From the Los Angeles Times:
The congressman who heckled President Obama during a televised address found that while the president accepted his apology Thursday, the furor over his outburst did not let up.
“I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes,” Obama said in acknowledging the apology from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). The lawmaker’s shout of “You lie!” during the president’s speech on healthcare was a significant break in decorum.
“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 of other people’s motives,” Obama said.
Still, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, a Democrat from Wilson’s home state, said that he planned to push for a resolution expressing disapproval of the incident unless Wilson issued a public apology on the House floor.
And Rob Miller — the Democratic challenger for Wilson’s House seat — had raked in 14,000-plus contributions totaling more than $500,000 since the Wednesday night outburst, according to the House Democratic Campaign Committee.
A Wilson spokesman said that the lawmaker had “apologized to the president sincerely, and the president accepted and said let’s move on and have a civil discourse. And the congressman agrees.”
Wilson posted a video on his campaign website saying he let his “emotions get the best” of him during the president’s speech. But he said he would “not be muzzled,” and asked supporters to contribute to his “effort to defeat the proponents of government-run healthcare.”
Wilson’s outburst came in response to Obama’s statement that a healthcare overhaul would not directly benefit illegal immigrants.
The healthcare bills developed by House Democrats and by the Senate’s health committee explicitly prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies for insurance. However, the House Republican leadership has complained that there is no provision to enforce the prohibition. GOP House leaders also complain that Democrats rejected their amendment to require applicants for subsidized healthcare to verify their legal status.
“I think all of us who know Joe Wilson know that he did the right thing in apologizing to this White House,” said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “I don’t think anyone accepts the type of outburst and the lack of decorum in the House chamber.”
(In a separate display of Republican unhappiness, Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois walked out during the president’s address. His spokesman said the congressman was frustrated that Obama was not offering any new ground and left with just minutes remaining.)
Robert Oldendick, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina, on Thursday described reaction within the state to Wilson’s outburst as “surprise and strong disapproval.”
(ChattahBox)—The xenophobic Wilson who has spent years affiliated with the neo-Confederate group Sons of Confederate Veterans, is now casting himself as a “victim” under attack by liberal groups and using his victimhood as a fundraising appeal.
After his vile display of disrespect for the office of the President, Wilson released a written apology to President Obama for his actions, without taking back his accusation that the President lied. In fact, Wilson lied. The House Bill specifically prohibits illegal immigrants from benefiting from federally sponsored health care.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, along with other House leaders are calling for Wilson’s censure, unless he stands on the House floor to apologize for his unprecedented and shameful behavior.
Now, it appears Wilson is not so sorry after all. The notorious presidential heckler has posted a fundraising appeal on his campaign website and on Youtube. The appeal on his website is headed, “Stand with me against liberal attacks” and Wilson says he is sorry for shouting at the President, but he won’t back down.
Read some excerpts of Wilson’s appeal for campaign contributions, based on his victimhood:
“Today I need your help more than ever before. I’ve been under attack by the liberal left for months because of my opposition to their policies, especially government-run healthcare. They’ve run commercials in my home district and flooded my office with phone calls and protestors. They’ve done everything they can to quiet my very vocal opposition to more government interference in our lives. Now, it’s gotten even worse.
But I will not stop fighting against their policies that will only lead to more government interference, more spending and higher deficits.
Will you stand with me today by making a donation to my campaign? If you do, I’ll be able to fight back against the attacks by the liberal left.
Wilson’s Democratic challenger Rob Miller has raised over $500,000 in response to Wilson’s calling the President of the United States a liar on national television.
In Wilson’sYoutube appeal he declares, “I will not be muzzled” and continues with his victimhood meme […]
(Video at ChattahBox link above)
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson was pretty much a nobody until his outburst Wednesday during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress and the American people on the subject of health care. Here are some things worth knowing about Mr. Wilson […]:
1. Like his ideological counterpart known as Mr. The Plumber, his real name is not Joe. It’s Addison. His middle name is Graves. That makes him Addison Graves Wilson.
2. Wilson is a member of the organization, Sons of Confederate Veterans, reports Dave Niewert of Crooks and Liars, which “as the Southern Poverty Law Center has detailed assiduously, has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign institution.” […]
3. Wilson served as an aide to the late segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond, who is credited with conducting the longest filibuster in Senate history — against the 1957 civil rights bill.
4. When Thurmond’s bi-racial daughter, fathered out of wedlock with an African-American teenage girl, came forward in 2003 — after Thurmond’s death — Wilson castigated Thurmond’s daughter, saying he did not believe her story. […] Wilson later apologized to Washington-Williams.
5. A large percentage of Wilson’s campaign contributions come from the health sector, according to OpenSecrets.org. Over the course of his eight-year congressional career, Wilson has collected $414,000 from the health sector, topped only by contribution from what OpenSecrets calls the “finance, insurance & real estate” sector, from which he has gleaned $455,000.
6. According to his congressional Web site (which has crashed thanks to a rush of traffic after the president’s speech), “Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) announced today that his office will be open on Saturday, September 12, 2009 to host constituents traveling to Washington for this weekend’s 9/12 March on Washington.” The September 12 march is sponsored by the astroturfing group FreedomWorks, and widely publicized by the 912 Project launched by FOX New personality Glenn Beck […]
7. Wilson is an adamant opponent of health care reform. As reported by The Hill, his last Tweet before his heckling performance at Obama’s speech read, “Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC.” […]
8. A military veteran whose health-care coverage is set for life, even after he retires from Congress, Wilson has “voted 11 times against health care for veterans in eight years, even as he voted ‘aye’ for the Iraq War…, ” according to Adam Weinstein, an uninsured Iraq-war veteran, writing at Newsweek’s The Gaggle. “He voted to cut veterans’ benefits─not his own─to make room for President George W. Bush’s tax cuts,” Weinstein says. “He repeatedly voted for budgets that slashed funding to the Veterans Administration and TRICARE. And perhaps most bizarrely, he refused — repeatedly — to approve Democratic-led initiatives that would have extended TRICARE coverage to all reservists and National Guard members, even though a disproportionate number of them have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan — and many lost access to their civilian work benefits when they did so.”
9. In 2002, the Washington Post reports, Wilson attacked Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., on national television, calling him “viscerally un-American” and accusing him of “hatred of America” because the Democrat suggested that the United States had once provided Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein with the wherewithal to acquire nuclear and biological weapons technoligies. Hussein was an ally of the United States during the war he waged on Iran. […]
10. Wilson served in the Reagan administration as deputy counsel in the energy department.
11. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., hearts Joe Wilson; calls Obama “combative.” “The president’s combative tone did not justify a member of Congress shouting out ‘you lie,'” Graham told the South Carolina newspaper, The State. […] He then attributed Wilson’s behavior to the president’s remarks.
12. Wilson’s heckling is raising funds for both him and his opponent in his upcoming congressional race.
13. Joe Wilson’s BFFs in Congress, according to McClatchy Newspapers: Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Delegate Madeliene Z. Bordallo, D-Guam.
14. Joe Wilson continues to lie. In a YouTube video released Thursday, Wilson, who apologized to the president Wednesday night via White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,seems hardly contrite. He now says that “liberals who want to give health care to illegals are using my opposition as a distraction…” “They want to silence anyone who’s against” the Democrats’ health-care plan. Wilson continues to refer to the health-care plan as “government run,” and attributes his outburst to having spent a month in town-hall meetings with emotional constituents who oppose a “government takeover” of health care.