I have dial-up (don’t laugh) and so I haven’t watched President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech on health-care reform from tonight. It’s a bit late, so nor have I even read the transcript, but I’ll do one or the other or both soon.
But, of course, the big news from tonight’s speech is that Repugnican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina — the first state that seceded from the Union, even before Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated (I’ll never tire of repeating that historical fact) — shouted during Obama’s speech, “You lie!” when Obama was talking about how his health-care reform plans would affect illegal immigrants.
I did watch a clip of that, however, as the clip is only half a minute long (dial-up, remember!), and while Wilson’s “You lie!” shout-out sounds like just another stupid white man being a dick, I find Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s facial expression in response to Wilson’s unprecedented presidential interruption to be much more interesting.
Pelosi understandably is aghast at the incredibly inexcusable outburst, and my guess is that there will be hell to pay. If I were Wilson, I’d fear the wrath of Nancy right about now.
Wilson later issued a statement regarding his pathetic behavior unbefitting an elected official: “This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill,” he said in the statement.
I doubt that Wilson truly was so overcome with emotion that he felt the need to interrupt a president’s nationally televised address. Especially with, “You lie!”
I mean, whenever “President” George W. Bush’s lips were moving during a nationally televised address, he actually was lying, but not once during the unelected, mass-murdering dictator Bush’s eight long years of ruinous rule did any Democrat (or independent, for that matter) yell out during one of Bush’s nationally televised addresses, “You lie!”
Wilson, I think, rather than having experienced an episode of Tourette’s, took a political gamble and lost. I suspect that he thought that he’d be viewed as hot shit, at least in his first-to-secede home state of South Carolina, for trying to humiliate the nation’s first black president before a national television audience.
Again, he gambled — and he lost.
I just gave Wilson’s 2010 Democratic opponent Rob Miller a donation of $20.10 for his 2010 race against Wilson. If you are as pissed off as I am at what South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson did tonight and you want to help Miller out, you can donate too by clicking here.
Wikipedia notes: “In the 2008 general election, [Wilson] faced his stiffest competition to date: Rob Miller won 46 percent of the vote to Wilson’s 54 percent, the closest race in the district in 20 years.” So yes, you could make a difference for Miller in 2010!