On the Hill, a Moment of Silence for Jackson
They certainly weren't getting many C-SPAN viewers anyway in light of the 24-7 coverage of Michael Jackson's death. So what better time for members of Congress to break for a moment of silence in honor of the pop superstar than during today's debate on the climate-change bill, one of President Obama's highest legislative priorities?
"We pay tribute to the culture that he has left behind, his legacy," said Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) of the celebrity she called a "multi-talented person who entertained the world."
"Madame Speaker, if there is a God -- and I believe there is -- and that God distributes grace, and mercy, and talent to all of his children," Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. began. "On August 29, 1958, he visited Gary, Indiana, and touched a young man with an abundance of his blessings. With that gift, that young man, Michael Joe Jackson, would touch and change the world.
"His heart couldn't get any bigger, and yesterday, it arrested. 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," Jackson said, before calling for a moment of silence.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jackson's father, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who defended and counseled the pop singer when he faced child molestation charges, had this to say: "We are out of our joy. He is out of his pain.... He was constantly challenged in the press and all he really wanted to be was the greatest entertainer and he was that."
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