July 9th, 2009
04:09 PM ET

No Congressional resolution for Jackson

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scotched plans for a vote on a resolution  honoring Michael Jacksonas an "accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment" and a "global humanitarian."

Pelosi called Jackson a "great, great performer", but opined "I don't think it's necessary" to pass a resolution praising him, according to CNN Congressional producer Deirdre Walsh.

She acknowledged that opening the resolution to debate could create an unseemly spectacle with some members of the House potentially expressing "contrary views" about the entertainer.

One of those contrary views comes from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who posted a video to YouTube denouncing Jackson as a "low-life, a "pervert" and a "pedophile."  He had vowed to block the resolution.

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), who spoke at Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles Tuesday, had introduced the resolution "honoring an American legend and musical icon."

Do you think Michael Jackson deserves a Congressional resolution in his honor?


soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jene

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I Believe that just dues should be given to those that have done good deeds regardless of what their personal live is / was! Your personal life doesn't have anythng to do with recieving honors for your achievements and accomplishments plus your Contributions of being an Humanitarian!

    Your persnal choices are your personal choice and should be an separate issue....

    Me, no he doesn,t need this honor for mans exceptance! Because we give Man to much authority over Gods Exceptances! So Man Honor is placed as more important than Gods which places Man over God!

    God ask us too Keep His Commandments, Love One Another & Don't Put No Other God Before Him! That to me is more important than receiving Man's Honor! Again, no this Honor of man isn't needed!

    Michael did what God ask of all of us! (we do fall short of doing this)! Michael did this with his contributions to aid others in need, his being an humanitarian of different causes around the world & the loving One Another messages within his music lurics, which to me showed the most with bringing us together! Doesn't Matter If You're Black or White..

    No his personal life choices was just that His Personal Choice! That has no presidence over his Accomplishments!

    This would have been a nice honor for his children is seeing how Michael Accomplishments were appriecated by all!

    Michael has received the Highest Honor not from Man but from God! Because God is an forgiving God! Thank you JESUS!

    Man seem to not to be forgiving to our mistakes! No, he doesn't need this Honor over Gods Glory & Honor!

    Bless Us All....

    August 1, 2009 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jene

    I believe that just dues should be given for the deeds that were done! You can't compare Michael jackson to some of the late Great entertainers because Michael life has always been an opened book to the media critisium! No Comparison !

    For me, no he don't need this honor frm man; because I know that he has receive the highest gift from God regardless of man input!

    This would have been nice for his kids to see how his works were apprieacated by giving him this honor / regardless of negative scandals and the media negative impact concening his life.....

    Michael Jackson for me did what the bible ask us all to do – is support those in need and respct others and put God before man – keeping the 10 Commanments..... We All Fall Short Of Keeping The Ten Commandments! Thank God For Being An Forgiving God! Man Don't Fogive or Forget In Letting Go!

    He may have harmed himself; but I truly believe that he has honored God Commandments! Which is to Love One Anothr, Putting God First and Honoring the Ten commandments!

    So again for me – no he don't need this honor by man – His Honor Is Given From An Higher Authority

    God Bless Us All....

    August 1, 2009 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lorna

    Yes, MJ deserve it! He should be honored with all the good deeds he did for the country and around the world.

    July 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Susana Rios

    Yes for all the good he did in the world. Michael Jackson dicerves that and more!! I go for yes

    July 14, 2009 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Linda H.

    NOPE!!!

    July 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julie

    Michael may have been a great entertainer but that is not the only reason for a congressional award.
    He was a very flawed man with many, many dark secrets. The fact that he was a drug abuser should reason enough to not glorify him or his behaviors. He has already made his mark, we as a nation have other things to deal with now, it is time to move on and let this go!

    July 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eleanor

    My deepest respect for Michael Jackson, and also for the entire Jackson Family including the three kids.
    The ceremony was the praise for Michael that he fully deserves. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, and thank you for sharing it with the globe.
    And YES, Michael deserves a Congressional resolution in his honor.
    Michael was black AND white – he reached out to everyone on the planet – all ages, all races, all colors – and he united all of us. It is not about black OR white anymore, it is about: WE ARE THE WORLD – NO MATTER IF WE´RE BLACK OR WHITE. It´s about: Let us heal the world starting with the man in the mirror.
    Michael´s music and dance, love and sensitivity will live forever.
    Thank you, Michael.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gary

    First of all Peter King is the lowest of the lowlive's ,and should be released from congress and sued by MJ'S lawyers. Paris or any of MJ's children dont need to be coached to love their father.Her saying was right from the heart.Attacking her is very low ,on her love for her dad.MJ'Schildren loved him unconditionaly the same way with him to his children. This country has so many vultures, media, paparazi etc. out to try to ruin somerone. Someone like MJ is once in a lifetime.It would be great to see him honored by the Whitehouse.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tina

    yes.he deserves it!

    July 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sal Mendoza

    How about a resolution for the troops in the middle east that have lost parts of their bodies and/or have suffered some horrible deaths.

    The guy was an entertainer for heavens sake...

    July 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sallie

    Nancy Pelosi
    Has bump her head, resolution 600 will hit flood and will get the vote, she should not open her mouth on this resolution, because i will support resolution 600

    July 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jacqueline

    Michael is the greatest entertainer in the world. He deserve the congressional resolution.

    July 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gomolokai

    I agree with the comment above about Paris. When she spoke, I could not stop sobbing. I was so moved by how sadly real she was.

    So the question being put out by the sister station and asking people to call in with opinions if Paris was coached, was really offensive.

