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
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  1. Mr. Mays

    If anyone deserved a moment it definitely is mj. I also think ed McMahon would have been worthy too but farrah no way.

    June 26, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Linda

    Give me a break....what kind of nation have we become when a prayer is a no-no to politicians (might offend someone by asking the Creator of our Universe to help) but we can stop our govt. for a monent of "silence" for a pop star. I am saddened for how he lived his life and what he made of it..sad sad. He had it all (he thought) and still wasn't satisfied. and now he has nothing.

    June 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Pierce

    So the House held a moment of silence for a possible sex offender?

    June 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Mickey Dean

    al sharpton was on TV in seconds after MJ's death .

    jesse jackson is at MJ's house right now talking to fans with the tv camera's rolling.

    now little jesse asks for a moment of silence in the house...

    business as usual.

    June 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Marilyn

    The man was a talent we will not see again for another generation. You can't get around the talent, but you can't get around the perversion and emotional instability either. I would much more worry about his children while he was alive than after his death.

    June 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. kr

    Are you kidding me? Congress comes to a halt for this? some celebrity? Ed McMahon and Farah dies this week as well, any moment of silence for them? Once again racially motivated nonsense. He was a singer, an entertainer, and in many accounts a pedophile. He was not of anything of importance to lower flags to half-staff! Every soldier who dies in combat deserves flags at half-staff before any celebrity!

    Congress: get back to work and fix the economic mess you all created!

    June 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. DerrickNC

    If they want to have a moment of silence who cares? We all certainly didn't leave him alone in life, how about some "silence" now that he is dead. Be respectful. What if it was your dad, mom, son, brother, or friend? Are we all quiet yet?

    June 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. yom ama

    Let's have a moment of silence for every child molester that dies.

    June 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Clayto

    Are you kidding me they have a moment of silence for a child molesting dug addicted pop star but not our troops. Fire them! Fire them all!

    June 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. ks

    you may or may not have liked MJ, but you have to admit he was an American icon, he enriched American music, and entertained millions around the world. Surely that achievement needs to be acknowledged and respected, and the fact that our representatives are doing that is entirely fitting and appropriate.

    June 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Jay Forest

    The trully sad thing about Michael Jackson is that justice was never served, a repeat serial pediofile............. Well I assume that the management at a higher plane has appropriately assign him his place in eternity.....

    June 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Yvonne NJ

    What's done is done and there is no taking it back. The moment is over. Michael was an icon. He was loved all around the world. If a moment was taken to honor him, so be it. For those who are against the moment, obviously you don't know who and how great Michael is. You didn't grow up with him from the Jackson 5 through now. So be quiet. And, yes, we do honor our military annually – living and dead. So really be quiet.

    June 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. marg

    This is so out of perspective with everything going on in our world.
    I am saddened that Farrah's death has been forgotten. She gave the world a glimpse into the last two years of her life and has increased
    the information regarding Anal cancer 100 percent. She was a strong
    determined woman and truly set an example for women

    June 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Joyce

    J.J. Jr,. is following in his father' footsteps: grab every opportunity to get your face in front of the public. MJ was not a political figure....he was an entertainer: the same as Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett. Is there some kind of favoritism going on here?!+ MJ's life-=style did not warrant a moment of silence in the H of R.

    June 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. keith

    Seriously, I can's handle this anymore MJ music did not save lives or change lives in anyway, were having a moment of silence and want the flags at half mast for a pedophile real heroes die everyday, no moment of silence for them, if they are going to start this trend let's just let them all sit in silence thru their whole session in rememberance of everyone that died that day. At least this country won't keep getting screwed up by these so called politicians that are there speaking for me. I'd rather they all just sat silently nothing good ever comes out of their mouths it doesn't matter if your Rep. or a Demo. they are all in it for the pay, retirement and the fact they they are above the law of the average american. He was just an entertainer that like to touch little boys....

    June 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. twhite

    he is a child molester lets get the facts they had a moment of silence for that pig !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Joshua

    I will have a moment or two of silence each day for MJ while passing gas. Join me all you MJ fanatics and pass a big one!!

    June 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. JohnM

    For all the questions about what this man did to children, a moment of silence should not even be considered. He was a great entertainer, but the horrible impact he had on lives like Gavin Arvizo will live with them for the rest of their lives.

    June 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. mamma

    Come on already! Did they also have a moment of silence for Ed McMahon & Farrah Fawcett. Their business is running the country, NOT remembering entertainment icons however big or small

    June 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Get a Life !!

    MJ was an entertainer. Nothing more, nothing less. One blogger stated there will never be another like him (MJ). I say "thank goodness".

    We should be having a moment of silence for all our military personnel who are fighting for our freedom. All US flags should be at half staff everyday that even 1 military person dies for his/her country.

    MJ may have been what some of you call "a great entertainer", but that is a matter of opinion and does not qualify for flags at half staff nor moments of silence.

    June 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. alberto

    Awesome loss . Painful to learn about his troubled childhood, and his lack of love from his father. A childhood absent of the trivial things that normal children experience, and take for granted. I must admit Michael Jackson was the eternal child, always looking to grab his lost and absent shadow of his years as a child, and the missing love of his father. God gave him tough many formidable gifts for wich he and humanity must be ever thankful, for he made the world sing, dance and romance thru his music; i did. It was hard to accept as a fact he passed away while aiming for a new beginning, while still young enough to pursue it. My heart has a place for you in it, and everytime i shall hear your music, i will remember the best years of my life. God has now all the love for you in his domain, where you shall rest finally in peace,and LOVE forever.

    June 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Len Marcy

    A moment of silence "In The House"? Now you really know this country is going to the dogs. This is evidence of the prevailing pop culture that enabled a left-leaning Hollywood- backed political neophyte to become president. A lot of people would say Michael Jackson was a bad influence on the youth of America, I am one of them.

    June 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Just Me

    Liberals need to get a life. All you measure life by is by which republican you hate the most has done for YOU or your pathetic beliefs.....

    June 27, 2009 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
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