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Update 2: Please note … Charles Martin writes to remind me that the 2 million noted below is an upward bound and given that upper bound, 2 million was plausible … not definitive. This was my error in not reporting the entire post but it was my intent to drive you to pajamasmedia. Please make sure you go to the link to read the entire post.
Update: Michelle reports the official number is now 1.2 million but points to this extrapolation at Pajamasmedia by a computer scientist …
I did a back-of-envelope based on the photos and reports. A pretty dense crowd is about 1.8 people per square meter, and the National Mall alone is about 125 hectares, 1.25 million square meters. So that would be 2.3 million people.
First things first. Michelle has pictures and video which I link to below. It is inspiring. Now to the business at hand.
No to big government … no to big spending … no to the direction this administration and this Congress are taking us. And by the way … no to the MSM. From Powerline:
CNN had a reporter live at the rally to do an interview about Joe Wilson. Why that made sense I’m not sure, apart from the liberal media’s determination to deflect attention toward Wilson and away from Americans’ widespread dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. What followed is pretty entertaining:
Pretty entertaining? As usual John understates.Ha! John also has Mike Pence’s speech to the crowd.
I’ve got to be honest with you … you look like the cavalry to me.
Chat room Kim has been scanning the wires for me today and here’s what she reports:
I was reading some sites that said ABC News reporting 2 million, while police estimate 1.2 million. The Washington Post reported 30,000. The numbers are all over the place. You don’t know what to believe.
Just before I left this morning Fox was reporting 60,000. I will update this through tomorrow. But here’s what Michelle is reporting:
Activists were derided as amateurs who couldn’t turn out a crowd. Then they were smeared as corporate shills. They were criticized for not having a coherent message. Then they were mocked for ideological single-mindedness. They are resented by professional strategists who accuse them of organizing empty protests that won’t translate into electoral gains. But the movement has given birth to a new generation of movers and shakers who have rejected establishment partisan politics for nimble, Internet-facilitated, issues-based advocacy.
and here’s more video from her site:
Astroturf doesn’t grow. This will not be stopped my little mobsters. This will not be stopped.