- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Cal Thomas’ column “Liar, Liar” (Opinion, Wednesday) makes the point that “the president and his defenders can’t have it both ways.” Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, spoke what he saw as the truth when President Obama stated that illegal immigrants would not be covered by his proposed health care plan. Mr. Wilson’s outburst of “you lie” was outside the normal decorum, but it was heartfelt. By now we know that Mr. Wilson was correct, as the Senate, following Mr. Wilson’s remark, quickly crafted a bill that will require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residence. To suggest that a joint session of Congress, including the president, should have immunity from outbursts such as Mr. Wilson’s statement is ludicrous. Ironically, it was done in front of the most accomplished group of professional liars that could ever be assembled under one roof.

BOB ALLAN

Rochester Hills, Mich.

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