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   Is Obama the first president to get heckled during an address to Congress?

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9/10/2009 9:00 pm

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Juliet Lapidos

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Entered 9/10/2009, Updated 9/10/2009

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A Republican representative from South Carolina, Joe Wilson, heckled President Obama during his speech to Congress Wednesday night. In response to Obama's statement that the proposed health care bill would not cover illegal immigrants, Wilson shouted, "You lie!" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "I have never in my 29 years heard an outburst of that nature with reference to a president of the United States speaking as a guest of the House and Senate," while White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, "No president has ever been treated like that. Ever." Is Obama really the first president to get heckled during an address to Congress? It depends on what you mean by heckle. Members of Congress frequently express their disapproval audibly during a presidential speech. When Bill Clinton outlined his health care plan in 1993, for example, some Republicans snickered, shook their heads, made faces, and even shouted "no." And when George W. Bush claimed in his 2005 State of the Union that Social Security will be "exhausted and bankrupt by 2042," Democrats responded with boos. (At the time, several political talk-show hosts, including Ted Koppel of ABC, claimed such booing was unprecedented.) But last night may be the first time a congressman went beyond communal muttering—and interrupted the president with a loud and denigrating retort.


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