September 13th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Wilson says no more apologies for outburst against president

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize again for his recent outburst during the president's address to Congress."]
(CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday he will not apologize again for yelling out that President Barack Obama lied during the president's speech to Congress last week.

"I am not going to apologize again," the South Carolina Republican said on "FOX News Sunday" when asked about pending disciplinary steps against him by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Wilson said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama "was mis-stating the facts," and that Democratic leaders in the House were "playing politics" by continuing to focus on the issue.

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  1. John W. Racine, WI

    The GOP Leadership (?) FORCED joe wilson to render his apology!

    He is about as SORRY for his sandbox behavior as Cheney is for TORTURE!

    Both of these inane clowns should be RENDITIONED to TURKEY where the USA sends so many folks for: CORRECTIVE ACTION...

    September 13, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Aaron


    Grumbling and shifting in seats is NOT the same as yelling out. Neither is sarcastic laughter, which has been tolerated during Presidential addresses. But Wilson's outburst (which is what it was – the whining of an man-child), has NEVER happened before. You might applaud the sentiment (as flawed and outside of reality as it is), but don't pretend that there are equivalencies when there aren't – no one, not even in the most partisan times leading up to the Civil War, EVER directed such disrespect in a joint session of Congress towards the president. It's wrong, inexusable, and he should be censured.

    September 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Joe Cotton

    Christian Conservatives....I thank God almighty that Jesus was never a Christian Conservative. What an oxymoron!!!

    September 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Mike W

    Shouldn't Obama be the one to apolagize to the American people for the lies he gave? This bill isn't going to add one penny to the deficit??? hahahah. That's some pretty darn good Koolaide he's serving Democrats.

    At least there's a politician out there that can stand up to these lies.

    September 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. tom

    Representative Wilson is a pot of manure.

    September 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. chandler lewis

    Sadly, Frank, his career is not over. He has received over 700,000 dolars in contributions since his ridiculous outburst. The citizens of this great country should be ashamed of themselves for allowing/applauding this kind of behavior.

    I have to be honest, they all make me sick. Truly, really ill. This is our President, for heaven's sake. And, really, who is surprised? It is South Carolina, after all. Wilson will not apologize because he has support from all of the racists, neo-cons and hatemongers out there.

    September 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Time to send money to Miller, Wilson denied his own profession

    September 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Chad

    Joe Wilson already apologized, the dems are just trying to divert attention away from their socialistic agenda.

    Joe is the man!

    September 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Chuck

    Joe Wilson is a racist, pure and simple. You can see it in his eyes. His greatest hero is Strom Thurmond; doesn't that tell you something?

    September 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Ms. M

    I agree, he should not apologize anymore. His apologies are not sincere!!! He and the 30% of the people who not vote for President Obama will never respect the President. So, I say, let's move on. The 70% of us who did vote and support the President. Let's move our country forward so that we can experience real change.

    September 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Obama's divisiveness is destroying America

    This is what's wrong with one party rule. It is absolutely rediculous that Nancy Pelosi can use this issue over and over to draw attention to her failed policies.

    To all of you hate monger Dems out there... The 2010 elections will be a wake-up call to your ignorance.

    September 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. twiddly

    Respect the office, if not the person.

    Wilson's public disrespect was appalling and inexcusable, and is representative of the shrill and contrived republican tactics.

    Maybe he can get a job with Faux News; he won't be in congress much longer.

    September 13, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. rainbird

    Whenever this punk makes a speech from now on, let's make sure to shout out and heckle him. He can't complain, right? If the Republican's want a war, I say let's give them one. No use whining that public discourse has become ill-mannered, that ship sailed long ago. I am tired of the Democrats showing up to play badminton when the Republicans show up to play rugby. Let's find some ruthless good guys to match up against the ruthless clowns who only want to discredit a Democratic president and are weakening America by doing so. Down with the Confederacy!

    September 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Patriot

    The Republican Party now contains the likes of Wilson,
    Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, Birthers, Deathers, Tenthers, Gun-Toters, and treasonous secessionists.

    The party has been hijacked by extreme lunatics, and has become a NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT.

    September 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Di

    Shut UP!!!! Reid called Bush a LIAR. Freedom of Speech $2.0 M. Obama and Nancy P look on their face priceless.

    September 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Art in Las Vegas

    Wilson will be the new poster boy for the Rethuglican party. This is the new LOW in American politics. Not even in Britain where the Prime Minister is booed and heckled but they would NEVER called a the leader of their country liar during a speech before Parliment . If this would have happened during Bush's term by a democrat, they would have called a traitor and Fox News would try to link him to Osama Bin Laden.

    September 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Teabaggersarenuts

    Wilson is encouraging the type of lunatic behavior he displayed at the president's address to Congress. So, by all means, patriotic Americans should confront Wilson and call him a liar and a racist whenever they see Wilson. He deserves his own medicine.

    September 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Diane

    Let's the south secede. We don't need those morons to be a part of the United States of America. Wilson should go to back mend the cows. Washington is too educated for a moron such as him.

    September 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Alan

    This man showed unprecedented disresepect for the President of the United States during an address to Congress. Unprecedented, for the large uneducated branch of the GOP, means it NEVER happened before. NEVER. And he's been rewarded financially for it. If he is NOT punished severely at this point, there will never again be a respectful audience for future addresses, regardless of the president.

    I don't recall this ever happening to Bush. It never did because - it's UNPRECEDENTED.

    And it always interests me when liars call out someone as a liar. The GOP has openly lied about death squads, socialism, the President's birthplace, "palin' around with terrorists" and on and on and on and that's ok?

    Just remember, folks - these are NOT people you want in office!

    September 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. George

    South Carolina........please clean up the mess left by Joe Wilson and Mark Sanford. Get rid of this cancer to your state and vote in some new clean politicians that have some moral values. The world is watching us revert to a 3rd World country.

    September 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Pragmatic

    When Wilson yelled "you lie" ... you could almost hear the word "boy" echoing through the chamber.

    Right or wrong on his facts (he's wrong) it was not the time or the place: but look for more incivility – its energized the base and he raked in a million dollars ... how much is McDonnell expecting for using the "F" word?

    September 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. David

    He conitnues to say he's lying. Senator Wilson, explain why he is lying. Exactly tell the American People where these lies are. Just because you say he is lying doesn't mean it's true. Thus far, you have not been challenged on these "lies". Let's here your FoxNews facts.

    September 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Chad

    He apologized already, get over it!! Bunch of thin-skinned whining lefties that try to divert attention on Joe (which is helping him by the way).

    Obama is the President, not the King. He lied, Joe called him out on it.

    Where were all the complaints when President Bush got booed and interupted during his address to Congress in 2005?

    September 13, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Brian52

    Mike from Texas has enlightened me! You're allowed to call the President a liar (or anything else that might be disrespectful), just not at that forum. If Joe Wilson had waited until they left the chamber to make his comment, Mike would be ok with that.

    September 13, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. D. Tree

    The Bill explicitly forbids coverage of illegal immigrants – Rep. Wilson is the real liar.

    September 13, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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