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."

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  1. Beverly in NC

    Did they also hold one for Farrah Fawcett who was a REAL example of American values of courage in face of adversity?

    Michael Jackson led a very strange and sad life and was a child molester. He won a lot of music awards but his questionable and inappropriate behavior with young boys does not make him someone worthy to be formally recognized in Congress.

    Is Congress going to honor OJ Simpson when he dies too? He once was a great football player and national icon too. He was acquitted of murder but we all know he was guilty. Just like we all know Michael Jackson was guilty of abusing little boys for years, He, too, was acquitted because he was a celebrity.

    Winning a lof of Grammy Awards does not qualify you for Congressional recognition. Let the music industry honor him if they want. Let his fans find some way to honor him if they want.

    I feel sorry for his family and especially for his children but outside the music industry he did nothing to be honored by Congress.

    Only people of high honor who contributed to the betterment of society and great accomplishment for the betterment of our nation should be recognized by Congress.

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

    "Obama can't walk in the shoes of Michael Jackson, too big for him to fill"

    Yeah clown shoes are usually oversized and that is what he ended up as.

    June 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Isaac

    They do this for all pedophiles, don't they?

    June 26, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. m cella

    Reactions are getting out of hand. People are behaving in the same way they did when Lady Diana Spencer died which was bizarre and over the top. The non-stop coverage of this event is too much. Though a gifted performer, Jackson was not a head of state. Did they hold a moment of silence for that poor National Guard commander and his wife tragically killed in the DC Metro accident. I find it troublesome that our Congress would hold a moment of silence for someone with so much contraversy – particularly pedophile charges surrounding them.
    My heart does go out to his children – no young child should have to lose a parent. My sympathy goes out to his family for their loss. I hope the media will respect their privacy and end the sensationalism.

    June 26, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. simpleminded

    hey, I see a bunch of white old men bloggers who have nothing to do but be so hateful and raciast towards such a great person, if you don't like it than shut it! Oh yeah, old folks are nothing but ignorant nazis.
    Peace, love and Die you old farts!

    June 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Tony


    You should have heeded the current heat advisory for your city because it's obviously affected your brain. Half- staff for an entertainer? You are treating the American flag with disprespect by flying it at half staff:

    The Flag in Mourning:

    The flag is to be flown at half-staff in mourning for the death of designated, principal government leaders.

    The flag is to be flown at half-staff for thirty days in mourning for the death of the current or former President of the United States.

    The U.S. flag is otherwise flown at half-staff (or half-mast, on ships) when directed by the President of the United States or a state governor.

    And a moment of silence? Did we do that for Fatty Arbuckle when he died? His life had similar parallels: the king of his craft in entertainment,immensely popular, sexual assault charges, trials, was ostracized, left the country and just on the brink of making his comeback died suddenly of a heart attack, also at a younger age (46).

    June 26, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. kevin

    renea June 26th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

    Why are there criticism ? you are suppose to comment about Michael Jackson legacy, Not about the president the republicans or the democrats come on people show some respect.

    ah first of all Renea its, why is there criticism. and this man was a nutter, not a man who should be remembered in such a way . To the troops !!!!!!! remember the troops. the troops out there. heres to all you troops

    June 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Emily

    What about Farrah and Ed? What about all the people that die daily? What about those dying because of hunger, genocide, and war all across the globe- or are they not important enough to pause and think about?!

    June 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. ric

    This is ridiculous. He was just a singer. And not a very good one anyway. What about Farrah or Ed? They died this week too, were they any less tragic. These guys need to get back to doing the job they were elected to do and stop watching the E channel.

    June 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. kevin

    TruthFighter June 26th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

    People forget about the good things he did like writing, composing, and performing "We Are The World" to raise money for Ethiopia children. He should be mourned by everyone.
    man i have to correct everything. We are the world you say??? all that money was taken by African tribal leaders and never went to the people it was supposed to go to. Michael Jackson in every single way was a shame. I mean hello, he owes 400 million dollars, thats almost a half billion dollars. And he can't pay it back now. Get it right people, this man was nothing more than a big sham who could spin around and what not

    June 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. lynn in NM

    What about Farrah Fawcett? Did anyone ever hear of her? 2 people died yesterday, not 1.

