November 1, 2010

Sanity and/or Fear Restored

Waiting at the Metro train station in Maryland wearing our Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear merch. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise went to the Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Trust for the National Mall .
Fellow rally-goers, 30 October 2010
Estimates of the crowd range from 150,000 to 250,000. Everyone was polite and reasonable :)
Many people are putting down Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as mere clowns. The fact that they struck a nerve with the silent majority, ordinary citizens who just want the bile, anger and hatred to stop, disproves that.
Performers included The Roots, John Legend, Cat Stevens, Ozzy Osbourne, Sheryl Crow with Kid Rock, the O'Jays, Jeff Tweedy with Mavis Staples, and a terrific a capella song from Tony Bennett.
Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman made us all do the Wave, laugh, cry, jump. (Hard to explain. You had to be there.) 4 Troops sang the National Anthem. SNL character Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) gave the "benediction".
Sam Waterston read a poem written by Stephen Colbert. It was so funny hearing these words coming out of Sam Waterston's mouth. Kareem Abdul Jabbar put in a surprise appearance, as well as R2D2.
The Daily Show correspondents were all present.
Putting hands in the air as Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) sang Peace Train.
We were treated to an original song "Greatest, Strongest Country in the World". We all know Stephen Colbert can sing, but Jon Stewart apologized that we had to hear him sing. He promised to never do it again. It was a perfect sing-along song, too.
Our vantage point. And this was me zooming in on the screen while standing on tiptoes. Oh my aching calves!
The comic duo also gave out Sanity and Fear awards.

the stage after the rally
Currently named the most influential man as well as the most trusted man in America, Jon Stewart, on the Jumbotron. Read and watch his stirring, powerful speech here.

Stephen Colbert on the Jumbotron. These 2 men and their writing staff deserve al the Emmys they have received. Stewart/Colbert 2012!


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