September 10th, 2007
01:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Petraeus testimony temporarily delayed

Gen. David Petraeus listens to opening statements before testifying at a congressional hearing Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The long awaited testimony of General David Petraeus on the status of the Iraq war, took even longer Monday as the microphone for the top commander malfunctioned.

After opening statements from the Democratic chairmen and ranking Republicans at the Joint Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Armed Services Committee, the room fell silent as Petraeus began to speak. And it stayed silent, as the general waited for technicians to fix the problem. Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton called a five minute recess.

But not all the microphones were broken. Skelton’s microphone was live and it picked him up saying, “That really pisses me off,” about protesters in the room, followed by a stronger expletive.

Related: Petraeus: Troops withdrawals by year's end

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Iraq
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Greenville, NC

    Good on was very telling of how even the micro phone did not want to hear the bent truth coming from there lips!

    September 10, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Geek with a laptop

    Code pink is a disgrace to this Nation.

    September 10, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. pat, huntington, ny

    Delayed so he could probably cook the books on Iraq even more to make it look like shangri-la!

    September 10, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Monroe L. , Dallas, Tx.

    I'd believe General Petraeus before I'd believe Ted Kennedy and his ilk, who just sit there all day on their fat butts in "hearings".

    September 10, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. robert l gray

    just like a third world countryhave to have the military army to tell the greatest countryin the world what to do about araqif we stay what will we win no oil no peice from terriost only hate by musslems why do we give money to people who hate us it will be terrible we leave and they kill each other

    September 10, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. RB, from the Bay State

    He'll be on a Faux Snooze lovefest with Britt Hume answering the really tough questions, like how do you keep your uniform so neatly pressed, so it's no big deal.


    September 10, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    What does the RB stand for, Real boring? You have been on this site for 10 minutes and both of your postings are about "Faux Snooze".

    Anyhing to back up your slams against the OVERWHELMINGLY number one news channel on cable or are you just "snicker" repeating something you heard on MSNBC or some other really biased network?

    When you watch Brit Humes show you will notice a mixture of differing viewpoints discussing the issues including the left (NPR), but I understand that it is easier to get your "lying" points from Moveon or PBS.

    That includes all of their shows and I have watched Keith Olbermanns show and he says his piece and his guest or expert "parrots" exactly what he said.

    That's real fair and balanced "snicker".

    September 10, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    Pulled down the vial and dashed behind the media façade! Just one more deployment.

    September 10, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |


    September 10, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Will, Monterey CA

    I can only imagine what other countries are thinking as the internationally broadcasted hearing over one of the most important issues of our time has microphone problems.

    September 10, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. anna, Appleton, WI

    When the politicians become military experts, then maybe I'll actually listen to what they have to say!

    September 11, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |