Dick Armey: Don’t Attack Joe Wilson, Because Obama Called People Liars, Too « The Washington Independent
After today’s FreedomWorks-organized rally outside on Capitol Hill this afternoon, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey talked with reporters and knocked the press for piling on Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). Armey’s response to the first of two questions on this, the first from The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank:
Joe Wilson probably feels worse today then anybody alive today. He reacted — you have to remember, just before Joe Wilson expressed himself, the President of the United States stood before Congress, and he said about an argument some people are making: “That is a boldfaced lie!” You remember this? The President of the United States said “that is a boldfaced lie, and we’re gonna call you out on it.”
Now, I understand that Joe Wilson feels bad today, and knows that he should not have expressed himself so clearly and openly as he did. But nobody is down on the President of the United States for* his* expression that the argument made contrary to a position he has made is a boldfaced lie. So what’s the rule here? President of the United of States can’t say you’re liars and somebody else cannot? Give poor old Joe Wilson a break here.
Now, again, I cut him no slack. He knows better, or he should. He got himself in trouble and he reflected badly on people who share his point of view. But don’t let Obama off the hook for saying the same thing.
After this, one of the Tea Party protesters yelled, “That’s right!” to support Armey’s quick hit on Obama.