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House Resolution Would Memorialize Jackson

It'll be interesting to see how the votes shake out on a House resolution offered by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) to honor Michael Jackson.

Speaking today at the pop icon's funeral, Jackson Lee (who is no relation to the late singer) held up a copy of her resolution and said it will be debated on the House floor. The measure will hail Jackson as "an American legend, a musical icon and a world humanitarian," she said.

The lengthy resolution, which includes 44 separate "whereas" clauses, chronicles Jackson's career and accomplishments from his days as a baby-faced member of the "Jackson 5" to his rise as the "King of Pop" with such explosive hits as "Thriller," "Billie Jean" and "Beat It."

The measure also notes some of Jackson's more obscure humanitarian work, including these clauses:

Whereas in December 1991, Michael's office MJJ Productions donated more than 200 turkey dinners to needy families in Los Angeles;

Whereas, on April 9, 1984, David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cystic fibroses was invited to Michael's home, in response to a dying request to meet Michael. David passed away 7 weeks later;

Whereas on December 1993, in conjunction with the Gorbachev Foundation, Michael Jackson airlifted 60,000 doses of children's vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia;

Whereas in 1994, Michael donated $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation.

Jackson Lee's resolution goes on at great length to list many other of Jackson's good deeds before finally concluding:

Whereas we today mourn with and send our condolences to the children that Michael Jackson left behind: Prince Michael, Paris Michael, and Prince Michael II and his mother, father, brothers, and sisters: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) recognizes Michael Jackson as a global humanitarian and a noted leader in the fight against worldwide hunger and medical crises; and

(2) celebrates Michael Jackson as an accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment, scientific advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and global food security.

As of this afternoon, the resolution did not yet appear on the House floor schedule. But rest assured that when it does come before the House for debate, Congresswoman Jackson Lee will ask for a recorded vote. And we fully expect Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who this week lambasted Michael Jackson as a "pervert," a "child molester" and a "pedophile," will happily lead the Nay column.

"We would vote against it," King's spokesman, Kevin Fogarty, told us today.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 7, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
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Yeah, and someone could easily make a list of 44 charities Bernard Madoff donated to as well.

I expect a lot of "not votings" on this one.

Posted by: jimk8mr | July 7, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If the House would like to "MEMORIALIZE MICHEAL JACKSON",,, they should "EXPEL" that "SCUM BAG", Peter King(R), of New York. Apparently, Rep. King must have been thinking he was at one of his Racist, Redneck Meeting out on Long Island, when he made all those "STUPID, IDIOTIC REMARKS."

He not only represents the people of New York, he represents "THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. And there will be a movement to have him removed from his "SEAT."

Peter King, is a "DISGRACE", to the Congress, and does not deserves to paid with tax payers funds.....

Posted by: austininc4 | July 7, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

How about a national Michael Jackson holiday? It should fall on a Monday or Friday for another 3-dayer. Take the day off and go moon walking or something. Work on our hair and dance steps.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | July 7, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

and the next resolution should be to censure Rep. King. Don't recall him complaining one bit about the nonstop news coverage of quitter Sarah Palin. I truly hope there is a large African American population in his district who will turn out in mass next November. He is a disgrace and likely a racist. There is no room in the halls of Congress for such gutter behavior.

Posted by: leichtman | July 7, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson is a pedophile. This resolution is outrageous but so are the one million other resolutions that go to the House floor.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 7, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Ditto the comment to censure King. Oh, she's a Texan. Figures.

Posted by: pueo | July 7, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This resolution makes me sick. Michael Jackson was a question. All of his fans keep reminding everyone that he was acquited. Remember OJ? He was also acquited.

Posted by: olddogsarebest | July 7, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess being the "greatest entertainer" overrides "jesus juice". profligate spending, irresponsibly leaving a mountain of debt, and crotch-grabbing videos for a whole nation of teenagers to enjoy.

Next, let's have a resolution for Jay-Z, P Diddy, 50 Cent, and all those other entertainment successes who got there by drug-slinging poison that killed who-knows-how-many of their own brothers and sisters.

Freaking world has gone mad.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | July 7, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

and I am a Texan. Your point?
apparently some here turn their noses up at the American legal system. Please remember the justice system no only applies to M.J. but to you, your family and neighbors.
"All of his fans keep reminding everyone that he was acquited." As a lawyer I will remind you that trials are the way we resolve disputes in this country whether you like it or no not. As for Rep. King, if he were a man he would say those hate filled comments to M.J.'s daughter Paris. If he were a man.

Posted by: leichtman | July 7, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally olddogsarebest were you privy to the testimony at his trial? Please make sure to repeat your vile comments to the presiding judge when you are called to jury duty next time.

