Washington, DC - The Beatles - rock & roll legends, voice of a generation, liars. "I remember Joe screaming at his record player," said John Hill a longtime friend of South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson. Hill explains Wilson was upset by John Lennon's assertion that 'All You Need is Love.' "Joe just kept shouting - you lie, you lie. Love isn't the only thing. You also need water, food and shelter. He ended up smashing all his records."
Wilson's outbursts don't end with the Beatles. Hill recalls their high school graduation. "The speaker told us we could be anything we wanted." Hill sighs then adds, "of course Joe disagreed. He stood up during the speech and pointed out we couldn't be rabbits or Superman or even a rabbit dressed as Superman."
The pattern continues later in Wilson's life. Hill alleges the Congressman once got into an argument during a funeral. "The pastor was trying to console this woman who had lost her husband. The pastor mentioned something about her husband being in a better place. Joe marched right up there and insisted the dead man could be in a much worse place and then he (Wilson) called the pastor a liar. That poor woman."
Hill doesn't understand his friend's random lapses of civility. However, he maintains Wilson is a good man who has trouble expressing his feelings. "He's just wound too tight. He really wants to do a good job." At this point Wilson barged into the interview and accused Hill of lying.