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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    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-!!!

    July 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Steve, Boston, MA

    Can we amend the constitution so that Bush can have a 3rd term? Ij love that man. He is a true American hero.

    All wars in U.S. history, except the Gulf wars, have been started by Democrats. Democrats are warmongers.

    July 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Basil

    Did you ever notice how most Bush-haters can't spell or even write in complete sentences?

    As for Bush being a Nazi or having family ties to Nazism, does that mean that all liberals should be persecuted for their ancestors involvement in slavery? Would they want or think it would be okay for them to be judged by he sins or rumors of sins of their fathers and grandfathers?


    Everyone keeps saying Bush and Cheney are war criminals, but no one ever explains why. This is radical leftist propaganda at its best. The same with the whole freedom of speech thing. If Bush has stolen all of our rights away, then why are millions of Americans everyday able to share their comments with each other and the world on websites like this one. Why are NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC able to constantly deride Bush and Cheney day after day after day if their freedom of speech has been taken away?

    July 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Jeff - Texas

    The sad thing is that this is perhaps the most a citizen could do to him. Given ALL the damages Bush and Cheney have inflicted on our country and others, will there ever be a day that they will be served justice?
    I think not.

    Historians will shame him for generations to come. But he probably couldn't cares less if at all..

    July 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. totally neutral

    Yeah, He's a fascist-
    BUT, you elected him, twice.
    He has done nothing without the approval of the Congress YOU elected.
    Shame on YOU for your choices.
    Hitler had the same mandate of the people,
    Think before you pull the lever, you never know when it may be the last time.

    July 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Nina De Ponca

    Clinton Impeachment is to Bush Impeachment


    Jaywalking is to Grand Theft Auto

    July 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Traci

    Come on people. President Bush isn't the first person to have a heckler removed. That doesn't make him a fascist. That's just a stupid excuse to sound off on him. If you want to hate him that's your choice but stop sounding so ignorant about it.

    July 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Maurice-canadian thought.

    It is so hypocritical that the freedoms that this administration seeks for citizens of other countries, it denies it's own citizens.

    Freedom of speech in America can only be defined as being only possible, if you agree with the status quo. Once there is opposition, one is quickly apprehended. What countries does this response to protests, remind us of?. We can name several. What a shame.

    July 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. John C. (Buddy) Schow-Chicago, Il

    Another example of why this Fool (Bush) makes very few public appearances. If I was him, I would be afraid to go outside of the White House gates. If we're lucky maybe something really big will happen at one of these staged appearances.

    July 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Aaron Williams

    He's a symptom of a sick Republic, not the problem. For the people, by the people. The 3% of the population that control 97% of the wealth, have an agenda, and it's called the New World Order.

    July 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Cathy in MD

    Heckled? He should be arrested.

    July 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Mjon

    Good for them; it sorely needs to be pointed out that on a day when we celebrate our freedom our President is a fascist war criminal

    July 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Paul

    I think it's sad that CNN would post this. To what purpose does this meet? Once again, CNN provides clear evidence that it is a liberal mouthpiece. Granted, it is the right of every American to voice their opinion, but to show these nuts is plain sickening. Congrats, you've given them their 15 minutes of fame. BTW, what was the President's speech on or do you care? Why hasn't Obama been attacked like McCain has during his speeches? Looks like he's a protected person. Maybe the choosen one?

    July 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Olaf

    Jefferson would endorse those hecklers right to speak truth to power (or truth to tinpot fascist, in this case).

    The only thing that bothers me are the idiots who come on this page and criticize those people for speaking their mind. As if it's wrong to criticize the president. If you don't exercise your rights, people, you're gonna lose 'em.

    God save the First Amendment.

    July 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. John C. (Buddy) Schow-Chicago, Il

    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.

    July 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Phil, New York, New York July 4th, 2008 5:01 pm ET

    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.


    Statements like this are idiotic scare tactics. The United States is not a country that can be invaded. No one will come here and enact Sharia law in the U.S. Let's have a rational debate on whether we should pull our war machine out of *their* countries and what the consequences of that would be, but spare us the theatrics, please.

    July 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Chad in Arlington

    Having these people removed is not an infringement on their freedom of speech - any one espousing that has no idea what the privilege/right permits. The Freedom of Speech does not entitle people to be disorderly and shout down the president or anyone else trying to give a speech. The yelling and interrupting the speech of those you disagree with is disrespectful. The freedom of speech does not exist to only those that can yell the loudest!! These people are an embarrasment.

    July 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. retired man

    Jason – Chandler, Arizona July 4th, 2008 4:41 pm ET

    Mark in Portland since thats what PDX is. Bush is responsible for 9/11. He knew the "terrorists" were here in America, he had the fbi tracking them and they could have gotten them IF he really wanted. Don't get me started on the alleged plane that hit the Pentagon.. If you look at the video of the "plane" you see NO tail of a plane at all.

    Jason - I don't know about the video but I was at the Pentagon on 9/12 and I saw a tail of the plane along with lots of other rubble

    July 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Mark

    Look on the bright side. Soon Georgie and Dickie will lose their diplomatic immunity. They can then be brought up on war crimes charges. 4000+ Americans are dead and many thousands of Iraqis due to their lies. McCain is just another liar-in-waiting. No matter what the bammer does, he can't be any worse than the republocnazis.

    July 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. JG from WM.

    The ceremony wasn't about bush, it was about the immigrants who waited in line to become citizens. What a way to remember what for many was the best day of their lives – a couple weenie "protesters" acting like attention deprived children. And for all of you claiming the protestor weenies have a right to "free speech" at a privite event, you are totally wrong.

    July 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. William F. Naegele

    Heckling Bush is free speech,,,heckling Obama is racism...

    July 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Jarrod Suarez

    I am sure these protesters would be hurling the same insults to the Minutemen during the Revolution because of their Fur caps, French firearms, and The Cause they fought and paid for with many human lives.
    Back then to hurl insults openly against the King of England would cost you your life, or worse yet, your entire family as well.
    Fortunately for us, The Few and The Brave paid that particular price that freedom of speech (not slander) would have its rightful place in a Democracy governed "by the people, for the people".
    They understood the words "Don't Tread On Me" and laid down their life to back up those words. O' spoiled children of America, unless you are willing to die for your accusations, slander and verbal abuse, whether true or not, silence the cowardly tongue.
    Be Free, Live Free, Die Free!

    July 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    Heckeld! They all should be Impeached.

    The Bush Cheney, Yes!

    July 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Ah, freedom.

    It's an insult, really, for him to stand on those grounds.

    July 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Slider

    Michael S. – Fort Wayne, Indiana – "I fear my own government more than I fear any so-called "terrorists"."

    Yeah. Tell that to the graves of the 3,000 dead on 9/11, you idiot.

    You're are definitely like most of your ilk: you don't know what real oppression, tyranny, or brutality by a government is, and like most of your ilk throughout history, you get real silent when you finally do get a government that gives you that cause to fear.

    Why don't you ask those people in Iraq what they think of the Hussein government, as opposed to what they have now?

    Think they want to go back?


    July 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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