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  1. Kathy Becnsik
    October 30, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    A wonderful success!! Looking around at the masses of people I was thinking ” I love America!!” Every one was sooo cool!! John Stewart is so smart and funny and caring, and Steven Colbert is the same!! This is the America I love, these are the Americans that make America great. Now we just all have to go out on Tuesday and VOTE!!!!

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  2. Laura S.
    October 30, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    I thought that it was very well put together & that the skits that Jon & Steven did were inspiring but wondered if the people who needed to “get” their meaning would. Jon’s speech at the end was outstanding & right to the point. It made me feel hopeful which I haven’t felt in some time. I am hopeful that some people who have been misled may have watched it, “heard” their message & seen the light. Thank you Jon & Steven for this light but thought provoking moment in all the insanity!

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  3. Jlv
    October 30, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    I attended the rally today and there were many, many attendees, regardless of what the official number counters estimate. I’ve never been in such a civil large crowd, from teens to the elderly, sid-by-side. I was asked by a teenaged grl from Virginia to be a part a chain of many who had suddenly decided to hold hands. That was very sweet and encouraging. Never did Stewart’s message falter…that most of us are good, accepting people who just want to do our jobs in life, take care of our kids, and have the media and politicians do their jobs without trying to stir everybody up. Civility! Particularly touching was the song that Colbert and Stewart sang together.

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  4. Gabriela
    October 30, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Not only was this rally well put together and a huge success but it was definitely larger than reports say so far. The message was clear. We need to restore a civil way of communicating whether or not we agree, we can act like adults and try to work together for the good of the Whole country. Oh, and size Does matter. Just wait until we see the Fox News pundits try to tear down the success of this rally! The harder they try, the more obvious it will become that this rally had a Strong impact. I saw a late breaking piece on how undecided voters are breaking in favor of the Democrats…This tells me that Americans have had enough of the fear and hate mongering. They are waking up and smelling the Coffee and they are seeing that the extremist candidates would be very scary if they actually gained power in our government..They are just too extreme to be able to work together with others and keep this country moving forward from slow recovery to full health and a better future.

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  5. Amber
    October 31, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    It was great! The media covering the event doesn’t get it. However, for those of us who went or watched got it. He didn’t push an agenda down anyone’s throat. He made simple and staight forward statements that rung true for most of us. It was great to see American’s from all walks of life, ages, sexes, religions, and races join together and say we love ot country and ALL of the people in it. And I loved when he said this is “hard times not end times.” Kuddos to everyone who took part in the event. Only sorry I wasn’t there on Saturday in person!

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  6. Seth
    October 31, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    Huge success! Great and important message which seemed to resonate with the crowd. Very timely. As a result, I’m going to buy lots of Viacom stock tomorrow. Those shows ratings are going through the roof! Well done — the shareholders will be proud!

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  7. Angela Barton
    October 31, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    I watched the rally on tv, and it was great. Stewart and Colbert got their message across beautifully. We are tired of the hate and negativity, let’s act like Americans and start working together for our country!!

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  8. Joyce Singer
    October 31, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    The most amazing thing was the civility. People were saying, “Excuse me” and “I’m sorry” as they wedged themselves through the crowd. All ages and ethnicities – even species. I brought my two dogs in the wagon (thank God). Costumes, great signs, smiles everywhere. It was the most meaningful event I’ve attended since the Moratorium on Washington in ’69. I feel hopeful.

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  9. Angry Old John
    October 31, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the rally. I really wish I could have. The TRUE greatness of America has been exposed by it.

    Bravo for all the fine people who made this event possible and kudos to all who were there. My hat is off to every single one of them.

    There is one point I would like to make though, and it regards this continuing and very pervasive delusional thinking with many people that things will get better by voting for either of the two major parties.

    C’mon now, if you still think keeping the Democrats in and the Republicans out, or kicking the Democrats out and bringing the Republicans in is about to make any difference at all, you haven’t been paying attention.

    Neither the Democrats or the Republicans are about to change anything meaningful. They owe their allegiance to the big moneyed corporations who run Washington, INC. and are chosen for their post to keep things about the same or worsen the situation if need be, not improve it.

    Heaven forbid the big moneyed corporations allow any meaningful positive change to the working people in this country. They’d lose major shareholder support and their bottom line would suffer because of it.

    I apologize if I have brought down the upbeat tone of this thread.

