I Am Joe Wilson
An unfortunate breech of protocol at last night's Obama speech. This below was my first basically unfiltered reaction during Obama's address after, frankly, I was angry at having to listen to Obama's obvious distortions and out right lies.
Will a public plan cover me if watching this idiot lie makes me sick?
Via Doug Ross are some of the more obvious lies. Given Wilson's understandable apology, I don't believe he intentionally set out to insult Obama, deserved, or not. I will say it was refreshing to see someone with a passion for truth unthinkingly inject some into a hall all too lacking in it last night thanks to Obama. In that sense, as cliche and leftist as it might sound, I very much am Joe Wilson in this case. And I am delighted to have seen at least one person there who actually spoke for me. It isn't as if I get to feel that during most Obama speeches, or even Congressional debates. So, I guess I am Joe Wilson. And I have absolutely no intention of apologizing for it to Obama, or anyone else.
Mr. Wilson seemed rattled in the wake of his comment, and quickly left the chamber at the end of the speech.
His office later issued an apology, saying: “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. While I disagree with the president’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.”
Mr. Wilson also phoned the White House and reached Mr. Emanuel, who accepted an apology on behalf of the president.