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. Jeffrey

    We don't have free speech in America. I should be able to counter heckling with a can of "shut the **** up", but I'm not allowed.

    July 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Bob Stephens

    Bush and Cheney are both war criminals and should get what they deserve, rot in jail .

    July 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |








    July 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Rose


    YOU FORGOT Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld–they also need to spend about 10 years in Gitmo. All need to be prosecuted for War Crimes.

    July 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. rich

    You can argue that George Bush is not a war criminal? I'm listening.

    July 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. chuck moylan

    Fortunately this 4th of July we find ourselves again not attacked on our homeland due to Mr. Bush's foreign policy.

    I, for one, am living a great life with a wonderful family and excellent job. SCOTUS has just reconfirmed my right to bear arms.

    This 4th of July is a time to reflect on all our blessings and I thank Mr. Bush first and foremost.

    July 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. son of Rush

    These loudmoth Pinkos are able to spit their venom onlly because me and my children have fought for that right. In my Parents Generation they would be tried for Treason.

    July 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Michael S. Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Bush/Cheney need to be much more than heckled! The whole administration should be brought up on criminal charges and thrown in prison. They have trampled the US Constitution, sold our countries economic sould to Communist China, sent our brothers and sisters to their untimely deaths in an illegal, misled and lied about war, instituted torture, broken Federal privacy laws, etc etc etc, the list goes on! They have all spit in the faces of Americans and yet so many still embrace these elitist scumbags. ALL of them have guilt and innocent peoples blood on their hands.

    DISSENT IS PATRIOTISM for all of you woolen ones out there. To say nothing and follow blindly is fascism! Get it? I fear my own government more than I fear any so-called "terrorists".

    Being ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

    July 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Disillusioned

    Why is it that almost all of these comments feel the need to downgrade someone else to prove your own point?! Reading what most of you have to say really frightens me because the thought that there is so much hatred and animosity amongst ourselves within this great nation lends itself to an impossibility to unite. How about we share our opinions without bashing others, and look at compromise and synthesis as a means to move forward? Extremism of any nature, for any candidate, religion, political methodology, or cultural belief can never be beneficial. Accept differing opinions, as were provided by the hecklers in the article, and try to understand where someone is coming from instead of writing them off as lunatics or "Nazis". Are you guys really serious?!

    July 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. An american citizen

    If you want to be romans who ruled the world, then you will have to be at war all the time. If not, then stop pretending to preach your values & stop showing your culture & wealth to the world and just be another ordinary country.

    As the world changes in 5 to 10 years, we will truly know if the US really rules the world or not.

    July 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Marc PDX

    These are the same airheads who blame Bush for 9/11. "Forget logic, just vote for Obama" – the mantra of the airheads...

    NObama N'08 (you'll get exactly what you vote for: nothing!)

    July 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Geraldo

    Bush has heard - deservedly! - so much criticism over the last 7+ years that he seems to pay no attention to it anymore. Or maybe he's just so out of touch he thinks protesters are actually cheering him. Regardless, it's downright shameful that Secret Service agents, on the public payroll, were dispatched to "escort" one protester away, which just reflects the hubris and abuse the Bush administration continues to heap onto the American public. By the way, did anybody else note the irony of this episode: On the country's birthday, when we celebrate freedom and liberty, its First Amendment was stepped on, no less by a president who probably couldn't spell constitution if you spotted him "consti" and "tion"!!

    July 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Mark

    That heckler was a paid black women by the Obama campain to start up some dirty support for thier campain. We all know by voting for Obama thier will be not change. That's just a word he copyed from a tv ad in china. Just wait you let Obama in the White house and he will have you put in jail for talking againt him.

    July 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Alan Boyer

    Surely, no one is surprised!

    July 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. M

    How very sad that an exciting and wonderful day had to be ruined by those protesters. I feel sorry for the people who were becoming citizens. This should have been a special day for them and it was ruined by those who had nothing better to do.

    July 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. not important

    George W. Bush reminds me of Lyndon Johnson. They said the same thing about Johnson when he expanded the Vietnam war.

    July 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Shane


    July 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Sweetie

    If Amarica was really a facist nation, he would not have been only escorted out, he would of been shot in the head. Try explaining that to Obama cultists.
    Obama cultists are the first to deflect critism of policy or character issues. Mc Bama = Mc Bush.

    July 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Tom in CA

    ...and if you've been to the mall – you know that the Bush administration could care less about it's condition!

    The REPs party doesn't want to do anything to conserve our NATIONAL TREASURES!

    McCain will tell us to...!

    Say NO to the REPUBLCIANS!

    July 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. mitchell hussein martin

    i hope we make it to the election before the new revolution begins.i would rather have a respectable change of government,before the anarchy begins.bush and company will be cracking down on the american people with whatever it takes to remain in power.without obama,we will be newest third world country.

    July 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Tom in CA

    Under Bush and Cheney...there is no thing known as "Free Speech!"

    July 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. MJP

    These protestors are great Americans! They make me proud. Wish I had been there to join in.

    July 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Tom in CA

    ...and if you've been to the mall – you know that the Bush administration could care less about it's condition!

    The REPs party doesn't want to do anything to conserve our NATIONAL TREASURES!

    McCain will tell us to that we're trying...! But,...they aren't!

    Say NO to the REPUBLCIANS!

    July 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Nick, Rochester, NY

    I can see all the America haters, illegal immigrants waving foreign flags, decadent weirdos in ridiculous attire protesting agaist normalcy, all crowding the NFL stadium in Denver to listen to Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech. What a spectacle that will be, it will give McCain at least a ten-point boost.

    July 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. NPA

    I think Bush is a good guy with a major flaw: Pride, a greed for glory. Out of his greed for glory he took us to a war we had no business fighting. Now, of course, he is a war criminal. It is a sad story. The truth is, I would vote for Bush before I vote for McCain: Bush made a huge mistake; McCain seeks to perpetuate Bush's mistakes, refusing to admit they were mistakes. The Bush war, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Bush international policies - McCain is insisting they are all good. I miss the McCain of yore; now John McCain scares me.

    July 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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