Posted by: leichtman | July 7, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You know, I've seen people honored by congress before but I really think it was after some study into their backgrounds, etc. I watched this congresswoman and Sharpton and Jackson turn the beautiful tribute to Jackson into a racial political mess today. They should have never been able to participate in this funeral. Asked by people on the street, a few were commenting on the thing most memorable was Al Sharpton and his rhetoric usual self. There were a lot of really great musicians who came before him and were more responsible for opening doors for black entertainiers. I know this from the experience of all the delightful singers, etc. from the 40's and 50's. They were just as talented as Jackson ever was. I didn't see Jackson, like Jesse Jackson, doing a lot to help their fellow man. He tried his best to become white skinned, hung out with whites, and just hired blacks when he needed them. He even married whites. He was very talented but he let drugs overcome all the good he was capable of, yet most of the people out during this time have been blacks when I felt he did them a disservice. Anyway, I sure hope this resolution hits the dirt where it belongs. It was wrong for this congresswoman to show up with a plaque that's not even legal and pitch her political speech today. It was not the time or the place. I just hope that his children and family are okay and I wish them the very best.

Posted by: noseyten | July 7, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Why is this guy considered a musical genius? His albums are a product of months or yrs. of work with multiple takes etc. till the finished "product" was what it ended up. Even when performing live everything was rehearsed and the same songs were played at each concert....the exact same way.
It isn't music it is an over-hyped, over produced product. It is close to the situation where Bspears, madonna etc. lip sync in concert so they can do aerobics or dance I guess. How is that creative or musical. It just sux and it's hard to believe he is a musical legend.
He was more of a performance artist where his very life was the performance. His producers, dancers, and studio techs deserve all the credit. so he could dance big one refers to ballet dancers as musical geniuses.

Posted by: clarkth1 | July 7, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Bravo for the resolution to honor Michael.

My guess is only a handful of ignorant, old white guys will oppose. And once again, the Party Of No will not prevail.

Posted by: binkynh | July 7, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

This resolution is silly. People should rein in their emotion. He was a good entertainer and was well paid. This is all getting a bit much now.

This resolution shouldn't even be put forth in Congress. We have too many pressing issues to tend to.

Enough is enough now. Let's move on.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 7, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Dear Leichtman: Thanks for the free legal advice, but I was privy to the testimony and to the details of MJ's payoffs to certain families.

Posted by: olddogsarebest | July 7, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Whereas, Michael Jackson, a pedophile, is NOT a humanitarian. If he were, he would have donated ALL is belongings, not a measly 200 turkeys to needy families in LA. What did that set the multi
millionaire back? Even if each bird was $20, that's only 4Gs. He should have opted out of the $25K casket and donated THAT to the needy. This was nothing more than a gross show of self-indulgence, even from the grave.

Plant him, and be done.

Posted by: spf_zero | July 7, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"I was privy to the testimony"
oh really? So now getting your faux news from Fox constitutes court room evidence that you were privy to. What a disgusting insult to the actual jurrors who sat through weeks of live testimony. Its shameless to attack not only the deceased but 12 jurrors but something we are accustomed to hearing from the neocons. Have you no shame?

Posted by: leichtman | July 7, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman: I sat through the entire trial. And was privy to confidential documents that were excluded. And no, I am not a neocon and I never watch Fox news. You are very quick to judge other people based on your own bias. Perhaps you should tell that to the presiding judge next time you are called for jury duty.

Posted by: olddogsarebest | July 7, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Let him get cold in the ground before everyone raises him to saint hood.

Posted by: watercan | July 7, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to the war on drugs.

Posted by: sjfone | July 7, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"I sat through the entire trial. And was privy to confidential documents"

so you turned your tv on and that now makes YOU a jury consultant, wow never thought it was so easy. And the judge excluded documents and then personally handed them through your tv and into your living room, or was it the court clerk that gave you these documents. Ah the marvels of modern television. Actually it is a serious offense in most states to tamper with government documents and I am pretty sure that excluded trial documents you claim to have would fall into that category, so I suggest that you not come to a blog site like this and brag about that.

If all you have time for is to obsess over your hatreds you need to get a life. The rest of us will continue to believe in the sanctity of our jury system which you continue to insult.

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I never was an MJ fan but admit he was a talented guy. That being said, after seeing the elaborate display, and politics of his funeral I only have one question:
how many of our young people that have died in Iraq and Afganistan have been honored the way MJ was? They are the ones that deserve a resolution to honor their service to this country. Sharpton, Jackson and Jackson Lee keep racism alive and well. Michael was a lost soul. I pray his children have a better life than he did. To me, his elaborate funeral put on by the family was their way of salving their conscience.

Posted by: Que755 | July 8, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

And a comment to truly believe the justice system works? Get real. OJ Simpson is a good example and why did MJ pay off someone (to the tune of $10 million if he didn't do what he was accused of)....I don't trust the legal talks and BS walks! If you ever have to rely on the judicial system to help you or a loved one'll find out it is far from perfect and may not work in your favor.

Posted by: Que755 | July 8, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

And a comment to truly believe the justice system works?

