NOTE: This post will be updated with additional video as uploads complete
Yesterday Morning our group was dropped off in front of Union Station near 8 a.m.
We were told that there were only two specific things on the Agenda, the Scott Brown meeting for the Massachusetts contingent and the 1 p.m. rally itself.
Walked over to the capital and chatted with the Capital police, they are pretty nice fellows but I must confess it’s hard seeing armed men at the top of the stairs leading to the Senate and House.
From there I turned to the Supreme Court and accidentally ran into a contingent wearing Pro-Israel t-shirts. It turned it they were from J-Street which just had a convention in the area and the various groups were arranging meetings with their congressmen (including I found out later, Scott Brown). More on my debate with them later…
At the Supreme Court there was a large contingent of pro-obamacare folks. They were very well-organized with what I call “Chant Captains”
As I was walking through them I noted they were doing their best to present a particular face “I want smiling happy people holding signs” their “captain” reminded them.
I recorded several clips of them
(that I’ll embed once I have the video uploaded) to go along with the photos. There was a small Tea Party contingent
there but the only person who had the remotest chance of affecting what was going on inside was a single woman praying a Rosary. From what I’ve read of yesterday in the court, she must have been quite effective.
I was getting really hungry and asked an officer where I could get a meal, to my surprise I was told to go into the Supreme Court building (protesters were kept off the stairs but apparently if you were going in to eat or to tour that was OK. (My diner review of the food will be later in the week). I was warned that I wasn’t to stop to take pictures of the protest since they were allowing me to pass specifically to go to eat
Nor taking a shot as I came back as long as it wasn’t obvious.
After a time I headed for the Scott Brown meeting, when I came back I noticed more anti-abortion activists
and the Tea Party contingent had really picked up as more and more of the AFP folks showed, the numbers were at that point nearly equal
Shortly after this the Tea Party contingents started heading toward the area where the American’s for Prosperity event would take place, but that’s a different post…
The full gallery follows after the jump