    It is the media which has pushed these children into the lime light. Questions about their parentage, bad mouthing Debbie Rowe, who should get custody, do you think the grandmother should custody etc etc.

    I was impressed that Paris spoke up for herself as a real person with real feelings. Yeah, the media brought up about her daddy carrying her out of the hospital with the placenta still attached and then questioned that. And that is in all the hopla about "Michael Jackson's kids". So is it actually possible that Paris had some honest reactions to what was being said about her. I think so and I admire her courage.

    So now it appears that the media or at least the sister station HLN is going to "take on" a little girl and question her motives at a moment of intense grief. Personally I think the question was disgusting.

    But what was even more strange is how the 2 negative opinions of accusing of coaching got on the air. I texted and got error messages, that the word media could not be understood. I had spelling errors so rejected. So I made the corrections and text again, and different phrases could not be understood and again rejected. this happened to the point that I got frustrated. I tried calling the toll free number 58 times and it rang only 4 times and then I was hung up on. So then I finally e-mail them and I am sure it never made any impact.

    This is what I wrote. The media second guessed MJ for the last 10 years of his life. To see this same glare being applied to his grieving daughter is so shocking. I sobbed uncontrollably when she spoke because her realness was so sad and moving. So, no there was no family conspiracy to exploit. Just genuine love for MJ. How can the news media even "go there" and question the motives of an 11 year old who just lost her father? Shame on you HLN. I hope Paris avoids such callous commentary in the future

    July 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sgt Porter

    Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer who ever lived and is one of the first global superstars and icons ever to walk this earth. He should be honored with a Congressional resolution without hesitation. All Americans, each of us, are innocent until proven guilty. This is one of the certain unalienable rights our founding fathers built into the foundation of this nation...and one of the rights that myself and my fellow Marines defend with our lives. While Americans have the right of Freedom of Speech, no American has the right to intrude upon another citizens rights. History will not remember these allegations, it will remember his greatness and genius. Aristotle is not remembered for having sex with young boys, his students, he is remembered for the brilliance of his mind. Leave your unproven judgments to God and recognize what has been proven, his absolutely unrivaled and unequaled musical brilliance and his overflowing generosity to this world.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Deborah Shoots

    Sorry for the incorrect spelling.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Deborah Shoots

    I certainly believe that Michael Jackson deserves many accolades – I don't think it important for Congress to dub him the King of Pop or The Greatest Entertainer ever. I don't put much credance in what Congress has to say.

    Michael Jackson's music stands on its' own merits. His skillful dancing parallels Fred Estair and Sammy Davis Jr.

    His business savvy is comparable to a Fortune 500 Executive.

    Congress holds no clout to influence his legacy one way or the other.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hal Doby

    Many famous artists had "issues", going back to Poe, Van Gogh, et al. It is undeniable that Michael Jackson is a true "American Icon", but for the life of me, I do not understand him now being diefied as he is. He was a great entertainer but lived in scandal and self-imposed exile. He is almost as famous for his plastic surgery and scandals as he is for his musical career.

    From what people are saying it would seem his enormous charitable and humanitarian efforts have either been eclipsed by his scandals or simply not talked about as much as perhaps they should have been prior to his death. If what everyone is saying about his charitable side, then perhaps congressional recognition is deserved

    Otherwise, when great American enterainers like Bob Hope, George Burns, Johnny Carson, and of course Elvis died, what did the government do for them? The man is dead and the outpouring of love his followers had demonstrated for him would have meant probably more to the man than anything else. Isn't that enough?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TBean

    Even though a Congressional award would be honorable, Michael's good deeds speak for the life he lived. He doesn't need a Congressional Award to validate his life. I don't see how it would/could improve or validate who he was or what he did. Neither does Peter Kings remarks take away from who he was and what he accomplished; Michael didn't need his validation in life, and he certainly doesn't need his validation in death. The entire world stood still for wonderful human being; all eyes on the globe! That can't be beat. Michael's memorial service was truly a picture of the Movie title "The Day The Earth Stood Still". For as it stands, no one in any other political position has ever stopped the entire planet for a few hours to honor and celebrate anyones life; and that speaks enough for Michael Jackson.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Melissa

    To the Jackson Family so sorry for your loss. He will be highly missed and he will always be in our hearts. But y'all really need to leave Paris be she had every right to speak if she wanted to speak that was her right. It was obvious that she loved her daddy deeply.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Thomas

    My condolances to the family. He was a great entertainer and a troubled soul. No Congressional resolution. Congress has pelnty of other things to focus on such as the financial crisis, rising unemployment, universal health care and massive spending on two wars.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Rebecca

    All it takes is one look at his track record in giving to, and even creating a charitable organization to see that Michael Jackson certainly deserves a Congressional resolution. There are obviously MANY people who don't realize all he has done to help others in need.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Melody Lane

    No I don't think MJ deserves a Congressional resolution in his honor. He was definitely talented and special in his field, but he's certainly not the only one who is deserving of this honor. In addition, honoring him in this way will set a precedent in the future. Just isn't necessary. Leave it alone.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Donna

    First I want to send my condulances to the Jackson family, I feel Paris Jackson had every right to say good bye to her father, now every one is making this big deal about it, the only way she would be in the lime light , is if the media puts her there. Let Paris Morrn her father in piece.

    This morning on this sister channel this gentleman came on and said that Paris speach was coached I DONT think so, Leave the children ALONE, keep them OUT OF IT, its none of the publics business on whether or not Paris said good bye to her father or not.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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