Yes I do. If you don't like our legal system sir I strongly suggest that you move to a different country and try it out. And what the heck does OJ have to do with this discussion? You don't like the jurrors? They are your neighbors, friends, and families. I suggest you tell them that you don't care for them either if they don't think exactly like you. That is not a country I would care to live in.

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

You might check out the legal systems in Iran, Iraq and North Korea if you are unhappy with our's.

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Re;Incidentally olddogsarebest were you privy to the testimony at his trial? Please make sure to repeat your vile comments to the presiding judge when you are called to jury duty next time.

Posted by: leichtman | July 7, 2009 7:32 PM

I was not present either when he settled another child molestation case out of court for $25 mil.

Posted by: janye1 | July 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | July 8, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

M.J.s' payoff to end a legal suit is too troubling to elevate him to public recognition without regard to fanatical worshipers efforts to Canonize him.

Posted by: naahbob | July 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ demonstrated his credentials by use of the power of God(the holy spirit) but M.J. leaves behind a dancing figure, a sound on the ears, none of which have any more evidence than box office numbers.

Posted by: naahbob | July 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 1uncle | July 8, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Curious why there is so much hatred here for M.J.

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

he was a pop star and thats it he has not done anything different then all the other pop stars they all give to charity's so as to all those who think he deserves a holiday or we can also have a Elvis day a jimmy Hendrix day a marlin Monroe day how about a Kurt Cobain day lets celibate people that destroyed there lives with alcoholism and drugs day its sad that they died but and there music is the way to remember them not with a national holiday

Posted by: getsix1 | July 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

so as to all those who think he deserves a holiday

Where is that coming from?

He was an important entertainer for the 20th century and should be remembered as such. Again why the hate by others(not you)

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The article shows the folly of our elected representatives. A resolution honoring Michael Jackson - It's frightening to think that the people who propose this lunacy are in charge of our country.

Posted by: masssgt | July 8, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I just cant believe that the usa govt is going to waste the time to present and debate this in congress. it's taxpayers money that pays for this idiotic type of stuff.are all our representatives as stupid as this sheila jackson lee? no wonder we are in such trouble at home and around the world. impeach this lady!
MJ threw millions around on ridiculous excesses and only a tiny percentage went to charity. we dont KNOW if he was guilty of the many pedophile charges, but i dont think the usa should be honoring a suspected pedophile. and what did he do to his face??? he was a talented FREAK- with way too much emphasis on the FREAK

Posted by: fellowbozo | July 8, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

you are an idiot. Sheila Jackson Lee is my Congresswoman and she has a 75% approval rating in her Houston district and is so beloved that no one has run against her in the last 3 election cycles.
"Suspected", now in your boreish head is a criminal offense. I suspect that you are an idot by your ranting post, that is not prosecutable in this country but ought to be. Apparently you think your judgment, as suspect as that is, is superior to 12 jurrors who listened to a month of testimony and found him not guilty. Try in your wierd world to stop hating, it gets you nothing in life.

Posted by: leichtman | July 8, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman, you protest too much. But being a lawyer explains why you say what you do. God help you and your clients. Most lawyers with class would have dropped the idiotic rantings you seem to enjoy. Are you really a lawyer or a wannabe? The fact you didn't get the connection of OJ to the discussion tells me you haven't been a lawyer for long, if at all. Good luck in your career.

Posted by: Que755 | July 8, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

MJ was a very talented performer & idolized by many for his talent. But he appeared to not like being a black American. He changed his looks & skin color to be a caucasian. When he had a chance to have children, he had three white kids. Setting aside his musical success, can you say that he was thereby a good model for the black community? NO! He was 40+ years old & saw nothing wrong with sleeping with others'children. Setting aside the criminal trial & the allegations there, there was the $22 million settlement of the Jordan Chandler sexual molestation legal action, which involved drugs. We knew what the general claims were in the lawsuit but before the parties wenr to trial he settled for that Large sum. If there was nothing to the claims & a trial would prove that he was not liable, the very size of the settlement would indicate otherwise. MJ knew the truth, he had the best legal team but he paid off the child, thus preventing a criminal charge as well. A Congressional resolution is being brought to, dare I say it, whitewash his conduct & life. The House should defeat the motion.

Posted by: jhernandez4477 | July 9, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I think that Michael Jackson deserves an Honorary Resolution.
I also think that Representative Peter King of Long Island is doomed.
Maybe Alec Baldwin will challenge him.
Alec has a contract with NBC and this might be his in.

dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | July 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

JFK had no morals. Michael Jackson had no morals either. One was straight. One was bi or gay. House of Representatives is going to look stupid no matter which way they vote on this hot potato. Jackson Lee unwittingly is helping destroy the Dem majority in the House if Nancy permits a vote.

Posted by: mascmen7 | July 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

TO: leichtman who wrote:
"Curious why there is so much hatred here for M.J."

It will go away in time. But Michael did get involved in some questionable behavior involving children (little boys) at one time.

And Michael did payout millions of dollars in response to the little boys legal accusations.

As an artist, there was none better than Michael Jackson.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 9, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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