close to Memorial
Philadelphia's Inky had a page-three piece on the rally and looks at how the participants viewed the other side:

Soraya Gardner of Yardley, Pa., a union member, said she was sick of "the racism, the tea-party stuff." She, her husband, and her daughters stood with signs reading: "The Coffee Party: Wake up America!" and "Hey Glenn, We're here. You're not. Honor restored. You're welcome."

Peggy Brown, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, said "Fox News, that's about as bad as you can get" and said that conservative personalities Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh "preach and spew out hate" and have "brainwashed" Americans.

from further back
As far as the opposition goes, Tom Tancredo, the American Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Colorado, is well behind the Democrat (47% to Tancredo's 29%), but is whipping the official Republican Party candidate, who's only polling 21%. Tancredo articulted what I find is a very popular conservative-Republican attitude towards government spending, he hates it. The idea Tancredo pushes is nick-named "Starve the beast" and although right-wing activist Grover Norquist is about the most energetic proponent of it these days, the idea, as with so many other evil and vicious ideas, started with Ronald Reagan.

But as Time Magazine pointed out back in July 2009, as the Affordable Care Act was losing features due to the Obama Administration constantly giving ground to both Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, Americans were very strongly in support of reforming health care to include more government, not less.

At the same time, survey respondents remain dissatisfied with the current state of health-care delivery and supportive of reform in principle. Forty-six percent of respondents said it was "very important" that Congress and the President pass major health reform in the next few months, and an additional 23% said it was "somewhat important." Only 28% found the immediate effort either not very or not at all important. In a separate question, more Americans said it would be better to pass "major reform" to health care (55%) rather than "minor adjustments" (43%).

On the details of the plan, respondents remained supportive of many of the rough outlines of the health-reform effort as originally described by President Obama.

reporter from RT

A reporter from RT (Russian TV), interviews a participant in the rally.

How is the ObamaAdministration on the whole competence/honesty/reliability field? Pretty good, actually. The stumulus is too small, but they did what they could with what they had:

The massive economic stimulus package President Obama pushed through Congress last year is coming in on time and under budget – and with strikingly few claims of fraud or abuse – according to a White House report to be released Friday.


People taking off after rally.

All in all, a good day!