The story behind Joe Wilson's outburst

Was the congressman spurred to action, or did he just go to the bathroom at the wrong time?

Published September 18, 2009 6:40PM (EDT)

With the dearth of investigative journalism out there, it was up to Saturday Night Live to bring us the real story behind Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., calling President Obama a liar during his speech to Congress. Turns out, as you can see in the video below, that Wilson had a very good reason for his outburst.

As a bonus, make sure to watch to the end for a pretty good impression of James Carville.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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