WASHINGTON — When President Obama addressed Congress on Wednesday night, he got an unusual greeting: "You lie!"
The comment from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) could be heard throughout the House chamber in response to Obama's remark that his health insurance plan would not extend benefits to illegal immigrants.
"I've never seen anything like that before," said Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) "We do not invite the president of the United States into the House of Representatives and hurl insults."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the remark was "disrespectful" and called on Wilson to apologize.
"I let my emotions get the best of me," Wilson said in a statement after the speech. "While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."