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. Alan

    Ok so now what is Pelosi going to do to distract attention from her failure to lead Congress on anything.

    I can't believe that out of a country of almost 300m we can't find a better pick for SOH.

    September 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. SRials

    Does Freedom of Speach mean anything to you people? Evidently not. The man spoke his mind and everyone is upset about it. This is America, where we have rights, not some communist country where you don't have the right to speak your mind.

    I live in NM and happen to agree with him. Look at the mess medicaid is in before you think you want Goverment ran health care.

    September 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. meh

    more petty politics. Way to go, Dems! You guys sure know how to get things done!


    September 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |

    How do u think our allies and enemies look at this country if our elected officials cannot control outburst like this. An apology isn`t good enough even if it had been on the floor to all of congress & the public

    September 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. M. Ames, Syracuse

    Usually the Representatives respect their office, their colleagues, and the chamber in which they work enough to formally apologize to their peers on the House floor when they've committed a breach of etiquette.

    Ask Pete Stark (D) who did that for making a tasteless comment about Bush and the Iraq war.

    This redneck says he's sorry and then is seen autographing photos of his outburst for some of his lunatic fringe fans.

    To the 7 Republicans who still respect the solemnity of their place of work–we are all proud of you!

    September 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. John

    Any reason why this story isnt on the main page of CNN and MSNBC?
    Things that make you go HMM

    September 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. centerleft

    House Republicans stand with Rep. Joe Wilson. The Republican party has no reguard for laws, this is a hangover from the Bushies Admin sore losers.

    September 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Dont' Let the Door Hit You

    If he was bold enought to interrupt a Joint Session of Congress, he should be bold enough to apologize.

    But surprise, surprise, he's a coward of the worst kind. He's hiding in the crowds of morons now. He's trtying to revise history, and he's making his collegues do his dirty work for him. In short, Joe Wilson is a weasle, of the worst kind.

    South Carolina isn't going to send him packing, they like morons, but maybe the rest of the country can tell Joe Wilson where to go.

    September 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Hard Worker

    Manners, respect, professionalism, politics, all in the same breath! The GOP is incapable of all but politics, filthy, despotic, and unpatriotic politics. Forget the nation...forget the citizenry...let's get the Tea Party going! And we know who will be invited.....!

    September 15, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Nothing new, gop have no respect for the population

    September 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Tom in San Diego

    I am going to send Mr. Wilson some cash! Obama hasn't represented the truth yet in any of his actions. He is strong arming anyone in his way. The Dems are the ones acting like children here and the President did actively tell a lie as I see it...

    September 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Peoples Voice

    A toast to the few Republicans who voted for the resolution. I appreciate your courage and decency.

    September 15, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. What's the punishment?

    Ha Ha ha-there is none.

    September 15, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Mad Cow

    Joe Wilson is the Kanye West of politics.

    At least the people running and attending the VMA awards had the good sense and moral decency to be outraged at West's outburst. This puts them way ahead of House Republicans.

    September 15, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. NC

    It is the first time this has happened because this is the first time we do not have a white male as President. People like Wilson are still fighting the Civil War. For all of you people that do not think he should apologize, if you don't live in the South even if you are white I got news for you he does not respect you either.

    September 15, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Tom in CA's time to do the PEOPLE's business!

    September 15, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Terri

    If Serena can be fined and admonished for yelling at a line judge; than you betcha, Wilson should be punished for calling the President a lie. Republicans would do the same thing if the roles were reversed.

    I think he should be fined as well. Everyone that did not vote for this agrees that you can disrepect the President.

    September 15, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Tim from NC

    Where was all the outrage from the democrats when Bush was boo'ed during his speeches? Seems like the liberals forget their bad behaviour.... What about Obama calling the Cambridge police department stupid.... Oops forgot about that one...... Also if Rep. Wilson behaviour is so bad and you liberals have such a problem with it, why is it ok to speak about him, the residents of SC and republicans the way you do? Is it ok to call them retards? Now who's the jerk, you liberals are pathetic.... Oh and by the way, Rep. Wilson was right..... Obama did lie, illegal's will be able to get free health care.... Oops, you lib's forgot that little nugget of truth..... So pathetic......

    September 15, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What hypocrites. Reid has said the same and worse about Bush without an apology and so has Pelosi. What about all those Democratic boos during Bush's State of the Union addresses? Wilson has apologized to Obummer several times. So the House needs one delivered on a silver platter? These Democrats are pure vermin.

    September 15, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Thans10

    Well, since all politicians lie what was Wilson so upset about, how often does he lie, oh since he is a Replublican then only when his lips move.

    September 15, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. MNgirl

    Everyone who voted for one of these Republican rep's should be horrified and work to vote for someone better next time. They just thumbed their noses at the very organization that they work for. They just said 'it's OK if you violate our rules, as long as you slammed the President when you did it.' That is worse than politics as usual, and they should be ashamed.

    September 15, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Just Me

    As pass is a pass. He has be admonished. Full stop.

    September 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. White Guy

    Wilson and his confederate clowns do sound like they are from another planet. Pres. Obama won the elections last November, and now a lot of good old southern white boys are having a problem with him being the first black U.S President. Shame, Shame, Shame, we all should be pround and respectful regardless of the politics.

    September 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Amanda

    That racist clown should be impeached. Now. He is a disgrace to this country.

    September 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Why does it NOT surprise me that this ill-mannered man would not offer an apology to his colleagues for his lack of respect during the President's speech, and that he would consider the subsequent Resolution a waste?

    When will the people of this country wake up and learn to show one another a bit of respect? The current behavior running rampant in this country is the type we see in the Middle-East. If we don't get a handle on it, we are no better than the extremists we purport to be fighting.

    September 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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