Last Night’s Real Liar
By now most of you have heard about the serious breach of decorum last night during President Barack Obama’s Joint Sessions speech. If not, here’s a quick recap of what everybody is talking about:
PRESIDENT: There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.AUDIENCE MEMBER: You lie! (Boos.)
We now know that ‘audience member’ to be heckler extraordinaire, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). In the years that I have followed American politics, I can’t recall a single instance where the POTUS has been heckled by a congressman during a speech. Never. Furthermore, I was a little disappointed that most media reports of the story have neglected to point out one minor detail: It was Joe Wilson who was lying.
Let’s quickly take Obama’s statement. He stated that the “claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants” is false. There is no bill or plan currently in negotiations that covers immigrants, according to President Obama. Well, that’s coming from his mouth. It’s the age of the internet and HR 3200 is readily available. So, how about we do some independent fact-checking?
SEC. 246. NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS.
Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Convenient headline? Check. Clear, unequivocal language? Check. This is as straightforward as it gets. You’d expect an elected official to do the responsible thing and actually read the proposals he is embarrassing himself and his district over. And since he clearly failed to do so, instead opting to childishly shout at Obama, you’d expect the media to, I don’t know… CALL HIM OUT ON IT?
Instead, you have writers foolishly categorizing Joe Wilson’s reprehensible action as “A Rallying Cry“. Are you serious, Politico? A rallying cry? Well, actually, I take that back. Glenn Thrush is absolutely correct. It was indeed a rallying cry:
Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) untoward outburst Wednesday night has had a positive effect for at least one person. Rob Miller, a Democrat planning to run against Wilson in 2010, has taken in more than $350,000 from over 5,000 people through the website ActBlue.com since his opponent heckled the president.
$365,000 as I’m writing this. Way to rally the troops, Joe!