I wish I could have been there.  I was thinking of this and watched some coverage after my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes trounced Iowa State 35-3, but I wasn’t able to go.

The Daily Mail Reports: (has been changed – see below)

Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president’s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.

The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

People were chanting "enough, enough" and "We the People." Others yelled "You lie, you lie!" and "Pelosi has to go," referring to California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

Brett Rogers has some pictures up here.  Bob McCarty has some pictures up here and hereDarren Labrum tweeted a photo that I retweeted.

Breitbart.tv had a video of a CNN reporter discussing Congressman Joe Wilson’s actions during President Obama’s speech.  The crowd had a definite opinion of the congressman.

HT: Steve

Wonder if anybody in Congress beside those who already support the movement are listening?  I surely hope so.

Update: Glenn Beck has some sweet pictures up on his website.  Politifact is debunking a photo that they say has been posted widely on conservative blogs.  To me it looks like the Stand in the Gap that Promise Keepers hosted back in 1998, I’ve seen the aerial photo of that, and it looks very similar.  They list two blogs (Powerline and Say Anything which are popular, but not as well read as many other blogs) which I wouldn’t consider "being posted widely.”  Until I read their article I haven’t even seen this picture posted.  Michelle Malkin defends another picture the left is trying to claim is fake.

2nd Update: Daily Mail quoted above backed away and edited the original article I linked to.  It now reads:

As many as one million people flooded into Washington for a massive rally organised by conservatives claiming that President Obama is driving America towards socialism.

The size of the crowd – by far the biggest protest since the president took office in January – shocked the White House.

Demonstrators massed outside Capitol Hill after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue waving placards and chanting ‘Enough, enough’.

Now I don’t even buy this article.  On what basis are they saying it “shocked the White House”?  Obama dismissed those who attended.  I’m sorry I linked to it, and put it the title.  I certainly don’t want to mislead or embellish the truth.

R.S. McCain had a good post on the subject, as does Dan Riehl here and here.  Honestly at this point I don’t really care.  Fine, not two million, but 100K is a ridiculously low number considering photographic (that is undisputed) and eyewitness accounts.

3rd Update: Hawkeye Review posted that a spokesperson for the National Park Service said this was the largest gathering in DC history.  I don’t know about that, and I wished he linked to his source.  Regarding D.C. Insider tidbits:

I have two "insider reports" to share with you after talking with my DC friends and sources today.

1) All talk is in whispers, but let there be no doubt…Democrats are fully aware of the magnitude of Saturday’s rally and the implications this places on legislation and next year’s elections.

2) City officials, police and national park service workers are AMAZED at the orderliness of the crowd, the patience and good will demonstrated to each other and above all, there was a minimum of cleanup required after the event had concluded.  CONTRAST THIS to the massive cleanup effort after last January’s inaugural event where the largely Democrat crowd left tons of garbage in and around the mall area.

Click through the link to see a pictorial contrast.

Also a number that D.C. Police was willing to officially give to Fox News’ Griff Jenkins tonight – 0, no arrests made on Saturday.  Not too bad for an angry mob.

18 comments
  1. the point is, these people didn’t care about spending when bush ran us into debt, were they? the fact that they are so passionate about it now just proves what the real motives behind this are, and no i’m not crying racism… it’s not a bi-partisan attempt to join the country together in the way we were united after 9/11; that’s complete bullshit. everyone there were hardcore republicans who are against democrats, again liberals, and against obama. it has nothing to do with spending, it has to do with deep ideological beliefs that most of them can’t even define, but can surely leave it to beck and limbaugh to tell them us how they feel. any attempts to distort this gathering as ‘americans united’ against big government and wasteful spending is a complete lie, and all of you know it. i support everyone’s right to protest, but that doesn’t mean i can’t call this for what it is: a bunch of idiots who don’t even comprehend what they’re against, much less what they are for. if they did, they would have apply the same standards to bush!

    1. @david, How tolerant of you. You know this started building when Bush signed TARF, so I’m sorry that they can’t put together rallies of a million plus people together spontaneously.

      You’ve heard than in a debate when you refer to your opponent as stupid you really don’t have an argument right?

      Obama has a 52% disapproval rating on health care. Sure, just hardcore Republicans.

  2. 1. Yes, Bush got spend happy but Obama’s joy ride at the U.S. Mint gives our deficit an all-time joke factor.

    2. Emily’s “thoughtful” post was the kill joy to you having hope people in D.C. are listening. They’re not. Politics isn’t about listening and working things out; it’s about avarice, greed and who can shout the loudest. No one wants to listen to issues. If that was the case, Joe Lieberman wouldn’t be the only pseudo-independent anyone could name. It’s a travesty what has happened to this republic.

    3. Million Man March couldn’t do it. Promise Keepers couldn’t do it either. Get health care about to be throttled and that mall fills with people like a subway. Nice.

    Good post, brother. Peace.
    .-= HiScrivener´s last blog ..God Sighting of the Month: Jesus as a Martian =-.

  3. apparently 2 million does not a crowd make. i didn’t even notice these teabaggers were in town. they certainly weren’t on metro.

    1. @tiffanie, Hey Tiff, please don’t refer to them as teabaggers – you know what that term means, I known MSNBC likes to use it but frankly it’s juvenile. You’re better than that. I know you can be civil with people with whom you disagree. Besides you are calling me that as well since I attended the Des Moines Tea Party on 4/15.

      I couldn’t tell you what their mode of transportation was, but they were definitely there.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart, “liberal spin”? From the DC Fire department? It was Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks who made the 2 million claim on the basis of thin air.

        Early crowd estimates are lucky if they hit the mark within a factor of 2-4.

        Q – Which ‘Guardian’ did you mean? The Guardian in the UK has a story that mentions ‘tens of thousands’ and nothing about Park Police (I’m not sure the Park Police provides crowd estimates anymore).
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/13/barack-obama-denounced-washington-march

  4. I have done my own study base on a devised stationary methodology and calculation which you can find here:

    http://deathbymedia.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/912-washington-dc-tea-party-rally-crowd-estimation/

    It’s backed by visual evidence (pictures and clips) all available in the same entry, plus determining the boundaries of the rally and calculation of the final tally derived from the density of the crowd at each given block. My calculus puts the figures around 130k up to 160k.
    .-= deathbymedia´s last blog ..9/12 Washington DC Tea Party Rally – Crowd Estimation =-.

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