Obama ducked out of
town, with his mirror and his teleprompter in tow. He went
campaigning in Minnesota ......
This event had been promoted as a taxpayer “tea party,” but
the crowd’s concerns were wide ranging, from outrage at ACORN and
Obama’s socialist cadre known as Czars, to Obama’s untruthfulness.
Protesters also displayed signs mocking Nancy Pelosi and others
for smearing the grassroots movement as “astroturfers” and as an
The two photos above show a tiny fraction of the two million
ABC estimates attended. At the time this photo was taken, around
1:00 pm., Pennsylvania Avenue was still jammed completely, and the
mall was packed from the Capitol Building past the Washington
Monument. See aerial photos here.
Protesters came from every state in the union. This man came
from San Antonio, TX. I spoke with others from California to
Maine, Florida to Alaska.
These Ohioans took a day off their rodeo bullriding schedule.
They said they’ll be back at it tomorrow.
In the very center of the photo, above the
Silence is Consent – Can You Hear Us Now sign,
you can see Pennsylvania Ave., which at this time is totally
blocked with protesters who cannot move forward to the Capitol
area. Sorry, full up.
UPDATE: Another excellent sign here
While Obama did the
cowardly thing and ducked out of town, history was made in
DC. Video of traffic cams shows 1.5 to 2 million
march on 912 rally.
Hundreds of thousands have converged on DC - not activists,
not professionals, not tools of Soros orgs or mainstream media
lemmings People who have never engaged politically before.
This ain't manufactured.
Down on the mall -- its not "tea baggers" or
'town hallians'. It is Americans.
The line of
protesters completely filled Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all
the way to the capitol, according to the D.C. 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
Others are waving
U.S. flags and holding signs reading "Go Green Recycle Congress"
and "I'm Not Your ATM." Some men are dressed in colonial costumes.
Police on motorcycles and horses watched as the marchers passed.
Obama - you will not get away with the coup. This is
America. Not Europe. Or Kenya. Or Indonesia. Or some banana
republic. Congress, 2010 is right around the corner.
According to ABC, a man called FreedomWorks
office in D.C. and said, “I put a bomb in your building, bitch.”
This forced the evacuation of 50 people who were working to
prepare for the event and get out the word about it.
A FreedomWorks staffer told
ABC News that the organization’s offices at 601 Pennsylvania
Avenue were evacuated on Friday afternoon by DC Metro Police
because of a bomb scare.
DC Metro police has confirmed
to ABC News’ Jason Ryan that the DC Metro police had, indeed,
evacuated the organization’s offices after being told by the
organization that it had received a bomb threat.
The threat came when a man
called the FreedomWorks main line and told the organization’s
female receptionist: “I put a bomb in your building,
The FreedomWorks staffer who
spoke with ABC News said that the organization has received
multiple threats but that for some reason, the DC Metro police
thought that this one was credible enough to evacuate the
Having dispatched units to and responded to
countless bomb threats in my military and law enforcement career,
I can tell you that this would have shut down FreedomWorks
operations for at least an hour or two as police swept the
building for a bomb and any other evidence. It also would have
hampered FreedomWorks’ resources as staff continued to work with
and provide information to police even after the dust began to
web cam shut off at the Washington