July 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush heckled during July 4 speech


Watch protesters interrupt the president's speech.

(CNN) - It's The Fourth of July, but not everyone was in a festive mood when President Bush delivered a speech Thursday at Thomas Jefferson's famous home, Monticello.

The President, who was talking part in Monticello's annual naturalization ceremony, was interrupted several times by protesters.

"War criminal!" one protester repeatedly yelled as she was escorted out by Secret Service members.

"He has brought fascism to this shore," another man yelled.

The president did not appear to acknowledge the protesters.

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soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. McGaffe

    Lock him up in Gitmo and throw away the key!!!

    July 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Basil

    Have liberals no shame?

    This speech today wasn't about President Bush, the war on terror, or anything else. It was a naturalization ceremony. Here were 76 new Americans receiving their citizenship on the most befitting of days and protestors (Bush-haters, there's really nothing to protest) ruin the most exciting day of their lives.


    July 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    I love all the automatons who so self-righteously applauded when Bush made his smarmy remark about "We believe in free speech in this country," EVEN AS the hecklers were being dragged off for their dissenting opinions. You have to be making an *effort* to be that blindly stupid.

    July 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Reis Kash

    Scum suckers at work – ruining a patriotic celebration in an infantile display. And those here who have supported them: wait until you get the half-cast Muslim-born Marxist slickster from the Windy City for president. Will you disrupt him when he sells the country down the river to the Muslims?

    July 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Joe, Phx AZ


    July 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. To Abamanation:

    I respect your love for our country BUT what we actually have is a SINKING DOLLAR and a LOSS of the world's respect.

    Thanks to the Bush leadership!

    July 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    GO MCCAIN !! vote 2008 !

    July 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Bush will deserve every heckle and jeer he receives for the rest of his lousy life. And the voices calling WAR CRIMINAL will grow louder and louder. Bush is an American disaster as are the idiots who voted for him.

    July 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. TexGEOas

    You Bush-haters are so miserably misguided that you are now ready and eager to vote for an avowed Marxist-socialist. Great thinking! And you talk about the future of our country?

    Bush was not alone in going to war with Iraq. He had the approval of the Congress and of every major leader of both parties. They all based their decisions on U.S. intelligence (remember "slam dunk" by Director Tenent?) and the intelligences of most major nations.

    You've been watching too much MSM.

    July 4, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Joe from Maryland

    It's a sad day when peolpe have to worry about what they say for fear of being arrested and rposectued under one of GW's incredible "Patriot Act" laws. He's turned back the freedom clock decades. What a loser.

    What;s that Big Brother? Oh, sorry. I meant what a lover....

    (of torture, illegal detention, and spreading democracy at the point of a spear...)

    July 4, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Bush The Oil Nazi

    Bush is a not only a war criminal, but a terrorist and a torturer. He must be executed for his crimes.

    July 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Matt, Manchester, CT

    The person who said the President brought fascism to the United States has obviously never lived under a fascist regime in their entire lives. They have no idea what they are talking about and can't possibly fathom the widespread mayhem in countries where fascism actually does exist. Ask any Italian who lived under Mussolini in Italy or Franco in Spain about the current situation in the United States. If fascism did reign in the U.S., then Pelosi, Reid, Howard Dean, and the like would have been captured, tortured, and murdered like the political opponents of those regimes. The hysterics and over-simplifications of the Left does nothing to further their cause.

    July 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. RandSeattle

    Somebody please explain to me why this President isn't impeached! I honestly don't get it. What's worse than lying to his own people and inflicting death and injury on over 100,000 including Iraquis, and grave harm on their families, lost careers, homes, and also so much grief - all because God "told him to."

    July 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Paul

    I'm saddened by this highly polarized discussion. I think I would be happy with either Obama or McCain. The silly noname McSame cannot be logically applied to McCain given his history–he is anything but the same as Bush, even though some of his policy choices are similar. With respect to freedom of speech, these protesters were not following an orderly, logical, or respectable method of dissent. If Obama or McCain had to respond to every heckler the way some of the above comments suggest Bush should have done, they would have no opportunity to discuss their preferred policy. Bush, as faulty as some of his policies have been, had every right to ignore the rude interruption!

    July 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. jason

    do you have to refer to it as "heckling?" it's not a joke or childish game: bush is a war criminal. get off your collective butts and do some real reporting.

    July 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Matt

    For all of the liberals out there stop shouting and start debating. There is a distinct difference between exercising freedom of speech to protest outside of the presidents speech like many people did, and trying to disrupt a ceremony that from what I can tell the president went out of his way to keep non political.

    I'm as mad as the next guy at some of the things bush has done, but guess what he was elected by the people, by a process that is spelled out in the constitution. The congress won't impeach him because they would have to impeach themselves if they did. Every thing the liberals want to impeach him for has been approved by congress, and I believe even St.'s Obama and Clinton (i believe they are spending their time at a cabin walking on water) supported much of what the president has done. Lets review shall we. No Child(Kennedy Clinton too. backed), Iraq(most of current democrats backed, and Obama was too stupid to admit when he's wrong and say that he was wrong on the surge), Patriot act (All backed originally, and even clinton & Obama voted for it in the recent update). So before claiming that Bush has run the counrtry into the ground, or this is some GOP master plan, remember that the DNC has had their hand and most of their upper body stuck in a lot of the stuff that's gone on.

    As for some of these posts where are the moderators? Some definately violate the coment policy, but I guess it only applies if you are criticizing Obama that you can't be obscene. But being obscene towards the President is OK.

    July 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Javier

    Remember folks, Clinton did NOTHING to stop osama nor hussein during his run!! Now Bush has to clean it all up. I feel sorry for him.

    July 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. J E





    July 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. InspireThis

    retired man.

    I agree 100% with you. Great point about Congress.

    For the people that think the USA is so bad, there is a very easy fix for that. Pack your s*it and move to another country.

    July 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. H Towell

    all those screaming for impeachment should have been screaming at Nancy Pelosi for the ast 2 years.I think she is the head of the Democratic party that has said "impeachment is off the table"-but you still support her along with all the other weaklings.

    July 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Louise

    Freedom of expression absolutely rocks.

    July 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Mike


    July 4, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. tom, boston

    I Like Them! They look so Sexy!

    you bet Bush co have already bought properties in countries without extradition treaties with anyone, those that you can't find even in
    a good map.

    you better believe that they're all packed and ready to bug out any moment. they ill-gotten money is all squarreled away in some unknown bank accounts of some unknown island nation

    they can run, but they won't be able to hide long enough!

    July 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Bobby tray

    I am amazed that some people on this forum are blaming Obama for the heckler! Those people need a life!

    July 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Rob indetroit

    so much for free speech

    July 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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