology and acknowledge that mistakes happen then WHY did Van Jones have to resign? The White House should ask him to reassume his position!

    September 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Beverly Davis - Atlanta

    President Barack Hussein Obama has more class in the tip of his small toe than all the Republicans combined.

    September 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Bea Patridge

    or, "As long as you slander and point fingers in a cool manner like I do, there's no problem".

    September 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. kevin

    why? the pres should have said sorry to wilson. The pres is a very bad and disturbing liar, and he should have expressly apologied for the press getting on Wilson's back about it all.

    September 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Robert

    Notice how Wilson actually gave an apology. No hedging, no saying he is sorry "if" he offended anyone.

    Obama needs to study this, so the next time he makes a stupid remark about someone acting stupidly, he can actually issue a real apology. The democrats should pass this around, they all need to learn the art of apology.

    By the way, Wilson may have been "inartful", but he was right.

    September 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Diogenes

    "The untouchable Jordan who declared in a recent article that he "hates" playing against Miller, likening the experience to "chicken-fighting with a woman"
    .... em... does this basketball fan feel that way dealing with republicans....em...?

    September 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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