Skip to comments.Massive crowd marches against Obama's agenda
Posted on 09/12/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT by Chet 99
Reporting from Washington - Tens of thousands of protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol today, airing a wide range of grievances rooted in a shared sentiment: seething anger at President Obama and his far-reaching agenda.
Led by a fife and drum corps in period costumes, the demonstrators filled Pennsylvania Avenue and swarmed the Capitol grounds with a sea of bobbing placards and hand-lettered signs that spelled out a catalog of dissent.
There were antiabortion protesters and term-limit advocates. Critics of financial bailouts and the federal investigation into CIA interrogation techniques. Marchers worried about rekindling inflation and upset about the soaring national debt. Pickets opposed to Obama's healthcare reform plan and challenging the legitimacy of his election.
"Is This Russia?" one sign said. "Traitors Terrorists Run Our Government," read another. "Don't blame me. I voted for The 'American,' " a third stated.
The protest -- touted by organizers as the largest-ever outpouring of political conservatives -- was organized by a loose-knit coalition of anti-tax, small-government proponents, and widely promoted by sympathetic voices in the blogosphere and on TV and talk radio. Park police declined to provide an official crowd estimate.
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
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 presidents 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.
Temecula Tea Party - September 12
Pitbully and I made the trip from Banning today. It was a great turnout and very rewarding experience.
Resign, Obomba, otherwise suffer the fate meted out to the wicked witch of the West!
You can’t fix stupid but you can vote it out.
Please America, vote out Dodd Frank and Reid!
Has anyone seen any photos of the Mall area today after the patriots dispersed? My guess is that few of them left their trash lying around; unlike those at President Soetoro’s inauguration who laid waste to the whole area.
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Meanwhile, a reader emails: Ill tell you what I find impressive. Im watching the Fox news video about 15 minutes after the end of the event. The crowd has thinned out enough that you can see the ground and there is not a speck of trash on the grass. Absolutely clean. To contrast, google pictures of litter on the mall after the inauguration.
B T T T
I love “you cant fix stupid but you can vote it out”. Beautiful Americans saving their country
Headlines down play the number of people. Even Fox used Tens of thousands.
I have never seen that many people before. My guess is 1,500,000. Congress and the Senate better take note as the will be 2010 toast as the Tea party begins the revolution of 2010. Nancy and Harry take note!
The people will take back our country from the Socialist party you are forcing on America.
During the entire were there, the grounds were remarkably clean. No trash anywhere from what we saw.
Stockpirate/ Instipundit/ Patriots left mall clean...thanks for the info!
Park police declined to provide an official crowd estimate.
Why does the Park police decline to provide an estimate?
I hope someone in the press calls attention to the fact that this was a fantastic clean peaceful march
(Opps, left some words out; tired from a long and exciting day.) During the entire time we were there, the grounds were remarkably clean. No trash anywhere from what we saw.
Park police have been refusing to give estimates for years now. Nothing sinister about it-they are just tired of getting attacked by both sides when they release numbers.
They probably didn't. The Slimes just doesn't want to admit that the Right Wing Crazies could put 2 million on the street when their Million-Whatever marches can usually only get out a hundred thousand or so. Which of course they still refer to as a million.
It looks wonderful. The signs are fantastic!
AND.... The Port-o-johns were CLEAN TOO!!! (At least when I used them.) I couldn't believe it!!
This is what happens when you have a LARGE group of people who respect themselves and OTHERS. Things remain clean and unbroken.
There must be someone that has a semi accurate crowd count.
WT...???? What "incendiary" element? Who are they talking about? This rally was 100% save America. Since when is being pro-American "incendiary?"
I don't buy the "tens of thousands" or the "2 million."
"A House leadership aide warned fellow Democrats in a memo obtained by FOXNews.com that up to 2 million people may attend.
It looks like Saturdays event is going to be a huge gathering, estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to 2 million people, Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wrote, noting that a demonstration held Thursday turned into an impromptu rally for Rep. Joe Wilson, who has come under fire for his outburst during Obamas nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress.
Conservatives have seized on this memo as proof democrats are playing an expectations game. They say the House leadership wrote the memo in hopes it would be leaked and inflate expectations for the turnout anticipating that it will fall short."
Wasn’t two million and the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency did not use that number. That was from a UK newspaper.
More like 200,000 to 300,000 which is a huge number. Be happy with it and don’t play into liberals’ gaame with a number they can easily refute.
No official agency in Washington makes estmates of crowd sizes.
I was there today in DC. There were WAY more than “tens of thousands” of marchers. I have been to many college football games with 100,000+ crowds. The group today was far in excess of that. Many people marched, but then left, having made their point.
It was the most polite, well-behaved, and good-humored “mob” that I have ever witnessed. If there was any trash at all, it might have been around the garbage receptacles that were full and hadn’t been emptied.
The main themes displayed on signs were, in order:
1. Obama’s “czars”
2. Hell-care, death-care or whatever else you call it, and
3. The career politicians must go, starting on 11/02/10
It was worth the trip just to read the home-made signs. These were very funny, creative people at work. Conservatives are very definitely NOT the soulless, unimaginative drudges that some would have us believe.
We are also highly P.O.’d
I was SO very proud of my fellow citizens today!
Today was not the end, it’s only the beginning of the restoration of America to We, the People.
They don’t give estimates because the numbers would then be used for political purposes, and the Park Police is not in the business of advancing anyone’s agenda.
Loved the Golf course, and the only place to shop was Target.
They’re a little too smug with that ‘incendiary’ remark; I’d expect it from the caviar crowd in the NY Times but not from a bunch of taco stufffers from America’s biggest barrio.
Those numbers were decided on before the event. DC Fire Marshal estimates “70,000”. LOL.
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Awesome shots! Thanks for helping put this in the magnitude that it deserves!
Are you thread hopping with your be happy with it phrase??????
Thread hopper!! ;-)
The important thing isn’t whether there were 500,000 or 2,000,000 at the D. C. rally.
The important thing is that there are many times more than that who were not abler to make it to D. C.
We are many millions. Underestimate us at your own political peril, Future Former Speaker Pelosi.
Thank you for being there and for the report!
Awesome crowd, left things cleaned up, well behaved, creative, full of good sense and good humor.
THESE give me hope for America!
I have no idea how many were there, but our local Conservative radio station had several people over there and they were making cell phone broadcasts from there several times during the day - 10 am the report was between 700 and 800,000 by 1 pm they said that a police Capt. estimated between 1.2 and 1.3 million. They said that there were buses still backed way back trying to get to where they could unload and the metro was still running fully loaded bringing in more people.
Appears there were enough people there that they were overloading the cell towers, as they said they were having to try 15-20 minutes to get a cell phone connection each time.
Oh, wasn’t that little program Thursday the group of Doctors over there opposing 0bamacare?
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.The problem in a nutshell.
I posted earlier that we couldn't get cell phone service several times throughout the day. It took several minutes for text messages to go through--sometimes they wouldn't go through at all.
Here ya go:
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My God, are you serious... are those real?
God bless every single one of those patriots.
THis is infuriating...tens of thousands? Really? Unbelievable. Did you read the patronizing article the New York Times wrote? You can see it on Drudge...We’ll just have to come back bigger and stronger...They have no idea the rage they have unleashed.
“Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as ‘Obamacare makes me sicka’ 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****.”