WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he accepts Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s apology for shouting “You lie!” at the president during his speech to Congress Wednesday night.

Obama says Wilson apologized “quickly and without equivocation.”

Obama also says he’s a big believer that “we all make mistakes.”

Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, shouted at Obama during the speech in the House chamber. Wilson’s outburst was an extraordinary breach of decorum for which he swiftly apologized.

Obama addressed the incident with reporters after meeting with his Cabinet on Thursday.