According to one Associated Press report:
Thousands of people marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, 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.President Takes Flight
The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the D.C. 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.
Following the President's Wednesday night speech where he attempted to sell his plan for a federal takeover of the nation's health care industry, Obama's aides scheduled him to be out of the nation's capitol on Saturday. According to the New York Times:
As Mr. Obama traveled to Minnesota on Saturday to rally support for his health care plan, he flew over the crowd in Marine One. The helicopter could be seen flying overhead as the demonstrators made their way toward Capitol Hill from downtown Washington.
From All Over Amerca They Came
According to reports, the protestors came from all over the nation.
They came by bus, car and airplane, arriving here from Texas and Tennessee, New Mexico and New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The messages on their signs told of an intense distrust of the government, which began well before Mr. Obama took office and extends far beyond the effort to overhaul health care. One sign declared: “We are under attack by our own government.” And several signs said,Protestors From All Walks of Life
“Our Constitution has termites!”
The protest, organized by anti-tax groups, opened peacefully, with few visible signs of counter-protesters.
While there was no shortage of vitriol among protesters, there was also an air of festivity. A band of Revolutionary War protesters in colonial gear wound through the crowd, led by a bell-ringer in a tri-corner hat calling for revolution. A folk singer belting out a protest ballad on a guitar brought cheers from listeners.
According to the Washington Post, protestors were comprised of "conservatives." However, that appears to be inaccurate, as the New York Times noted:
"Throughout the morning, more and more demonstrators arrived, identifying themselves as Republicans, libertarians and independents."
Additionally, although several Republican leaders were in attendance on Saturday, they are also "wary of the anger directed at incumbents of all stripes."
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