A Sorry Excuse For an Apology

From the Los Angeles Times:

Reporting from Washington – President Obama on Sunday dismissed the uproar over Rep. Joe Wilson’s heckling during the president’s speech Wednesday to a joint session of Congress, suggesting it was only a distraction — even as some members of Obama’s party threatened to punish the South Carolina Republican.

“This is part of what happens. I mean, it becomes a big circus instead of us focusing on healthcare,” Obama said in an interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes.”

Obama noted that Wilson later apologized, which “I appreciated.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other senior Democrats in the chamber indicated last week that unless Wilson went to the House floor to apologize, they would advance a resolution admonishing Wilson for shouting “You lie” during Obama’s address.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Wilson said he would not issue any more apologies for what he said his son had called a “town hall moment” — referring to the raucous demonstrations mounted over the summer by critics of the president’s healthcare agenda.

“I’ve apologized one time,” Wilson said Sunday. “The apology was accepted by the president, by the vice president, who I know. I am not apologizing again.”

From The New York Times:

On Fox News, Representative Joe Wilson, a Republican from South Carolina, said he would not apologize again for his outburst on Wednesday night, when he shouted “You Lie!” to President Obama during his speech about health care legislation before a joint session of Congress.

…snip…

Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” asked Mr. Wilson whether he would issue another apology when he is confronted with the criticisms of his colleagues on the House floor.

“I am not going to apologize again,” Mr. Wilson said on television on Sunday. “I apologized to the president on Wednesday night. I was advised then that — thank you, now let’s get on to a civil discussion of the issues. But I — I’ve apologized one time. The apology was accepted by the president, by the vice president, who I know. I am not apologizing again.”

Actually, even though Mr. Obama said publicly last week that he accepted Mr. Wilson’s apology, the congressman’s telephone overture — which Mr. Wilson said at the time was prompted by the Republican House leadership — was made to Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Asked about the possible discipline he faces, Mr. Wilson dismissed it pretty much as theater. “My view is it’s politics. This is playing politics. This is exactly what the American people do not want to see, do not want to hear.”

In a formal statement Mr. Wilson released today, he said: “The American people are fed up with the political games in Washington, and I refuse to participate in an effort to divert our attention away from the task at hand of reforming health insurance and creating new jobs. Having apologized on Wednesday to the White House, we agreed that we must move forward in a civil manner to do the work the American people have sent us here to do. Health insurance reform is too important to take a backseat to political partisanship.”

Still, the House leadership has decided to take this incident to the floor, and many top Republican leaders have termed Mr. Wilson’s behavior “inappropriate” or worse. While Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially said she believed people should move on, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland as well as Representative James Clyburn, the Democratic majority whip from South Carolina, were among those who rather publicly and forcefully pushed for official action to be taken against Mr. Wilson.

…snip…

Columnists and political operatives have been mining Mr. Wilson’s eruption for an undercurrent. In her column today, The Times’s Maureen Dowd wondered whether the congressman really wanted to shout, “You Lie, boy,” as she cited a lot of over-the-top vitriol directed at the nation’s first African-American president during the summer.

Citing Ms. Dowd’s column, Mr. Wallace challenged the South Carolinian lawmaker on that issue as well, but Mr. Wilson swiped it away with a reference to the Southern roots of First Lady Michelle Obama.

“No, no,” Mr Wilson replied. “Hey, I respect the president. Actually, there’s a relationship, in a way. His wife — her family’s from Georgetown. My family’s from next door in McClellanville. So I have a great respect for the Obama family.”

About that….

From New York Magazine:

[Wilson] said being publicly reprimanded by Congress is “going to be tough.” But the most interesting part of the interview came when Wallace asked Wilson about Maureen Dowd’s op-ed today, in which she alleges that Wilson’s disrespect for the president was motivated by racism. Wilson came back with a surprising and absurd defense:

I respect President Obama. Actually, there’s a relationship in a way … his wife, ah, her family’s from Georgetown [South Carolina], ah, my family’s from next door, in McClellanville, so I, ah, have a great respect for the president.

Before saying this, Wilson paused, his left hand shaking, his voice hesitant. Maybe it’s because he knows that in the historical culture of South Carolina, this kind of “relationship” is not necessarily, or even likely to be, a friendly one. (And if the two families were friendly, or even knew each other, wouldn’t he have mentioned that salient fact?) And it certainly doesn’t prove that Wilson’s unprecedented act of disrespect wasn’t racially motivated. If Joe Wilson thinks “our families lived near each other in a segregated area of the country” is his best defense against being called a racist, he’s on very shaky ground.

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25 responses to “A Sorry Excuse For an Apology

  1. Dusty

    What a bunch of horseshit. Wilson’s screeching was as political as it gets and that fuckwit is saying the House Dem’s move is political?

    Fucking douche nozzle.

    • i love when the rethugs start their mantras about the dems being political. it’s just a coincidence that the rethugs have been voting in lockstep for the last decade, right?

