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Joe Wilson has already apologized to President Obama for breaking decorum and shouting “You Lie!” at Obama during his Wednesday night speech to Congress on the subject of Healthcare Reform.
“Not long after the speech ended, Wilson issued an apology. ‘This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill,’ he said. ‘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.’ Wilson also called the White House to apologize.”
He may have said the words, but it sure is hard to believe that Wilson is actually, truly, really, really sorry for the inappropriate outburst, an action that has been condemned from both sides of the aisle as shameful, disrespectful and embarassing.
So what was the tipping point leading to Wilson’s swift “sorry?” Did he refer immediately to his Blackberry and realize that #JoeWilsonIsADouche had instantly become a trending topic on Twitter? Did his wife text him: “WTF, U IDIOT!?” Did he realize that he was single-handedly about to crash his own government site with an ugly media frenzy?
Something tells us it was actually much simpler, a gut reaction to the most powerful and classic of sorrymaking machines: the cold, hard faces of two Hardass Asian Parents (as played, in this instance, by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi).
Peep Mom and Dad the moment they hear Wilson’s outburst from the floor. Pelosi’s jaw hits the floor and her eyes become nuclear daggers. Biden drops his head and shakes it with disgust and shame, the kind of shake a dad can only achieve when he wishes you didn’t exist. EVER.
I’ve seen my parents do this A THOUSAND TIMES. It never fails.
The one thing I’ve learned–A Hardass Asian Parent can’t kill you with their eyes, but they’ll sure as hell try. And instead, they’ll just make you really fucking sorry.
Love you, love your work. There is no question of that.
Here’s the thing: You had a tough night last night, with a big spill down the stairs, tons of folks accusing that you were probably too Pro-Obama to moderate the Vice Presidential debate fairly, and close physical proximity to the most ridiculous candidate ever to stand on the debate stage.
That all sucks. And you had a big job on your hands. But we can’t help but think that the fear of seeming biased ultimately caused you to go soft on Sarah–whose robo-answers, lack of decorum, and refusal to directly answer most of your questions should have been called out and reeled in.
The fact of the matter is: SARAH PALIN IS OUT OF CONTROL. This was the one opportunity for us to really see it, and with stronger moderation combined with Joe Biden going for the jugular (as well as choking up rather beautifully), we could have seen her go down.
Instead, we got winked at.
Sigh. Oh well.