During Obama's speech this evening, Representative Joe Wilson shouted at the President. Nice. Keep it classy, Wilson. Keep. It. Class-say. Ugh. Joe Wilson, where did you learn your manners? Didn't anyone ever tell you that you catch far more flies with honey than vinegar, or, um, shouting at the President of the United States?
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for discourse and expression, and all for standing up for the things in which we believe. Yes. Howevah, shouting like that? Hi, please. So unproductive! So... gauche.
Manners aren't tricky. Being well-mannered is really a matter of
behaving courteously in a given situation. But, I realize such things
are easier said than done for some and so, lucky for Rep. Wilson and
other folks with impulse-control challenges, yours truly happens to be
really into etiquette and social customs as a topic of contemporary discussion, and willing to help.
But, this evening's infraction needs more coaching than I can give in a single post, so lucky for Representative Wilson, eHow has a handy guide which he can reference entitled How to attend a town hall meeting without shouting.
Now, I realize this is a far grander scale than a town hall, yet,
somehow, the rules still seem to apply. As a general rule for one to
file away for future moments of shouting-temptation, try this: don't do
anything in a meeting, lecture or other assembly that you'd cringe to
see a child doing in class. Easy enough, right? We'll see.
Now, let's see how well Rep. Wilson does with his apology for such disruptive behavior.
Updated: Rep. Joe Wilson has issued an apology:
"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."
Glad we dusted off those manners and put them back out, front and center.