The President's Heckler

While watching the speech, I couldn't tell why so many people were booing.

If you watched President Barack Obama's address to Congress Wednesday, perhaps you were confused like I was when people started booing.  My ears didn't pick up what prompted it.  Two words: you lie.

Those two words came from South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson.  His outburst was a response to President Obama saying his health care reform plan would not cover illegal immigrants.  Representative Wilson clearly disagreed.

CNN reports today that Rep. Wilson is one of the most talked about people on the internet, saying people even started Twitter accounts late Wednesday night just to discuss the heckler.

There has been a lot of discussion about the issue of respecting the office of the President of the United States, no matter who holds the title.  Before Wilson's two words Wednesday night, people were talking about the issue of respect in reference to the president's speech to school children. 

What's your opinion of respect for the presidency?  Do you think it can or should exist no matter who holds the office?  Or is respect always linked to the person and his political persuasion? 

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  • by taxpayer Location: washington on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    I agree with Diana. Whoever it was that said illegals don't get help from our tax money is obviously missing something. You can be here illegally and still get more benefits than any hard working pure-blooded American! Sure come here legally, work hard like the rest of us, pay taxes and get a paycheck...but don't get me started on illegals! I don't care what country you're from or what color you are...everyone who is able should work for a living and not mooch off the hard working taxpayers. As far as the health care reform...I'll keep my insurance thank you very much! By the way...what is a "moraon"?????
  • by Diana Location: Washington on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    In response to the person who "Is in the know" and called me a moraon, I'd just like to say like I did before I was always taught to respect people as obviously they were not. I exercised my right to free speach and did it in a respectful manner and did not call anyone names. Also, as far as children of "illegals" getting free health care, food, and medicade, if their parents had of come in this country "legal" or not at all we would not be having to provide care for them to start with. My child was born here and so was I. I am a natural born citizen and if anyone deserves help first it should be me and my child. After all, my husband and I do work and are paying taxes. So maybe you should really get the facts first before you start name calling. I'm sorry you hate your job, but you do not have to take it out on hard working people like me "doing it the right way!!!!!"
  • by voter Location: nc on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:37 PM
    diana; you're right on target, they're called anchor babies. add to that the home grown welfare dregs and we support a noteworthy collection of freeloaders. and B from pa.; finally,,good news from a yankee. joe wilson for president. further; ron; those people may be YOUR equal, they're NOT mine.
  • by To Diana fron Washington Location: Greenville on Sep 14, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    Diana, I just want you and anyone who feels like you, to know one thing. You are all ignorant to the fact that, if before you start applying your 2 cents, atleast know what you are talking about. I happen to be a person that would know, "illegal's" DO NOT GET HELP FOR THERE SELVES OF FOR THERE "illegal" children!!!! They have to be llegal in the good old USA before they can get any help. As well, I am sure you probably think they could also get food stamps and ect, but there again you are wrong!! It is only for the people that are "llegal" here. Yes, if there is a parent that is here "illegal", and they have kids that are not....Then yes, they can get the kids and only the kids that are "llegal" help with food and medicade. I think that if the state can use an "illegal's" income in a home then I think they should be able as well, to get help. As I have already said that is'nt how it work "moraon"!!!!!!!!!!!! If you don't think I am saying the truth, call your local DSS! Learn the fact!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    The President of the United States should be shown respect no matter who holds the office. HOWEVER, when members of congress boo'ed and hissed G. W. Bush during one of his addresses to congress no one demanded an apology, and no one offered any! Rep. Wilson has apologized and the President has accepted. Wilson showed a lack of character when he allowed his emotions to get the best of him. One thing in all this I haven't heard anyone publicly address is WAS the President lying when he said illegal aliens will not be covered under the health care proposal.
  • by TC Location: North Carolina on Sep 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    Hey Pennsylvania good stay up north
  • by jr Location: belhaven on Sep 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    Diana said exactly what I was thinking.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    I think we all should respect the position/office of our president. The person that holds that position may or may not be someone that any given person needs or has to respect. If someone lies to us, we will have little or no respect for that person. If we all are equal, the president is no more or no less than any human being.
  • by Diana Location: Washington, NC on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Frankly, I was taught to respect people, and have always done so. But with the way things are in this country today, someone needs to speak up and take a stand. The American people (working class) have been walked all over long enough. I have a three year old and my husband and I work. We pay our premiums through his job. I get tired of every time I take my child to the doctor, that I have to pay my co-pay and whatever is left when the insurance gets through, while seeing others, mostly "illegal" aliens getting there care for their (15) kids free. I'm paying for mine and theirs. Enough is enough!! Something in this country needs to be done. Go through the proper channels and become a legal citizen and stop mooching off the system and pay taxes like I do!!! I'm sure there are plenty who agree with me. Speak up and be heard!!!!!!!
  • by Sylvanious Location: Dallas, Texas on Sep 10, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    People should always respect the president no matter who he is. Everyone respected GW and never heckled him or even balantly called him a liar even through the time after 911 and the issue of weapons of mass destruction; he was respected; questioned but respected...There is a side of america that does not respect Obama and they are now desrespecting America, our constitution, and now the commander in chief.
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