In the matter of Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during Wednesday night’s presidential address to Congress – Wilson is the liar, not President Obama. See the fact-checking, courtesy of PolitFact.org and Factcheck.org. (See also CNN).
Capturing the true essence of Wilson’s jaw-dropping eruption was Eileen at In the Pink:
South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, mistaking the House Chamber for an Obama Is Hitler town hall rally, screamed “YOU LIE” when Obama tried to dispel the rumor that illegal immigrants would be covered under the new plan. Wilson should’ve gotten his mother to write a note excusing him from attending the speech since it would be filled with socialist propaganda.
So was Wilson really mistaking a Joint Session of the United States Congress for a town hall shout down – or did he have some place else in mind?
How about the British House of Commons?
Credit Albuquerque Journal columnist and Tea Party organizer Jim Scarantino with this one. In his post on the blog/discussion forum he moderates for a crew of local libertarians and John Birchers (yeah, they’re back), Scarantino nominated Wilson for “folk hero” status and actually tried to justify his behavior, asserting that it would have been perfectly normal at Westminster.
Look how the British Prime minister gets treated during the PM’s Moment. “You lie!” shouted once is tame compared to what Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher have faced.
I think Jim is referring to the weekly “Prime Minister’s Questions” period. Whatever. The trouble with the analogy is that it’s dead wrong.