Joe Wilson

Republican U.S. Representative from South Carolina

Joe Wilson - Republican U.S. Representative from South Carolina

President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reformPresident Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reformBy: Lawrence Jackson

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  • On September 9, 2009, Wilson shouted at President Barack Obama while Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his proposal for reforming health care. During his address, Obama said: "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." In a breach of decorum, Wilson pointed at Obama and shouted, "You lie!". Wilson attracted national and international attention for the incident. He said afterwards that his outburst reflected his view that the bill would provide government-subsidized benefits to illegal immigrants. Members of Congress from both parties condemned the outburst. Wilson later apologized to Obama.
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