Contributed by: filbert Sunday, September 13 2009 @ 07:17 PM CST
I found myself southwest of the Capitol, by Garfield Circle, with a view of the south set of steps. Unfortunately, the speakers and video boards were set up on the north steps of the Capitol.
|These people were even farther away than I was|
|Eventually, I worked my way inside the wall running next to Capitol Circle.
Still on the wrong side of the Capitol, though.
|These folks had clambered on top of the Grant Memorial to get a view.|
Snookums called on my cell phone and suggested that we meet back at our room at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill--a couple of blocks north and west of the Capitol. It took me about a half hour to work through the crowd on Capitol Circle. The edge of the people was between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue.
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I couldn't get any closer than the path that's running parallel to the curved road in front of the Capitol--Capitol Circle. The speakers were on the Capitol steps, and the police weren't letting people get closer than that path--it was full with people from there up to the Capitol building. I don't honestly know how far around the Reflecting Pool the crowd stretched, but there were a lotmore than the 60,000 people that the news media keep insisting were there.
I'm quite sure it was over 250,000--as judged by this USA Today graphic from Obama's inauguration (via a reader of Michelle Malkin[*2] :
I think it's fair to say a good time was had by all who were there--except for the small smattering of would-be infiltrators and counter-demonstrators who found themselves overwhelmed by the turnout of just plain folks from around the country.