    -Angry Old John

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  10. brenda
    October 31, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    I am sure fox news downplayed this, or better yet only covered it for 1 min. c-span had viewers calling in after the rally, all in all everyone walked away feeling pretty good, except this one republican who called in and said that, this was rediculous and that this was no comparison to Glenn Becks Rally…..Give me a break! I know jon stewart had 220 thousand rsvps, so it would not suprise me if the numbers were even higher. Jon Stewart did a great job on this, and it was funny, serious and to the point as to all the hate, fear and racisum in this country, and it more so comes from the network Fox, more than any other networks.
    I really enjoyed the rally, and came away feeling really really good and hopeful, and I loved jon statement at the end, it was from his heart!! I sure hope he does another one in the future.
    I love his show and watch it every night, and i am glad comedy central was able to cover it in HD, and I am sure their rating went through the roof, as I watched it on comedy central.

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  11. Mary Beth
    October 31, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    My 20-something son and daughter attended. I told them it was time for the torch to pass to a new generation! Of all the many great things they experienced, the one that stays with me is that they both felt renewed hope for the future. Wow.

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  12. Anne Hills
    October 31, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    I was there from Maine and had a nice time…. then when Jon spoke sincerely at the end – I truly loved it. Was so very happy to be there for him, for all of us, to give weight to his words. The best result from this would be for media programmers and producers to check themselves before hyping something meaningless and pushing conflict at every single turn.

    I am so very thankful for voices like Jon’s and Colbert’s. Jon Stewart not only puts on a good show, he makes a hugely important point. More power to him.

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  13. Bob
    October 31, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Moronic buffoonery from the mindless masses of the entitlement class. Without haterd there can be no lebowitz and colbert.

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  14. Jean
    October 31, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    I live only 20 miles from DC, waited over an hour just to get on a metro train, was crushed like sardines, delays at every stop, and it was worth every bit of it. Everyone we met along the way was pleasant, patient, and friendly. I’m sure the media has wildly underestimated the number of people in attendence. Once we arrived there were streams of people leaving and it was only a little after 1pm. I heard comments from some that there was just no room to even walk around in the streets – they came and stayed a while but left – these were the many uncounted numbers. Not only was the National Mall completely packed as shown on some of the photos, but all the surrounding streets NOT in the photos were jammed with steady streams of people coming in and out of the metro stations. (by the way, don’t let the media say people were there for other events – they were there for Sanity)

    Even though many couldn’t see or hear – they were happy just to be there, carrying signs peacefully, making a statement. We saw a sane America. People of all colors, ages, shapes and sizes. They came from all parts of the country. I didn’t hear one single complaint. No anger, No pushing. No rudeness. No screaming. Quiet statements.

    I love Stewart and Colbert and I’m sure they put on a great performance. But we didn’t hear or see them! We walked around the area as best we could, among the crowds of people flowing like a stream. We saw Americans sane and rational, who wanted their voice to be heard by showing their presence.

    I only wish those folks who are glued to the drama portrayed (and perhaps created) on the air isn’t necessarily what the majority is thinking, feeling and hoping.

    It may have started out as a joke, but it ended up as quite a statement!! Thanks to Jon and Stephen my faith is restored in Americans. I think I’ll vote on Tuesday after all.

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  15. jischinger
    November 1, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    The truth will set you free
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IaC5bsndDI

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  16. Jackie Newberry
    November 1, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    It was wonderful. It was a good example for people but especially children and the youth. It provided an opportunity for people to come together w/ good will appreciating differences of all kinds, to accept each other’s humanity, and to understand that we have so much more in common and work together. One of the prime chaos inducers and perpetrators of polarization to make this a reality is the media.

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  17. Mairin Veith
    November 1, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    I had wonderful conversations with a Libertarian at the Capitol City Grill; a group of Iowa Republicans who took a bus in for the Rally, a college student who is voting for the first time, Gallaudet students on the bus back to the university and another group of Republicans out in Rockville who came in from Columbus, Ohio and from Missouri. All were RESPECTFUL, SANE, RATIONAL conversations. It IS possible to have civil discourse in the political sphere. Thank you to all for helping restore my faith in humanity. I was up till 3:30 AM talking to folks and it was WONDERFUL!

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  18. robert petersen
    November 1, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    The important thing was not the number of attendees but rather the total of attendees and viewers. I am sure there were many like me who expected a lot of commercials and a Superbowl style production. Instead I was mesmerized for three hours and moved to tears on several occasions, indeed at one point I had the biggest lump in my throat since I stood in my “class A”s and gazed at the Statue of Liberty in 1972 when I was a young pup. I am more proud of my country than I have been for a long, long time. It’s a shame we don’t have 550 Jon Stewarts to send to DC.

