June 26th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
10 years ago

House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives held a moment of silence Friday morning to mark the passing of legendary singer Michael Jackson.

"His heart couldn't get any bigger, and yesterday, it arrested," said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. "I come to the floor today on behalf of a generation to thank God for letting all of us live in his generation and in his era."

Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr. • Michael Jackson
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  1. unreal

    This is an absolute disgrace. This animal drugged and abused children.

    June 26, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Brian MacDougall

    Wow, is there ANYONE who won't try to leverage this for their own purposes? Jesse Jackson Junior and Corey Feldman: fundamentally the same.

    June 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Paula

    Thanks KD in Houston I agree with you. But I must say this also. This country has a lot of nerve and the people on here making ugly comments. You have a right to say whatever u want, but let us really keep things real! This country has paid homage to plenty of people with less than lamentable back grounds. We have presidents day for former slave owners, we have accepted people like Strom Thurmond as a part of our nation’s fabric. You mean to tell that someone who has been an instrumental part of breaking racial barriers and assisting with world hunger issues with his entertainment and support does not deserve a moment of silence? Were any of you there with We Are The World? If it was Bono or Elvis again you guys would be ok right? Why should we concern ourselves with comparing the publicity of MJ versus Ed or Farah? It’s all a loss to the fabric of entertainment. We were saddened by Ed going broke. We were saddened to find out that Farah had cancer. These are issues that the common man faces. FINANCIAL LOSS, CANCER, AND HEART ATTACKS IS SOMETHING WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON WITH THEM. WE ARE ALL SADDEND. SO MOVE ON WILL YA! Thank you to those who know that despite the set backs and bad decisions, that MJ was still an entertainer who inspired people across ALL of the continents. NAME ME ONE REPUPLICAN THAT HAS THAT KIND OF POSITIVE POWER THAT SPANDED OVER 40 YEARS AND IT WAS NOT FOR BEING A SUPREME RACIST.

    June 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Come on really… soldiers are all over the world dieing to protect people.. yet we hold a moment of silence for MJ.. yeah he was great but really, what is this world coming to?

    But is was your Repubicans President that got there soldiers killed by an unnessary war.

    June 26, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. MJ will live forever

    Michael Jackson was not an entertainer – he was a legend and no one comes close to get that sort of recognition around the world. Jackson beats Sinatra, Elvis, in his fame AROUND the world..no one came close. People in remote villages in remote countries have heard of MJ.

    All the haters – shut up and bow down to this legend. Thank your lucky stars your ears had the pleasure of listening to his masterpiece.

    Also if your kid was molested would you take millions of dollars to keep quiet??? The jury found MJ NOT GUILTY on ALL TEN counts of molestation charges. So go away and let him rest in peace because all you haters would have sued him on false pretext just to get some money out of him. Shameful parents dragging kids and lieing about molestation just for some millions. DONT BE IGNORANT!


    June 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. kelly

    Michael Jackson is more than an enternainer – He was an AMERICAN ICON

    ....get over your hate -you are just jealous of him...

    June 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Joe Terrogano

    After the trials, you did not see a lot of Michael Jackson. Now, out of the woodwork comes the hoard. Yes old Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. all come to praise him. Not for the exposure to the cameras, but out of deep grief. He was a "little boy" in a man's body, living in a fantasy world. He was a great musician and dancer. He was also an adult with an unhealthy attraction to boys. I hope that his family finds peace in their grief. I also hope that Congress and the news media get back to the real pressing issues that are afflicting this nation. How about a moment of cooperation to pass some legislation.

    June 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Kim

    You people don't get it, Michael was not only a great musical Icon, he was also a great philantropis, with we are the world, he raised millions for the famine in Somalia, he also raised millions for AIDS and sick Children. His death was acknowledged by world leaders, even the ones that we don't get along with. He transcended race and nationality. His contributions were great. I loved Farrah and Ed but they were no way near Michael and that is not to be mean just honest. Michael had been honored by most of the recent presidents both Repubs and Dems, he made us proud throughout the world.

    June 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Chris D.

    People....Micheal Jackson recieved awards from two, count them two Republican Presidents (Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush) for his work, and influence on american society, and the world......
    People....learn your history before you comment.....

    June 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Does this mean they cured all the country's problems and had some extra time? They have better things to do than honor some drug-abusing pedophile.

    June 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. jorojoserojas

    It's just a MOMENT of silence. The House didn't take the day off or anything, they just took a second to acknowledge the passing of someone who affected a great many lives.

    It's tragic when anybody passes, that's true. And yes, I do believe we should honor and memorialize our fallen soldiers for the sacrifice they've made to our wonderful country (maybe we can have a Day of Memorial every year, right around May or something along those lines?)

