Skip to comments.Pelosi: Forget censure of Wilson (it would actually permit an airing of grievances and defense)
Posted on 09/10/2009 12:36:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
Democrats must drop efforts to censure a GOP representative who shouted "You lie" during President Obama's speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
Democratic leaders Thursday were looking into what formal action the House could take against Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., whose outburst during Obama's address on healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress the night before, shocked the chamber, The Hill reported.
"It's time for us to talk about healthcare, not Joe Wilson," said Pelosi, D-Calif.
One option Democrats considered was censure.
Pelosi nixed censure, as well as a call for Wilson to apologize on the floor.
"I'm on to healthcare reform. I'm not going to discuss Joe Wilson," she said. "I think his action spoke for itself. He has apologized. He will figure out what is appropriate for him to do."
After Obama told Congress that his healthcare reform plan would not permit illegal immigrants be eligible for public health insurance, Wilson shouted, "You lie," drawing boos from the floor and criticism from both sides of the aisle. Wilson later apologized.
Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut said Wilson should apologize.
"It's clear that the members of our caucus are quite upset and quite angry," Larson said after a caucus meeting. "We are also in the process of looking at what is appropriate conduct on the floor."
Obama, asked about the incident after meeting with his Cabinet, said Wilson "apologized quickly and with out equivocation, and I'm appreciative of that."
"I do think that, as I said last night, we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people, without vitriol, without name-calling, without the assumption of the worst in other people's motives," he said
Obama lies. Granny dies.
Obama: Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple. (Applause.) There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.Called his critics "liars". Why oppose legislation that would EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT illegal immigrants from getting coverage?
Joe Wilson(R): You lie.
Obama’s speech will always and forever be known as the “You Lie” speech. Whatever impact he hoped to make was destroyed by Wilson, and Peolosi knows it.
Bi-partsianship? Yeah, they’ve heard of it.
So now the Republicans simply play clips of Democrats booing during Bush’s State of Union speech. Yeah, like that will happen.
The Nancy Botoxi doesn’t want the hearings to reveal that Obama actually outlies Clinton - a remarkable achievement.
Does not want the story to continue and the democrats conduce toward bush aired.
DNC's Social Security Cartoon [Dubyah pushes wheelchair-bound invalid over cliff] (Democratic National Committee ^ | 2002-10-03)
Then again, on the eve of the speech yesterday, the CURRENT president of the United States said that grandma will die if we DON'T pass this bill.
Talk about scare tactics.
Obama Demands Healtcare reform (AMERICANS WILL DIE IF WE DON'T) (via drudge 9/9/9)
This is working out very well by drawing attention to the lies Obama told during his speech. Pelosi would never try to censure because it would come out about the Obama lies.
This is too good — attention drawn to illegals getting healthcre.
She’s right and it’s a politically astute move that will get her points.
I suspect that someone told Pelosi that there was video of Democrats doing the same act from the Bush years...and they’d be standing there grinning in front of the camera and not having any speech to give. The other problem here is that Joe might explain the lie and actually sustain it...and then what? They can’t censure the President for lying.
That would prevent the liberals from doing it when they become the minority party of congress.
Hey, did her Pelousiness ever apologize to the CIA for calling them liars?
Quite true. And she knows further airing of the incident will only burn it into the public's memory.
They might start asking why Rangle is not in handcuffs.
I hope you overcome your internal struggles & conflicting emotions, Barry.
Get back to us when you find true inner peace.
I was very disappointed — when Joe Wilson apologized. DimocRATS give vitriol at every opportunity, but don’t take it nearly as well as they give. Remember them booing Bush during State Of The Union addresses!