Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has authored a congressional resolution honoring Michael Jackson.
You can read the whole thing here.
As The Hill’s Eric Zimmermann notes, it’s looooong.
Whereas Michael Jackson began his stellar recording career as the featured member of ‘The Jackson 5′, which was the first act in recorded history to have their first four major label singles ‘I Want You Back’,’ABC’,’The Love You Save’, and ‘I’ll Be There’, reached the top of the American charts;
Whereas the internationally recognized ‘Thriller’ released in 1982, which became a smash hit yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million worldwide. It was a monumental moment in music history;
Whereas Michael Jackson was labeled ‘The King of Pop’, Jackson’s music is internationally recognized and critically acclaimed;
Whereas Michael Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice;
Whereas, on January 10, 1984, Michael Jackson visited the unit for burn victims at Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, and demonstrated his concern with people suffering from grievous injuries;
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 April 14, 1984, Michael Jackson was single handedly responsible for equipping a 19-bed-unit at Mount Sinai New York Medical Center. This center is now a critical part of the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia and cancer research;
Whereas, on July 5, 1984, during the Jackson’s press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announced that his portion of the earnings from the Victory Tour would be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell Foundation;
Whereas, on July 14, 1984, after the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael met 8 terminally ill children backstage;
Therefore be it resolved that Jackson Lee’s Hollyweirdo declaration, which has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is the stupidest House resolution ever.
Reader Jim: “Regarding House Resolution 600 on Mike Jackson, I have been waiting for Obama, Al Sharpton, Jackson-Lee and a few others to arrange for Mike to be brought to the Capitol to lay in state in the Rotunda.”