Assigned Reading: House Guidelines for Presidential Put-Downs
(FROM: Politico)

In the wake of Joe Wilson’s outburst, absolutely correct but nonetheless a breach of decorum, House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter, a Democrat from New York, has updated and disseminated an internal memorandum of sorts reminding her colleagues of what is and is not acceptable with regard to addressing or admonishing a president on the House floor.

Here are the parts excerpted by the folks at Politico:

“Disgrace” and “nitwits” — okay.

“Liar” or “sexual misconduct” — ixnay.

Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual it has been held that a Member could:

  • refer to the government as “something hated, something oppressive.”
  • refer to the President as “using legislative or judicial pork.”
  • refer to a Presidential message as a “disgrace to the country.”
  • refer to unnamed officials as “our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs.”

Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:

  • call the President a “liar.”
  • call the President a “hypocrite.”
  • describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
  • charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
  • refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
  • refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

I don’t know about you, but to me it almost looks like a checklist covering the most recent two Democrat presidents.



  1. Gail B says:

    MAYBE both presidents, but it seems to be that it covers the current president's rosterium in the event he is CAUGHT! — particularly the one about sexual misconduct, as there are stories in press about the current president's bisexual –um alleged history.

    verify: sonedom (Is that a new one?)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the Democrats know how dumb they look to the American people—or do they even care!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does it say anything about questioning the Presidents eligibility?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bill was byesexual….. he had sex, then he said 'bye'.
    -M. Lewinsky

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