July 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush heckled during July 4 speech


Watch protesters interrupt the president's speech.

(CNN) - It's The Fourth of July, but not everyone was in a festive mood when President Bush delivered a speech Thursday at Thomas Jefferson's famous home, Monticello.

The President, who was talking part in Monticello's annual naturalization ceremony, was interrupted several times by protesters.

"War criminal!" one protester repeatedly yelled as she was escorted out by Secret Service members.

"He has brought fascism to this shore," another man yelled.

The president did not appear to acknowledge the protesters.

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  1. Jesi

    To all you people calling these protesters "Obama supporters":


    We all hated Bush long before Obama become the next presidential hopeful. Bush is the worst president this country has ever had, and that FACT has nothing to do with whether or not Obama will win the next election.

    July 4, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Jeff from Jersey

    EPA deliberately witholding the health hazards that are now killing first responders on 9/11.Ignoring warnings about hurricane Katrina,going missing for 5 days before bothering to show up.Abandoning most of them even now.Commiting most military resources for his personal war in Iraq instead of continuing an all-out pursuit of the man that actually killed americans on american soil and spending more than a half a TRILLION dollars on the fallacy of "winning the war on terror".A million american families losing their homes.Oil prices that are destroying business after business and unemployment the highest seen in decades and rising every day.The Midwest drowning in flood water and destroying crops as well as the homes of uncounted more americans while he was on his farwell tour.

    The man and his administration have been the greatest tragedy this country has seen since the Civil War.He should be tried and executed,not merely heckled!

    July 4, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Zeak

    GW is no war criminal, his VP wanted just Iraq for the oil it has. Remember the secret meetings with the oil guys back when ?? How much is gas today from 2001 ???

    July 4, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. McGaffe

    Bush was not elected to first term. His daddy got him in.

    July 4, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. James Flaherty

    How many thousands of innocent children, woman, old, young, helpless, defenseless, Iraqis people have died so that America might have access to the world's second largest oil reserve?

    Who are the people responsible for all this murder?

    Those people should not go unpunished!

    July 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. MR. Woodcock

    The president did not appear to acknowledge the protesters. Ah yah he did, he said in this country we have freedom of speech,,, You know as any one who said thing aginst him were dragged away by the Secret Police,,,FREE SPEECH what a joke!!

    July 4, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Resist Taxes! Don't PAY YOUR TAXES!

    Stop paying your taxes. I haven't paid since this illegal war started! They will notice when they aren't getting money! No money for guns, bombs and murdering people! I give all money I would give to taxes to local charities!

    July 4, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Enough Already!

    To all the Bush supporters above:

    What is it you are so scared of that you feel Bush is the only answer for? That you are so willing to give up your rights and freedom for? That you are willing to give up our dignity for? That you feel anyone who doesn't think like you is at fault for?

    July 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Congress

    Someone wrote:
    "Bush went to war – who approved it? Congress
    Bush signed the Patriot Act.
    Who approved it? Congress"

    That's right. The Republicans and the Dems are owned by the same corporate interests. Until we get third parties in the arena, we have no hope for a larger debate!

    And Actually, Barbara Lee of Oakland did not vote for the war! Don't forget!!!

    July 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Pete

    Not only should these citizens have been removed for disrupting a presidential speech, but heckling the president while he is giving a 4th of July speech is outright unpatriotic. Protesting would be a good way to exercise freedom of speech, not slandering America's leader from the crowd on independence day.

    July 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. brucer

    Regarding Bush and the protesters:

    As much as I despise this demented freak of nature, I know that he too loves this country dearly. He can't differentiate the country from the symbols, the constitution from corporatocracy , but I think somewhere in the part of his brain which has not degenerated to reptilian, he may have a vestigial sense of 'us'. That wee little bit was speaking to those new citizens, welcoming them to our beloved shores, presenting the open arms we all spread.

    As a welcomer, he represented us all. I don't care what level of retard he is, he was my doorman to greet these new members of our society.

    To mar this occasion with protests against the man when he was trying his best to be the greeter for the nation is inexcusable.

    Where on Earth has our sense of decency and decorum gone? A republic as old as ours should be able to display a little grace, particularly on occasions such as this.

    Is this too difficult a concept for people to grasp? That regardless of what one may think of the messenger, it's the message he's carrying that counts.

    From what I've read, Bush responded that the newcomers were experiencing America's free speech firsthand. Then the free speechers were hauled away in handcuffs. Oh, my Sweet Flaming Jesus, what has become of us.


    July 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Crush Rush

    EAM the dittohead uses at least thirty names on here.Ha ha ha

    July 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. oh dear


    July 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. david


    July 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. We Have More Than 2 Parties In This Country!

    Shame on you CNN! For only showing the Republican and Democratic candidates in your "Election Center".

    California has a GREEN PARTY and in that state Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez are running. THIS IS NEWS!

    Shame on you for fooling americans into thinking that they only have two choices.

    Why not do an analysis on how every hungry person and homeless person in this country could be fed and housed if OBAMA spent his multi millions on it instead of blowing that on an election?

    P.S. – I love how there are EXXON MOBILE ads on your election center! I like to know who owns our votes!!

    July 4, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Phillip

    It's a good thing that as we celebrate Independence Day here in America, we know that our country continues to uphold and respect the freedom of speech guaranteed to its citizens by the founding fathers in the Bill of Rights...

    *watches video of guards dragging protesters away

    Oh, hmm...okay, well, at least America still has the best hot dogs in the world!

    July 4, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. William A. Schaedler

    Bush should be tried for murder, convicted and then executed. He is nothing more than a criminal and should be dealth with accordingly. I am so very sick of looking at his stupid face. I am really counting the days until he is gone.

    July 4, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. KC

    Good! Their so called hate-filled ramblings represent the frustration of millions of Americans fed up with a president who DOES NOT and WILL NOT represent the majority of his constituents. Love it.

    July 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. Janet / Agness, Oregon

    To Totally neutral:
    You say that Bush has done nothing without Congress' approval.
    Where have you been???
    Have you not heard of his "Executive signings"?
    Are you unaware of his appointments while Congress isn't in session?
    Have you not heard that he has lied repeatedly to Congress (as well as the American citizens)?

    To several others:
    Do you really believe that liberal Democrats are the only citizens that are mourning our lost rights?
    By Republicans standards, Bush can't even be called a Republican.
    Their platform USED to be: smaller government, fiscally conservative, with more personal freedoms, not less.

    To me, the only thing more frightening than having Bush in office, is to realize that there are that many ignorant people votering in our country!
    If you are going to vote, and I hope you do, please do some research and make your vote an informed one!

    July 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Thats Bitter, to want McCain

    Hillary not bitter
    Bill not bitter

    JFK brought blacks into the dem. party

    Bill and Hillary will run every minority away to the GOP

    GOP will lead for another 8 years

    Where is the grace

    Oh yes, Bitter sore loosers.

    July 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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