    Look, I can see where people are coming from, but to say that Michael Jackson was a mere entertainer is kind of an understatement. He left an impact on the world in ways that very few people have, and very few ever will.

    Maybe if some of you felt some of the compassion, love, and spirit he so famously sang about, you'd find that truth in your hearts.

    RIP MIchael Jackson. You will forever be missed.

    June 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Michael

    I find it disgusting that our government would take a moment of silence to honor a pedophile. This is a slap in the face to all survivors of this type of crime and it sickens me that our elected officials would be so insensitive to that face

    June 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    Are you serious!!!!????

    June 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Jen Ferdinand

    All nations should have their flag raised at half-staff period since he was The Greatest World Music icon and highlighted the many causes that affected us. He reached more people in the world with his music than half of us will do to our neighbors down the same street.

    June 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. katie

    The moment of silence. It is what it is? Whether we liked him or not, he touched our lives and or kids lives. So lighten-up Lets not hate and disparage for one day. Remember 4 fingers are pointing back at you. Trying breathing deeply and saying – I am happy to be alive!

    June 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Joe

    I am much sadder about how Michael Jackson lived, especially over the last fifteen years, than how he died. He wasted his immense talent. Can anyone name a song that Michael Jackson wrote, in the past decade? Today the last of our troops are pulling out of the major urban areas of Iraq, after being there for longer than it took to fight all of World War II. Not a single word, on CNN, about these American icons, the brave men and women who risk their lives to keep us all safe. CNN, get a grip on what IS news worthy. However, more than that, the Congress ought to get a grip on what is relevant.

    June 26, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Chris D.

    People….Micheal Jackson recieved awards from two, count them two Republican Presidents at the White House (Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush) for his work, and influence on american society, and the world……
    People….learn your history before you comment…..

    June 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Pepper from CA

    I don't think this was appropriate. Michael Jackson absolutely had great talent, did much for pop music and was a pop icon. However, he also took a child held that child by the feet and hung the child out a window. Not to mention his questionable child abuse issues.

    June 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. JW in Michigan

    Sick... honoring a CHILD MOLESTOR. I think our law makers have better things to do.

    June 26, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Tony in MN

    America ... when Obama won the presidency I thought we had gained some credibility and respect back. JJ Jr. is an eejit!

    June 26, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Longwolf

    OH MY GOSH. May the Lord help us all. What has this pedifier contributed to mankind except misery to boys.

    June 26, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Susan - Royersford, Pennsylvania

    1. Faucet, was known for a poster and one hit series that she left so she could be the wife that Majors wanted.
    I'm not sure why they would need to have a momnent of silence for that. Yes, she died. It is very sad. But, she did not leave an indelible mark on the world like Michael did.
    2. Ed Mc. he was known here in America to people of a certain age group. Micheal was known around the world to almost every age group. Him at least I would have wanted a moment of silence for. Ed was the best.
    3. Who was the bozo that said he didn't know who Michael was????
    You're kidding right???
    The man left a mark on this planet that will not ever be forgotten.
    Yes. He deserves a moment of silence from Congress. From everyone.
    I did not agree with his life style. I still struggle with those charges too.
    But he's dead now. Let's celebrate his masterful music and the immeasurable joy he brought to the world with it.

    June 26, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. margaret

    Of all the people in this world to call an ICON, I don't think it would be Michael. He used to be cute, but has been a freak for many years now. He deserves none of this coverage. I can't believe this is happening. UGH

    June 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. WORD UP!

    Michael Jackson is a legendary icon. There will never be another singer like him in this world.

    I remember the night he did the moonwalk when he sang "Billie Jean" on TV; I was 10 years old. My family told me to calm down but I was too excited. The best things in life are really free! I can't remember the first time I saw the music video, "Billie Jean" on MTV but I always love to watch it. It brings back so many memories. "Thriller" was truly the greatest album of his career.

    I remember the first time I saw "The Wiz" starring Richard Pryor, Diana Ross and the great Micheal Jackson. Mike was so cool! I wanted to watch it forever when he started singin' and dancin'.

    I can't wait to see the movie. It's gonna' be a real thriller! Ooh!

    June 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. John in Iowa

    This is just silly.

    He was a world icon alright.....a world icon of all the stars that go off the deep end, that start to fade because they lose their mind.
    An icon of those stars that seem to get away with crimes because of their fame.
    He ended his days viewed as a joke and suspected child molester.

    I am feeling no pity at all today for MJ.
    I feel more for Farrah as she tried to bravely fight against the cancer that eventually killed her, and tried to bring awareness of it to the public even as she was losing her fight.

    June 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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