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. Stuart

    You really get an idea of how ignorant people are reading this?

    "NEVER had we been attacked on the scale of 9/11/01 UNTIL Bush became president." They tried to during the Clinton Administration, did they not?

    "If we're lucky maybe something really big will happen at one of these staged appearances." Hmmm....Creepy....

    "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?" So Yale is so easy, that they just let anyone in because of their father? Give me a break.

    Every thing Brian Fields's from Arizona is moronic. I wouldn't know where to begin.

    "BUSH ..GET READY FOR PRISON!!!" Seriously dude??

    July 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Bill Shake

    It is not America they are criticizing, it is Bush.
    Bush should be arrested for embezelment, and negligent homicide. Why is this not obvious?

    July 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. VoteTheCriminalsOut

    Seeing people like George Bush and Dick Cheney and knowing that they will no longer be alive in a few more years makes even an atheist feel like believing in Hell.

    July 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Alexis

    With Bush's approval ratings in the 20's, I'm surprised we don't see more of this. We should have pulled a Gray Davis and recalled him a long time ago. This is one Republican who won't be sad to see W go in January.

    July 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Phillip

    "aaaahhhhh...good thing that one of this nation's foremost founding principles, freedom of speech (in fact, the very FIRST amendment in the bill of rights), is still respected and upheld by our government to this day..."

    *sees protesters being dragged away from crowd in video

    "oh, okay, well...at least we still have the best hotdogs..."

    July 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Kannet

    While there's little to agree with about the way this President has run the country, its does a great disservice to America and the newly sworn-in Americans to be disruptive during the Monticello speech. As Thomas Jefferson might have advised, if the goal is to be effective, then pick your day, place, time, and message more carefully. If the goal is simply to be disruptive and disrespectful, anyone can do that. Many Americans are reverent about Independence Day and overlooking that is a peril to your cause. As our Founding Fathers understood many years ago, garnering support is a careful balance between mind and heart. Your actions at Monticello were careless and succeeded in losing support. Had the men behind the Declaration of Independence been so careless, we would not have founded this Nation long ago. Think!

    July 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Winston Hsia


    July 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. smile

    to all the repugnants out there, that´s what you are REPUGNANTS

    July 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. jack

    Well said! Its time to clean up our own house...the economy such as the price of gasoline, real estate meltdown, mortgage foreclosures, etc.
    God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    More kook left wing libs. The stupidity of the left sickens me. Go ahead and vote for your socialist BO-may God help us if he ever sets foot in the White House.

    July 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Emma Ohio Hecklers republic's birthday

    Bushs' presidency is the result of great spin and marketing by free market republicans and a media that no longer works for the 'public good' or for a well informed public. Today is July 4th, How many times did you hear the press talk about the birthday of our republic? We are not a democracy .we are a republic. Where are the citizens defending that republic.?
    If you knew about the 1933 business plot against FDR you would know what the hecklers were talking about.
    God Bless the Republic. May God save the republic.

    July 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    It's those dumb obama supporters.

    Don't they have any respect for the presidency of the US. especially on the Fourth of July

    They are uncouth and loud mouth and bordering on un-American.

    I'll be glad when this election is over and McCain wins.

    July 4, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. ralph tyler

    Heckled? Is that all? George W. Bush needs to be in jail.

    July 4, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Matt

    he deserves worse

    July 4, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. IndianaBrian

    It's still disrespectful, no matter how you want to justify it! (Call it free speech, blah, blah, blah!) It's the real reason most people in other countries hate us! Americans aren't respectful, consistent, patriotic, or even remotely honorable- call it like you see it. We all "stood" together after 911- for about one month! Our leaders, like Bush, whether you love him or hate him, is still in a position that deserves respect. He cannot make any decision alone and needs the backing of Congress- A Democrat controlled Congress! The economy went south about the time the Democrats took over and tried to give all our money away to undeservings. Now, go ahead and take these comments and try to make yourselves feel better by blaming me and calling me names too. We, as Americans, are good at that!

    July 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Arvie

    This country desperately needs a new administration and a new direction both internally and abroad. The last 8 years of this administration have been nothing less than a debacle for this country! Our sons and daughters will pay dearly for this for years to come. Remember that the next time you vote. Nice people that you would want to have a beer with can turn out horribly as leaders of the executive branch. Ask tough questions and demand thorough answers!

    July 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. APS in Hawaii

    I disapprove of anyone who is disrespectful of a candidate during a speech. However, I do agree with their frustration of how Bush/GOP have lied to the public and there has been absolutely no hearings. Bush should be impeached for what he did to this country. History will show him for what he is, a liar, law breaker, and the worst President ever. He is even worse than Jimmy Carter!!!!

    July 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Chris

    Serioulsy people? Yeah, the guy is a dope. But saying he is fascist or no different than Hitler in Poland is ridiculous. Maybe a little perspective would do you some good. Pick up a book and try and learn a little about how things were in Germany and Italy in 1940. And freedom of speech doesnt mean you can go flapping your jaw and yelling anytime you like. Maybe you guys need to also read the Constitution and the Bill of RIghts in addition to some history.

    July 4, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Vinny Fairfield, Ct

    These are idiots! These are the same morons who call Pres. Bush a war monger, liar etc but then cozy up to dictators like Chavez, Castro and the rest of that ilk. As far as free speech is concerned, they only believe in it when they want to speak. Remember how conservatives and others who disagree with them are shouted down at college campuses? Happy Independence Day to all true Americans and not these stupid, publicity hungry jerks who heckle our President

    July 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Ifzal (AZ)

    I do remember someone telling me that " Its a free country" and Freedom of speech is guaranteed....

    July 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. manny buendia


    July 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. JANE


    July 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Jacob

    As a 100% disabled Veteran, I can say without reservation this President is the most shameful and deceitful President we have ever had in my over 50 years of life. Having traveled all over the Globe he has indeed brought dishonor and shame to us Americans. You CAN NOT bring freedom to those at the end of a Gun Barrel. Shame on Bush. As a Bible believing Christian Bush has even brought shame to us Christians.

    July 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. J

    "Hecklers" doesn't accurately describe them... I'd call them "Heroes". I would love a chance to tell the President exactly what he is - a thief, a War Criminal, and a Fascist Fanatic.

    July 4, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. PSK

    Well folks, when you start getting upset -just keep one thing in mind- we will NEVER have to listen to GWB blather on and on and on during a July 4th celebration again. I, for one, am supremely thankful.

    July 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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