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September 14th, 2009
09:28 AM ET

The "You Lie!" Aftermath

An outburst that continues to reverberate across the country.

Two words shouted out during President Obama's Wednesday night speech have many asking this question: How did we get to a point where it's o-kay to yell "you lie" at the President while he's speaking to congress?

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield, Roland Martin and Republican strategist Phil Musser discuss the "You Lie!" aftermath. 

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    The southc carolina dems that have been trying to kick the republicans out office for years see the republicans showing there real colors as a gift that keeps on giving.Please more outburst,more sexcpades

    September 14, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  2. Mike Armstrong TX.

    This is just more poor planning by the democratic party most presidents when speaking to congress on delicate issues do so from the oval office what was the purpose of the president giving his speach in person when rebuttle was not an option.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  3. James of Houston

    Good for Representative Wilson for telling supporters he will continue to speak loudly about the issue and "not be muzzled."

    He only spoke the truth! He should have yelled, “You lied, people died, and puppies cried!" This would have shown how ridiculous this entire feigned outrage actually is. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi said the same thing several times when Bush was president…. Where was the feigned outrage back then!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  4. Ines

    Hi Fred,
    if you listen to the so-called apology, Wilson said he was told to apologize.
    That to me is not an apology!!
    He needs to be censured by Congress for his outburst.
    When kids get into trouble they get punished, lets teach them that it doesn't matter what age you are if you are doing something wrong, you get into trouble.
    Ines, CO

    September 14, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  5. (G-Man) MOB name [independent]

    This is just like the Liberal news media. This happened with other presidents and even with Bush, but the left only live in the now and can not see the pass or what the future will bring. This big Government being created now and when Bush and before will not shrink. You are just building a bigger government that will be run by the Republicans and with the poll plummeting for Obama it will be in less than 4 years. I don’t want Republican or Demarcate ruling my medical, banks cars or any private company. Lib’s do you really want a possibility of someone like Bush over your healthcare?

    September 14, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  6. Nacilbuper

    I was at the rally, and yes we did chant tell the truth to the CNN reporter.

    What bothers me is that CNN themselves told me they had 10 cameras at the event. How much coverage did anyone else see, I only saw this 2 minute clip and now that is not even on the site.

    Why would CNN lie to me?

    September 14, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  7. george in MD

    illegals have obtained documents that are legal and will be accepted in receiving free tax funded health-care and other services.
    illegals are legal illegal's in this great stop using the word that have no meaning in today's debate.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  8. Marie

    I find it interesting that CNN is having such a fit over the "You lie!" heard around the world. You're blathering on about how disrespectful, how shocking, how uncooth it was.... what about when President Bush was addressing Congress in 2005 regarding Social Security and the Dems were trying to drown him out with their booing?! Where were you to proclaim the shocking incident and the fallout? Did you drag those Congress members onto tv and demand their apologies?

    I don't agree with the Senator saying what he did – and when he did it. I agree that there's a time and place for it - and that wasn't it. HOWEVER, you need to remember you're SUPPOSED to be non-partial in your reporting. It's so obvious you're in Obama's back pocket that it's pathetic.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez

    Just as the scare tactics used all over America the outburst that continues to reverberate across the country is simply an example of the lack of control in the Congress. When was this attitude allowed to the past president George Bush? Simply someone has to dust out the book of rules and procedures of the Congress. The two words shouted out during President Obama’s Wednesday night speech at the Congress have many asking this question: How did we get to a point where it’s o-kay to yell “you lie” at the President while he’s speaking to congress? The senator was completely out of line. The reality is that we need to get grip of the situation that has discourage other citizens to speak.

    September 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  10. Ada-Mt pocono

    Wilson was disrespectful to the President. AND, he obviously didn't read the lines with regards to illegals and their health coverage- Or Wait – perhaps he's just an illiterate and COULD NOT read or understand it.

    The conservatives DONOT want health care for those less fortunate and that's the real problem. That money they get from the insurance companies will no longer be available to them.

    That's whats happening here-pure and simple!

