'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. Bob from PA

    And your telling me that a lot of the opposition to Obama isn't racially motivated.

    January 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Anitasmiles

    When the constitution was read Barack Hussein Obama should have been requested to attend.

    January 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. w l jones

    Read the ancient history of planet Earth and see where everybody were born and where we all came from..

    January 6, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. conoclast

    A question for the "birthers", since it's obvious you haven't gone back into the woodwork: tell us please just what exactly would constitute proof for you that the president is a citizen? All your psychotic conspiracy theories have been debunked; we've given you a legal copy of Obama's Certificate of Live Birth but you say it's forged. Is your racism so completely entrenched that you can't even see it's ugly head when it sticks out for all-the-world to see? Since you can no longer use the N-word you've found a substitute: "that Kenyan in the White House"! Come on, let's argue the point - if you can manage to do it without resorting to cheap-shot slogans.

    January 6, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. hwy911

    Salivating for her 15 minutes of fame, the deluded escapee from the insane asylum awaited her opportunity to shout out the President's name at exactly the right moment... Moron.

    January 6, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    Open the records....

    January 6, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Anitasmiles

    The United States Citizens have the right to see their employee (Barack Hussein Obama) birth certificate.

    January 6, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. kevin

    The number of birthers merely reflects the mentally ill statistics in America ! what a bunch of tea washed pea brains , the earth has no room for such scum !!

    January 6, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Cillian1977

    The woman who screamed this out is probably one of those people who also believes that the world is coming to an end soon because of all the dead birds and fish showing up.

    January 6, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Bill, NY

    Are we sick? Or are we really, really sick?!?!

    January 6, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. marie md

    The rethugs trying to understand what they have been invoking while clueless and a jackass bring given a voice by these same thugs. Only in america and in congress. Wilson should have been thrown out for being stupid to stop this dumbness of the right

    January 6, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    No one said all Americans were smart or even literate. Some can't read and many can't hear.

    January 6, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Tam

    Shame. The country has deteriorated – no decency, no intelligence, no honor.

    January 6, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. gina

    this woman is a disgrace using this time to yell such absurd things...she's an idiot & should be arrested & keep her mouth shut!!! shame on you !!!

    January 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Gary

    If Jesus Christ came down out of the clouds and landed in front of a group of "Birthers" and said "I come unto you to tell the truth that your president is a natural born citizen of the United States" the group would then reply "you're not Jesus"

    January 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    Oh well – You Lie! was just as bad so what else is new????

    January 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Thinker

    What does anyone expect. the idiot tea baggers have already been proven to be an embarassment. Now we'll see if the repukes can handle the mess they have made.

    January 6, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Gary

    I want cows to fly ... hey if I say it over and over and over again can that actually happen

    January 6, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. M Best

    Sole purpose of reading the constitution wasn't it, to bring in question the African Americans origin. When was the constitution read before, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush1, Bush2, Carter or even Clinton? Nope just when the black-man the epitome of what was brought over in chains. How dare he be intelligent enough to run a country that his forefathers laid the foundation for, literally with the blood and sweat of their backs. It's a coo, (the game) as we call it. Win Mr President win!

    January 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. jillib

    I've seen 11 year olds act more maturely and responsibly than this woman. It's a pathetic display not only of the ridiculous birthers, but this woman is an embarrassment to herself and disrepected "the peoples house". Grow up woman and quit with the public displays of ignorance.

    January 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Polis

    Interesting...looks like what the Constitution TECHNICALLY says is that only persons at least 223 years old who were born in the U.S are eligible to be President. Where are we going to find one of those?

    January 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Rachel

    I'm not surprised. We've seen no class from the individuals who choose to think such ridiculous things.

    January 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. harvey 60

    and thanks to the thugs in the NH State House, if the Constitution was read in the House Chamber and there was an outburst, the guy causing the uproar would be armed and dangerous, because the Republithugs voted to allow firearms in the building. just what the country needs, more armed thugs walking the streets and shopping malls, state houses and outhouses, bars, restaurants, all in the name of the Second Amendment and their "rights"? what about a woman's Right to choose? what about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? I hope one of these armed hooligans they call State Representatives gets bumped by an innocent person, they pull their gun and fire, injuring or killing some innocent citizen. Then, when they're arrested for negligent homicide, are they going to plead not guilty because they have the right to carry? What about when one of them gets bumped in the Wal Mart checkout line and waves a gun at someone? Do they plead not guilty because the state says they can carry a weapon? It's the Wild West all over again, pretty soon we'll hae vigilante squads rounding up immigrants and other undesireables, now referred to in the Granite State as "they", as in "I can carry a loaded gun in case 'they' attack me". What nonsense! I may go down to Concord NH and bump one of you thugs in the hallway just to see what happens.

    January 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. NurseGizmo

    Really? That's the best these sideshows can do? Pathetic.

    January 6, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Rickster

    All it would take to end all of this is for Barry to show his original birth certificate. Why won't he? Oh, that's right....he has sealed everything from his past. Nothing to see here...just move along.

    January 6, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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