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9-12 March on Washington: "Up to two million" in D.C. Protest Gov't Spending, Obamacare
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UK Daily Mail: Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest against Obama's spending in 'tea-party' demonstration

Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.

The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington 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 Pelosi.

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The scene after the 9-12 March on Washington:

The scene after the Obama Inauguration:

NYT: Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government read more

CBS: Opponents Fill Pennsylvania Avenue, Blasting Obama's Health Care Reform Plan, Other Fiscal Policies

FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country for what they billed as a "March on Washington."  Organizers say they built on momentum from the April "tea party" demonstrations held nationwide to protest tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts.

ABC: Thousands of downtown DC protesters blast 'Obamacare,' government spending outside Capitol

WaPo: Anti-Government Demonstration Draws Tens of Thousands to D.C.

 

 

FOX: Tea Party Express Arrives for 'March on Washington' to Protest Government Spending

FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, has organized several groups from across the country for the Saturday event, dubbed a "March on Washington."

The demonstration is part of the so-called Tea Party Movement that gathered steam in April to protest tax policies. And Saturday's event is the culmination of a 34-city, 7,000-mile bus tour that began Aug. 28 in Sacramento, Calif. 

The "partiers" have cited a host of grievances and demands, such as a call for any health care reform to create more competition and be guided by market principles, not a government-run plan.

Instapundit: Mary Katharine Ham emails this pic from the Newseum balcony in DC.

FOX: Tea Party Rally Sparks Dispute Over Potential Turnout

D.C. police are closing streets on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 3rd St. NW as protestors march from Freedom Plaza to the National Mall, where there will be a rally.

But there is some confusion over how many people will show up, and where Democrats are getting their estimates. A House leadership aide warned fellow Democrats in a memo obtained by FOXNews.com that up to 2 million people may attend.

"It looks like Saturday's event is going to be a huge gathering, estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to 2 million people," Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wrote, noting that a demonstration held Thursday turned into an impromptu rally for Rep. Joe Wilson, who has come under fire for his outburst during Obama's nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress

Conservatives have seized on this memo as proof Democrats are playing an expectations game. They say the House leadership wrote the memo in hopes it would be leaked and inflate expectations for the turnout anticipating that it will fall short.

"It's an old political tactic to get out in front and make wild projections and when they're not met, claim their opponents don't have the juice," said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, one of the organizers of the rally.

WSJ: Critics of Obama Policies, Energized by Town-Hall Meetings, Will March Saturday

While the movement has gotten considerable attention, it is unclear just how broad it is. Both conservatives and liberals Friday tried to manage expectations,hoping to claim a surprisingly high or low turnout after the event.

White House officials on Friday professed to know nothing of the planned demonstrations. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs queried reporters about the planners and their issues."I don't know who the group is."  (Which is exactly what administrations always say when attempting to minimize their opponents.)

Breitbart: ‘Go Home!’: DC Crowd Drowns Out CNN Reporter During Live Report

WASHINGTON — A sea of protesters filled the west lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall on Saturday in the largest rally against President Obama since he took office, a culmination of a summer-long season of protests that began with opposition to a health care overhaul and grew into a broader dissatisfaction with government.

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