      • writechic

        Love the cartoon!

        The Animal House of Representatives.

        Freakin’ Wilson distracted me from CA state assemblyman Michael Duvall or Duvaj…the dirty one caught with a hot mike.

        • hey wcp!
          good to see you over here again! :)

          i did an animal house poster a while ago, but i found a new one that i want to do. i’m just waiting to build up the ambition to do it.

          i think there must be some mathematical formula that shows the ratio of rethug’s holier-than-thou exhortations compared to their level of perviness. the graph would be hilarious!

  2. He is an ass.. Rumor has it he was put up to it by Beck or one of the other jerks.. They were supposed to give him cover and help him out of it..

    He did it to get his name in the papers and because he is a racist asshole.. plain and simple.

  3. Paul

    South Carolina has a long list of dignitaries that includes Lauren Caitlin Upton (Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant contestant), Board of Education Chair, Kristin Maguire, Governor (and avid Appalachian hiker), Mark Sanford and now Joe “the hater not a debater” Wilson or the “screamer not the dreamer” as others have dubbed him. I did enjoy him cut and running through his apology, which only goes to show that he stands for nothing. He is just another good old boy where in the morning these married men preach to you that there should be prayer in our schools and in the evening they are on their cell phones setting up a date with their other women on the side, hypocrisy has been bred in. I am not surprised that he felt compel to yell like he was at some Friday night game. So long Joey, you too will be seeing the unemployment lines.

  4. He didn’t say, “You lie”. He definitely said, “To blave”. So why should he apologize for that?

  5. Paul

    Some call Joe Wilson a great statesman, and are even proud of his “Shout Out”, so lets see, he says, he was told by the Republican leadership to apologize (he did not realize the magnitude of his mistake), he then gives his weak “not for reals” apology, but then goes on to those “Commentator Talk Shows” and basically says he real was not wrong and plays the victim card and calls for people to send in for money to support him for re-election. Had he kept quiet after his apology, that might have been the end of it but now that people know he lied about the apology the story will continue, until he is out of a job and the funny thing is, he does not see it coming. This summer has been rough for his beleaguered political party. At least he did not end up on the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC). In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”. The bithers, the teabaggers, the screamers, and the deathers continued extreme minority presence will become tiresome to mainstream America, if it has not already done so.

    • i’m not so sure that he won’t win reelection. south carolina is not exactly the bastion of liberalism. i heard on tv that his district is changing a lot. people from other parts of the country are moving there. i guess it will come down to who comes out to vote.

  6. I respect President Obama. Actually, there’s a relationship in a way … his wife, ah, her family’s from Georgetown [South Carolina], ah, my family’s from next door, in McClellanville, so I, ah, have a great respect for the president.

    What part did he leave out?
    We used ta get all dressed up in our best white apparel & go visit Georgetown (I’m thinking KKK)

    For the record I DO want to both see & hear him make a public apology. Because to apologize once, than spout off he’s *done apologizin’* smacks of one very shallow, insincere apology.

    I’m thinking he will be a little more apologetic when he is voted out of office next year.
    Maybe they should not wait & do a recall NOW???

  7. ‘…I refuse to participate in an effort to divert our attention away from the task at hand of reforming health insurance and creating new jobs.’

    Except for that one time at band camp, hmmm?

    You must forgive the esteemed representative of the Palmetto State…He’s not used to having a gentleman of darker-hued complexion speaking forthrightly in public right there in front of him, and it got him a bit ‘uppity’.

    ;>)

  8. “…I refuse to participate in an effort to divert our attention away from the task at hand of reforming health insurance and creating new jobs.”

    Except for that one time in front of the President and the Congress, hmmm?

    Hypocrisy is not only inbred in the palmetto State… it’s a way of life that must feed on itself.
    But do go on, Addison; and thanks so much for revealing who you really are.

    • did you see that he now has his wife out there with a youtube video to whine about how the nasty old congress is being so mean to poor joe? he just gets more ridiculous by the minute. :lol:

  9. I’ m with darkblack (and everyone else, too)!

    Said the crowd pleaser.

    Who was born there! (So I speak the language pretty well.)

    You are hysterically logical today, raisinettes!

    S

    and it got him a bit ‘uppity’.

  10. I can tell I’m sick and tired when I don’t respond while three entries pile up. Of course it doesn’t help to be sick and tired when I’m sick and tired of the GOP as well.

  11. You should publish that graph.

    Everyone would link you!!!!

    Love ya,

    S

    i think there must be some mathematical formula that shows the ratio of rethug’s holier-than-thou exhortations compared to their level of perviness. the graph would be hilarious!

    • i’ll have to get out my slide rule and graph paper! :wink:

      suzan dahling,
      under each comment, you should see Reply in blue and underlined. if you click on that, you can reply to a specific comment instead of having your reply going to the bottom of the page.

      p.s. so happy that you’ve become a raisinette! :D

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