    September 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  11. Daniel Munoz

    Is Joe Wilson, "the great white hope". In this march in Washington, D.C., I didn't see any black or brown people. If there were any black or brown people we call them "tokens". If there was a black he was an "Oreo", meaning black on the outside and white on the inside. And if there was any brown people than they are called "Coconut" meaning brown on the outside and white on the inside. The folks in this march were white republicans who don't like the black president. Well that's just too bad. Society is changing. Get used to it.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  12. beatrice

    If an illegal immigrant goes to an hospital after let's say a serious injury that requires immediate attention, is the hospital not going to take care of him because he doesn't have any insurance? isn't there a moral issue here? This is a complex issue and Joe Wilson knew exactly what he was doing when he accused President Obama of being a liar. Creating confusion, playing with people's fear, blaming everything on the illegal immigrants. Joe Wilson's followers accuse President Obama of being a Nazi but they look like more like Nazis to me. Pointing the finger outside of themselves. The Nazis blamed Jews for all the problems, the conservative (the extreme ones) blame the illegals immigrants and black people and who knows who else???? This is scary stuff and I pray that it will go away soon. I hope Republicans will come back with a new leader really soon, intelligent who stands honestly by its philosophy so we can have a sane and intelligent conversation in this country. By the way I am a democrat.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  13. Grace

    Rep. Wilson does not owe anyone else an apology. I am still waiting to hear our president apologize to the Massachusetts policeman.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  14. nigel donnelly

    president obama said in his speech to congress very clearly "the time for games is over"
    so why are the democrats asking for second apology ,thats playing games isnt it .
    its ridiculous,its like making a 7 year old stand in the corner of the classroom,when are politicians going to grow up and act like men.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  15. marsha williamson

    Did you know about Wilson? Any lawyer will tell you that without a provision in the bill to enforce that illegals not join in the insurance reform, they could and would

    Did you know that the house and one of the senate bills added langauge to fix the situation Wilson was concerned about and did so last Friday AFTER Wilson's outburst?

    Somehow this makes Wilson not exactly wrong in his concern.

    September 15, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  16. Tom from Arizona

    The congressman apologized, the President accepted the apology, why is congress still harping over this subject? Let it go and work on something that is more important to us suffering Americans like fixing our economy! And where does Hank Johnson get racial prejudice out of "you lie!"

    September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  17. Nancy

    I was outraged when I heard it the first time and I am even more livid now.
    Especially when Republicans seem to want to brush it under the carpet. It is disrepectful to the President and yes the institution itself.
    The Presidents speech to our children talked about repecting their teachers in the classroom, and then LOOK at the role models before them! Wilson is an embarressment to the institution and AN EMBARRESSMENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE SANE AND CIVIL PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND HAVE LONG MEMORIES.

    September 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  18. Pete from pa

    The Black Democrats need to get over themselves. They are so racist! Do they not realize Obama is also WHITE!!

    September 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  19. Barbara Selfridgeg

    Let's take a look at how Hillary Clinton, during one of the most important speaches of our time, the state of the union address that President Bush made after the September 11th attacks, how she made child like grimaces clearly showing the entire world she did not stand by our president. She showed the world we were divided as a nation.Please show the state of the union address after September 11th and you will find more then one Senator disrespecting our president of the time in front of the world. Iam not a republican,nor democrat.I believe in the canidate who works for the people in the present and looking at the future.I believe in the truth.Enough is enough.Show other clips, he is not the only one.I will search for you,let's be fair.

    September 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  20. Fred Washington

    The Republician Minority Leader stated that Rep. Joe Wilson has 25 years of service and 4 sons in the military. So he should not be censused by Congress. Well that's exactly why he should be censused. Because if anyone should have known that behavior was forbidden, it should have been Rep. Joe Wilson. One of his sons would have been court marshalled for such behavior.

    September 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  21. Kathleen Thornton

    You know that one of the great things about being an American is that you can stand up in a room filled with the movers & shakers & the President and make a complete idiot of yourself. Guess what? No arresting for disagreeing or civil disobedience. We live in a democracy which means we not only have freedom but responsibilities as well. And one of the greatest tasks we have as citizens is to find the truth in all things. Not what some talk show host parading as a bonafide journalist, but find out what is really being done & said in Washington & around the country. My husband & I disagreed about Obama at the start of this year but he has changed his mind because he has started paying attention to Obama's message & he has also listened to these talk radio shows after his last speech. I never thought my husband could ever get so angry with the hosts. The lies that were coming from these supposed talking heads has completely changed his opinion about these shows. And he has become an Obama supporter, too. So, if you feel like shouting out, hey, it's a FREE country–even for fools like Wilson. But please, no shoe throwing...a stiletto heel could put out an eye!

