Saturday, September 12, 2009

Washington D.C. Tea Party
Over A Million Strong

By Garry Terry - September 12th, 2009

Today, history was made in our Nations’ Capital. Of course, there are marches here all the time, but today was different. There was a passion in the air. A lot of people do not like the direction that the country is heading. They were here to say NO to socialism, bailouts, government run health care, cap and trade and corrupt politicians that do not listen to their constituents.

At 9:15 this morning, one major news network was saying that we were expecting 35,000 people. However, Capital Police had just said there were 100,000 people already here. And they kept coming.

There was no end in sight. At 10:00 am, the march down Pennsylvania Ave had to start one full hour early – due to the overwhelming size of the crowd... there wasn’t even standing room at Freedom Plaza.

The crowd was so big, the subway system had to stop. There was nowhere to unload the trains. Many buses were turned away. We have heard that large numbers of people could not get into the march area and were turned away.

Those if us that volunteered to work were thanked by numerous people. Total strangers came up to say thank you. The enthusiasm was contagious.

Capital Police estimated to us that there were well over a million people here before the day was out... one suggesting even more. That higher estimate was in fact the estimate that the London Mail originally used as their headline - "Up to two million march to US Capitol" before they got cold feet and dropped it down to one million. I talked with people from as far away as Hawaii, California, and Texas. The speaker at the podium said at the end that it was one of the biggest crowds ever. I guess the final count will be out tomorrow.

FreedomWorks, The 912 Project, Americans for Prosperity and many, many more organizations pulled off a big one today. One of the most popular speakers was Mason Weaver [see video below], who was the keynote speaker at our local Edenton Tea Party back on April 15th.

Last night, Dick Armey, FreedomWorks chairman and Matt Kibbe, president and CEO, hosted a supper meeting on the roof top at FreedomWorks office (a 12 story building) at 601 Pennsylvania Ave, here in DC... when it got dark, the view was beautiful. I am glad I got to attend as we were just a few blocks from the Capital and it is magificent at night.

Garry Terry


There are some great pictures of the event on the Michelle Malkin web site here and here. This is my favorite.

Video of comments from Mason Weaver
- One of the speakers at the
Taxpayers March To Washington.


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