What Was HE Thinking????

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Mortgage and Lending with Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc

Well last night I watched another in a long line of Presidential addresses I've seen during my half century as a US citizen. Yes, I am lucky enough to be an American and a life long registered Republican (shhh....don't tell anybody). As always is the case, the political party not occupying the Presidential seat spent more time on their keisters than the party in power. Ho - Hum... nothing really new there. The Presidents presentation did seem to lack specifics regarding the entire health care plan. Ho - Hum....that's always the case as well. The house is obviously divided. It seems to me that the President did little to resolve that division. Heck, it almost seemed that he scolded the Republican side of the room while playing up the Democratic side of the room. The speech did little but throw a crumb here and there to the Republicans for participation and ideas, while somewhat antagonizing the conservatives in the house in what seemed every few minuets. The side of the room he spoke to seemed to show that intention. Then HE spoke up! HE made perhaps the largest guffaw I have ever seen in a congressional Presidential address. HE must be a real clown I thought to myself. Eject him immediately. That type of thing just can't be tolerated in this setting. What a clown! What was HE thinking???? He's gotta go I thought to myself. Then I researched exactly who HE is.

HE is Joe Wilson, actually Addison Graves Wilson Sr. a 62 year old Congressman from South Carolina serving in that position since 2001. HE has been involved in South Carolina politics since 1962 while, as a teenager he assisted in the campaigns of Congressman Floyd Spence and later Senator Strom Thurmond. In 1972 HE obtained a Juris Doctor degree from University of South Carolina Law School and practiced as a real estate attorney in the practice he founded in South Carolina. HE also served in the US Army Reserve from 1972 to 2003 when HE retired as a Colonel. In 1984 HE began serving as a senator never missing a statutory session in 17yrs. When Floyd Spence died in 2001, Joe ran for his seat and won taking 73% of the vote. HE had to run again for a full term in 2002 and took 84% of the vote. The point is folks, this guy has a back round as good as anyone out there. After reading up on him, despite this major Boo - Boo, I believe he's the kind of guy we want representing the American people. So......the question is....What was HE thinking????

It's my opinion that the furor over control of the presidency, the house and the senate by the Democratic party has over taken the Republican party. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson, along with many other strong Republican leaders have been sucked into the 'pissing contest', clouding for them the real reason they are in those positions in the first place. That is to serve the people who elected them. Whats going on now is wrong no matter how you look at it. The campaign is over ladies and gentleman. Please, PLEASE get on with the business that you have been elected for before its too late. What the American people need is healthy debate and well intended exchanges of ideas to make our country better. Cat calls from the peanut gallery and solitary heckles of 'you lie' in absolute silence of the chamber ain't getting it done. People, grow up and get to work! Don't ruin all that you've accomplished in your life by being ' that guy '. Get together and make something happen. Bring ideas to improve the bill. I for one, am tired of hearing whats wrong with it. We've elected folks like you to make it right. Just do it!!!

Good luck getting past this one Mr. Wilson. I think you may need it.

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Lisa Ludlow Archer
Live Love Homes-Keller Williams, Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Area - Waxhaw, NC

I agree with you. He was saying what so many were thinking unfortunately. Bless him.....

Sep 10, 2009 02:54 AM #1
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

I think that Joe Wilson will probably have just a slightly harder time getting over this than those that booed or cat called Bush during his addresses (yes, there were many democrats that did), or those that yelled out at Clinton when he spoke. Wilson isn't the first, he won't be the last. He apologized, but, since he is a Republican, that obviously isn't enough.

Sep 10, 2009 04:02 AM #2
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Hugh Krone
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The media will try to crucify him with this but personally I think he was speaking for hundreds of thousands of Americans who were not in the same room but were thinking the same thing.

Sep 10, 2009 05:30 AM #3
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Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
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Lisa - Quite possibly true....but good god a little self control from one of spokes people would be nice.

Mike- Sure there has always been the occasional cat call and mummers amongst the rank and file. But an actual shout out of that sort I certainly never remember hearing. In my mind, that is the 1st at that volume and intensity. As for him getting over this, sure he will. Seems like a good enough guy by his record. Not sure if being a Republican impacts that. I think he's just a good American. That will be enough.

Hugh - Perhaps your right. I hope not. The man made a huge error which is now over and done with. Fox and MSNBC will be interesting to listen to though. One will nearly worship him while the other will be preping the gallows. Entertainment does not get any better than this.

Sep 10, 2009 06:08 AM #4
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

When I heard that I was shocked!

So, naturally I watched the news to see how it would play out.

MSNBC and CNN, both of who lean to the left, said it was deplorable to disrespect the office of the President like that. But then they reported that Mr. Wilson had apologized and have seemingly let it slip into the back pages of the news.

Fox, which leans to the right, applauded it.

