How many were really at the D.C. protest rally?

by editor on September 14, 2009

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An awful lot of people showed up at the National Mall Tea Party on September 12 to protest government spending in general and ObamaCare in particular.

So how many showed up, you ask? It depends on whom you believe.

MSNBC reported, “thousands have turned out, some have said tens of thousands.” The Washington Post estimated “tens of thousands.” ABC figured between 60–70,000 protestors. The New York Times initially described it as a “sea” of people before stating, “The demonstrators numbered well into the tens of thousands, though the police declined to estimate the size of the crowd.” According to, there were “as many as two million protestors.” CBS, CNN and FOX all reported on the Tea Party but declined to provide estimates.

To get an objective perspective, it helps to go overseas. According to the UK’s Daily Mail — complete with eye-opening photos — the crowd numbered “as many as one million people.”

On the same day as the D.C. Tea Party, the president appeared in Minnesota to continue pushing his idea of health care “reform”. How many came to see Dr. O? According to the NY Times, 15,000 “cheering Obama supporters” showed up. On the day before the protest, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs claimed he had no idea the D.C. rally was even planned.

On Sunday, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said of the protests, “I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood. You know, I don’t think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they’re wrong.”

Out of touch much?

Source: Daily Mail UK

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Ray September 14, 2009 at 7:44 am

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So let me get this straight. When the White House hears there is going to be a massive protest in Washington, DC, they have Obama cut and run to preach to the choir in Minnesota?

Ryan September 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm

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No Ray, its not like that at all. For a security messaure the president is always relocated when a protest comes to town. You have 2million angry protestors, common now. But back to the orignial statement, yes i believe there were roughly 1.5 million if not more. Just think of all those who wanted to protest like myself but had more pressing matters. :D See yall next protest. No more Obama, no more big gov, and no more obamacare!

Tom September 14, 2009 at 9:24 am

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ABC originally stated “up to 2 million people”, then subsequently revised its estimate downwards to “60,000 to 70,000 people” – probably after the Rahm Media Police got wind of the story.

If all those 9/12 protestors all stupid, ignorant racists – they seem to have better head-counting skills than the All Barack Channel.

Administrator September 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

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I caught the Chris Matthews Show yesterday and Norah O’Donnell was guest hosting. To a person, the entire panel agreed that it’s all about race. Period. And they must have used the words “crazies” and “haters” 20 times in the half hour.

The only people who even think about race are the liberals.

Tom September 14, 2009 at 9:57 am

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I agree with with you about the Left constantly using the race card. I heard someone say the term “Racist” is now the new “N” word.

Apparently, none of your opinions count if someone else calls you a Racist.

Diego September 14, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Regarding Minnesota, not everyone there was an Ozombie; a decent percentage were on the fence and wanted to get more clarification and still walk the fence today.

Linda September 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

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It used to be only the black people, or 1/2 black, or less black, played the race card, and they are still the ones who mostly to it, but now the liberals do it when the conservatives, or whatever they want to call us, speak our minds.

Ken Davenport September 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Leave it to the continuous Obama campaign machine to try and spin 1 million plus people protesting in Washington as “insignificant”. Afterall, the left always knows what’s best for us — since they think we are too dumb to run our own lives. Keep up the pressure — we are making progress!

Pittsburgh Z September 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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The One is still campaigning.

He will never stop because he does not know how to lead.

Seriously, did anyone really expect the media to really report actual numbers? Check out the pictures on Malkin’s site….they show A LOT more than “thousands”.

Gallatin September 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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Why does anybody even pay attention to the US media any more? European coverage is repeatedly citing the attendee number as 1 million or more, while the US talking heads describe it as a few fringe crazies. I’m Libertarian (not to be cofused with conservative) so I don’t even have a horse in the race, but the one-sidedness of American coverage is a true national embarrassment. No wonder all the publishing and media firms are headed for Chapter Eleven.

Always On Watch September 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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I was there on Saturday, 9/12. In fact, I went into town at 3:00 AM so as to meet up with a friend coming into Union Station from NYC.

I’m not an expert at estimating crowd sizes. However, as a lifelong resident of the D.C. area and one who knows the layout of D.C. very well, I can tell you for a fact that the estimates I hear from the media are way low.

mike September 18, 2009 at 6:22 am

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I was proud to be there. Even more proud to out demonstrate the code pink pukes at Walter Reed. In case anyone dosent know they picket the wounded vetrans when they leave the hospital. We outnumbered them 10-1 but if your in DC take time and stand outside the gate with a support sign. Usually 6:30 on Fridays is when the wounded vets are bused into town. At the rally there were people as far as the eye could see in either direction and we had to start early because the staging area was overflowing. One thing to remember, we all had friends back home who wanted to be there but couldnt make it. The mainstream media has lost their designation, they are now the fringe media because that’s who they represent…..

Pamela September 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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I was in DC for the march and I can say it was HUGE> I heard they were still coming in when the event ended. Our organizer said the highways were backed up and the roads blocked. We were told we were 1.5 million. When people guage the amount in photos please realize that many many many people are under the trees. The organizer said we did not have a permit for the Mall and so she called people to squish forward into the front of the stage crowd and to go to the sides of the stage, under the trees. I saw TONS of people there. And i heard they stretched down those side driveways and down the streets on the sides. And………………. we were told “see you next year!” ………Well for every person that attended there were at least ten people at home wishing they could have gone. If they all show up next year DC will be shut down.

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