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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  1. Jesse Abrams

    It is shocking how hate-filled liberals have become. Their zealotry of non-liberals is on par with the views of radical Muslims toward non-Muslims. It is difficult to know which to fear more... those who wish to destroy America from the outside, or those wishing to destroy it from within!

    July 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    "Bravo" retired man, you right.It was not possible for such of men to destroy the great hope named USA.He worked with your Congress.
    Why they still need to become Americans?...for their dreams.
    Is not enough?
    What else?
    God bless America!

    July 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Texans for Obama

    Well, he is a war criminal. there are so many young men and women who lost their lives in this war that was based on a big fat lie. These young people gave their lives for what? Their gone. Families have been torn apart. There are many disabled, and homeless veterans from this current Iraq war.

    Then we have John McCain who doesn't want to give veterans 4 yrs of college after 3 yrs of service. What kind of mess is that? This war was for Oil. It is a shame, Bush and cronies need to be charged as war criminals. No more Republicans. Barack the vote!

    July 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Eric

    President Bush in the Mid 1990's on being governor of Texas.

    "You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier."

    July 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Catherine

    This is supposed to be America. I can't believe these people are forcefully taken by Secret Service or anyone. We have the RIGHT to protest peacefully. NO ONE in that video was violent in the LEAST. One guy was pulled BACKWARDS off something that he was standing on.

    It's like Communist China here more and more; Bush is a criminal and a fascist. Anyone with a brain who is paying attention knows that. He is the worst President in American History. I will rejoice when he is gone forever. Look at the statistics! Most Americans feel the same way!

    July 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Uncle Fester

    Slider-why don't you tell it to the graves of the 3000 that died on 9-11
    that the man responsible for their deaths is running around free, and we invaded a country that had nothing to do with it. You idiot

    July 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Linda K.

    We are losing this country to the tyranny of the Bush Administration, who has done more damage than terrorists ever could.

    Free speech? Dissent? Our forefathers believed strongly in these. What has happened to those Americans who continue to support this petty dictator?

    Will this be printed? Or will the FBI show up at my door? It's a free country, right?

    July 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. GT

    You "bush-bashers" are hilarious.

    You claim that you stand for Free Speech but then attempt to stop anyone you hate from exercising that Right.

    Meanwhile, the people from your own Party are putting up a fence at their upcoming convention to keep you from doing the very thing these hecklers tried to do to Bush and the attendees.

    You truly are sorry lot.


    July 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Eric


    The only spoiled brats here are neo-conservatives like you, who thump Bibles and outdated political ideas in the name of progress. What strategy has Bush set? Al-Qaeda is operating nearly at the same level they were before, all because Bush and his administration decided to direct focus from Afghanistan to Iraq. Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the attacks, is still on the run and is probably planning more attacks daily.

    Bush is not responsible for our security, the attacks themselves set our high standard of security we have today.

    Liberals do have brains, in fact, the majority of intellectuals are liberals, the only ones without brains are Neo-cons.

    July 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. bob

    yeah we have free speech. but everyone that is congratulating these immature adults for yelling during a non political speech are crazy. we have free speech, but go start a blog, don't yell during his time, have some respect.

    everyone was congratulating bush when he decided to go to war, but oh when were not doing so well the whole country goes against him. compare his term to other presidents. he has had a lot more put onto him than other presidents. for the circumstances things could've been a lot worse. hey, we could've had Saddam with tanks in new york is he sat back and had a beer instead.

    July 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. 2012

    "John C. (Buddy) Schow-Chicago, Il July 4th, 2008 5:18 pm ET

    All of the morons that continue to brag about Bush and how we haven't been attacked since 9/11/01 need to consider one thing. NEVER had we been attacked on the scale of 9/11/01 UNTIL Bush became president."

    Ever hear of Pearl Harbor, idiot?

    July 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Phil

    Dont vote for a Texas politician for President.....Lyndon B. Johnson....Vietnam
    King George W. Bush Afganistan, Iraq and Iran..........

