Of all the Americans eagerly anticipating President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday, perhaps none is more excited than Rep. Joe Wilson (R - SC).
"I've got to tell you, I'm totally stoked about it," Mr. Wilson told reporters today. "I've been preparing for it for weeks."
While Rep. Wilson was cagey about what those preparations entailed, he said, "My constituents expect a certain kind of performance from me and I don't want to disappoint them."
"You always want to try to top yourself," he added.
Carol Foyler, a congressional staffer who works in the office next to Rep. Wilson, said that she did not know what the congressman was hatching "but he sure has been making a racket in there."
"Starting at nine in the morning, he spends all day shouting the same phrase over and over again," she said. "I can't make out the exact words, but it sounds like 'pants on fire.'"
Dr. Davis Logsdon, who studies the pathology of public outbursts at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, says that behavior like Rep. Wilson's needs to be put in a medical context.
"I don't like to diagnose from a distance, but Joe Wilson may be suffering from a medical condition," he says. "It's a syndrome known as congress interruptus." More here.