June 8th, 2010
03:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Top Dem heckled

Pelosi's speech was interrupted by protestors.
Pelosi's speech was interrupted by protestors.

Washington (CNN)–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endured raucous heckling during her speech at an America's Future Now event on Tuesday.

The speech focused on job creation, education and the recent passage of health care legislation. But the delivery was seriously affected by protestors.

Amid circumstances strongly reminiscent of last year's health care town hall meetings, Pelosi was interrupted a few sentences into her speech by a protestor yelling, "I'm not going back to a nursing home." Following a brief pause and an attempt to return to her remarks, Pelosi allowed the woman to speak before saying, "I've heard your message, I appreciate your concern." As others in the crowd began chanting, Pelosi said "you have made your point."

A Washington Post camera captured the incident.

Among the protestors were members of the activist group Code Pink, who were silent but carried a banner with the message, "Stop funding Israel terror." Other hecklers displayed a sign reading, "Our homes, not nursing homes," a phrase they chanted throughout Pelosi's speech.

Pelosi's office would not comment except to refer to the speaker's response during her remarks.


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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    Normally, my view of Code Stink is they, well stink! Yet they have the same 1st amendment right that I do! To protest the champion of the liberals is a bit remarkable though! I see the same angry, liberal apologists still at it. Do you seriously believe the ridiculous rants you l write? (blame Bush, no blame Sarah, no blame the Tea parties, no blame the GOP, just no Obama blame, even though the buck stops with him)! I guess if that makes you feel better!

    June 8, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "This is still America and the citizens decide what is best for them or at least we used to."

    Really? How far back arre you referring to? Because I'll tell ya what...the Republicans played far more games with doing things like negotiating back room deals and holding votes at 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday and locking the Dems out of rooms where legislative negotiations were taking place than the Dems have. From 2000-2006, the Dems were pretty much shut out of Congress. Then, once 2006 rolled around and the Dems took the majority, the GOP started setting records for number of filibusters and presidential vetoes. I'm sorry you feel like everything has suddenly changed, but the idignation is not only disingenuous now, but it's way overdue, and therefore suspect.

    June 8, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. PollyP

    I find it funny and a little sad that the worse heckling, violent protestors are always on the left. Towards Pelosi, in Greece, now in Spain. How about the violent anti-war protests against Bush? Each of them way more hate-filled and vicious than all the Tea Party protests combined!

    Wake up Liberals...its okay....let go of the hate. Stop hating people who are wealthier than you, stop hating people who have a different point of view than you. Stop hating President Bush, stop hating CEO's. Stop hating Jews and Israel. Stop hating republicans and conservatives. Just stop, read, and think....then you will understand.

    June 8, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. alicia

    Vote her OUT!

    Get rid of her NOW! She's a failure!

    June 8, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Jim - Colorado

    American Patriot – That's why Obama does interviews with Larry King and has never been asked a tough question since Joe the Plumber...

    June 8, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Patriot

    Dems and repubs. One blames Obama for everything and the other blames him for nothing. Both pathetic and no longer serve the American people. What sad little argument will Dems concoct to combat the criticism of ordinary apolitical Americans who are fed up with both parties? 'At least he's not Bush?' I'm not a republican cheerleader, I don't watch Fox, and comments like that are intellectually lazy and simply don't put food on the table.

    June 8, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit June 8th, 2010 4:54 pm ET
    Code Pink silently held up a sign...while some nutjob conservative grandma who forgot her Nemenda stood up and babbled nonsense fed into her brain by the GOP.
    ----------------–
    Exactly how do you know this was a "conservative grandma"? You have facts or just a lliberal bias? I'm betting the latter!

    June 8, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. independent

    The Town Hall tinkerbells are back. Make an announcement at the start of each meeting: all points of view welcome, but hecklers will be asked to leave. Give everyone a minute on the mike, then if they won't allow speakers to speak, escort them from the hall.

    June 8, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Earl Fey

    fact check please

    The new health care law provides additon help for home care of the elderly

    If the is a tax on the sale of your home it is on the unearned income or profit. not on sale price.