    July 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Phil

    Dont vote for a Texas politician for President.....Lyndon B. Johnson....Vietnam
    King George W. Bush Afganistan, Iraq and Iran

    July 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Eric

    Repub of LA, are you serious? Best Health Care in the world? We are number 37 or something according to recent reports. Just look at that video of the old woman dying in the hospital lobby!

    You neo-cons need to stop using the "We work hard" argument, everyone works hard in this country, including liberals.

    July 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. april haun

    there is a small typo......'The President was talking part'

    you meant "was taking part"

    What a shameful way for any American to act in public, regardless of your politics, or what your sentiments are towards the President. Free speech is great. Allow a public dignitary to have his chance at free speech. Then you can politely have yours with a sign and silent march. Which behavior do you think would be most accepted? Which crowd do you think would be "heard" and at least respected for appropriate behavior?
    I taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. I would have a difficult time explaining the crowd's behavior to the children. If the behavior isn't appropriate for small children, it's not appropriate for their elders.

    July 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Aerisbc1

    Freedom of speech is great, but no matter what they say, who cares anymore. He's out of office in a few months. Give it a rest already.

    July 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Billy Gibbons

    What a bunch of idiots. This is just as inappropriate as the idiot in Denver yesterday that sang a "black national anthem" instead of our National Anthem.. Inappropriate, selfish, jerks.

    July 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Mr. Burrito

    Bush is planning his exile in Paraguay when his term is over. Just watch and see. His land is perched over a huge fresh water aquifer. The upcoming oil wars will be nothing, compared to the future water wars. He is a corrupt pig.

    July 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. JohninSC

    Sounds like the protester was petioning her government for redress. Oops, my error. That was contained in something that is now obsolete under this administration. Just for fun... take out your dictionary and look up the definition of "Fascist".

    July 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Buck O.

    Why do people think that Obama somehow put these folks up to this? Bush has been heckled before. This started way before Obama was even on the radar. It's just too bad that they only have enough time to blurt out simplistic phrases. What really needs to be said on the matter could fill a book...

    July 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Bill Young

    We should all be thankful that someone has the nerve to stand up to this war criminal. This president deserves no respect. No respect for him, cheney, helms, or any other bigots.

    bush is a liar and anyone who thinks different is an idiot.

    July 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Republican for change.


    REPUB OF LA: So u want obama to raise your taxes and mess up the best health care in the world, r -u nuts people? As 4 the protesters , they probably never worked hard in their life, everything given to them since day 1-!!!




    And tell me WHO'S NUTS? Make a NEW argument other than the usual GOP lines of attack that you just used (which have already been proven to be NOTHING but campaign SLOGANS) and tell the American people why they should keep the Status Quo?

    July 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. delaney

    What a disgrace that George Bush would have the arrogant disrespect to show up at the home of a founding father of this country. He should be heckled all the way out of the US. He already has the historical legacy of a traitor of the highest order.

    July 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Willy

    Liberals are living proof that pubic schools are not the best answer. See the protester, public schooling.

    July 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Annoyed

    Show some sense people. It is not just what they were saying that got them booted out, but the fact that they were interrupting a ceremony. If someone had stood up and sang "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weener" at the top of their lungs, they too would have been hauled out. These people had a right to speak-out, though there is a time and a place. Suzy is correct that this was a disrespectful statement to those people the ceremony was really for. Thank you for speaking some sanity into the situation.
    And Ms. Serrano, and those who likewise commented things like: "... only in America will you be escorted out if you don't agree." I'm afraid you don't know much about the rest of the world. In many countries that would be the end of your road... and the whole thing would be censured out so that no one knew about the event or the person.
    The people taken away had a right to express their views, but it should be no surprise or outrage that doing so in this manner got them kicked-out of a formal ceremony. I'm sure they expected no less before doing so.

    July 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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