I’ve been meaning to do this all day, but only now have the chance to do so. Below, from various media sources, are the estimates as to attendance at this past Saturday’s march on Washington. Many thanks to the folks at American Thinker and at Hot Air who already did much of the dirty work and compiled numbers from various sources. I found a few more estimates as well.
Anyway, the numbers:
- The New York Times: “Thousands”
- The Washington Post: “Tens of thousands.”
- CBS News: “Tens of thousands.”
- David Shuster (MSNBC): “50,000 or less.”
- ABC News: “[B]etween 60,000 and 75,000 people.”
- Reason.com: “[A]t least a healthy six figures.”
- The Daily Mail (UK): “As many as one million.”
- Michelle Malkin: “Police estimate 1.2 million in attendance.”
If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that there was anywhere between 600,000 to 900,000 people there. Keep in mind, though, that a stomach bug unfortunately kept me out of DC personally on Saturday, and I am only comparing what I’ve seen on television and in photos with my experience going to an SEC school with an on-campus stadium that holds slightly upwards of 87,451 Auburn fans.
The real story, for me, was the conduct of the people involved. I’ve exchanged e-mails and had conversations with more than a few folks who attended the event, and all said that everybody was on their best behavior. There was some yelling and chanting, for sure, but swearing and other unfortunate conduct was kept at a minimum. An acquaintance in the Capitol Police said that, while officials were taken aback by the size of the event, they had little to fear from the people themselves — because of the nature of the people.
When the Tax Day event rolled through a soggy Philadelphia last April, I noted that nobody had left behind even a trace of garbage at Love Park. Well, whether the attendance this weekend was truly in the hundreds of thousands or upwards of a million, Gateway Pundit did exactly what I was hoping someone would do and contrasted the litter left behind following Barack Obama’s inauguration with the litter left behind by tea party attendees. Two of the photos are below, and I want to take it a bit further, and include video from the aftermath of the inauguration.
As impressed as I am with the conduct and the passion displayed by concerned Americans this past weekend, I am even more impressed with the turnout. While it is difficult to garner objective attendance estimates from rallies such as the Million Man March and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 march on Washington, the National Park Service is indeed saying that the tea party event from last weekend could have eclipsed everything else in history.
Regardless of whether that’s entirely accurate, we saw a gathering of everyday concerned Americans from coast to coast who truly chose to come together of their own volition. No big-shot personality to organize it. Nothing of the sort. Unlike some other people we know, not a day goes by when I’m not proud of my country. This weekend, though, I was even more proud of America than ever before