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. Don Fitzgerald

    Poor, President Bush, he's the victim. Now, he has a very, very slight idea as to how the people of Iraq feel, since he and his Neocons visited the brutalization of their nation !! He might even have thought of paying respect to our fallen soldiers in Iraq, and the many wounded by a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Instead, he does something he has done so infrequently during his tenure in Office, speak before the people of this nation, not only military bases and Republican functions. All of a sudden, his appearance draws flies, so to speak, and he is surprised and mouths, platitudes. Free speech, than why give the Telecoms immunity !! Mr. President, you are speaking, freely, out of both sides of your mouth !!

    July 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Vernon

    By far the worst president in my lifetime..................Osama Bin Laden killed 4,000 Americans with his terrorist attacks....How does Bush respond,by sending another 4,000 Americans to die in a senseless war.....The GOP is supposed to be against big government yet this administration has taken away all of our civil liberties.....That lady has a right to free speech.....Up until now I was an undecided independent,but recent events have forced me to definitely vote for Barack Obama.....At least he's willing to talk first before sending our troops to fight

    July 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. blingbling

    Waterboard Bush.

    July 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Chris K

    "Abamanation" – you need to learn more about other countries. Here is a short list of nations for you to start with on your journey. They all have more freedom than the USA AND a higher standard of living:

    Canada, Ireland, UK, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand

    Start with those. And lose the whole "USA is better than any other country" brainwashing. It's only another trick used by the republicans to keep you down.

    July 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. David

    If you can hardly wait until Bushs is tried as a war criminal, why wait?

    Hurry up, do it, do it today!

    July 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Cricket

    Congress voted according to what information they were given at the time. So did the Senate, remember Hillary said "If I knew then what I know now"......Why would anyone support a war on such vague information. Her "experience" ....well she had a brain freeze like John McCain.

    July 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. JIM...TX

    New Dem...we don't need to call those that supported the war from the beginning "war criminals". STUPID may be a more appropriate term!

    July 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. anubis

    okay congress voted to go to war with Afganistan not Iraq. The rise of gas is due to an inflated dollar and increase demand thats not something that has happened over 2 years it takes an entire presidential term to go from surplus to negative and weaken the dollar congress didnt do that...if the President violated the geneva convention terms then he is a war criminal. no one says that America is a terrible place to live be want to preserve what America stands for!!

    Mccain or Obama is an improvement over bush...

    but Obama can bring a better reflection of America back to the world!

    July 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    Bush IS a War Criminal who brought Fascism to our shores. I'm just glad that the American people have had enough of his lies, deceit, cronyism and ineptitude to speak out about his failed Reich. Can't wait to see him out of the White House and in court on charges of Treason, War Profiteering, and Criminal Conduct Unbecoming a President. Good Riddance, Bush, you moron!

    July 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Tanya Kujath

    I'm sure he is used to being know as the worst President ever, but then again he may not get that either. God Bless America!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Newsdiva

    Hey "retired man," you need to bring your brain back online. Bush LIED to Congress and the WORLD to get us into this stupid war. He is a liar, a murderer, and a huge MORON!!! Get a clue. War criminal is too nice a title for G.W. PERIOD. Can't wait 'till this clown is out of office and Barak takes over so he can start to pull America back in the direction it belongs.

    G.W. is the WORST president we've ever had and will probably retain that title for centuries.

    Obama 08 & 12

    July 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Jim

    History will show President Bush to be one of the greatest president's ever. The people disrupting the festivities today are morons, clear and simple.

    July 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. JonRoss

    I hope these Code Pink Obamists live very long lives to a very old age. I hope that they suffer every debilitating condition know to humankind in that old age and that they die miserable and in pain.

    July 4, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Barbara Morton

    It is a citizen's right and duty to question the government. It is a citizen's right to bring a president or any other elected offical to task for wrong doing. This president has lied to the American people and to those of you who say Congress authorized the war yes they did but on false information and lies. The one I have always felt bad for was Colin Powell he was made to look like an idiot before the United Nations by telling them we had positive proof of Iraq's WMDs when it was known by the president and his cronie's that that was a lie. I still don't understand why this man(Bush) has not been impeached. Why in the name of justice will Congress impeach a president for lying about an affiar but won't when this president's actions have risen to the level of "high crimes and misdimeaners

    July 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Paula Hunt

    What a travesty that our dear, clueless Commander in Chief should pick such a time and place to demonstrate the jackbooted skills of his thugs in suits? I'm sure a few of the new would-be citizens are wondering if they really left whatever right forsaken countries they may have come from.

    How about all who think the invasion of Iraq was a good thing, you put yourselves on the next plane over without delay? Oh yes, Georgie boy liberated Iraq but at what cost...thousands of dead civilians who simply wanted to live their lives, basic services non existant, just because Saddam is gone, it doesn't mean the world is free of dictators.

    You who think Obama = an Islamic run government, how would an Islamic ban on free speech be any different than a Bush ban on free speech? In the end the result is the same.

    John Adams said " Dare to speak, read and think the truth " . May God bless those who had the spine to stand up and protest.

    July 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Bill

    Moderate away, boys. You can't cover for Obama forever. Sooner or later he's gonna have to swim or sink on his own.

    July 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "Benedict Arnold" = "BUSH"

    July 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Richard Walsh

    Boorish behavior and even more boorish comments. Simple courtesy has vanished in the USA, by all evidence, to be replaced by the demented ranting of a few vocal malcontents. This is disrespectful of the Office of the President, and to have it occur at this solemn ceremony is simply disgraceful.

    July 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Jeffrey D

    Was it legal for the secret service to hall away the protestors? Weren't the protestors simply exercising their 1st amendment rights? I hope the ACLU jumps all over this one.

    July 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. bill pike

    what did we do with the german leaders after WWii for invading countries???? why should this be any different. Iraq and 911 had zero in common except both have costs lives of our young soldiers. when you lie to start a war that does this kind of damage what should you do???

    July 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. William

    retired man July 4th, 2008 5:32 pm ET

    Bush went to war – who approved it? Congress
    Bush signed the Patriot Act.
    Who approved it? Congress
    In the first six years of his administration gas went up a
    dollar– what changed in the past 2 years to cause the price of gas to double in that amount of time? Congress

    If those of you who believe that the President is a War Criminal – what does that leave the members of Congress who voted to go?

    and yea – the lying thing -if that were true – why did some congressmen like Jay Rockerfeller say that there was not enough information to go to war- In other words — if he lied – why did so many people say that the US should not go to war?

    Those of you who are claiming that the US is now a terrible plac e-you miss the whole irony of this post – they disrupped a ceremony to bring in New Citizens…. if we are so horrible – why are they having such a problem processing the paperwork for all of the people who want to become Americans?
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    July 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. mobiusinformer

    Nice to see the TRUE patriots in our country getting coverage today.

    July 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Pepou

    I hope that he and his gang (Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove) are brought to justice one day and convicted. They are war criminal and have the blood of 4113 American soldiers and thousands of Iraqi on their dirty hands.

    July 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. American

    If someone yelled, "you tax-raising, corrupt, anti-American socialist" at an Obama speech, you can bet they'd cart him off too.

    Bush has not been a great president, but his failure has been his willingness to weaken his positions in the face of opposition rather than strengthen them. We should send more forces to the Middle East, we should have much lower taxes to avoid recession, etc. Obama will not get elected because the uneducated and emotional people who support him are not numerous enough to send us into anoher Jimmy Carter debacle.

    July 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. matt

    "The president did not appear to acknowledge the protesters."
    He does not appear to acknowledge 99% of the country.

    July 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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