Et Tu, Joe?

In all my years in SC, whether I was right, left, or moderate, I have always supported Joe Wilson. I have met him in person several times. Sat at his table during a church luncheon one time. He is a true gentleman and statesman. If one of his constituents asks for help, he helps, and he does it quickly. He has been a true servant of SC for many years now. Joe, the politician. Joe, the servant of SC. Joe, the gentle giant.

Joe the HECKLER??? In a million years, I never would have seen that coming. He may as well have stood up and said, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"

I am not a political expert like Tim Russert or people like him. But I'm not an idiot either. What exactly is every one's beef with President Obama? As far as I can tell, he has done everything he promised he would do. For years, people have pushed for Health care Reform in this country. He is taking action. Not just words, but real action. The President articulated his vision for America during his campaign and has made it widely available for us to read. He communicates through all the social media. If you don't know what he stands for by now, that is your own fault, quite frankly.

I would really hate to think that the fact of the President's skin color is at the root of all the "political grandstanding." I would hate to think that that is what all the heckling is about. There is one race: the HUMAN race. SC needs to grow up. If President Obama succeeds or fails, it will have nothing to do with his skin color. He is a very intelligent man and a genuine leader. Not to mention a tireless public servant.

I love SC. I have lived here most of my life. It is a great place to live and raise a family. SC Politicians would serve us better by keeping their bigotry and ignorance at home, or step aside. I am so embarassed by this state right now. You probably are too.

So let's get over ourselves and fix it.


Mike McCormick said…
Todd, have you actually read any of President Obama's policies? His entire speech last night was filled with untruths. As far as this being a racial issue, I believe it is far from it. In my estimation, it is simply a matter of someone having ideas and perspectives that are really not in the best interest of the people of this great nation. I personally resent the fact that many people try to make race an issue where it is clearly not the issue at all. Joe Wilson expressed the truth about what the President was saying. He chose a pretty inappropriate method for doing so, but he was correct none the less.
Todd said…
Not agreeing or disagreeing with you, Mike. Can you be specific as to which parts of the President's address were actually lies?
Chuck said…
Joe did apologize and the President did accept. He said he got caught up in the emotion. The president accepted.

Specifically, Joe was referring to illegals and health care. Refer to the Congressional Research Service findings in the report Treatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200 (

I'm not tracking the leap from "You Lie" to it being about the color of Obama's skin. This seems to keep coming up. I am concerned that we cannot disagree politically with this administration / Obama supporters without being called a racist.
Paula Faye said…
Well Said my friend.

I too am embarrassed by this outburst and believe with all of my being that if I were to stand up and YELL at my boss during a forum I would immediately be removed to never be seen again at my place of business. Even though his opinion is important and has a place his actions were definitely uncalled for. There are certain Standards of Behavior that we should all subscribe to.

It has nothing to do with the job that O is doing or if someone agrees or disagrees ... there are politically correct, professional, mature ways of dealing with disagreement. SHOUTING in public for the entire nation to hear is not one of them. No matter how we feel personally about the President he does deserve RESPECT! Ole Joe disappointed us all but probably himself the most. I am impressed with his passion and definitely have a clear picture of where he stands ... (despite how I personally feel about the Presidents ideas) I'm sure he has learned a valuable lesson. It's a lesson however that the rest of us would be learning on a much higher level by immediately loosing our jobs.

As my friend Berry Says ... "LIFE AIN'T Fair!"
Todd said…
I seem to have wandered off the deep end on this post. I didn't meant to make it about race. I really didn't. Sometimes my passions, if left ungoverned, can run wild in my writing. I apologize. Yesterday was just a bad day.
Chuck said…
Todd - Rick usually calls me out when I have those days. But, fortunately for you, your writing was very understandable. When I do that I tend to sound like a scratchy record, and I don't make sense.

About Respecting the Office of the President: Harry Reid on "Meet The Press" once said that "President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country."

It seems to me that we get hung up on the Office of the Presidency when it's "our" guy in office. I include myself in that last statement.

The difference between a Congressman calling the President a liar and me calling my boss a liar is that I work for my boss, the congressman works for his constituents, not the president.

I spoke to a UK friend of mine about the outburst.In the Houses of Common, as long as they state "Respectively, you are a liar," it's all good. The minute they step outside of the House of Commons and say on TV that "you are a liar" it becomes slander.
Hazrate Adam said…
Amen, son.

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