Personally, I think it was disrespectful regardless of which way you lean.

Joe Wilson's constituents will decide if his actions were right or not.

Oh, by the way, all the major TV stations carried the speech live. Fox, on the other hand, aired (forgive me if I get the title wrong as I don't watch it) "So You Think You Can Dance?"

Sep 10, 2009 08:22 AM #5
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Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
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Craig - I was shocked as well. Normally, post address I've toggled between Fox and MSNBC just to watch the contrast of "reporting". It's sooo much fun! Best comedy on the tube!  I've been doing it after major political events for years. As for Joe, well he has a pretty good record and back round. I'd image this won't hurt him too badly. And yes, that's the name of the show (I'm ashamed I know it). Fox as always continues to be 'fair and balanced'???.......unconcerned too???

Sep 10, 2009 09:18 AM #6
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Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
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Scott - You know, none of the liberals who booed President Bush during his congressional speeches ever said they were being disrespectful towards a two term President.

President Obama was lying through his teeth throughout that horrible speech, but the real story would be for the press to actually report the facts of the speech and not the fact that some congressman called him out on those lies.

 

Sep 10, 2009 01:38 PM #7
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Lisa Wetzel
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I agreed with Joe in sentiment but the decorum was lacking.  My daughter was seriously thinking of keeping her son out of call for the Presidential speech to school children.  I think that we have a duty to teach our children a respect for the institute of the "Office of the President of the United States" if not the the individual.  Obama isn't my choice, he's not the first President and he won't be the last!  He does represent the "Office" and as such - no matter what our opinion of his politics might be - deserves respect!  In my opinion!

Sep 11, 2009 02:05 AM #8
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Scott Geary
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Nicholas - Murmers and obvious unrest is one thing. Shouting out 'You Lie' is quite another. I agree that those Dems that disrespected Bush with booing (although I don't really remember that) were just as childish as the Reps doing the same thing on Weds. As far as out right lying, I think that charge is really over exaggerated. I wish we could just get past the campaign rhetoric on both sides and work to accomplish great things.

Lisa- Here Here! Earlier I had bloged about reading that folks were holding their kids out of school. It kind of surprised me for the reason you mentioned. Like the way you think!

Sep 11, 2009 04:30 AM #9
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Gary Ricco
Blake Real Estate Inc - Seminole, FL
Tampa Bay Real Estate Specialist

To the Congress:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRw8OEB-AI/AAAAAAAAVTM/it1DjKGDAMA/s1600-h/090725-bnk-1.jpgThe UP.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRxozvvizI/AAAAAAAAVTU/l939UADCwao/s1600-h/090825-fdr.jpgSocial Security was established in 1935 - you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRyKjg_HSI/AAAAAAAAVTc/hQGshYW61XA/s1600-h/090825-fannie.jpgFannie Mae was established in 1938 - you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRy43dx-YI/AAAAAAAAVTk/QmzsGBlEG4E/s1600-h/090825-lbj.jpgThe "War on Poverty" started in 1964 - you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked and our entire country is broke.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRzbpk1_SI/AAAAAAAAVTs/FV7DK4LW-FE/s1600-h/090825-medicare.jpgMedicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - you've had 44 years to get it right; they are broke.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpRztU-4oYI/AAAAAAAAVT0/QarPc5j83vM/s1600-h/090825-freddie.jpgFreddie Mac was established in 1970 - you have had 39 years to get it right; it is broke.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpR0l-jGGzI/AAAAAAAAVT8/YmmMfSZiGJE/s1600-h/090825-geithner.jpgTrillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the "Stimulus", the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009... none show any signs of working, although ACORN appears to have found a new b***h: the American taxpayer.

And finally, to set a new record:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpR__SAVRxI/AAAAAAAAVUU/1_bZjeT58Gw/s1600-h/090825-cash.jpg"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took good dependable cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress' generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SpR2Pmv6lyI/AAAAAAAAVUM/sPYnBzD490U/s1600-h/090825-o-p-r.jpgSo with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?

20% of our entire economy?

With all due respect,

Are you f***ing crazy? 

From what I've seen they all lie!

Sep 11, 2009 12:41 PM #10
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Gerry Suarez Jr.
Jet Home Loans NMLS 1660135 - Maitland, FL
FL Mortgage Guru

Geary, I must admit- I like this guy Gary (Ricco that is)!

Truth said, the massive bureaucracies that are federal government agencies have NEVER managed to successfully deliver. I think it's madness to allow them to even consider taking over healthcare.

and although I don't agree with disrespecting the office of the President, it sure is better than outright revolution. Sometimes we must fight for what we believe in, and sometimes that fight requires we do things we wouldn't normally be apt to do.

Gerry Suarez, Jr.

Your FHA Loan Pro!

Sep 29, 2009 12:17 PM #11
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