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George H.W. Bush On 'You Lie' Partisanship

President Bush #41 was hardly a fan of Congressman Joe Wilson's infamous 'You lie!' outburst:
What advice would Bush give to leaders today? "Politics can be civil and not personal. It doesn't have to be shouting and questioning the other guy's motives. Try to see the other person's view. That means you have to listen and not talk all the time."

He was deeply offended by Rep. Joe Wilson's (R., S.C.) outcry during President Barack Obama's September speech to Congress. "There has to be a certain decorum and civility. And that was just smashed. I thought, 'How low have we gotten here?'"
Indeed.

Head nod: Ben Smith