Rep. Gohmert: 'We Know From House Rules the President Never Lies'

By Eric Scheiner | July 14, 2011 | 4:35 PM EDT

( - Rep. Louis Gohmert (R.-Texas) yesterday artfully declined to say that President Barack Obama was lying when he said he could not guarantee Social Security checks would go out after August 3 if there was no deal on the limit. Gohmert would only say he knew from the rules of the House of Representatives that the president "never lies"--an apparently sarcastic reference to the plight of Rep. Joe Wilson (R.-S.C.) who rebuked Obama with a famous shout during a 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress.

While weighing in on the debt ceiling debate Gohmert said at a Capitol Hill press conference, "Now, it’s ‘seniors, you have to worry that you won’t get your Social Security check'."

Gohmert then added, "We know from the House rules that the president never lies but he is taking advice and information from somebody apparently who is willing to lie. Because it’s just not true. The fear-mongering needs to stop."

It’s likely the Texas GOP member was sarcastically referencing Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas)

It was in September of 2009 that Rep. Wilson was rebuked for shouting “You lie!” at President Barack Obama during a health care speech the president was giving before a joint session of Congress.


The House ratified a “Resolution of Disapproval” against Rep. Wilson for the outburst. The resolution is among the softest forms of punishment the House delivers.

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