    It is my understanding that Gore Sr voted for the civil rights legislation and his support cost him relection

    Was there heckling or not. Because FOX doesn't show it does not mean it didn't exist

    Shouldn't a fact right or wrong be accompanied by a real name

    June 8, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. independent

    Maybe the heckler had just broken out of a nursing home. ?

    June 8, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Just stop, read, and think....then you will understand."

    What we understand is that you like to categorize everyone and everything by starting with abject mischaracterizations and generlizations. Given the conservative viewpoints on whether science should be accepted (think global warming) or that a massive percentage of younger voters supporting the Democrat running for president constitutes prima facie evidence that text books need to be skewed more towards conservative views and words like "capitalism" euphamized (which is, in and of itself, an admission that it's now a dirty word...and yet they're the ones accusing people of attempting to "indoctrinate" the youth), I'd be careful who I accused of failing to do their reading and be well-informed if I were you.

    June 8, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. John D

    I could not just post once especially after reading some of the left wings lunatic and imbicilic comments here. These people are trying to destroy america and we should cut off all their entitlement programs and force them to work to live once again. Bunch of bleeding heart leaches! Nancy is a disgrace! If her lips are moving she is lying.
    @ Sniffit: Once again dude, what are you sniffing? You gotta get you're facts straight. This whole mess we are in is directly the responsibilty of democrats! Clinton stopped regulations that were in place stopping banks from risky investments. Clinton, Frank and Dodd created the risky lending atmoshere by giving loans to people who had no right to one.
    Typical left ploy to blame the other side when you don't have a leg to stand on!

    June 8, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. NYC REPUB

    The extreme left wing is so pathetic........It's amazing that this President, and this Speaker have in REALITY done more for the middle class than anybody in politics in decades.........Only in history's eye will the full magnitude be realized.......In 20 years, they will be icons.......Period point blank............
    Code Pink and others like them have not aided this Speaker, or this president when they really needed to be out there voicing their opinions........

    June 8, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. frank

    What have the repubs done for the American people but say no.all these con tea party comments, give it a rest.good is in , hate is out.

    June 8, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Dems and repubs. One blames Obama for everything and the other blames him for nothing."

    100% untrue. Obama and the Dems have alienated many of their supporters by acting like pantywaisted capitulators, setting their goals lower than promised (like throwing out the public option with barely a fight) then compromising with people who have never had any intention whatsoever of acting based on facts and evidence or meeting in the middle.

    June 8, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    The fact is PELOSI is irrelevant. She has no support, and her polls are the worst in the nation. People have no respect for this "so called person" and really are fed up with her botox lies.

    Not only has PELOSI become irrelevant, people despise her and welcome the opportunity to let her know it.

    She should resign. She is an embarassment to this country.

    June 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. markiejoe

    I'm glad the Teabaggers continue being rude, intolerant and obnoxious at public forums. It will only increase the Democratic vote in November.

    June 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. billybob 'n NC

    "home not a nursing home"

    I don't get it. Have the re-thugs started another fear mongering, portending that the Dems are going to send old people to a nursing home? If they are gillible enough to have fallen for these fear myths, then perhaps they need to be in a home!

    June 8, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Fed Up

    Its about time the heat hits Nancy. After standing in front of America and telling us she didn't care what the people wanted, we would have health care shoved down our throats, she deserves as much heat as we can give her. Hopefully, she will be gone with the rest of the incumbents. Yeah, she heard what the woman said, but SHE DOESN"T CARE, as is evidenced by HER OWN WORDS! Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    June 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. AK Steve

    They're going to nursing homes? Come on folks. Who fed you this line of crap? FOX news? Or Rush Limbaugh?

    The fact that you believe this only justifies that you actually do belong in a "home"... one for mental idiots!

    June 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Moby

    Speaker Pelosi I am sure is a very good woman but she has been a disaster for the country. And she does not get the point. No amount of heckling is getting through to her so keep it up. I am even surprised she speaking in public as the rest of DNC legislative agitators are in hiding.

    June 8, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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