Mr. Keller's Government Blog
Ok. I agree that this has been drug out a little much,but still the President isn't the only one offended by Wilson's remark. I am sure that other members of the House took offense at the remark, so I believe they deserve an apology too.
I think Wilson only said those words because he got caught up in the moment. He probably didn't mean it to say it out loud. Although he was thinking it, but he was just being blunt. Yes, we do have the freedom of speech but are there exceptions? He expressed himself but when does it cross over the line?
I agree. Even though he is obviously very passionate about his healthcare views, by shouting out and being rude during the Presidents speech..he looked immature and set himself back. He could have made his point much better by retaining his composure and turning his outburst into an educated response.
Wilson needs to understand that this isn't Parliament and you cant just yell out rude remarks if someone with authority over you says something you don't like. I think Wilson should apologize to President Obama and to his peers in the House of Representatives. He may feel like Obama is lying but he offended a great number of people.
I also agree that this has been drug out. Wilson already apologized and it was accepted. He should not be forced to apologize again, because he's already done it. Also, his remark was his opinion. He has a right to state this opinion. True, it may not have been done in the best manner, but he did apologize.
I agree that there should be a certain standard of behaviour in the House, but especially to the President. However, this has been drawn out for too long. Though Wilson probably would not normally have said that aloud, it was in fact his oppinion. He probably should appologise, not for having an opinion, but for the manner in which it was expressed.
I think he shouldn't have appologized the first time, he didn't do anything wrong. If if the previous president George Bush was called a liar like in this scenarrio, do you think it would be even nearly this blown up? I think this might be another example of a less obvious double standard.
If the President and the Speaker of the House have already accepted Wilson's apology for his remark, who can still discipline him..? The issue is past.On a side note, I think our President could benefit from a House Of Commons-type encounter, every once in a while. Not in the House, but before the people.
I was astounded at the outburst of Wilson.Never have I heard of anything like this happening. I understand the healthcare issue is extremely heated, but people, especially our representatives, sometimes need to remember to respect the office, and repect the President.
Wilson does have the right to state his opinion, but the way he went about it was definately wrong. He's supposed to be a highly respected political official and interrupting the president during a speech is a little immature. Although he probably didn't want to go about it the way he did, I still feel like an apology would be necessary.
America was built on people voicing there opinions. I think that he could have handeled his outburst better but just because Obama is the president doesn't mean that people aren't aloud to disagree with what he is saying. Especially on live television because if one side can say their opinion on National news so can the other.
I find it important to recognize the fact that in the United States we retain our personal liberties such as free speech. However, it is also important to keep a civil tone in civil proceedings. No one is trying to suppress the right to expression. You can disagree with and even debate people over issues, but I think it is fair to say that decency must have its place in governmental affairs.
I think getting upset over this incident is a little odd. Everyone has moments where their emotions get the best of them and can't control themselves. The senator didn't believe in what the president said and offered his opinion. He should not feel obligated to offer an opinion for voicing what some other people completely agree with.
I think that even though the outburst was unprofessional, people need to chill. Yes, it was an outburst, but Wilson didn't exactly win any suppourters for his side either. I don't see why it is such a big deal, but if the outbursts keep up, the senate needs to crack down on these guys.
Wilson obviously made a comment in the spur of moment, but as short as it was, this has gone on long enough. He has already apologized for interrupting the President's speech and I think that should be the end of the matter. He is under no requirement or even obligation to apologize for his commment, as such remarks are freedom of speech.
This is riddiculous. He offended more than just the president. He completely interrupted the president during quite possibly one of the most contriversial issues of his presidency. If you are going to call the president a liar please get your facts (which if you have them great)and do it when there is time for discussion instead of during his speech.
Yeah, he could have apologized the first time, or he didn't have to. It was his call. He decided to and people are still mad. He did a second time, didn't help. An appology isn't enough I guess. Sure, he probably meant what he said. He's just apologizing for the effect he had on people. And if I say something that loud and with passion, I'm going to mean it. That's why he said he will not apologize on the house floor.
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