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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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. inuk of the north

    anyone remember the dems loudly booing gwb in the '05 address?

    how's it feel?

    September 15, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Luke Brown

    Look, this is all about race. I live in SC, and I see this stuff every day from the Republicans down here.

    Wilson never would have yelled at a white President. He would never have yelled at a visiting head of state who was speaking up there. He and many of his GOP colleagues just can't stand that a black guy is President, and they don't think twice about denigrating him when they have the chance.

    This guy (Wilson) fought to keep the Confederate flag on top of the State House in SC, and attacked Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter for trying to "smear" Thurmond's name when she disclosed that he was her father. Get real.

    I really can't understand why the Republicans in the House would go on record as backing this guy.


    September 15, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Joshua

    Etiquette requires you apologize to the person you offended ONCE. He did verbally and in writing. We have a Congress who wants an apology not applicable to them when they should be apologizing to the American public for the horrendous job they are doing as our representatives. 2010 is coming.

    September 15, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Josh in TN

    Good on the Dems. They need to start doing something worth while with their majority. They need to start kicking butt for real. That hate monger Wilson deserved this too.

    September 15, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Yes it it a waste of time... something both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate know how to do equally well.

    It's done.

    Move on.

    September 15, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. CB

    Laws and rules were made by rprub. That does not mean that they apply to them! Check with George and Dick. He is a person that I don,t talking to my kids. This person is full of hate!

    September 15, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Chas

    So, Wilson didn't like being "Called-OUT"? Too bad. Find a new job. Respect the office of the Presidency and respect the American people. The Republicans still don't get it! D U H

    Perhaps John Boehner should be next. All mouth and NO substance.

    September 15, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Kim-SC

    To those who think Wilson will be voted out that was true before the Dems made it political. Wilson apologized Obama accepted and IF the Dems would have let it go at that then the American people would have taken care of Wilson. Now, not a chance. What morons! I predict Mr. Wilson fund raising ability just went through the roof.

    September 15, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Leonard

    Before we just dismiss Wilson's comment, we need to ask whether or not Obama was, indeed, lying. If he was lying, are we supposed to let him do so on national television? Sorry, but if Wilson's outburst was "uncivil," what is lying to the American people called? And what about the President's comments just prior? Were they in any way respectful?

    This is a waste of taxpayer's money. Way to deflect from the real issue!

    September 15, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. joe m

    waste of time. waste of time. waste of time. so what's next, congress will pass a resolution against kanye west for what he did to taylor swift at the VMA? i guess nothing has really changed since the democrats took control of washington.

    September 15, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Thank you democrats for not doing what you were elected to do. P.S. ACORN is corrupt and the attorney general of the United States is turning a blind eye towards them. But keep doing what you are doing for America, nothing!

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. stan

    the republicans are in very big trouble in the future...telemundo just did a poll which shows only 12% of latinos support the republicans,in 88% do not support them,thats the lowest percentage of latino voters the gop has ever gotten,the gop have got to know the latino vote is going to be 17% by 2020 add that to the black vote in asian vote it would total 37%,which means if the deocrats gets 90% of that its going to be very hard for the gop to win anything the gop will have to get 68% of the white vote to compete,in that my friend will be impossible to do,the media is not telling the people the truth,this is a hudge problem for the gop,this could make the gop absolete by 2024what am trying to say is the republican party as we know it is over,because the gop cant get minority voters,its that simple.

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. MsDp

    Remember, GOP's are NOT above the law!!!

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. ran

    It will be the same for health care and energy and immigration. So to the Democrats just get the work done for the people and the Hell with the Republicans.

    Give us single payer non-profit universal health care now.

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Lee

    It was a lame and phony "apology" where he said he was doing it because his leadership "told him to do it" and not because ot was wrong of him to do it.

    This man (Wilson, Republican from South Carolina ) does not have the temprement to be a congressman. He is now using his outburst as a fund raising tool and has becomne a hero to the ignorants and the racists that form the base "base" of the republican party.

    When he was in the state office, he was one of only 4 state reps to vote against removing the confederate battle flag from the state house (and to the war memorial). He is also a member of a confederate organization that honors the treason that began in 1861 when southerners bombed an American fort (Ft Sumpter) in South Carolina.

    The still can't get over the loss of the Civil War.

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. proud conservative

    HA HA HA!!!!!! What a joke I support Joe Wilson 100%. He already apologized there is NO need to drag this out, especially when you have Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, and most importantly demestic issues to worry about.

    Great job dems on wasteing the US tax payers time! You will be out of power in 2010!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. malclave

    $100 sent to Joe Wilson's campaign fund, in honor of the Democrats' hypocrisy.

    September 15, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom

    The only JUST punishment for Wilson, a man who belongs to the "sons of the confederacy" and who worked to keep the confederate flag flying in South Carolina, is for the people of his District to vote him out of office.

    Our Nation has had enough haters.

    September 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |

    The day after Joe Wilson's outburst, I made three contributions:

    1) to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC);

    2) to the Democratic National Committee (DNC); and,

    3 to Rob Miller, Joe Wilson's 2010 challenger. Miller is a former marine, an Iraq War veteran, and an owner of a small business in South Carolina.

    Today, I will make three more contributions.

    September 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Video Guy

    How about formally admonishing Republicans for lying about what is or is not in a Bill that is a work in progress. We have two Rush Limbaugh type Representatives scaring the parents of Disabled Children now.

    September 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. mundovibes

    I wonder if this was all just a setup to boost ratings for C-SPAN and future Presidential speeches.

    September 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Frisky

    AS much as I think Wilson is a jerk, this was only a formality, it was a waste of time, lets get back to work!!

    September 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Read about wilson's history and see if he is not the racist most of us know he is.
    He is the typical racist. I am surprised if he wasn't marching in DC last Saturday with the small group of protesters.

    September 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Sue

    Has ANYONE in this nation ever botheed to tell the PEOPLE how many black voters are registered in this country? Should be an AMAZING figure and then we can see where all mr. obama consensus group is coming from!!!!
    Mr. Wilson was HONEST – we all believe obama LIES!!!! Give us a break – WE are voters too, mot just his racially divided followers.
    So be honest – tell us the REAL numbers of black voters, white voters, minority voters who are not even included in any of these polls!!!!
    CNN – UNBIASED or dishonest with the real facts????

    September 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. jc

    The whole thing is a ridiculous partisan grandstand. The President's office already accepted the apology from him. He shouldn't have said it, he apologized to the person he offended, and the apology was accepted.

    Apparently the Democrats aren't ready to give up politics as usual either, which is why their large majorities will likely be very short lived. It is kind of ironic.

    September 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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