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. Skott

    When Bush came to Tampa in 2004 and spoke at Yankee stadium (not a campaign stop, but on our tax dollar) they turned people away who were not supportive and rushed the police to confiscated signs that appeared during the speech that were critical of the President. Positive signs provided by the White House were allowed. This man has done more to damage democracy than any person I know of. He is a blight on our country and will be known in history books as the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

    July 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Eva

    I never liked Bush, but I don't like Obama either. I think he will be a big disappointment for those who want real changes. I predict he won't bring the troops home as promised. The difference between the two is that Bush was a funny conman, Obama will be a boring one. I wish I was wrong.

    July 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Ekim....California

    Long overdue.......he deserves it.

    July 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Dave from Gainesville

    The Secret Service has a long and proud tradition of not interfering with hecklers. What this administration has, that no other administration has had before, is a team of people dressed to look like the Secret Service, whose job it is to pretend to be Secret Service and "escort out" hecklers.

    Every time that CNN and other news sources fall for this, the administration gets away with one of its deepest-reaching and Orwellian scandals.

    ...And for there guys? Wow, that's saying something.

    July 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. MIKE

    PLEASE TELL US WHICH COUNTRIES YOU HAVE TRAVELED TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Ranger7


    Disgusted US ARMY Vet!!!

    July 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Nina De Ponca

    Clinton Impeachment is to Bush Impeachment


    Jaywalking is to Embezzlement

    July 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Brian

    "Hmmm? Looks like someone forgot to take out the trash. Simple minded goobers with nothing to do except grasp at attention for mouthing what they believe to be popular.
    Why are they always butt ugly to boot?"

    Kinda harsh words directed at our president don't you think?

    July 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Willy

    Yep Virginia too has nitwits still looking for Owl Gore's recount.

    July 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. DOH!!!


    July 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Ranger7


    July 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Robert

    It is true that President Bush is not the favorite president of many Americans. I myself did not vote for him.

    However, there are many venues that the President attends that are more appropriate for this type of protest. These nine new citizens didn't deserve to have a wonderful event marred by the thoughtlessness of these protesters.

    While many may not disagree with the sentiment of the protest, the lack of civility to both the new citizens and their families in attendance is inappropriate. First, it was the protests at the soldiers' funerals and now this.

    What happened to consideration for your fellow citizens and basic decency and civility....oh I forgot, the morally correct protesters' opinion of what's important trumps everything else...

    July 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Kimberly in Georgia

    It makes me sad to see so many people blame so much on President Bush. He is one man. There is also congress to think about, all of whom were elected.

    No one is perfect, and I would dare say that the job is far more difficult than anyone is willing to acknowledge or could ever truly understand unless we were in their shoes.

    Heckling may be a right, but it makes the people look immature.

    I may not agree with everything, but I respect the position of leadership that the President has. I also do not agree with Obama or McCain but I also respect them to a certain extent.

    I think a lot of America's problems are global in nature and the solutions are not nearly as simple as everyone likes to blurt out.

    Just grow up a little.

    BTW – I have had a brother in Iraq.

    July 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. kkvh4026

    cnn, you'll be heckled if you exclude Ralph Nader from the presidential debates this year.
    The corporate media says he can't go in unless he has 15% in the polls with NO national coverage, yet their polls don't include n\ader as an option, only advertising Obama & Mccain.
    We're not idiots and in the youtube age we will expose to everyone how the media is fixing the election.

    July 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Joe Regis

    A shared sentiment by many Americans and others.

    Kudo to the few who have the courage to say enough is enough.

    We shall have justice!

    July 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. joe

    andrew jackson if he were here today woulda knocked bush out cold

    July 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Phil, New York, New York

    I totally support war. All the liberals will be wishing Republicans were in power once the islamo facists enact Sharia law in the U.S. Liberals have been trying to turn this country back into England before the ink was dry on the Constitution. If you need proof all you have to do is listen to liberals tell you how they want other countries to like us and how great of countries are in Europe.

    July 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Allen from Hartwell, GA

    Some day people will understand that Bush does not care what we think about him, just as he does not care about this country. I used to think he was just crazy – now I'm convinced that he is doing exactly what he has been told to do, and to hell with America and Americans.

    July 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Charles in Ct.

    Our sorry situation with Bush/Cheney/Rove is because voters in general have not made the effort to be informed. The 6 o'clock news is not a substitute for info that is presented in this countrys major newspapers. You have to work at finding the truth. It rarely just falls into your lap.
    How else does a person who almost didn't make it through high school and got into Yale on an affirmative action program (his daddy) ever get elected president of anything?
    Make the effort to be informed and see through all the BS or you will end up with a government where your vote won't count. Don't believe for a moment that it can't happen.

    July 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Helen

    There will be dancing and rejoicing in the streets when we get this IDIOT MORON out of office. Halleluija.

    July 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Marilyn

    George Bush is a disgrace to this country. He should be heckled every time he shows his face in public. In fact, he should have been impeached a long time ago for deceiving the people of this country and getting us involved in Iraq.

    July 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Phil, New York, New York

    No attacks since 9/11. I think Bush has done a wonderful job. I love that man. Liberals hate him because they cannot understand why he has out smarted them at every turn. Bush is a genious. We will never allow Islamic law in the U.S.

    July 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Jim Bloomfield

    Good for them for exercising free speech and standing up against this travesty of a president! Yes, he's a war criminal; that's very clear to many Americans. Most leaders/dictators of nations are somehow able to prop up their national economy, even during wartime, but not this shameful excuse for a president. Every sector of the economy is in the toilet along with the respect and honor of this great country.

    July 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Cameron

    These people are true patriots who spoke out like this today. They restore my hope in America.

    July 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Dan

    What better way to celebrate the birth of this nation than to disrupt and disrespect the entire country?

    July 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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