Liveblogging: Obama gets congressional heckler

Republican members aren't happy with one part of the president's speech


Alex Koppelman
September 10, 2009 4:48AM (UTC)

The discussion about healthcare reform has gotten pretty rowdy over the past few months -- even members of Congress have faced the wrath of their constituents. But you still don't expect to hear the members themselves turn into hecklers, especially not when the person they're heckling is the president.

But that's what happened Wednesday night, when President Obama said, "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."

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Both sentences drew boos, and one member shouted either "lie" or "liar."

This is a fairly small thing in the grander scheme, but still, it's definitely a breach of congressional ethics -- not to mention just common courtesy.

The GOP's not going to benefit from this, either. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough -- a former Republican congressman himself -- quickly responded, on Twitter: "Whoever shouted out that the president was lying is a dumbass who should show the President respect. I hated when Democrats shouted at Bush."

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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