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GOP Congressman to Obama: ‘You Lie!’

September 09, 2009 9:24 PM

A Republican member of Congress interrupted President Obama’s speech tonight on the floor of the House of Representatives to  yell “You lie!” at the president,in reference to the president’s assertion that his proposals wouldn’t provide health insurance to illegal immigrants.

The Associated Press identified the member of Congress as Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. The extraordinary outburst caused the president to pause briefly, and First Lady Michelle Obama to shake her head, as the emotions that have been on display all summer at town hall meetings spilled over into the Joint Session of Congress.

Asked about the interruption by ABC News, a Republican National Committee official did not confirm the identity of the heckler, but said: “The reality is the President was not telling the truth about illegal immigrants getting access to care under the bill.”

Outside the House chamber after the speech, there was strong reaction to Lewis’ action from members of both parties. Words like “mortified,” “embarrassed” and “angry” were used.

It appeared that Wilson, who appeared somewhat restless during the address, left quickly just as the president finished his remarks. Wilson’s outburst stunned many in the chamber. It was loud and easily heard above other audience reactions.

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