June 26th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
7 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
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  1. lade

    Yall ought to be ashamed of yourselves talking negatively about a dead man and trying to compare him to fallen soldiers and such is really absurd..... The man was not only an entertainer but was an ambassador on a many of occasions representing the US abroad in charitable contributions to many countries including our own. Farah or Ed or many of our fallen dont have those credentials- a moment of silence – not a day , month or year -a moment! At least he created his legacy -unlike the Beatles and Elvis creating there legacy from stolen "race music" .......

    June 26, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Rafael

    To CANADA: Worry about your problems in Canada we can handle our own!

    June 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Rafael

    Ed and Sarah were white that's the problem! People don't be fool.

    June 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. seebofubar

    Michael Jackson was a talent but seriously folks he was just an entertainer. And by the way, they just found out that he didn't die from heart failure it was food poisoning. He ate a ten year old wiener.

    June 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Rafael

    Farah and Ed were white that's the problem. People don't be fooled.

    June 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Madina

    What the heck? A moment of silence by the House?? He was an entertainer not a Saint!!!!! If the house is going to recognize one entertainer then it MUST recognize all, what about Farrah Fawcett?
    She gave her last times on earth to help raise awareness about a horrific disease called Cancer!! Didnt she count too? Come on this is outrageous, she didnt have to defend herself against molestation charges either, get real America!

    June 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Jen in Wisconsin

    For all the idiots saying where are the tributes to our military if you would turn on "Meet the Press" which airs Sunday mornings you would know they do a weekly tribute to our fallen soldiers. Stop complaining for the hell of it. Try to redirect anger toward getting rid of racism for good. Oh I forgot thats too much like right.

    June 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Biograph1985

    It's good that our government takes a moment to recognize someone who has contributed so much to the arts in America. Such public rememberance is a sign of a civilized society. I'm sure they recognized the passing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, too, so it makes sense to take a moment and remember Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. John Metsopoulos

    you have got to be kidding me

    June 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Matt

    Not government's job to acknowledge every artist who dies. Soldiers die, teachers die, children die of an assortment of tragedies. Michael Jackson enjoyed enormous success in the private sector as a commercial pop figure. He will be mourned in that arena. I don't see how it's government's job to also do anything. Plus he might have been a pedophile.

    June 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Bryan

    Why are they eulogizing a child molester?

    June 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. atp

    Do not compare MJ with others dies this week. MJ is world famous. Not city or state.

    He left name and music behind us. I think the house did the right thing. Also he died, just look at his work and say thanks. Dont waste your time for that one minute of respect.

    June 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. fgd

    M J can rest in peace.. The House of Representatives needs to get off it's ass and go to work or get out of the way and let some people that care about the country in ther to do the peoples work!

    June 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. kevin

    Canada June 26th, 2009 12:43 pm ET

    Really, come USA???

    What about Ed McMahon that died on Monday, how about Farrah Fawcett?

    What about all your family , friends and loved ones that you have lost in the war?

    When do they ever take a moment of silence for those people. I thought better of you USA.

    i totally agree. i totally agree. and you know alot of people in canada are thinking the same way about us. USA USA USA. lets have a moment of silence for our fallen heros at war, not bums like michael jackson. come on, lets show them were better than this joke of a man

    June 26, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. burns

    Rip Micheal

    June 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Ron

    I'm gonna frikkin puke.

    One less pedophile in the world and the sheeple consider it a tragic loss...boo frikkin hoo. The guy was as fruity as they come, a walking freak show. Was he white? was he black? was he male? was he female? was he Elizabeth Taylor or Michael Jackson?

    This is what stops the House, how about the men and women of our military giving their very lives for their sorry asses.

    Sad day indeed, but it certainly isn't because Michael sleeps with little boys Jackson is dead.

    June 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Just before they steal more of our money on this absolutely stupid energy bill that will only benefit Al Gore, George Soros, ACORN and the unions. Stupid, Stupid Stupid people. Compare your energy bills next year and you will see how Obama and all of the democrats lied to you.

