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September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama and Joe Wilson: Who’s the liar?

Joe Wilson: the next Hulk Hogan?

Editor, The Times:

What an absolute embarrassment Rep. Joe Wilson is to this country [“Republican apologizes for heckling president,” CloseUp, Sept. 10] and the institution he takes an oath to serve and represent. Wednesday night on an international stage, he showed his true colors — that of a complete pompous buffoon.

I hope Wilson and his fellow peers with their juvenile signs and disrespectful twittering during the president’s speech (a student would be tossed out of class for that behavior) are all ostracized by their peers from both sides of the aisle for their immature and disrespectful behavior. They all bring shame to the entire process and our fine country.

No wonder so little ever gets accomplished if they represent some of the players involved. Hopefully South Carolina will send Wilson packing and replace him with someone who can control themselves and represent them in a respectable and productive way.

He should get a job with the wrestling federation — they thrive on grown adults shouting insults and hurling venom. He’d be a natural.

Hang your head, Joe. You can apologize, but your actions speak loud and clear.

— Wendy Fosnight, Bainbridge Island

The real reasons for Republicans’ opposition to health-care reform

After listening carefully to President Obama’s speech and hearing the Republican response (by a rich doctor-congressman, Joe Wilson) I must conclude that the GOP has, in reality, only three reasons for being against the plan he outlined:

  • Protecting the Republican bottom-line goal of easing the tax burden of the very wealthy.
  • Protecting the profit margin of the campaign-contributing insurance and pharmaceutical and medical industries — bribers, really.
  • Hoping to defeat Obama’s one big congressional issue of his first year in office just for the sake of handing him a defeat, rather than for any real philosophical or financial reasons.

In the 2010 elections, those House and Senate members who vote against whatever is the bill’s final form had better be prepared for some spirited opposition campaigns — maybe even in their party primaries.

— Rod Belcher, Des Moines

Outburst was business as usual

Republican leadership and their pals shouldn’t act surprised by Rep. Joe Wilson’s rude and unprecedented outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress.

After all, this is the party that encourages citizens to shout down legislators and interrupt them with shouting, screaming, insults and gibberish at public meetings.

Wilson knows the party line. He was just exercising the new democracy.

The chilling part? The same hypocrites also encourage loaded weapons at our president’s speeches.

— Peter O’Neil, Seattle

Wilson’s accusation not far from the truth

Rep. Joe Wilson’s shout “You lie!” was inappropriate during President Obama’s speech, but what he said was true.

Obama continues to say 47 million Americans are not covered with health insurance when he knows full well that number includes 13 to 14 million illegal aliens.

Everyone with half a brain knows Obama will make the attempt to cover the people he is counting on becoming future Democratic voters. It just is good politics.

Wilson knew this and just couldn’t restrain his frustration. Bad response and yet a true statement. Obama does know he is bending the truth.

— Bob Allan, Woodinville

From a liar, an accusation of lying

Talking about no class, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson is the very personification of the concept. I find his outburst during President Obama’s speech particularly egregious given all the falsehoods spewed out by the right on health-care reform.

In this instance I can’t help but note the irony that, indeed, no provision in any of the proposed bills calls for coverage of illegal immigrants.

In other words, his shouting out “You lie!” when President Obama made this point clear was in itself a lie.

— Marshall Dunlap, Kent

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