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?

By Alex Koppelman
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.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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