    June 26, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Robert Cambo

    Michael Jackson was a great entertainer and a great human being.
    To all of you who thought bad of of him, please consider God's teachings:

    Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."

    Luke 6, 36-38

    June 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Michael

    I find it ridiculous with all the bad publicity and the public's view of Michael's private life added to allegations made regarding his shady backround with children that they would do this. I personally mourn Ed McMahon and Farah more than an alleged petifile. One more comment THATS OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK IN SILENCE

    June 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Justin

    So let me get this straight. The House decides to show an honor to a very talented musician and performer who has, on multiple occasions, been arrested and tried for child molestation. Really? And who the hell invited Jesse Jackson to the chamber floor? Is he for real? Jackson, quit using this to gain exposure for yourself. Do this crap elsewhere, not on our House floor. There's plenty of places to do this that would be entirely more appropriate. Does anyone not get how pathetic this is? A child molester gets top honors in our governmental chambers! Congrats America....we just got dumber.

    No, I mean it! Congratulation to our House men and women for giving a top honor to a child molester (he paid his way out of it in settlements, regardless of what one may say otherwise) while other world events warrant more of our tax payer dollars that pay these people's salary.

    This has nothing to do with race Mr. Jackson. Plenty of black entertainers have come before MJ that have had a huge impact, so quit trying to ruffle the racial feathers here and quit trying to simply get some air time here. If you really want to honor men and women of color, how about a moment of silence for the thousands of African American men and women who die everyday in war and on our own streets. How about a moment of silence for children who have been molested and abused? You are simply doing every African American a disservice here and doing nothing but dividing people more.

    From me to the rest of Congress, I say you are pathetic in every which way. The man was a very gifted entertainer and musician who I loved and respected for that, but he was also something very dark which I despised. In no way, should someone involved in child molestation charges be honored in our government chambers. Shame on all of you.

    June 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. yuri

    What a bunch of divided opinions on how to observe silence for Michael's death! While his death has been indeed depressin', whether he deserves a national mournin' or not is a moot point.

    June 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. kevin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA June 26th, 2009 11:56 am ET

    American flags in Washington D.C. should be raised at half-staff today. Michael Jackson just wasn't an American icon, he was a World icon.

    yeah i know the above has been commented on before, but again, ewwww. please butch/bad newz, no no no. michael was in dying a bum just like any other bum living out on the streets, who owed 400 million dollars. and he was a sick pervert also. a very sick freak and a pervert

    June 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Jasmine

    Good job and good gesture of the House to honor someone that had the courage to make himself move from un underprevileged minority child to a worl wide super star. His life is a lesson for all of us... we should learn from him to be couragous and if we are we CAN DO IT!

    June 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. BeReasonable

    Our government should be busy using these "moments of silence" to do their jobs. If they want to waste time, have a moment of silence for each and every soldier who has given his/her life in Iraq and Afghanistan. An approximate count would be 72 hours. Considering the time these "representatives" actually work for "We the people...", it would take about a month for them to get back to work. Of course, by then there will be another hour or so of TRUE heroes to honor.
    I don't begrudge MJ the genius of his music or the humanitarian work he has done. I just feel there are too many other people in this country equally, if not more, deserving of honors than him. Just as MJ is the King of Pop, Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll. I don't recall any "moment of silence" marked in the House at his death. And HE actually served his country in the Army!
    It's funny that the picture accompanying this article is centered on four BLACK representatives. Was this a racist statement by them? When Jesse Jackson is involved, it usually is. He always uses racism to get his photo ops and news stories. I personally believe he is the biggest racist this country has. The photo should have shown black AND white representatives united if this "moment of silence" is to rammed down our throats, not just one lone white in the background as an afterthought.
    I am far from racist myself and hate whites or blacks that promote racism to their own ends. As much as MJ deserves respect for his accomplishments in life, his death should not be used as a stage for a racist statement. That's all this appears to be.
    Lower the flags to half staff? Don't disrespect this country's armed forces and veterans, the real heroes, by including MJ in with them.

    June 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. JackT

    These morons have been in a 'moment of silence' for decades....look closely at the ones asleep!!!

    June 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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