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. Jim in Asheville

    Modern liberalism is not a "disease." Rather it is perennial adolescence. It looks at the world through utopian lenses and ignores both human nature and thousands of years of history. Yell and scream when you don't like something. Have a tantrum when things don't go your way. Mock your elected leaders when you're in disagreement. Push for state collectivism, but call the president a Nazi or fascist. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Hey folks, big surprise here, but your president is not moving out of the country (liberals did threaten to run away when he was elected–twice). He's not going on trial. He's not going to jail. He works within the framework of a constitutional government and has limited power, remember? Congress has much more authority. My suggestion- cover your ears and hold your breath until November. You're really going to be raving mad if McCain is elected.

    July 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. a voter in New York

    How soon people forget that the President, CONGRESS AND THE SENATE all authorized the war. No major attacks here since 9/11/01.

    If we aren't so lucky with the next administration, these same lemmings will be begging for Bush to come back.

    July 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Tom

    The worst president in history deserves to be heckled and that's the truth!

    July 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Jim in Asheville

    PS- You folks that think the president is a war criminal and should be impeached ought to make it happen. The Democratic-Socialist Party controls congress. Wouldn't they have the votes? Oh yeah, lest we forget, they keep mysteriously voting for his war policy!

    July 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Coby Austin, Texas

    I bet all these people who hate Obama are sore losers all across the board. They couldn't lose well in a game of Monopoly. People, Hillary told so many lies on the campaign trail and was caught in those lies as she told them!! We need Hillary? I'd rather a presidential candidate realize he has miscalculated on certain policies than to tell a flat lie about what you did on a certain day to make you sound more qualified than you are. At least Barack acknowledges that he doesn't know all the answers. I really don't have a problem with Hillary. Aside from the lies I think she would be a good president but don't hate Barack because he beat her!!! Bunch of freakin babies. She lost a month ago!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. California Gold

    I am so glad it's one less day of this President's term. I'm so thankful it's one less day of this Vice President's term. I understand the outrage many citizens feel. Some people seize the opportunity to air their feelings directly to those responsible for this current state of affairs and shout out. I understand the outrage many citizens feel when blogging. Thankfully this news article was posted. Much better than filling bandwidth with staged pictures of this President and fluffy pictures of his doing something patriotic with adoring crowds cheering him on.

    He should be lucky the salmonella scare has cleared the grocery stores of tomatoes. LOL.

    July 4, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Scott Welborn

    What a sad state of affairs that protesters feel the need to besmirch our patriotic holiday. Just because you disagree with one's policies does not mean that you need to punish the rest of the people with your immature antics.

    July 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Frank Lee

    Too bad he wasn't appearing at his sentencing in the Hague for his crimes against America, instead of being at Monticello trying to wrap himself in the flag.

    July 4, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Scott Welborn

    Some of you folks obviously have a political agenda. You make up stuff to make the man look bad. Pathetic. While there is free speech in this country....there are limits. The people who attended the speech had a right to hear the speaker they came to hear. If the protesters wanted to be heard, they should have set up their own speech....out by the dumpsters!

    July 4, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. MT Briggs

    Hey Slider,

    If you are so concerned with Iraq, why don't you move over there and do something beside cheerlead for BushCo.


    July 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Reid C. Granke

    If any President deserves to be heckled, it is George W. Bush. What a total hypocrite! He is a disgrace to the presidency and to this country! Bravo to the hecklers! Boo to those brain dead peons who haul away hecklers! The constitution is again being violated by punishing hecklers who are supposed to have free speech rights. It's too bad that more Americans don't have the guts and intelligence to vote for a Presidential candidate who is not a part of the establishment in Washington - like Ralph Nader.

    July 4, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Pat M

    Wish I could have been there to join in with the Hecklers. I can't believe how many on this blog still support Bush. Must be quite a handicapp to be able to see only one color (ROSE) in spite of the Black Pit of Inequity Bush has pulled all Americans into!

