For satirists like Joel Stein, public incivility is a full employment act.
"This is the kind of stuff I hope for, so it's hard for me to be mad at these people. In 100 years, kids are going to be bemoaning the time when people only yelled out a little bit during presidential pressers," Stein said.
But for many others, this is a serious issue.
Even Obama addressed it in an interview with "60 Minutes" over the weekend.
"The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue. I will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention," he said. "And so, one of the things that I'm trying to figure out is: How can we make sure that civility is interesting?"
It is worth noting that Williams, West and Wilson were all loudly booed for their behavior.
But, as Stein told ABC News today, "The thing that people like more than being rude is yelling at other people for being rude."