House Republicans’ reading of the Constitution was interrupted Thursday by a woman who shouted “except Obama, except Obama” to the venerable document’s words on a U.S. citizen’s eligibility to be president.
Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading “no person, except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” is eligible for the presidency, a woman in the visitor’s gallery yelled out that it did not apply to President Barack Obama.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who was presiding over the House, banged the gavel and halted the proceedings, warning that such action from members of the public was a violation of House rules. The woman was quickly removed by Capitol police. (more …)
Meanwhile Howard Dean thinks:
- Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean today described the Tea Party movement as being fueled not only by economic concerns but also by discomfort with the nation’s growing diversity and the reality of an African-American president.
“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,” he told reporters. “It’s a group of older folks who have seen their lives change dramatically … They don’t know what to do. It’s just a huge change. They never thought the day would ever come. Every morning they see the president they’re reminded that things are totally different than when they were born.”
“I don’t believe these people are racist,” he said. “I see it as an evolutionary thing of getting used to something that’s new and different and unsettling.”