A Republican House member from Texas says that he was echoing cries made by Americans who died on United Flight 93 during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when he shouted “Let’s roll” before the vote to delay President Barack Obama’s health care reform law over the weekend.
According to the National Review‘s Robert Costa, even House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) tea party critics were praising him at a closed-door meeting on Saturday over his decision to include a provision to delay the Affordable Care Act for one year in a bill to fund the government.
“Chants of ‘Vote! Vote! Vote!’ echoed through the room,” Costa wrote. “Standing in the back, Boehner’s deputies watched the scene and smiled. ‘People went bonkers,’ says Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona.”
“John Culberson of Texas was so enthused that he yelled, ‘Let’s roll!’ after hearing Boehner’s remarks. Culberson later told reporters he was alluding to the cry of United 93 passenger Todd Beamer,” he added.
According to press reports, Beamer had use the phrase before joining with other passengers in attempt to take back control of the flight from the terrorists. Flight 93 crashed in near Shanksville, Pennsylvania minutes later, killing everyone aboard.
It was not immediately clear if Culberson was implying that President Obama was like a terrorist for refusing to kill the health care reform law.
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