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Rep. John Shimkus Walked Out On Obama Speech Out Of "Frustration"

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While U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has been pilloried for yelling at President Obama during his address to Congress Wednesday evening, one of his Republican colleagues has escaped public scrutiny for a less vocal protest.

Rep. John Shimkus, from Collinsville, Illinois, walked out on the President's health care speech before it was over.

The reason? Obama's tone wasn't cooperative and his ideas were not new, Shimkus' spokesman told the Tribune's Mark Silva.

"Congressman Shimkus was frustrated that the president was not offering any new ground and left with just minutes remaining in the speech,'' Shimkus spokesman Steven Tomaszewski explained to the Tribune.

An Associated Press photographer captured Shimkus on his way out of the speech.