"Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple." ~ President Barack Obama, September 9th before a joint session of Congress
The left got all in a tizzy over Joe Wilson's ungentlemanly conduct during the President's 3rd or 4th (I've lost count. Gee, what part of "no" do you not understand?) last ditch effort to save healthcare "reform." Wilson's outburst was in very poor taste and, while accurate, should have been saved for commentary later. However, are we to give the President a pass for his bitterly partisan speech to a joint session of Congress? I think not. Though not calling her by name, the President said Governor Palin was lying (she wasn't). Wilson has apologized. I don't think the President has.
**Coming later this evening: Thoughts On American Exceptionalism and its relation to American history