Joe "Horrible Breach of Decorum" Wilson called the President of the United States a liar on Wednesday night on the matter of whether or not those in this country illegally would have eligibility for Obama Care. Once everyone's jaw lifted from the floor, the President said, "not true."
The consensus seemed to be that Wilson was out of line for calling the president a liar. Was Wilson right?
The controversy over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's shouting out "You Lie!" at the President over his claim that illegal immigrants wouldn't benefit from health-care reform apparently sparked some reconsideration of the relevant language. "We really thought we'd resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President's speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again," said Senator Kent Conrad, one of the Democrats in the talks after a meeting Thursday morning. Baucus later that afternoon said the group would put in a proof of citizenship requirement to participate in the new health exchange — a move likely to inflame the left.
At the risk of inflaming my portside friends, let's just say the president was suffering from a little terminological exactitude. And this has happened before, of course.