Stewart/Colbert Rally on the Mall
Oct 30, 2010Public
Photo: Biking to the Mall was an option for many.  I took the Red Line Metro from Glenmont Station to Judiciary Square.
Photo: Someone wanted his picture taken with Unemployed Man. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Ozzy Osbourne were among the performers on stage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2pfapM8H7Y
Photo: A nobly bipartisan sentiment.  Reactions to the rally were diverse.  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-tv/arianna-dick-armey-jo-stewart-rally_b_776601.html
Photo: The Dove of Peace, I presume, or the Albatross of Disaster.  CBS estimated attendance around 215,000 as opposed to the 87,000 attracted to the Mall by Glen Beck as reported by Business Insider.
http://www.businessinsider.com/rally-for-sanity-attendance-trounces-glenn-becks-215000-to-87000-2010-10
Photo: The signs were gentle in the spirit of the day, but I don't think the one above was included in BuzzFeed's "100 Best Signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-100-best-signs-at-the-rally-to-restore-sanity
Photo: Looking itno the crowd coming down Fourth Street towards the Mall past the Embassy of Canada on Pennsylvania Avenue. Jon Stewart's speech at the rally from C-Span is available on YouTube: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXmbzLI3pnk
Photo: Dad holds his costumed infant daughter.
Photo: This little bumble bee had a busy day.
Photo: Fourth Street NW between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.
Photo: The sign on the dog reads, "Canines for Cannabis."  The activist and his St. Bernard posed for numerous photo opportunities in front of the west entrance to the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art where I stayed for most of the rally.

"Highlights of the Rally" from CBS Evening News are available on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owtMRCIVzBU
Photo: The woman left her wheelchair to have a photo taken with some guy wearing a cape of a similar color.
Photo: Fourth Street NW between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.
Photo: I'm not quite sure who the costumed character is supposed to be.
Photo: An unidentified musical group of a capella men's voices were singing Tommy Tutone's 1982 pop hit, "867-5309/Jenny" when I took this photo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny
Photo: 867-5309 
http://allmusic.com/song/t1688172
Photo: Heading Home.  The rally started promptly at 1 p.m. with the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" (national anthem) and ended around 3 p.m. when folks left the Mall in droves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2jo4wnRWZE
Photo: Packed Red Line Metro car leaves Judicial Square for Shady Grove.  I was just able to get on the first train leaving the station for Glenmont from the opposite platform, but didn't get a seat until Silver Spring. 
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2010/10/rally_riders_strain_metro.html