Skip to comments.A million or more rock Washington--Taxpayer march could be biggest rally ever in capital.
Posted on 09/14/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT by mikelets456
WASHINGTON The capital was rocked today by a taxpayer march and rally that could be the biggest protest ever potentially dwarfing the Million Man March and the Promise Keepers Rally.
Though crowd estimates vary from as low as 60,000 to 70,000 according to ABC News to a high of 2 million by London Daily Mail, photographs and videos of the march and rally demonstrate its enormity.
The taxpayers stormed Washington, D.C., today, taking their fight against excessive spending, bailouts, growth of big government and soaring deficits to the front door of the U.S. Capitol.
All week citizens have been heading to the Hill by the busloads for the showdown today. The Tea Party Patriots' "Tea Party Express" national bus tour has been hosting a series of tea party rallies all across the nation. A caravan of buses, speakers and entertainers arrived in Washington, D.C., just in time for the march. The taxpayers have paid their own way to the event.
The White House said Friday it was unaware of the rally. President Obama has traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to promote his health-care plans at a rally there.
But so many taxpayers showed up on Pennsylvania Avenue that the crowd ran out of room and the march was forced to begin early.
WND was at the scene to get crowd reaction and take photos of the protest.
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Biggest. Rally. Ever.
Don’t feel badly, everyone has a different number and some papers haven’t even admitted that if happened. Now if we could just get a count of all of the parties combined, wow, would that be a number!
A million or more rock Washington Taxpayer march could be biggest rally ever in capital.
KKK in 1920’s had 3 to 4 million.
And the inference is?
The “Times Online” reported 2 million, citing Homeland Security sources. Washington Park Police reported 1.2 million by 12:54 PM. Even with all of that, I’ve been asking folks around Charlotte, NC if they knew how many people showed up at the protest in Washington on Saturday. The overwhelming response has been, “What Protest?”! Unless the media is won back and the general public educated, this is going to end up in a revolution.
The British paper picked up what malkin wrote which she got from a Tweat.
The paper has since reduced that number to “up to 1 million”.
The Washington park Police did not give an estimate.
It will get around....believe me, it will. The more the MSM ignores it the more people will put the pieces together. granite, not everyone will, but most will.
BTW, if it was not a “big deal” then how come it has culminated into such a huge gathering? Why are RECORD numbers tuning into talk radio ,Beck, Hannity and conservative sites?
perhaps the people you talked to live secluded lives. Gosh, all people here in NJ I have talked to know about townhalls, the protests, etc. It is building...
Don’t apologize...I was there also, and there was nowhere near a million.
250,000 is a reasonable estimate. Compare this rally to the Promise Keepers. They had the entire mall packed and overflow into the Washington Monument. There were not nearly as many people there Saturday.
Nonetheless, it was a huge turnout, far more than anyone expected! No need to ruin that with wild exaggerations about the attendance.
Include in those numbers all the people that were at Tea Partys across the nation on the same day. It would be interesting to see the numbers. Numbers, by the way, the administration will ignore.
I, too, was there - born, raised and still living in New Orleans - am 60+ and I know crowds - well over a million - you have good common sense, its just your eyes that need improvement.
If you look at the pictures from above and compare it to this
Does it look like more than 250,000? Sure does to me.
Well, they had the DNC to organize them back then.
I was there and started out thinking it was about 70k based on my observations. After investigating a little further, I concluded it was likely in the neighborhood of 200k, which is a huge success by just about any standard.
We must remember that for every person who went, there were three or four who couldn’t physically make it but would have liked to have gone. So next year: we can do a “buddy” system: Sign up to go and bring a friend! Double the fun.
Eventually there will be an accurate count...we will see.
In the mean time, I’ll pit my estimating skills against anyone....have you ever seen 180,000 people at one time? I have, repeatedly.
Estimates over half a million is ridiculous, just as ridiculous as the media’s 60-70k. That is about the number that were assembled in Freedom Square when the march started.
Take a look at the overhead for the Promise Keepers, and then one for Saturday...that will give you a good idea. Promise Keepers had between 700k and 1m, and Saturday was nowhere near the size.
It was still a great turnout, but grossly overstimating the attendance gives the libs ammunition to call us liars.
Arial shot? I can’t wait to see it bump!!!
The thing is, I would think it would be virtually impossible to tell from just where you were to see the actual crowd, only your particular place in the crowd. The reason there are so many differing numbers flying around, is those of us who kept vigil with you were seeing the overall crowds, the overall pictures and news feeds. This was more than a couple hundred thousand, though right where you were, that would be an accurate summation.
Don’t forget to add the millions who wish they were there, and the hundreds of thousands who attended local rallies. mine alone was about 3000. Thank you for being in that crowd on Sat. I cried like a baby when I started seeing the crowd amass, hearing they were turning away multitudes, and hearing the speakers on cspan! What a perfect way to remind ourselves of who we are, especially after the heartwrenching memorials the day before. What an amazing 24 hours. God bless you every one!
