alg_joe_wilson_headshotJoe Wilson was wrong to blurt out, “You lie.” during President Obama’s speech last night.  He was not wrong in what he said.  The only bill we have been able to see, HR 3200, does not prevent illegals from utilizing the services enumerated in the bill.  He was wrong in that what he did was both impolite (you should never interrupt) and it was an affront to the office of the President.  Congressman Wilson may not like the President or his policies (or he may like the President and just doesn’t like his policies) but the Office of the President as represented by Mr. Obama should be treated with more respect….both by Mr. Wilson and by Mr. Obama.

Just as Mr. Wilson was wrong in what he did, so was Mr. Obama.  Lying and intentionally misleading the public should both be below the occupant of the Presidency.  Saying, “”I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period” is, in the very kindest light, a highly misleading statement.  Saying that “We have seen many in this chamber work tirelessly for the better part of this year to offer thoughtful ideas about how to achieve reform.” is, at best, a major exaggeration.  The President was inaugurated only 232 days ago.  Between Cap and Trade and the “Stimulus Bill”, the Congress has had less than half a year to “work” on healthcare.  The results show they have done far less work than that.

I don’t condone Mr. Wilson’s outburst.  I do believe that Mr. Obama’s disrespect for his office will lead to more of this.