    June 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Carol

    This shows me how important Michael Jackson was/is. I was shocked when I heard the news yesterday but I woke up this morning watching the news and started crying and haven't stopped. I didn't realize how much I loved Michael Jackson until now. I grew up with his music and feel he was a genius. I can't believe he's gone.

    June 26, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    For all of you who are irate over the fact that they had a moment of silence . . . . . it was one minute . . . .60 SECONDS!!!! Get over the outrage . . .

    June 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Jim

    This shows the poor character of the Congress. To honor a child molester & drug addict is disgraceful. There are thousands of troops and civilian volunteers that are ignored.

    June 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Slowgun

    simp June 26th, 2009 12:18 pm ET

    To all the haters Michael Jackson was the most amazing entertainer EVER!!!!!! there will NEVER be another like him, period.


    simp...do you want me to provide a list of all of the other enterainers that people said the exact same think about.

    If he molest your kid would you
    (a) press charges
    (b) take the $22M in hush money

    June 26, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. DKNYFL

    Unreal. The man was talented but how about we have a moment of silence everytime one of our military troops dies? Any excuse not to work!! One has to wonder why not for Farrah Fawcett or Ed McMahon-both also icons?

    June 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. DawnL,CA

    Unbelievable! Is this how they spend their time? I can't stop shaking my head.

    June 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. skip

    Traj, June 26th, 2009 12:22 pm ET

    Some of you people are the epidemy of Stupid.
    Um, Traj . . .

    Before you go calling other people stupid, maybe you should look at "The Man in the Mirror" (to quote Michael Jackson).

    An "epidemy" is an epidemic disease.

    I think the word you were looking for was "epitome."

    June 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Slowgun

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA June 26th, 2009 11:56 am ET

    American flags in Washington D.C. should be raised at half-staff today. Michael Jackson just wasn't an American icon, he was a World icon.

    Dutch, you are so right...God Bless Michael. He taught us all that if you have enough money you can get away with molesting children.

    June 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. conservative

    Can anyone explain the shocking, shallow, immaturity of Americans who deify these so called entertainers? This Jackson had very serious problems and all these young people followed his every move like lemmings . Can't say much for Americas future!

    June 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. JT

    Seriously? You're all crying for a moment of silence for Farah Fawcett??!! What...she did one season of Charlie's Angels and one good movie. I mean...I'm sure she was a nice woman, but let's not compare Farah Fawcett's contributions to society to Michael Jackson, who, in addition to being one of the most talented and popular entertainers in the world, was a humanitarian and philanthropist who donated a good share of his fortune to charity.

    June 26, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    i less chester the Child Mol-ster – gone

    June 26, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Just Beat It!

    June 26, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. kevin

    thoughts and prayers are with his family????? why? to bad. you pumped your body full of junk. you never accepted your body or its color. you had all your money. you blew all your money. you were a strange freak with a few or more children. no he wasn't they say............they why did you settle with the family for over 20 million dollars. This man was a freak. he blew his mind, and he treated his body like junk. thoughts and prayers should not be directed to him and his family going towards july 4 weekend, it should be directed fully towards our troops. This is not how the house of reps are supposed to represent us the american people. A moment of silence for a freak of this degree, please. oh he did so much for america.................... what did he do for america????? He owes america 400 million dollars. lets get it right ok. lets show this man for what he really was. a freak

    June 26, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. becki

    I am well aware that Michael Jackson was a wonderful entertainer. I grew up listening to him and enjoying his music. He supported quite a few good causes. I also grew up watching Farrah Fawcett. She was and incredible actress (did you see "The Burning Bed") who played quite a few parts that make you think about things. In the last few months of her life she opened up her world to show what it is like from a cancer patients perspective. That was powerful. I know that her passing was expected and that his was not, however I really think that a moment of silence was a bit much. As a military wife I would rather see them do a moment of silence for all of our military personnell than an entertainer. However if they want to do a moment of silence for an entertainer then Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon should have been included as well.

    June 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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