The people that know about what is going on are not the ones that you need to be talking to; that is like witnessing in church. We are talking to the blacks (and liberal whites, who seem to be more close minded, and much less intelligent!) in our neighborhood and around town, as the opportunity presents itself. Many are frustrated with the way things seem to be going, but have no clue about the news other than the MSM.
On your chart, the ticketed areas hold 250,000...that is about the area the march Saturday covered at 1:30 with about a 1/4 of Pennsylvania Avenue still packed.
We got the 1.2 million from some locals here in Charlotte that talked to the Park Police when they were leaving. Apparently the police were stunned at the size of the crowd.
“The White House was unaware of the rally” - suuuureeee they were in the dark on it....I can’t believe they truly think that Hugo would leave on a Saturday to go to MN for an obviously handpicked audience to rant some more about his health farce and think people are so stupid as to not realize he knew full well what was happening in DC on Saturday....he makes me sicker every day!
I thought you meant aerial shot from an airplane or helicopter. :-( saw that pic on FR sat. Still a nice pic though.
My benchmark libinlaw considers herself well informed because she reads Newsweek.
Please, I’m not trying to shortchange the turnout! It was unbelievable!!! Especially when you consider that it truly was a grass roots turnout!
Many were like me...I left SC at 10:00 Friday night, drove straight through to Washington arriving at 6:00 AM. We were at Freedom Square at 8:30, marched and stayed till 2:00 PM then drove home. We got here about 9:00 PM.
I have never been more proud to be an American. The crowd was well behaved, clean, and determined!! It was a wonderful thing that doesn’t need to get lost in crowd estimates.
The libs are looking for anyway to discredit this and exaggerated numbers will only help. I would rather conservatives lowball their estimates than get caught crowing about unreal numbers.
Agreed. I know that is why fox is lowballing. They will be able to report the event attendence as much higher than previously reported when the numbers get out.
I just was saying that it is sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees. Many were already at the rally site and didn’t march at all. Many others were turned away from the city. Video tapes are circulating as well as reports of the police being overwhelmed at the size, 10 to 20 times larger than anticipated. I have no illusions that it is anywhere near 2 million, but a million or darn close is not out of the realm of possibility.
Like you, I prefer to wait for something more official, but anything less than half a million will not be accurate.....
God bless you and your patriotic feet! SC shoutout- lived there for a while upstate. Gods country!
Thank you very much, but when I got home, the first thing I did was call my dad. He spent 6 months in a German POW camp to give me the opportunity for that trip, and I thanked him for it.
God bless everyone that showed up Saturday or supported those who did, and God bless America!
I bet after 9/12/09 the streets were pretty much garbage free, not like the pictures after Obiwons Inauguration.
Well, I’d say that’s more than 200,000.
sounds like you have followed in his footsteps. God bless both of you. The torch has been passed to us.........
My “lib-in-law” (LOL) called the protesters “Jackasses!”. This coming from an upper middle class 80 year old Methodist. Most of her circle believe the same way.
Me too..I said 250k to start with.
From the American Thinker
“The truth will out. Despite mainstream media attempts to characterize turnout as in the thousands, a spokesman for the National Park Service, Dan Bana, is quoted as saying, “It is a record.... We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.”
Except the rectangular field in the ticketed area was never more than sparsely populated. Posted pictures will confirm this. That means the number on the mall itself was significantly lower than the 240k capacity of the ticketed area according to the chart.
Yes it has, and I hope the next rally does bring millions!
Glad to see she was able to address the issues in such a coherent and informed manner.
Even my wife is in shock over her mother’s ignorance.
“As many as 2 million protesters attend 9/12 Washington, D.C. Tea Party Rally”
September 13, 1:08 AM Columbia Independent Examiner Darren Pope
Also a UK p[aper said yesterday on 9/12 they contacted the Department of Homeland Security and was given the number of 2,000,000, and that was an early estimate. Later in the day it was even higher IMHO.
The news coverage on this is very telling... But so what if YAHOO/REUTERS/MSNBC/CNN don’t cover it. No one watches them anyway but the fringe commie minority left.
I think the biggest blow we can strike against the lying MSM would be to have EVERY Freeper email pics from the rally to all the people they know, mainly the big crowd shots, and ask them one simple question: "Did your news source tell you about THIS?"
These people support 0bama
< / shocker >
Not so sure...in the Promise Keepers, they were limited to the Mall. They had no one on the Capitol grounds. That gives me a figure in the 700k range for the Mall itself.
That means capacity on the Mall is at least double the ticketed areas on the chart.
(I hope I interpreted your question correctly.)
Well, maybe the next rally can be done at the Washington Post, NBC, NYT, etc
So Alphabits News is sticking by the story that there were more people at the OSU vs USC football game than in DC Saturday? Yeah, that's a credible "news" organ ...
And yet, the MSM basically ignored the march...