September 15th, 2009
05:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Resolution criticizing Wilson passes, on mostly partisan vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally admonished Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "you lie" during President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week.

The House passed a resolution of disapproval on a 240-179 vote that was mostly along party lines, reflecting the Democratic majority in the chamber.

Five representatives voted "present."

According to the Office of the House Historian, it was the first time in its 220-year history that the House has disciplined a member for speaking out during a presidential speech in the chamber to a joint session of Congress.

During debate on the resolution, Wilson called the measure a waste of time and failed to offer an apology to the chamber as demanded by House Democrats.

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  1. jeff

    Why dont we just fire the guy who calls the president out. No instead call him racist. This GA representative needs to go and because of his comments he should be punished. The president is filling eveyone with bull and the American people have the right to know. Why does he have to spend so much on tv to sell a message no one is buying. Who is paying fall his trips to push an agenda that his own party is not behind. Ask that CNN when you sit down with him but why would you, since you only report on things that get you front row at the press conferences that happen 3 times a day DO YOUR JOB CNN AND REPORT THE TRUTH THAT IS WHAT BEING IN THE PRESS MEANS IN OUR COUNTRY.

    September 15, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    JOE WILSON IS THE MODERN-DAY EQUIVALENT OF OUR EARLY FOREFATHERS. WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM IN D.C. My check will soon be in the mail.....and I don't even live in his district.

    September 15, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. fred

    So what exactly did this accomplish again?

    September 15, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Axel

    I still say that politicians wouldn't be so quick to waste money if they had to use their own money...

    September 15, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Democrat for Palin Primary 2012

    Sadly, although this was a waste of time, it had to be done. If not, then what next? Joe "you lie" Wilson would have thrown shoes at the POTUS. I wouldnt put is beyond him. Now that he is reprimanded, the NEXT time he misbehaves, he will be a REPEAT offender and will be treated as such.

    And for all those idiots who are arguing the President lied and that this guy called him out, this was NOTHING to do with whether BHO was lying or not. This was EVERYTHING to do with how you need to behave during Presidents address. Its called respect to the PresidenCY. Do NOT try to mislead. You guys are the same people who are writing over and over again that we dems are "afraid" of Palin. For the last time, get this into your thick skulls: we LOVE the Wasilla Wacko! Yes we do. She is the best thing that happened to the Democrats. We sincerely hope that you make her win the primaries.

    September 15, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. bella

    Well, as usual, the Holier than Thou Republicans are sticking together like glue! Doesn't seem to matter about the truth or respect that our children and grandchildren are expected to fulfill! If your a Republican, YOU CAN DO NO WRONG, WHEN INDEED YOU DID!!

    September 15, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    Still can't find ther courage to expose ACORN?

    September 15, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Read the Resolution. Nobody being honest could deny that it was a mostly a symbolic act, but it was pretty bland and sterile.

    If the GOPers were beign smart, they wold have had Wilson beat the Dems to the punch by bucking up and offering he apology before the Dems could do anything. It would have left the Dems with no recourse but to accept it graciously and move on. Denial motivated by pride did not serve the GOPers well in this.

    September 15, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Happy, Bellaire, Texas

    I guess it was OK for Dems to boo President Bush during one of his speaches before a joint session. I guess that was both respectful, grown-up, good manners and didn't violate any rules of decorum. Where was all of the outrage by the finishing school grads then? I don't excuse Wilson's behavior but Obama is a liar everytime his lips move.

    September 15, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Carolina

    The way I see it is that if the Republicans don't see a problem with Joe Wilson then the next time we have a Republican president then they shouldn't have a problem with a Democrat calling him a liar (or worse) when he speaks before Conress.

    September 15, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    240 IDIOTS present and accounted for. Where was punishment when the whole democrat side of the Aisle boo'd President Bush in 2005 during his speech on social security to this same joint body?

    September 15, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Gary's view

    That's fine with how about when Nancy Pelosi called George Bush a liar? Does she have to apologize too? Fox news showed tapes of several Democrats calling Bush a liar both in the house chamber and on TV.....Double standard? Yeah and I didn't even see CNN challenge this double standard....I guess what I'm saying to CNN is DO YOUR JOB!!!

    September 15, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Debby

    Sad the Dumbocrats ran with this when there is so much more important things to focus on like the economy and health care.

    September 15, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Sue

    It should have been done. Serena Williams appologized and was fined as happens....and if it happens in a sporting event most CERTAINLY should happen in our government. He broke the rules....plain and simple. This should have been a simple vote with everyone voting yes. He deserved it. If it wasn't done then it would happen again. There is enough childish antics in the congress...we don't need town hall mentally too.

    September 15, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Tim

    Where is the appropriate venue to call Obama a liar? THe press won't report on it. He is repeatedly lying about his position on a range of issues, but no one can call him on it?

    I don't know where you live, but here in the great old USA, you're free to speak your mind. You're also free to bury your head in the sand. Sad that burying your head is now more approved than speaking the truth.

    September 15, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Tim

    How many people did Obama call out as liars during his speech? How many times has he publicly questioned Bush's motives?

    September 15, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Lola

    If they read and stand by their rules and laws for the House, it was a simple answer. He broke the rules, he needed to apologize, to the House, not only the Democrats but the Republicans. It wouldn't hurt if he would apologize to the rest of us who had to witness him being rude. Our young children behave better then he did. They just simply are not a happy group.

    September 15, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. westofiowa

    What a bunch of hypocrites have emerged from the woodwork over this! It was perfectly fine for democrats to chronically disprespect the President for eight years, on TV, in schools, at townhalls and yes,on the floor of the house. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, OUTRAGE! Gimme a break.
    Someone on this thread said south carolina should be allowed to leave the union. Well get ready because a few other states are ready to go with them, besides the southern states, AZ,TX, WY,MT,ID,UT,ND,SD,and some others I forget just now
    Find another way to feed yourself you effete liberal hypocrites, we are just about done with you

    September 15, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. jae

    Wilson got what he deserved. Most republicans voted against admonishing him. That is the main reason why this resolution is so important. All narrow-minded, dumb republicans would feel that they could do the same thing, without any reprimands. Maybe, and this is a small maybe, just as small as their minds), the Repugs will think (if they can learn how to think) twice before they consider disrespecting our President.

    September 15, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. tonyt

    How Sad It Is To See And Hear Americans Proudly Compare Our President To The Nazi Party-Third Reich!

    Just So Hateful!

    September 15, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. Never Repub again

    I donated to the DNC to help get rid of crap like Wilson.

    September 15, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. Proud Boulder Liberal

    Mr. Wilson's behavior was a disgrace. Moreover, it is unprecedented. It has long been evidence that America is becoming increasingly barbaric; here is proof–if proof were ever needed.

    Republicans–grow up, get your act together, cease and desist the phony, meaningless, staged tea parties, and support your country for a change.

    September 15, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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