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Saturday, February 04, 2006
 
Big Protest Against President Bush in Washington--Updated

In case you missed it, here's a report on the World Can't Wait demonstration in Washington, DC, where the participants were calling for President Bush to step down. This guy gets points for creativity:



This guy doesn't:



Uh, it's a box with stickers and legs. Why, what does it look like?

No antiwar, not anti-American protest would be complete without this ritual:



Fortunately the weather cooperated:



Story at the WaPo is entertaining although the headline had me puzzled:

Damp in Numbers But Not in Fervor

Surely he means "small in numbers?"

As he waited for a 30-foot-high effigy of President George W. Bush to fall, Freddy Taiefero told the story of how he ended up here. Homeless in Atlanta a day ago, he now was amid a few thousand protesters on the soggy ground by the Washington Monument.

"They were passing out these leaflets, and I picked one up at the homeless shelter," said the 56-year-old unemployed caterer. "Bush's administration causes joblessness. . . . When he got in, it was like the world was snatched up from under us."


And yes, Liberal Tourette's syndrome was in evidence:

After a series of speakers, organizers dropped a wire-fashioned effigy of Bush off the stage. The crowd, which was already at a roar, chanted in unison: "Bush step down! Bush step down!" After it fell onto the muddy lawn, many took a kick at the soggy frame. More than a few shouted obscenities before the crowd set off for the march around the White House.

Update: Don't miss this gal's firsthand report:

Before we set upon the march to the White House there was a Saddam Square-style toppling of the wire Bush effigy accompanied by the burning of the flag of the United Corporations of America (that'?s the flag that looks like the American flag but has corporate logos instead of stars). I have never been in the presence of a burning flag and when I felt the heat across my face I was grateful because it was so cold but I also felt like I was in Palestine or Pakistan. It was very exciting and edgy and I felt as if I should remove my sneaker and start beating myself with it, or at least beat the effigy. Then when the effigy of Bush came down, it came toward me. As I backed up, people descended upon it and kicked it, stomped it, beat it and screamed at it. I gave it a weak kick, but I kept my sneaker on.


How huge was the protest? The WaPo estimates:

The actual numbers were in the low thousands and varied depending upon how hard it was raining. If antiwar T-shirts were in abundance, they were hidden by sweaters that were covered by jackets that were shadowed by umbrellas.

While the local ABC affiliate comes in lower:

Holding signs that read "Bush Step Down," about a thousand protesters have been marching on the National Mall and near the White House to protest the president and his policies.

On the size issue, Danegerus has a picture that says it all: More Toilets than Protesters.

But a good time was had by all:



Michelle Malkin has more coverage of the protest, including some pretty vile signs. Rhymes with Right is outraged.
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