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  19. deborah
    November 2, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    From where I live in Virginia, about fifty Miles South of Washington DC, I boarded one of the two charter buses going to the Rally to Restore Sanity.

    By 11:00AM it was still possible to watch the video clips on the Jumbotrons, although by noon the trees on the Mall and the crowds would obstruct my view of them. “Roots” was performing as I began threading my way thru to the Natural History Museum steps for a better vantage point, but metal barriers and people standing shoulder-to-shoulder caused me to change my mind. Instead, standing near the Air and Space Museum, I moved away from it because of the cigarette smoke and the (Security or Media) helicopters overhead now intrusively loud.

    Yet let me tell you— I was absolutely enjoying, everything I was seeing:

    • The myriad signage of course; one of my favorites, “I too, am an Earthling so we may have other things in common.”
    • The babies; fathers hoisting them atop their shoulders; expressions of astonishment on new faces: just what, was delighting them?
    • A small flock of birds; alighting (onto the roof of the Carousel ticket-booth) only then to lift off as an extraordinary rendition of the national anthem was being sung.
    • Jon Stewart; then Steven Cobert; asking what religions we were; and people giving the shout-outs. Amazing: since in so many places on earth, both Religion and having to be fearful, combine— only not for this, one brief moment in time.
    • Everyone, laughing; the waves of the thousands of women cheering; then the men; then everyone jumping. Wait. Jumping? I’ve never done this stuff at any rallies I’d ever attended; yet I swear is how a single leaf then came down off its branch, onto my shoulder. What did that register on the Richter-Scale?
    • A girl, about eight years old; crouching on the ground in the great crowd utterly unafraid that any of us in the multitude, would not know she was there. She had with her a bunch of small twigs all roughly six inches in length. Intending to build a house, the girl began placing twigs teepee-like upright, then framing the base to rest other, thinner twigs on that. Completed, the house would have been a sort of pyramid. Yet the first time the structure came down when a woman taking a picture had stepped back a few inches her heel brushing the twigs. The girl, philosophical: just resolved to build again, getting almost as far as before when along came a man, one shoe flicking one of the twig walls. Now covering her face with her hands, her arms then cradling her head, the girl was rocking a little like someone might have surviving the Gulf Storm. The girl in a third attempt— paused beforehand looking up at her parents, beseeching them to keep people from knocking anything over however unintentionally.

    At 3:00PM, I had to start back, toward the Bureau of Engraving on 15th Street NW where the buses would be; and passing the Smithson castle now I was hearing only a few words here and there if even that.

    The tens of rows of rally-goers I was edging my way thru were answering Jon and Steven with applause but not as much with laughter now the tone turning somber, or I could only sense that it was. These “… are hard times, but not the end times,” yet I did not hear those exact words until that evening, on my car radio.

    Last Thursday, I had already voted “absentee,” but within my own District, where for the past ten years I’ve served as an election officer. Every election is crucial: we vote the future we want to see possible. It is astounding to me how people can just stay home, and not vote.

    On the way back to the bus, I held my hand out for some information on “Job Creation,” a man impatient with everyone and speaking out with abruptness— yet even the sound of the words, “more American jobs,” were making a lot of sense to me.

    Not far from the Smithsonian Metro station scores of people, folding-chairs, coolers and strollers in tow were cueing up at the escalators. Others had blackened, chicken-on-sticks wrapped in foil. Man, they smelled and looked great. I was looking around for the street vendor’s truck, a ten in my pocket, my mouth watering, the two buses now pulling up.

    A chicken in every pot, history books have said. “Let’s order in, some chicken tonight,” I was calling home, my cell phone working fine now. Everyone still in high spirits, there were no complaints whatsoever; a worthwhile event— and soft chocolate-chip cookies in clear plastic tubs were circulating; I took one out then passed the containers along.

    Of course the rally did not address— nor was it meant to— how it is we arrive at any point. At present, all of us at such odds we leave ourselves with either, “Sanity” or Crazy-like-Fox-News where wildly— ideologies morph into a next mainstream yet one of little compromise: of all-or-nothing— and the middle-class old backbone: spine of porous bones they would have us believe.

    I was telling the woman sitting next to me, that I saw a sign that it seemed two young families had — inviting their fellow Americans to “jump rope with a Muslim.” She laughed, agreeing it was adorable. There they had been: with two plastic ropes already in motion double-Dutch. The decency, within everyone—as if we had all had landed someplace else a good deal like where we have always resided only better.

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