'Birther' disrupts reading of the Constitution
January 6th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
4 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. Meaty Portion

    The birthers make me laugh and cry at the same time.

    January 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Alex

    Trashy behavior is often indicative of trashy people.

    January 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Julie C

    We truly have some ignorant nutcakes in our country. Wish they could be sent to some island for the insane.

    January 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am also tired of the job killing republican party not standing up to their birther base. It is time that those uniformed idiots get some mental help.

    January 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Video Guy

    What else did Sarah say?

    January 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Chiniquy

    Village Idiots have taken over America.

    January 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fox news will not be happy until every nut job is heard.

    January 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. 32mMD

    Sad day when we elect a president who can't prove he was born in this country.

    January 6, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Little Tin God

    This is where this country is heading. This is no more common courtesy anywhere and certainly no decorum in the House. You have members of the House shouting out, "You lie!" to the POTUS and tourists in the gallery shouting out idiotic things. Now we hear that Michelle Bachmann is seriously contemplating a run at the office of POTUS. We have truly entered the crazy years!

    January 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    nut – lots of them

    January 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Me

    WoW!
    I used think that willful ignorance is the worst. Now, I have a new adjective to add to this, PERSISTENT WILLFUL IGNORANCE.
    YOU STARTED THIS REPUBS!
    You are now the party of ignorance, fear, hate and greed

    January 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. born in the usa

    Do not these birthers have anything better to do? They will deny any birth certificate of President Obama – even if it were sanctioned as legal by the conservative Supreme Court. They are simply racist, but will not admit as much. If Obama were white (100%) the birthers would be deaders.

    January 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    McCain was the one born on foreign ground, IDIOT

    January 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Gamechanger

    Moses could come down from the Mount with a stone tablet written by God himself proclaiming President Obama to be a naturalized US citizen and it wouldn't be enough for these nutbags...

    Remember when all the crazies and conspiracy theory nuts were hard left Democrats?

    January 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. juliei4

    Another right wing lemming.

    January 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Birthers are impermeable to logic, Constitution and common sense, but apparently we can add good manners to the tab...

    January 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. derrek

    The man was just speaking the truth. Never before has someone spent more money keeping documents private than this joke of a person residing in the white house.

    January 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Nawsh

    This is a "C'Mon Man" moment-The reading of The Constitution is not a bad thing because I am willing to guess that many of those whom we have elected to office may have not read it for themselves except perhaps as a media snipets.

    January 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These birthers should be placed on the terrorist list before they endanger peoples lives. Their actions display a undescribleable disability that can prove to be very dangerous if they don't get help or aren't monitored closely.

    January 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. megan

    someone should of taken that gavel and beat her and bonehead over there head with it.

    January 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Anyway

    Hey Birthers, can you explain how Obama would be different if he were a US born citizen (which you claim he is not). Please explain how his views and everything he does would be different if he were a real citizen?

    Is it really that he is a black man that you can't handle it? Because you can't come out and say you oppose him because he's black so you have to find something else?

    And tell me please, is it that he's not a warmongering buffoon letting insurance companies cherrypick the healthiest people to insure while completely ignoring the great risks to our financial system and letting his rich friends get even richer, that you oppose him so much?

    To all birthers, please get some teeth and also get an education. This man legitimately won the election by popular vote. Not like the country ruining imbecile that preceded him. Obama didn't need a Republican Supreme Court to hand him the election.

    Go to hell Birthers.

    January 6, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Alexis

    I will bet money on it that individual is one of these Tea Baggers and Republican Nut case.

    January 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Gary

    There are certainly some members of Congress who don't believe that President Obama was born in this country. This ignorance and bigotry is not simply in the gallery.

    January 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Alexis

    I will bet money on it that the individual is one of these Tea Baggers and Republican Nut case.

    January 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Poser

    Birthers are fools blinded by racial or partisan hate. How sad.

    The whole reading of the Constitution stunt is nothing but a show for the GOP base. It's to distract them from the fact that the GOP has absolutely no plan to create jobs or cut the deficit. Tax cuts for the top 2% adds tens of billions of dollars to the deficit. Repealing health care adds tens of billions to the deficit (according to the CBO). Cutting congressional budgets by 5% reduced the deficit by 35 million. It's a tiny fraction (far far less than 1%) of the deficit or even the amount added to the deficit due to the tax cuts for the wealthy.

    How long are we going to have to wait for the GOP to stop with the gimmicks and actually do some leading?

    January 6, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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