Photos of protests at the Supreme Court on Obamacare day 2

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Photos of protests at the Supreme Court on Obamacare day 2

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”

who orga­nized what peo­ple would say and how they would say it.

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

in the cen­ter with some anti-​abortion pro­test­ers. The idea was pretty much to play to the var­i­ous cam­era and get their side out

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.

Unless it was all accord­ing to plan.

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

Of course they said noth­ing about point­ing the cam­era behind me and hit­ting the but­ton with­out look­ing as I walked to the entrance

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

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”

who organized what people would say and how they would say it.

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

in the center with some anti-abortion protesters. The idea was pretty much to play to the various camera and get their side out

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.

Unless it was all according to plan.

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

Of course they said nothing about pointing the camera behind me and hitting the button without looking as I walked to the entrance

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