Slideshow: Glenn Beck Rally, MLK March and AFP Conference

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Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Washington experienced an influx of Tea Partiers this past weekend. Not only did Glenn Beck host his Restoring Honor rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Americans for Prosperity also held a conference on Friday. But not all activity was on the conservative side. Rev. Al Sharpton organized a counter-march to commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Below is a selection of TWI’s photos from these events:

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck addresses the crowd from the Lincoln Memorial. Attendees filled the space on the steps behind the stage, and the crowd reached back to the Washington Monument.

Glenn Beck

Beck gestures toward a flag on stage while speaking. Event organizers had asked attendees to refrain from bringing political signs, a guideline that was generally followed. But flags and flag paraphernalia were widespread throughout the crowd.

Sarah Palin

Former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses the rally crowd. Fitting the nonpolitical goal of the event, Palin spoke as the mother of a veteran.

Restoring Honor rally

At the beginning of the rally, Beck brought out a diverse group of religious leaders. A preacher (far right) led the opening invocation for rally, here joined by two Native Americans and a rabbi. The language of the invocation was strictly Christian.

Alveda King

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, addresses the crowd at the Restoring Honor rally. The event took place on the 47th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. Many criticized Beck for holding his rally on that date. King, an anti-abortion activist, spoke at the rally to defend the timing of Beck's event.

Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols accepted a "Purple Heart" award at the Restoring Honor rally. Beck decided to restyle the medals for noteworthy civilians. Pujols received the charity award for his off-the-field efforts. Accepting the award, he said, "Twelve years ago, I made the best decision of my life, and that was following Jesus Christ."

Lincoln Flag

During Glenn Beck's main speech, supporters sitting close to the arches of the Lincoln Memorial held aloft a flag.

Colonial Man

Tea Party protests have become known for eye-catching signs and individuals wearing unique costumes. At Saturday's event there were few signs in the crowd, and only a few individuals decided to come in colonial garb.

Carolina patriots

A group of Restoring Honor attendees show their home state pride.

Washington Monument Base

The crowd watching Beck's event stretched all the way out toward the Washington Monument.

WW2 Memorial

People sit on the steps of the World War II Memorial, watching the event across from the pool.

WW2 Memorial

More attendees gathered at the World War II Memorial. There were screens and loudspeakers set up along the Mall so all could see and hear.

Prayer

People bow their heads and raise their hands to the sky as a preacher gives the opening invocation.

Pledge

Attendees put their hands over their hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bachmann

Immediately after the conclusion of the Restoring Honor rally, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) hosted a Tea Party town hall meeting on the other side of the Washington Monument. She brought other members of the Tea Party caucus and Tea Party activists on stage to speak at the hour-long event. Around 1,000 people showed up for the post-rally town hall.

Louie Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) spoke at Bachmann's town hall event. Gohmert gained increased national attention earlier this month when he appeared on CNN to defend his statements on "terror babies."

MLK March Monument

Rev. Al Sharpton organized a counter-march to honor the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech. The march went to the future site of a MLK statue. The parade marched past the Washington Monument shortly after Bachmann's town hall ended.

MLK March

A man stops in the middle of the street to wave a "Justice" flag during the MLK march.

MLK March

Groups march down 15th St. NW, near the Washington Monument, to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech.

David Koch

David Koch addresses the crowd during the Defending the American Dream conference held in Washington on Friday. Along with his brother Charles, Koch is one of the primary funders of Americans for Prosperity, an organization that has been instrumental in organizing the Tea Party movement.

AFP Ballroom

The ballroom crowd during dinner at the Defending the American Dream convention.

George Will and David Koch

Washington Post columnist George Will accepts AFP's highest award from Koch during the Tribute to Ronald Reagan dinner.

Tim Phillips

Though Koch spoke briefly at the event, it was AFP President Tim Phillips who served as the face of the organization during the day's proceedings. He addressed the full ballroom multiple times during the day, and took part in breakout panels.

November is Coming

A "November is Coming" Smart Car sat outside the hotel where the AFP conference took place. November is Coming is AFP's campaign operation, coordinating money and political organizing in favor of "free-market" candidates for the upcoming midterm elections.

(All photo credits: Patrick Caldwell/The American Independent)

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We will remember in November. Throw the bums out!


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

What exactly will you do that is different from what is being done now in DC?


