I already told you. I didn’t watch the speech.
My reason was not as good as DJ’s, but still. I didn’t tune in.
I did, however, quickly pick up on the Facebook and Twitter posts discussing the highlight, or you may say lowlight, of the evening when Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled out “You lie!”
Following the speech, Wilson quickly apologized for his outburst. That included a call to the White House. We’ll note he didn’t apologize for what he said (more on that in a minute), but for how he said it.
Here’s my favorite tweet:
Joe Wilson: sorry if you were offended when I called the President a liar.
Moe Lane, RedState
Notice that he didn’t say anything about a lack of accuracy – then again, as Legal Insurrection notes, this would be because Joe Wilson was being accurate when he called the President a liar: HR 3200 covers illegal immigrants, and every attempt to make it explicit that it wouldn’t has been blocked by Congressional Democrats.
Wilson was right to apologize for the outburst. This is, after all, the United States Congress, not the House of Commons were that type of behavior is more, well, common.
This would never happen in the United States, unless of course the President was George Bush giving his 2005 State of the Union address:
H/T Michelle Malkin: Unruly moment, manufactured outrage
But of course, that was back when political dissent was “patriotic.”
Now, back to President Obama’s speech.
I didn’t watch. But J.R. Hoeft did and gives a Point-by-point on the president’s speech at Bearing Drift.
The president goes onto say that the plan will, indeed, cost nearly $1 Trillion, but that it can be paid for by savings from Medicare. He’s hoping that slowing the growth in health care costs by 0.1% that the deficit can be reduced by $4 trillion “over the long term”. I’m wondering what that “long term” is.
The Associated Press also did some fact checking: The AP Factcheck via National Review Online
So says Bill at The Patriot Room: By my count, they fact-check 7 of his statements last night and find that he was lying or obfuscating on 5 of them, which means he was telling the truth 28% of the time.
I’m not math expert, but I believe that gives Joe Wilson about a 72% chance of being right. Rude or not.