We have all seen and heard of the negative, sloppy and piss poor coverage of the Tea Party Rallies by some news stations and reporters. We expected as much and hopefully this expectation did not become a self fulfilling prophesy in some instances. With this in mind, V and I were standing near CBS 11 reporter Steve Pickett (hey Steve, your profile needs updating) as he covered the Tea Party in Arlington. Here is what he had to say:
One thing I noticed when we arrived at the park was the large police presence. They had set up a loose perimeter around the pavilion where the speakers were set to pontificate. I'm not sure what they were expecting, but the folks who showed up for this rally were not there to cause any trouble.
Now for some images from the rally.
This first image is from after the speakers while folks were walking to Green Oaks to draw attention to the the rally. I am putting this image first because I promised these young ladies that I would post it on the blog.
Click on any image for a larger version.
Now for some pictures of the crowd at the pavilion:
Here are some of the signs:
In this last image you can see the lone Obama supporter at the rally. One thing you can say about him is that he is a true believer. He honestly believes that the $10 Trillion in proposed deficit spending will improve the economy and that our taxes have not been, nor will not be, increased. I spoke with him for a bit and ended up thanking him for showing up for the crowd pictures. Reader Bob S. spent a bit more time with him to no avail. You can not change the mind of a true believer.And one that I am going to throw in just for the heck of it:
Take a guess at who she is, go on, guess.
My dinner is ready so the Second Amendment related images from the rally will have to wait.
If you want to watch Governor Perry's or Representative Barton's speeches, you can view them at the official Arlington Tea Party web site.
Edit: Go here to see all the images I took at the rally. If one of these images is of you, and you want a copy of the hi-rez version of the image, shoot me an email.