ABC News (see update below) and Michelle Malkin both estimate 2 million protesters turned out for the National March On Washington today, which was not only peaceful and orderly, but downright polite. Of course some of the signs were not too polite, but that is to be expected when people feel betrayed by their government. I was there and took well over 100 pictures. Some of these will be posted here and most of the rest can be found at FLICKR <---click there! All 138 photos have been added. There were so many great signs from wonderfully creative folks, that I'm sorry I couldn't include them all on one post here.
The purpose of the March On DC was not to say we are against health care reform. The vast majority are actually for it, just not socialized medicine. No, the theme of today's protest in which the people attending outnumbered Obama's inauguration turnout was a cry against run-away government spending. It was against arrogance, malfeasance, Marxism, despotism, and a sycophantic media kowtowing to "the one."
The liberal wing nuts with their war bongos and unwashed hordes could take a lesson from the 2 million who turned out today: no pushing and shoving, no garbage left in the streets, no death threats for stepping on some guy's sneakers, and no emotional chants lacking logic or reasoning. Everyone was wonderfully polite and courteous to each other and even to the one dissenting voice whose sign I would include if not for its obscene nature. No one punched them, scratched them, threw beer or soda upon them, or tripped them, even if they thought of doing so. We conservatives and patriots are an orderly bunch, even during an uprising.
Enjoy the pictures, and remember...if you click on them you can make them larger.
UPDATE: ABC news is now claiming they were misquoted and that the crowd was actually in the 10's of thousands. I was there. I have also been to the Rose Bowl (1984) that holds around 76,000. There were several Rose Bowls of people on The Mall yesterday. And 2 million seems like a rational number if you consider that many people left after a few hours while others were arriving late morning/early afternoon. My figure stands for the sum total for the day. They were elbow to elbow back to 8th St. I know that because when I left to find a men's room (lines to port-o-potties on site were too long) that's how far it stretched. The Daily Mail agrees with Michelle Malkin and myself.
See also American Power for his first-hand view of the tax protest in Los Angeles.