Up to 2 Million Freedom Lovers in DC; White House: “Know nothing” of Protest; National Park Service: “It is a record” — Or Is It?by Phil on 09/13/2009
Monday, September 14, 2009 Update: Via AmericanThinker.com:
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.”
Ah, but check out the comment by “Hellspawn“… I thank you, blogosphere, for helping keep everyone on the up-and-up for potential pwnage/mis/disinformation.
Yes, the opposition is going nuts and attempting to stick with a 5-digit number to express the size of the crowd. Funny how the opposition sticks to the size of a crowd versus taking on the expression of the protest.
Another blogger who was at the protest, ThePersistentConservative, claims 1.5 million showed up.
It’s official. All major media are now reporting between 1.5 to 2 million marches on Washington D.C. for the Tea Party Protest. Sponsored by libertarian groups such as Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, and self-described “libertarian” Fox News Host Glenn Beck, today’s event is now the largest libertarian event in the history of the United States.
TheHopeForAmerica.com posted an excellent music video.
Michelle Malkin has estimated the size of the multitude at 2 million.
The following time-lapse video shows the multitude:
The Atlanta Examiner.com is also reporting on the 2 million figure. @LadyImpactOhio, one of today’s protestors, says the following:
Freedomworks announced (I heard it) and I asked Capitol police estimates on crowd #s. Both said 1.5 mil…
What really happened is this. There were really 2 waves of people. Yes probably 2 mil total but not all at the same time. Was the gathering early in the day at Freedom Plaza but not all stayed for the Capitol. Then another wave in early pm for Capitol Rally. I am confident 2 mil is too high. At least for all the same time.
Monday, September 14, 2009 Update: @LadyImpactOhio made the following prescient comment to opposition commenter, “Sue:”
Longtime, no see.
I was one of the many of hundreds of thousands of Patriots who had the extraordinary privilege of being a part of history: 912 DC.
Yes, Sue; I was there. I was in the thick of things. I marched down Pennsylvania Ave. from Freedom Plaza and saw the words of the 1st Amendment etched on the side of a building. A pretty awesome site. I saw babes in arms, young children being towed by parents who were teaching them about what “liberty and freedom and the right to peacefully assemble” are all about. I saw elderly folks, who told me they had never dreamed they would ever do anything like this, but felt the future of America was at stake. People who told me they dug into savings accounts to make this trip. It was that important to them.
It’s too bad that folks such as yourself are so full of vitriol and sarcasm; and feel threatened by ordinary Americans such as myself and others who attended. And you know what? There was not one arrest. No one hauled off in handcuffs. No fights. We picked up after ourselves. We behaved and acted responsibly. Disappointed, aren’t you? The only person who DID NOT behave responsibly was the person who phoned in a bomb threat to FreedomWorks, one of the sponsors of the event.
Funny how some people feel threatened at the thought of a little liberty, right Sue?
Have a nice day.
The AmericanPower blog has a good link roundup.
The UK’s DailyMail is also reporting that “a million” [or was that two million, based on the Daily Mail's article title in the browser tab??] protested today. Besides being a good article, they have some fantastic pictures to boot (including the one I used for this posting):
RedState is running with the Daily Mail’s number of 2 million; they also sport the following excellent pic:
Whatever the official estimate turns out to be, the New York Times reports that DC authorities were taken “by surprise:”
But the magnitude of the rally took the authorities by surprise, with throngs of people streaming from the White House to Capitol Hill for more than three hours.
And, as FoxNews reports, the Dems had been trying to make political hay over the expectations of the turnout today.
C-SPAN has a 2 1/2 hour video clip of the protest.
Here’s an excellent video to really get the juices flowing:
The AmericanPower blog has a couple of excellent updates. In their first, they present an original crowd estimate of 1.2 million:
The New York Times reports on today’s 9-12 events in Washington, with the title, “Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government.” But check Doug Powers, “9/12 March on Washington Live Video Link. As he notes at the post, “Unconfirmed reports are that the DC Police are estimating the crowd at 1.2 million and growing.” It turns out, naturally, that crowd size is a political football. See, “Managing Expectations: Crowd Size for D.C. Rally Sparks Fight.”
Here’s an excellent “background” video from the above post:
Pamela Geller has some great coverage of events, “A Failed Presidency …. And Its Only Six Months, Hundreds of Thousands On the Mall.” Pics at Instapundit! And Michelle Malkin, “Update: Turnout Estimated at 2 Million.”
[Pic from Ms. Geller:]
Check also Nice Deb. And Vodkapundit has lots of pictures, with updates throughout the day (via Memeorandum). And at Newsbusters, “WaPo Presents 9-12 Event as GOP Danger, Full of ‘Right-Wing Nutballs’ and ‘Freaks’.”
The White House is trying to blow off the event. But as Jennifer Rubin notes:
The long-term consequences of this and the preceding populist gatherings are hard to predict. We may see a more libertarian Republican party. A huge turnout for 2010 may result. New, real outsiders may enter politics. And, of course, these protests may scare the dickens out of lawmakers. But while everyone is decrying the collapse of civility and the resulting harm to the country, it is worth noting that we are witnessing a grassroots outpouring of support for limited government, the rule of law, fiscal sobriety, and generational responsibility. That must be heartening to conservatives, but more than that, it is a tribute to the vitality of our democracy and the energy of its citizenry. And that is a very good thing indeed.
The above AmericanPower posting references a source that goes back to The Wall Street Journal which reported that the White House “professed to know nothing” about the event:
White House officials on Friday professed to know nothing of the planned demonstrations. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs queried reporters about the planners and their issues. “I don’t know who the group is,” he said with a shrug.
As Breitbart reports on how Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was a speaker at the party:
…MSNBC opines in a news article about how some GOP “strategists” and “observers” are worried over being associated with “extreme protestors:”
Cry me a river.
As with the original tea parties, CNN once again found themselves in the midst of #iamthemob with the inability to report on the news. HotAir.com’s take on the CNN kerfluffle included the following interesting commentary:
Update: To the great surprise of exactly no one, Wilson has now outraised opponent Rob Miller since Wednesday night’s ourburst.
Rounding out my posting, here are some more pictures from this Windows Live site:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 Update: More pics — from Strata-Sphere.com:
And, in conclusion, AmericanThinker.com posted an article entitled, “The spark that has triggered rebellion” by Ellen Sauerbrey, the former Minority Leader in the Maryland Houe of Delegates.
Sunday, September 13, 2009 Update: AmericanThinker.com posted another article on the protest entitled, “9/12 was a transformative event.”
Stephanie Jasky, founder of FedUpUSA.org, wrote the following missive concerning the day’s activities:
Regardless of the specific number of individuals who showed up, it appears that the point was made.
Washington, you’re on notice.