October 8th, 2009
08:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Wilson becomes Republican rock star

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/08/joe.wilson/art.joe.wilson.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Joe Wilson has become in demand on the GOP fundraising circuit since shouting at President Obama."](CNN) - In the days after Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress last month, the South Carolina congressman reached out to several of his longtime confidantes.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, a school with a strict honor code, and a veteran of the Army Reserves, Wilson was worried he had disappointed those close to him by showing a lack of civility.

"Joe has always operated as a gentleman, and I think for anyone to question if he was continuing to do that is something that concerned him," his friend Ed McMullen said.

But the people close to Wilson assured him that beyond apologizing for the outburst, he did not need to be ashamed for questioning the president's sincerity in the health care debate. Wilson made the outburst after Obama denied his health care plan would cover illegal immigrants, then apologized to the White House later that night.

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  1. Bill NY

    If an idiot like this can become a rock star of politics, than we are in much worse shape than I could have ever imagined. On the issue of health care the Republicans are working(once again) against the interest of the citizens of the US, and appear to once again be in the pockets of big business.

    October 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Mary Lou Hamm

    whenever i see a Republican with his mouth open, i cant help but think of Wide Stance Craig and Mark Foley – R FL

    October 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    Does it matter to you wing-nuts THAT HE WAS WRONG ?!!

    This bill does not extend coverage for illegals. There is nothing in this bill that extend coverage for an illegal who otherwise would not have gotten care anyway.

    Please consult the non-partisan factcheck.org.

    The right-wing in this country exists in an alternative reality. One where evolution and climate change are lies cooked up by science, where gays are gay because they choose to be. Where poor people take advantage of the rich, and minorities bully the majority. If you don't like the truth, just tune into FOX "news" or Rush Limbaugh and they'll tell you you don't have to believe it....it's just all lies.

    Dealth Panels and coverage for illegals has been debunked, but "conservatives" stll choose to believe it.

    October 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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