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

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Maria
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

no matter if we are Democrats or Republicans we should all stick together and get back our country, which was based on, two or three hundred years ago,its called the American Dream,Liberty and Justice for all,not a government run country!,people worked too hard and are losing everything now, they came from Europe and all over,for what? God Bless America!


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Nicoleta
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

Thank you so much for the photos! I'm all the way in Hawaii so I clearly could not afford the trip, but gathered with all through prayer. Glenn Beck spoke for the heart of America and we are so blessed to have a man of such courage who humbly tells the truth about himself and provides the country with the history we failed to learn. I hope our teachers throughout America seriously love and present the subjects of their chosen field so our youngsters can be more, and better educated. The August 28th rally filled us with hope. Maybe there are more who truly woke up and appreciate the freedom found here, and nowhere else on earth. I know. I am a naturalized citizen, and I pledge allegiance to the flag of this country with respect and gratitude.


Chansen8
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

People if you are not happy with the Democrats and Republicans. Then do not veto for a Democrats or a Republicans! There is other partys you can veto for. You the people, the Americans have the power to veto for other partys.


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

I think you mean vote, not veto. You used it twice so I am not sure.


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

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Bradjacob
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

Do you speak English Chansen 8? Please if you going to pass yourself off as a person who wants to express your thoughts and feelings…learn English first.


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Jeff
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

Hi Nicoleta,

I also am in Hawaii, and wish I could have afforded to attend the rally. It's good to hear others here share the values that made the country the greatest on earth, esp. a naturalized citizen. We are headed down the road to serfdom, and most in Hawaii do not get “it”. For those of you not in Hawaii, this state is like one giant section 8 housing block. Gimme gimme gimme.


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

Be nice, Brad.
We all know what Chansen was saying. He made a valid point.
If you don't agree, that's one thing…… We all need to respect everyone's opinion.
Right now, we need to keep an open dialogue.


Amy
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

It is time to get our country back. God bless America


Publius Infinitum
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

Great article… It's good that ya mentioned Sharptons protest of those who were advocating the actual principles inherent in the words of the honorable, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and not the collectivist pap which skews his words and has for two generations since his death, served to cripple the American Black Culture.


marrabella
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

Well said, Maria! As a recovering Liberal I am at my wits end trying to talk to my old friends.
They are stuck in an old paradigm of 60's politics.
Obama and his thugs who hijacked the Democratic Party are totally sinister, in my opinion.
I KNOW 80% of Democrats feel as I do. They still are mesmerized by the empty promises of Obama and co.
I got an email from the Democratic Party asking me to sign a pledge to NEVER listen to Fox News. LMAO!!!!!
What are they afraid of?
My husband eagerly signed the pledge and sent it back.
He never listened to Fox News before….. Now he sneaks in front of the TV constantly glued to Fox News……. ROTFL
So maybe there is some good on all this.


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Al Munden
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

Thanks for your coverage. Most Americans look at this rally through Dem or Rep eyes and miss the point RESTORE HONOR. I know it's old fashioned, maybe fading from the public scene in the 60's and 70's, but it's a timeless concept that few really grasp, substituting rather what feels good. If our forefathers had not dedicated their lives, treasures and SACRED HONOR, we would never have become a nation. When I took an oath of allegiance 50 years ago joining the USAF I felt like I was standing with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many more pledging my life for my country. I still feel the same and can't understand why the rest of my fellow citizens think that by disavowing the concept makes it less relevant today than in the 18th century….God help us


daytwo
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

Jalbert: Thats a good question: Funny that we heard nothing of this when the Republicans were in power getting us into all kinds of doo in places we didn't belong. They laughed at regulation and now look where we are. A country so deficit in health care that thousands die from lack of health care on a treatable illness. but again it is only the war cry of the republicans that they cant get their country back. I guess I dont get where political lobby's being paid to circumvent the laws and destroy our economy in the name of greed or the air and resources in the name of progress. And what would they do that was really earth shattering to make this a better place. Pray as you would, prayer is not going to fix the state and religious zelotry only brings more angst between parties that dont agree or have different religions or spirituality. When we actually try working together toward the common good and not toward the promotion of the corporations and the greed and our earth being destroyed in the name of the all American dollar.
Yes Jalbert, that is a very good question.


SJM
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

Mormons have a different Gospel and difficult Jesus. These is not authentic Christianity

God has a physical body and so does his wife.

