June 26th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
4 years ago

House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson


WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives held a moment of silence Friday morning to mark the passing of legendary singer Michael Jackson.

"His heart couldn't get any bigger, and yesterday, it arrested," said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. "I come to the floor today on behalf of a generation to thank God for letting all of us live in his generation and in his era."


Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr. • Michael Jackson
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. renea

    Why are there criticism ? you are suppose to comment about Michael Jackson legacy, Not about the president the republicans or the democrats come on people show some respect.

    June 26, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Russ

    Micheal Jackson was a entertainer. Congress should recogonize all of our fallen military with a minute of silence NOT just one person. Remember we also lost Farah Facwett and Ed McMann this past week. What does CONGRESS do NOTHING.

    June 26, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Cue the hate-filled responses

    Dutch, are you kidding me? Seriously? Flags at half-staff?

    Do you know anyone else who paid $22M to settle out of court for something they insist they were innocent of?

    Great performer, yes. Great entertainer, yes. Extremely talented, unquestionable.

    But let's not lose perspective.

    June 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Henry Miller

    I'm a bit vague on precisely who Mr Jackson was, but isn't there something more important than his death going on somewhere in the world?

    June 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Lulu'

    this is pathetic..it shows how decadent our society has become

    June 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. DaveM

    The House held a moment of silence for the late Michael Jackson. How absurd...

    June 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Sean

    You know when the republicans are out in force when the negative garbage starts to roll out. Funny how they weren't crying for a moment of silence for the troops over these last 6 or 7 years or so. Michael Jackson was more than an entertainer. He was an Icon, Legend, Inspiration, groundbreaker, transformer, and a WORLD figure. You don't have to like the person, but you MUST RESPECT the legacy he has left behind. But of course this is america, so some people just don't have it in them to do that.

    June 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. inofritzn

    TO CANADA: you're right, it's an embarrassment.. Jesse and the likes will use this for a political bump and some photo ops.. he can't make the news on his own, has to leech off of others to keep himself relevant

    June 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Art Widmyer

    Its a shame.They can only recognize one person.I guess Fara Fauett doesn"t count.I think a complete purge of the House is needed.

    June 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I would expect no less from our celebrity worshipping culture and so called leaders. Too bad our elected leaders don't have the backbone to have a moment of silence for each police officer killed in the line of duty, each fire fighter killed in the line of duty, each member of our military killed in the line of duty, each Teacher of the Year, Mother of the Year, Father of the Year upon their passing.

    June 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. renea

    He really influence a lot of people. My condolences goes out to his family, He truly will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Oregon calling

    May he finally have peace. I mourn today as I did yesterday, a very talented person.

    Peace :-(

    June 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Albany

    A nice gesture but completely inappropriate. One person may be more widely known than another. They may even be famous the world over. But, in the end, they are no more or less human than the rest of us. The "little people" deserve as much respect at thier time of passing as the "stars".

    June 26, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Debra

    Around the world, we are all feeling this loss. Michael Jackson will be remembered for his music and humanitarian work forever.

    June 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Mamanomia

    You have just got to be kidding...Not just the conservatives..but, any sensibly minded citizen would say enough already...Liking or disliking a "celebrity" is a personal choice and has no – place in the national representation by our government...ridiculous.

    June 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Jah1463

    American Press --Wow you should be proud of yourself.. And Nancy Grace too. The topics of the allegations should not have made way into his rememberance. Naturally that negative stuff is not there , but.it is the media that is reminding Americans of the dark event in his life. He shared his life please give back by limiting the negative press. My child asked me "what is a perv?" I told her ....and added he was not a perv.

    June 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Sean

    Farrah Fawcett was an American hero. Michael Jackson was a WORLD HERO!

    June 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. mary

    Is there a moment of silence for all the people that have died in Iran? Or the civilians and soldiers in Irak and Afganistan? Or Darfur?

    June 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Heather in Seattle

    Thank you Jesse for making the comments that so many of us feel right now why we are coping with this tradgedy.

    June 26, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. johnny b.

    this is disgusting on so many levels. He was a child molester for god's sake..

    June 26, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Irina

    Wasnt he a child molester? I mean we know he was aquited but cmon. I cant believe House of Representatives even considered to remember him... a person who is in the music career, holding babys out of the window and sleeping with little boys.

    June 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. bob

    why ???

    June 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Jealousy is a vice

    Independent from the the red state: Twenty four hours make one day ; sixty minutes make an hour and sixty seconds make a minute. Now do the math. I don't think that a moment of silence will cause the world to erupt like a volcano. Good day!

    June 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. akirk

    It is so very sad to read some of the comments here. Maybe, just maybe, those of you who write such deceitful words, you should listen to some of the lyrics of Michael Jackson's songs. Maybe, just maybe, you would understand why he is getting such high respect. I and my son, who is also 50 years old, have loved his music since the Jackson Five became famous (my son saw them in Chicago when they first began their climb to fame). Please respect his family and children. Sometimes, it is better to say nothing when one is filled with such hatred. I, too, am sorry to learn of Farrah Faucet's passing. But, understand this, Michael Jackson was loved around the world for decades because he reached out to all nations and people of the world. R.I.P Mr. Michael Jackson!!!

    June 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. PMV

    It's a sad comment on how this country regards the welfare of children that our lawmakers would choose to honor a pedophile from the floor of the House.

    Granted he was a great musician but his personal life overshadows his accomplishments.

    Why not honor Farah Fawcett–?

    June 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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