September 15th, 2009
05:44 PM ET
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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. Bld

    Wilson is a wast of flesh and bone.

    September 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. lets do it!!!

    Good i'm glad it passed, it would have been a bad snowball effect!! because if it did not pass, I would hope that the first joint meeting of congress under a republican president (if that happens again in the next 10 years HA!) I would hope that the dems show the same respect and yell "you lie" and other nonesense when they're speaking.

    September 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. suzyku

    wilson is a fool. joe no control belongs in a clown suit! I hope the good people of S.C. don't re elect this jerk, if he is what their state stands for they're not worth much. wilson represents the absolute worst in this country, he is the worst. He lacks self control, he doesn't have enough control from his pea sized brain to his over sized mouth.

    September 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. roy- Seattle

    not suprised, this whole govt thing, is being exposed. for the first time you have a PRESIDENT THAT WANTS TO WORK TOGETHER , and seems like he is the only one. Too bad no one told President Obama that politics is not set up that way to work together. It is PLAINLY OBVIOUS.

    September 15, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. williefloyd

    His outburst was in reality the same we've been hearing from the Reps. at their town hall meetings. I suppose we'll just have to accept that this is the Rep. party of today. How can anyone respect such disgusting behavior?? Their signs displayed at their rally Sat. were even worse.

    Independent turned DEMOCRAT!!

    September 15, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Liberal4Obama

    This is a great moment for America, it's proof the institutions we have in place work.

    September 15, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. William in San Jose

    Joe Wilson is a diversion, CNN has held this guy in the spotlight for way longer that the tolerable 15 minutes. I think Ted Turner should start a 24 hours news network again because this one (CNN) doesn't do much "news" any more.

    September 15, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. James

    It is amazing to me how biased CNN and the rest of the mainstream media is when it comes to coverage of anything when it will make the "annointed one" (the one the media annointed) look bad.

    All of this outrage because Wilson said "you lie", he does lie.

    Where is the coverage of the ACORN scandals that are beyond belief???????? You guys are destroying yourself with your arrogant bias, you wouldn't know real journalism if it bit you.

    Why do you think your ratings are so low at CNN? It is because you are a state run media spin machine for the extreme left.

    September 15, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Rosalinda

    Mr Wilson's actions were wrong and he deserved to be held accountable. All he had to do was apologize to the organization he represents....

    What is it with these Republicans? Ever heard of "PRACTICE what You PREACH?" As in personal accountability? Did you leave off as long as it's not a Republican.

    September 15, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Dan Holiday

    Well this is a shock. Let's watch the dems use this to detract from health care, the economy, and the fact that one of their favorite community organizations (ACORN) is trying to help prostitutes with mini-mes get housing in order to set up brothels. Very nice democrites. You guys are so flipping ridiculous it is scary.

    Oh, and BTW, Wilson was right to call that stupid stupid stupid man a LIAR. Why? Because he is.

    September 15, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. matt

    well now that the dem and liberal whining is over with back to work on the economy and jobs eh

    September 15, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Kwame Ade Albany, GA

    So, why is everyone upset by this deliberation? If one has finds themself disguntled by the action of the House, then you lack respect. I wonder what would happen if one from Parliament disrespected the Queen.

    Obama is the president of the United States, he is the leader of this free world. I feel that it was okay for Wilson to disagree, it's his constitutional right. What was wrong was the manner in which he did it. He (1) disrepected the President during a joint session and (2) on national television during a time when he was clearing the rumors of his Health Care Plan. This was a time for everyone to listen and if at anytime one disagreed, especially one from congress, you vote on the bill would have spoken louder than the out burst.

    Dem and Reps need to chill out and fix this country. People are becoming more political astute, elections are soon and then the votes will speak lounder than any protest against anyone of them could.

    September 15, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Wilson should be taken out back, caned, then thrown into the gutter. And that should be the end of it.

    September 15, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. John from California

    I guess it's OK by the Republicans if and when they ever have another President, the Democrats shout out and call him or her a liar in the joint chamber meetings on International Television.

    Lord knows, the last example from the Republican Party gave lots of opportunities to do so!

    September 15, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Bums

    You bums need to get back to work. Enough already with your school playground politics. Unless you forgot, you were hired to do a job, now get to it.

    Nancy, put down the Dollie and start doing your job.

    September 15, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Georgia

    Wilson is a MORON – as well as the wingnuts that are energized by what he said!

    S. Carolina is one of the lowest rated states in just about every category except golf courses. He has really accomplished something – hasn't he???

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    September 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. jaye

    Republicans need to stop with all the lies and crazy accusations....Wilson, Boehner, Palin, Cheney, Bushed, and the majority of republicans are lying their way across this country and shaming our country....and fox news is their mouthpiece.
    Shame of all you disgusting pigs!

    September 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. willow

    Big bunch of crybabies!! Mr. Wilson did what the rest of you were afraid to do; stand up to obama and his bull--! We are in dire need of more men and women in this country unafraid to speak up and be heard. Go ahead and discipline him but the majority of us believe he did what was right. I've seen several presidents on tv heckled by members of congress and none of them were "admonished" for their behavior. It just goes to show that this administration knows they are in the wrong and people are finally waking up to see all the LIES.

    September 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. munchmom

    Where were all the Dems crying out when Ted Kennedy was shaking his head and smirking when Mr. Bush made his speeches, or when Hillary refused to stand up or clap when he came into the room or was speaking to the Congress???? A little one sided don't you think...

    September 15, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. jaye

    It's the republicans that are causing all the hate and anger and bitterness across this country. Their lie filled teabaggers and town halls are shaming our country.

    September 15, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Katou

    For those who think it’s a waste of time by admonishing Joe Wilson Think again. Serena Williams did it, she pay the consequences and lost the game, Kanye West did it I am sure MTV will punish him or else. What about our politician, do they have free passes? Where is the standard, it's a shame for our country that intellect people can degrade themselves like that. I think we need to punish anyone for their incivility no matter which party they come from. I am in Independent, I don't care who does it, what I care about is the character of our country. All I can say is good job congress!

    September 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Borg

    All that rebuke the Borg will be admonished, resistance is futile, all will be assimilated. All Hail the Borg, All Hail Obama.

    September 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    I'm glad they passed the resolution – as every parent knows, when you let a child get away with rude, disrespectful behavior, you are condoning it, and will only get more of the same in the future.

    The GOP has turned into a party of children who whine and throw tantrums when they can't get their way. Their idea of helping their country is to pout and put their party first.

    Self-righteous, self-centered, glib and foolish – they truly are the Party of No intelligence, No patience, No honesty and, apparently, No manners or self-control.

    September 15, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. joyce

    Resolutions need to be acted upon. If they are not, then they are simply useless, In other words, a waste of time and money spent on having the resolutions in the first place.

    Wilson needs to apologize to us, the American people. It is up to me to accept his apology. So, Republicans, do not tell me what I have to do and say, and by the way, please stop starting your argumentation with the phrase "the American people ..." -it seems such a popular phrase in the argumentations presented on TV by Republicans. I would like to tell these people "You Lie!", or throw a shoe at them.

    September 15, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Sick of the Uncivil

    The House was right to rebuke Mr. Wilson. His bad manners violated House rules and if this type of uncivil behavior, directed towards the office of the president, is tolerated...what's next? Good for the House for drawing a line in the sand. It would've been just as inappropriate if someone had yelled "Liar" to Bush when he announced that Iraq had WMD in the State of the Union Address. Even though we know, now, that it was one big fat lie!

    September 15, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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