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TSS: Rally to Restore Sanity

Posted by Caitie F on October 31, 2010

My husband and I headed to DC on Friday to go to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. We got stuck in traffic on our way there (big shock!) and didn’t get to our hotel until about 8 and just went to Chili’s for dinner. I was hoping we could head to Alexandria or Georgetown for dinner but it just didn’t work out.

We woke up early so we could get breakfast, check out of the hotel, and get to Pentagon City to park and take the metro. We only had to wait for one train, it was full, but we got on and were able to get to L’Efante Plaza without too much difficultly. We got there around 10 and were only about 100 yards away from stage, and if you saw the pictures of the mall, it was pretty close!

Right after we got to our spots, they started showing all the clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report leading up to the rally. It was really cool to see them all together, especially since we don’t watch The Colbert Report. It kept us entertained for a couple of hours while we waited! We also saw some great signs/

The middle sign was the best of the day!

They were timely

And there were quite a few pro-Prop 19 signs too.

At noon, The Roots came on and we spent 35 minutes waiting for them to be over. As were most people in the crowd. They are an okay group, but why have THEM open up? They have had one hit song?

We were really excited when the Mythbusters guys came out. I hear it was underwhelming on TV, but it was a lot of fun being there! Jason’s foot was bothering him, so he didn’t jump, but felt the ground shake when everyone else did.

After they were done, Jon Stewart came out and the crowd went nuts.

Stephen Colbert was in a “bunker” under the stage because he was afraid no one came then came up like the miners did.

One of the coolest things was when Jon Stewart had Cat Stevens (now goes by Joseph pronounced Juseph) to sing Peace Train.

Stephen Colbert would have none of the peace though, so he stopped Joseph and got booed like crazy. Until he brought out…Ozzy Osbourne who did some of Crazy Train.

They went back and forth until they both walked offstage. They found a train they could agree on and the O Jay’s came on sang Love Train.

We really enjoyed the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow song – how appropriate for the rally!  The different awards for fear and sanity that were given out were really funny and entertaining! I couldn’t believe that all those news organization did not let employees goes to the rally. It is ridiculous!

The best part was at the end when Jon Stewart got serious and talked about how the media over blows everything and with everything being scary, we can’t see the things going on that are scary and are important. He also talked about how we all need to work together at it happens everywhere other than Washington on what we see on TV. I know he was preaching to the choir, but it made me think we could actually do something.

Overall, we were glad we went We watched some of it on TV (we recorded it on our DVR) and it was WAY better being there. It was great and something we will remember forever!

What a great time!


4 Responses to “TSS: Rally to Restore Sanity”

  1. Wow, I’m so jealous you got to be there! I watched it online and it seemed like a great event. I loved Stewart’s speech at the end – I thought he was exactly right through all of it. It was just really moving, and I also felt like it was possible to do something.

  2. Linda said

    I watched part of it online. I’m jealous that you were there. It looked like a great event.

  3. Amanda said

    We saw it on the news last night, all the out here in the Australian Outback. Do you know how relieved this rally makes me feel? How it restores my faith that in Americans as free, adventurous pioneering spirits, not fundie nutters?

    As an aside… We noted that Jusuf Islam (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens), now bears an uncanny resemblance to STEVE JOBS!!

    Perhaps they’re the same person LOL!

  4. I wish I could have been there! You need to read Michael Crichton’s book, State of Fear, where he talks about the way the media manipulates us.

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