    July 4, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. scott,manchester NH

    1+1=2; bush is the biggest loser in history

    i challenge anyone to argue otherwise about these two basic facts of life.

    July 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Dutch

    Worst President Ever (and I don't make that statement lightly) has no business giving a speech at Monticello. It's these Hecklers right to look and sound foolish, but no sympathy for Bush, he deserves every grey hair on his head, counting the days until January 20th, 2009!

    July 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Independant Thinker

    Wow there are some really negative democRATs on this blog.

    I think that our SOCIALIST loving democRATs are leaning more towards COMMUNISM every day. Just look at their policies!!

    July 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. John G

    Dissent is patriotism. Disrespect is not.

    By expressing their "right to free speech" in this manner the hecklers were infringing upon that of President Bush which is why they were removed. I have yet to see a story about how the secret service is stopping public gatherings critical of the President so no one has actually lost their freedom of speech.

    Also hecklers have been removed from speeches given by Obama and Clinton since the beginning of this campaign.

    I love it when people speak out against what they consider to be injustice. I think it is wonderful. I do, however believe it needs to be done respectfully.

    Of course Kool Aid sipping brain washed libs don't see it like that. You want to say what you want when you want how you want and you don't care whose rights you trample in the process.

    July 4, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama

    bush does not dictate to congress he can plead his case but ultimately congress republicans and democrats decide. so lets all share the blame where it's due and while were at it maybe thank them for keeping the other terrorist out of this country. maybe while you think of what to do with all the negative inside you you can count all the hundred of thousands of people saddam didn't get to kill because he was running for his life. and maybe you can say a prayer for all those who died at the hands of people like him it's easy to blame and point fingers when you sit snug and protected in your house hypocrite

    July 4, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. jon

    to all that are mad,upset and bad mouthing The President. Try PARYING for him and out nation.

    July 4, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. KOS

    I can't wait until Obama becomes president and I can protest him. Oh wait, I can't, I'll be called racist!!

    July 4, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. William, from Cali!

    If you don't like Our President's policies; that were backed by some "turn-coat" DemocRATS, then shut-up and leave this country........maybe you could move to Iraq, they will welcome you there!

    July 4, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Steve

    The freedom of speech we enjoy is not absolute. It must be excercised in the proper place at the proper time. Hecklers are ALWAYS dragged out, no matter who they're heckling, because they choose to try to excersie their freedoms at the wrong time. All that being said, it's about time Bush starts to hear from the people instead of the fat old men, like Rove, who have surrounded him during his administration. Hopefully, history will treat him with fairness, and represent him for what he is. A president who, through personal ego and arrogance, has almost ruined this country. I sincerely hope that once he leaves office, he is prosecuted often and repeatedly, so he can feel some of the misery he has given to the American people. If he ever drives down my street, I will be sure to let him know of my opinion of him....with a raw egg or two....

    July 4, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    To all the people saying these protesters, not "hecklers," need to get a life...you need to learn your history. If Thomas Jefferson were alive today he'd give them his full support.

    July 4, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. AJ - Austin Tx

    Do you socialist lefties know any facts at all, or do you just spew the same hate that you hear from your friends. I'm sure these professional protesters were planted by code pink and move on just to get attention. NOBAMA – Keep the change!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Anne

    Call the President a War Criminal! How very intelligent! Freedom of speech has no bounds, or does it? If the "N" word is used, it is not freedom of speech, it is racist or worse. If you are going to fall back on the the constitution for what you want to say, everybody should have the same freedom; or no one should. Freedom for all; not just for some. Not very original, but it works.

    July 4, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Beatriz Perez-Sanchez

    The current administration has done more to stifle freedom of speech in America than any of its predecessors. For his illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, for sacrificing the city of New Orleans and for the continuing violation of human rights at home and abroad, George Bush deserves to be heckled at the very least.

    July 4, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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