To the Editor:
President Obama was taken by surprise when he heard a shout of “You Lie” come from the audience during his speech to a joint session of congress last week. It was a Republican representative Joe Wilson who had made his opinion known to the house without any remorse whatsoever. He, however, apologised to President Obama after the speech.
The apology perhaps was not good enough to stop the house from bringing forward a resolution against Joe Wilson. It passed a resolution of disapproval on a vote of 240-179. According to the historian of the house, it was the first time in its 220-year history that a house member had been disciplined for speaking out during a presidential speech in the chamber.
When the resolution was being debated, Wilson called it a waste of time and did not apologize to the chamber.
“When we are done here today, we will not have taken any further steps toward helping” the nation deal with urgent challenges…”It is time that we move forward and get back to work for the American people.”
When asked why he did not apologize to the House leaders, Joe Wilson said “In my view, by apologizing to the president, the most important person in the history of the world, that applied to everyone”
Another twist to the drama came before the debate on the resolution began, when one Democrat said it was due to the colour of Obama’s skin that he was treated that way, and had their been a white president, a thing like this would not have happened.
The republicans though acknowledged the mistake made by Wilson and at the same time accused the democrats of fueling the issue in order to divert attention from an increasingly unpopular health care legislation.
Jabran Kundi is the author of the blog Kundi’s Blog. He also writes for a soccer blog English Premier League
Jabran Kundi is the author of the blog Kundi’s Blog.
He also writes for a soccer blog English Premier League