Last night, in a tied game at the bottom of the ninth, with two out and two strikes and bases loaded, President Obama threw out his final pitch in the health care and management reform debate and just as he made the pitch, like an umpire with a keen eye, Congressman Wilson cried…… “yer out!”
He didn’t actually say “yer out” but he mine as well have. What the South Carolina Republican actually yelled out was “you lie“!
At a decibel level intended for everyone, including the President, to hear, Joe Wilson called the President out just as the President reprimanded all those who oppose his reform scheme for distorting the facts. Quite hypocritically, after making the point, not only did the President distort the truth himself, he did exactly what the Congressman so bluntly claimed……the President lied.
When President Obama said “there are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This to is false”, the Republican side of the House chamber broke into a moan of nay saying rumbles. As those rumbles died down the President continued, “The reforms I am proposing would not include coverage for those that are here illegally”. At that, Congressman Wilson loudly yelled “you lie!” . To which the President and the Vice President and House Speaker behind him all whipped their heads in the direction which the remark came from. The President stared in the Congressman’s direction for a moment, as another round of grumbles erupted from those gathered in the chamber. The only reaction to the remark offered by the President was an impishly, snarky smile and a muttering of “it’s not true” before he proceeded with his 48 minute lecture.
Was Congressman Wilson right?
Well if one were to base that on the President’s support for H.R. 3200, the bill he has been pushing for passage, one would have to agree with Congressman Wilson.
According to analyses by the Congressional Budget Offices “H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.”
Unless President Obama is willing to state that either he did not read H.R. 3200 and was unaware of this fact or that he is proposing a totally new bill which specifically places restrictions on illegal immigrants availability to American health insurance, than he did in fact “lie”.
Congressman Wilson may not have set an example of decorum but he did make a point that was deserving of being made, especially during a point in the speech where the President was reprimanding those who distort the facts on health care and management reform. The President himself was clearly distorting the facts. His own facts. Not only was the President lying, he was being a hypocrite at the same time..
Thank you Congressman Wilson. You had the balls that few in Congress have these days.