'Birther' disrupts reading of the Constitution
January 6th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
7 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. bob

    Show us the birth certificate, not the PhotoShopped version, and it will go away. Very simple. While you are at it, how about unsealing your and Michelle's college transcripts. "WOT" are you afraid off?

    January 6, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. CBR

    It appears that the people who are "birthers" will not give up. It may be time for others to speak out and more forcefully. Clearly, American political leaders have some work to do. Neither party wins when false accusations keep being repeated.

    It is time for that to stop. The rest of us have an obligation to support the President on this one matter regardless of party affiliation. If not, then we are sending the message that the behavior we have seen for the last three years is acceptable. If one group of "believers" can do this then other groups will follow.

    January 6, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Seriously?

    The crazies are out in full force . . . probably someon on a Tea-Partier's staff.

    January 6, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. seriously???

    Time to get out the tar and feathers. Literally.

    January 6, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Matt

    Stay classy, Tea Party.

    January 6, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. gregg

    We have a lot of those "sad days" in the good-old USA lately.
    Both parties are just mobs with mob mentality and their own version of the truth.

    I expect there will be more. Our best days are waaaaaay behind us.

    January 6, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. M. Night

    This from someone who probably thinks Sarah Palin would make a great president. Some republicans are just plain nuts!

    January 6, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. CJPA

    It is truly a sad day knowing that such ignorance is still out there, rearing its ugly head. 'Sad indeed.

    January 6, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Jerome

    Give it up, Birthers! This is a settled matter. How much more you people want. My birth certificate does not have the foot prints and I was born ona Military Base. So, find something else to yell about.

    January 6, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. AO

    Birthers are mentally retarded or just plain racists. It's as simple as that.

    January 6, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Denise

    A GOP/TEA-plant probably. Once it's been said, written, or done, it can't be retracted. The GOP/TEA's have honed these kinds of immature activities with much dramatic emphasis. It's lost it's shock and pathetic value. Now, it just screams "stupid" with an eye-roll.

    January 6, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Jordan

    I miss the good old days when the senators and house reps would beat each other with their cains. Things used to get done in the senate and the house. They are much too full of pomp and cordiality these days.

    Further, I say let the voices of the people be heard. The public should be allowed to speak from the gallery an hour before deliberation and for an hour after the votes are cast! No matter how outlandish or redicoulus their ideas are, the should have the right to voice their opinions in the publi forum.

    January 6, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. hermit

    I think the Birthers all have defective minds and should be labeled insane so they can get the medical treatments they really need. People stuck on repeating the birther lie have serious mental issues.

    January 6, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Squigman

    And the truth of the matter is as follows. The news media, and all of the elected officals have absolutely no interest in putting a stop to the circus they have created. As long as the populace can be stampeded, and put into a frenzy by nothing more than a rumor or outright lie, then they know beyond all reason that they can make the same people do anything they desire, as long as the people are ignorant enough to believe in what they've been told by one extreme factor or another. The amount of stupidity, and hate in this nation has not been at this level in a long long time. And the people responsible are not foreign, they're domestic. Think about it.

    January 6, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. shamgar50

    Imagine that. A group of Republicans, playing to the mob, interrupted by a member of the mob! ROFLMAO!

    January 6, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. geecee

    These nuts will never go away. There will always be bigotry, no matter how long the human race exists. The simple fact is they refuse to accept a black person as our President. This nonsense about his birth certificate is so old now. Let them bring yet another lawsuit that will get thrown out because it is so frivolous. They just keep coming....like vermin (which they are, of course).

    January 6, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Jerry

    If President NObama was really a natural born citizen, he would have responded to the questions when they arose some time time ago. Why is he being so secretive on this issue.

    Only HE can put it to rest and clear the air once foe all!!!. Is the President of the USA trying to hide (lying) something. Hum!

    January 6, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Charles

    He appears to have taken down the tweet in question.

    January 6, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Shimmyx20

    Really? There's still birthers out there? Probably some the same braindead ignorant idiots that think Obama's not Christian. Hawaii's Republican governor confirmed his birth certificate was valid. Also: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthcertificate.asp

    January 6, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Scarf

    If you want to see a Birther squirm and look more stupid than they already are, ask them how the Obama birth announcement got in the Hawaii newspapers in 1961 when he was born in Hawaii. That fact is a trap shutter if there ever was one.

    January 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Any one that runs for President of the United States is like going through the lines at the airport, everything is and will be checked out.

    January 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. TomInRochNY

    He mother was American. End of story.

    McCain was born in Panama. Is he ineligible?

    January 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Mr.Libertarian

    What is with these nut-jobs? A black man is President. Get over it already.

    January 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. kyle

    The GOP healthcare repeal, the reading of the constitution, all Republican stall tactics.

    January 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. WDRussell

    Guess what folks? The TeaBirthers are insane.

    Hooray for Capt. Spalding.

    January 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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