    September 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  22. Jeri

    I am upset that Jimmy Carter was just featured on CNN as stating that the Wilson outburst and tea party rally are negatively centered around Obama's race. I wonder if Jimmy Carter forgot that Obama was elected into office-race didn't stop him from getting into office and it is not about race for everyone, including myself a caucasian female from South Georgia. It is about getting the job done correctly and taking all opinions into consideration, which would help the American people. By Carter going on national television and saying this, only adds fuel to the fire. The Race Card is being taken too far. I am tired of hearing about it. Just do your job.

    September 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  23. Mary from Oregon

    I applaud the actions of the House of Representatives to restate the appropriate behavior in the Congress particularly in so public a setting. The necessity to present and pass this resolution is the outcome of Mr. Wilson's own refusal to apologize not just to the President, but also to the Congress and the American people. His apology to the President was forced by his party leadership and the sincerity questionable. He immediately utilized his 15 minutes of fame from his unacceptable behavior to promote and prolong his 15 minutes of fame. Of course President Obama accepted his apology, that would be because he is a gentleman, but Mr. Wilson failed to display behavior expected of his position from the scream of "you lie" to his ongoing dialogue without apology to Congress and the American people.

    September 15, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  24. marshall

    that's a lie what senator whitfield say or doing, you don't call the commanding chief a lie, if this had been george bush,
    the republican wuld have been calling for some body resignation.
    and some republicans and democrats is going to get voted out in nov.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:58 am |
  25. Kelsey Smith

    I do not think that Wilson does not have a complete awareness of his actions. Yes, he did apologize to President Obama, but the colleges he embarrassed and the lack of respect for authority shown should also be taken into account. Whether or not he was correct in his outburst is irrelevant; Wilson's disrespectful actions deserve notice and should not be taken lightly. He did not act respectfully or professionally as a member of the House, and his colleges deserve an apology.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  26. Dyson

    It is unfortunate that now the country has a president in office who really wants to make a change, there is a fight at every turn. Senator Whitfield should have apologized in the same forum where the offense occurred. He would not have done this to president Bush. The disrespect to the office of President continues because this country's real face is being revealed. When called on these type of actions it's called, "playing the race card". Get real, we all know what time of day it is. Today's changes have some people afraid because they long for days of old. A new day is here people need to jump on or get gone! I will dontinue to pray for our president and his family each and every day.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  27. Nurse Brown RN

    Ok listen up don't be misled by the Hype on Kanye West & Taylor Swift at the VMA's the media will do anything to draw your attention away from what should be the MOST disrespectful, unprofessional, shameful, and degrading act in our history as the United States President Barack Obama. Committed by Congressman Wilson on the House Floor during a live President Address to Congress, where millions around the world watched as the President Barack Obama was showed as little respect as a mere homeless person. WOW the most powerful man in the world talked to like he had no more education than, a toddler, when in fact President Barack Obama has more education, class, & charisma in his little pinky than that OLD BIGOT Wilson. So, if you must comment about Kanye's behavior then do so and move on, we need to "Sanction" Wilson

    September 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  28. Nurse Brown RN

    Ok listen up don't be misled by the Hype on Kanye West & Taylor Swift at the VMA's the media will do anything to draw your attention away from what should be the MOST disrespectful, unprofessional, shameful, and degrading act in our history as the United States President Barack Obama. Committed by Congressman Wilson on the House Floor during a live President Address to Congress, where millions around the world watched as the President Barack Obama was showed as little respect as a mere homeless person. WOW the most powerful man in the world talked to like he had no more education than, a toddler, when in fact President Barack Obama has more education, class, & charisma in his little pinky than Wilson. So, if you must comment about Kanye's behavior then do so and move on, we need to "Sanction" Wilson‏

    September 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm |