'Birther' disrupts reading of the Constitution
January 6th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
3 years ago

'Birther' disrupts reading of the Constitution

Washington (CNN) - The reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives was going smoothly Thursday morning, that is until someone in the visitors gallery shouted aloud when the subject of presidential eligibility was read.

According to a tweet from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn), who was sitting in the chamber, an individual yelled out about President Barack Obama, apparently rejecting the notion that the president is a natural born citizen.

"First interruption of the reading from the Gallery. By a birther, screaming about Obama. Unintended consequences....," wrote Himes on his twitter account @jahimes.

All was cordial and decorous in the House chamber as Republicans and Democrats rotated reading passages from the 223-year-old document that laid the foundation for the American government.

But at approximately 11:32 am, New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone walked up to the lectern and began reading Article II Section 1.

"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of the president," Pallone read.

Then came the outburst.

A replay of the incident clearly indicates an individual shouting "Barack Obama" before the banging of the gavel drowns her out.

A spokeswoman for the United States Capitol Police says that one individual was arrested for disturbing the order of the House.

After the incident, Pallone tweeted his own assessment.

"Sad day when spectator interrupts my reading of the Constitution on House floor b/c of absurd idea that Obama isn't a natural born citizen," he wrote from his @FrankPallone account.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. aaa

    Thats what happend when ignorant people believe every thing they heard

    January 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Kraznodar

    So all or you birther droolers- When the Republican governor of Hawaii displayed President Obama's birth certificate and it was carried on every major news network, where the hell were you?

    January 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jack from TN

    Are these people trying to outdo "Truthers" for the "Who's more gullible" award?

    January 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    we are doomed as a society. the likes of the Birthers and idiots like Monster Zero and Jerry will bring this country and it's IQ to it's knees.

    January 6, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. JERRY

    I don't know why the republicans are getting upset, it's only one of their base supporters there to give support. Im surprised they didn't say thank you and asked the man to come down to the House floor and propose a bill for Obama's citizenship. Morons leading morons =Republicans.

    January 6, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. U.S. Common Sense

    Julia- Idaho Native American

    "American is doomed, with racist hatred, and republicans that think only of the rich and to hell with everbody else, it's not very likely this country will survive. Remember when Marie Antoinette, (she had the mentality of a republican) said, let them eat cake, Revolution. Americanswill not just die quickly without healtcare. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Same thing with Germany the facist right wingers brought that country down. Birthers, the right hand of Satan"

    Isn't it odd how someome complaining about racism and hatred breaks out in a class-warfare and hatered rant? Nice double-standard, Julia.

    January 6, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. rs

    Dumb and Dumber! As if Republicans will respect or understand the Constitution any better with stunt. Worse- the scourge of "birthers". Anyone who self-identifies as one is stupid, and deserves no respect.

    January 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. sharon

    I wonder how many Birthers have been born to illegal immigrates parents . Hmmm!!!! It's just a thought. Maybe they should check out their history before throwing insults.

    January 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. SomeGuyInNC

    Andy Borowitz said it best: now that the state of Hawaii has held an official briefing to lay this to rest, the Birthers will probably claim that Hawaii isn't even a state.

    Gawd. Some people manage to stay alive only because murder is illegal.

    January 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Lillie

    SHAME ON ALL THE IGNORANCE AND DISRESPECT THAT IS TOLERATED TOWARDS PRES. OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY! !!!!!!! Where were all these fools when Pres Bush and the Cheney regime was destroying our country?

    January 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. wallyjones

    This sure is a left leanig outlet.

    January 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Gale

    You know, there are fruitcakes in every type of people, religion, politics, and races. Get over it!

    January 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. someguy

    By the way this lady reacted we can tell she is a obese bible thumping christian from the bible belt who cannot read but still carries her bible everywhere she goes and eats only fastfood from resturants that have an american flag flying. Oh and she solely shops at walmart.

    January 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. max

    Birthers only hurt themselves with this stuff. It doesnt bother me that we have a country of diverse opinions. Conspiracy theories dont bother me in general. Our government has often followed a maxim of "tell a little truth with many lies".

    Cant really blame Beck if parts of his audience dont bother to research beyond what an entertainer says on TV.

    We need a president that doesnt take themselves too seriously. Maybe a Stern/Tosh ticket :) We can be entertained directly instead of having lib/con filters applied.

    January 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    I want my $ back for the 90 minutes wasted in this dumb publicity stunt. BTW, where are the jobs? You're in control so what's the story?

    January 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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