If the President can’t find respect & safety on the hallowed floor of the House for a joint speech to Congress among elected officials were democracy is always – until last night – on it’s best behavior; the venue that respects the tradition of the Presidency with grand pomp & circumstance culminating with the grand announcement of his arrival, wild applause on both sides of the aisle, regardless of party affiliation; during a prime time address to congress & the nation; if he can’t find respect & safety THERE….I don’t know what to think anymore.
Joe Wilson’s apology was almost as insulting as his nasty outburst. “The Republican leadership ASKED me to apologize, so I did….” Shove it, I say. Get lost. You’re done. Outta here. ENOUGH! There’s a Town Hall waiting for you somewhere.
And my heart broke when the camera panned to The First Lady after the insult was hurled at her husband; a combination of sadness, rage and fear. Can you imagine what must have been going through her mind? If looks could kill Nancy Pelosi would have done the job. Nothing like the Mom Death stare.
As much as I disliked Bush – I would have STILL been appalling. Comparing this to shoes being thrown is NOT the same; comparing this to people yelling or booing or yelling Liar at a rally, or a protest or a parade or a campaign stop or a fundraisers or a…well, you get the the drift.. It is the VENUE, the AUDIENCE, that made this act by Mr. Wilson so unforgivable.
Can you imagine if the tables were turned? Do you remember the days of the Patriot Act when we were encouraged to spy on our neighbors to make sure they weren’t even thinking ill of Bush in their own damn homes? If someone had done that to Bush in that same venue they would have been dragged out, water-boarded, run out of town, and strung up for Rush, Beck & Faux News to have at them. Their response to Wilson? Rove thought it was “funny.”
And can someone explain to me how this act was not the height of being patriotic? Do you remember how people were accused of such if they ate a damn french fry?
Interesting that people were worried about having their children listen to a speech by the President. Clearly HE is not the one they should be worried about. Who will we explain what happened last night to our children? What must they think of what they saw? Well, I can tell you: the children in my life were confused, shocked & sacred. Nice going, bonehead.
As usual the Democrats (much to my chagrin) have decided to accept Wilson’s arm-twisted apology & move on. I wish I would be as conciliatory on the issue. I would like to see some push-back, some fight. I want heads to roll. Do you think for a minute that if it were their guy Beck & Hannity & O’Reilly & the rest of their clan would let this go? Remember Jeremiah Wright? Remember them going after Michelle for her “proud of my country” comment? Remember Ayers? Van Jones? I’m all for forgiveness but a person has to EARN it. Even Super Nanny would have looked at Wilson’s lame apology on TV this morning & sent him right back to his Naughty Chair until he said it like he means it.
On the UP side Wilson’s opponent Rob Miller has received over $466,000 since last night as of this writing.
Suck on THAT Mr. Wilson….oh & while you are at it, seems to me Van Jones should get his job back…his comment that (some) Republican ARE A-holes was proven correct by you, Sir.