In an interview broadcast yesterday, President Barack Obama called for an end to the "circus" atmosphere surrounding the healthcare debate, and said that he expected "a good healthcare bill" to pass through congress. Obama also indicated – for the second time – that he was ready to look past Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during a policy speech last week.
"Congressman Wilson shouting out during my joint sessions speech was a surprise not just to me, but I think a lot of his Republican colleagues who, you know, said that it wasn't appropriate," Obama said in a conversation with Steve Kroft of the CBS news program "60 Minutes." "He apologized afterwards, which I think I appreciated, and I've said so."
At the same time, Congressman Wilson – he of the "You Lie!" rejoinder – said that he will not apologize on the floor of the House of Representatives, which is contemplating a resolution admonishing Wilson. "I believe the American people know I’m a civil person," Wilson said to "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace. "I respect the institution of the House. I have apologized to the president. I believe that should be enough."