2) No Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate gods. People can become gods.

3) Jesus was created by sexual union between God and Mary.


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Bornablack5572
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

Rhetoric never matches what's actually happening in america. Mr. Beck is a coorporate whore who is getting paid to brainwash people to follow his bosses agenda. We no longer have democrats or republicans…we have politicians for the middle class or politicians for coorporate monopolies. Its a class war people! The very people funding this “tea party” movement are billionairs! You think they know or care about your individual struggles? Its scary to see all the people who showed up to this rally, really believing that the tea party is a “grass roots” movement, and that mr. Beck actually cares about what's ailing this nation. He's a great performer though…ill give him that.


marilyn yick
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

Back from whom? The Republicans who ran it into the ground and made the rest of the World hate us? We need to stop spending all our money invading other countries to take their natural resources that we want and instead use the money to educate our children, feed our poor and elderly and rebuild our infrastructure.


F Comcast
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

ROFLMNAO…

I've never once wondered if Beck has any concern for my personal struggle, as it's a certainty that he's no way to know anything about my struggle.

What I do recognize, is that Beck gives voice to the immutable principles on which America rests and from which this nation has departed and to her detriment; and for that I am greatful to Beck for using his position and means to advocate for those principles.

Now what's HYSTERICAL, is your implied belief that you've some keen insight into Beck and the grand conspiracy to dupe the idiots who believe in the aforementioned immutable principles, into following him. When in truth, you've no apparent means to even recognize the principle at play or the decadent results which departing from them have rendered onto this nation.

But that's the nature of darkness friend… its never so apparent than when it's sitting so close to the light.


R_plumbing
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

So Sad ,,SO IGNORANT,, and not enough time to cure. P.S. move to south america for a taste of reality.


Dooman327
Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

Ok, so I'm a Mormon and you have like half the truth about MY beliefs, but thanks for trying to educate others about a belief system you've never taken part of.
1- We Mormons believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 seperate beings. We actually get this belief from the Bible. Example: When Christ is suffering for the sins of the entire world in the garden and he prays to God and says “Father, if thou be willing remove this cup from me. Never the less, not my will but thine be done”. If God and Christ were the same being why would he pray to himself? Or better yet, why would he have two seperate wills (not MY will but THINE be done). Thats just one example. Oh and also in the Bible God flat out says that we can become like him…..but I'm guessing that you missed that since you didnt get the whole trinity thing right.
2- We believe God has a physical body but I've never heard anything about his “wife” and I've been a Mormon my entire life. Again, going to the Bible…..You can find countless scriptures where god stretches forth his hand or his finger or it says “Christ was standing on the RIGHT HAND of God” You could actually use that scripture to disprove the trinity also.
3- Again, I've been a Mormon my entire life and I have not one time in church ever been taught that God had sex with Mary to make Jesus. That is not church doctorine and you can quote McConkie or whoever but that doesnt mean its church doctorine. I personally dont believe that…..all it says in the Bible is that the spirit fell upon Mary or something like that.
PLEASE for the love of all thats Holy, stop just believing what other people say about my church and go to a service or read one of our lesson manuals or something…..stop being an parot and repeating what you hear or read!!!! IT would make my life alot easier


DCherney
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 12:09 am

This should serve as a warning to ALL Americans. The right-wing wackos are organizing and this is what you get when they do. After barely 1.5 years of trying to right the devastation incurred by 8 years of republican governance, the idiots are trying to regain their foothold and complete the job that they put Bush and his band of warmongers in office to do. This is scary stuff. I have had enough of my retirement savings shipped overseas to support a worthless war started by a republican moron. I will vote against every republican that runs for office until the day I die.


Johnnyboy
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 12:10 am

Is this some kind of really fat white person's movement? All the film and still photography of the Beck rally audience is all white fat people all the time. Not just “fat” but obese,and not simply white but Germanic, Anglo, blond pasty white. If these people take “take back the country” and the rest of us live like them we'll all be dead of heart ailments in a decade. The plumbing cost will be tremendous. What do these people eat? What else do they do with themselves? Sheeesh….


Drlyman99
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 1:41 am

“Get back our country” is a code for racism, parochialism, fear and hatred. Change is seen as scary and necessarily avoidable. Unfortunately, it is also a recipe for extinction. The conservatives would rather we survive on the gold standard, limit voting to males, and promote religious dogma over reason. God bless the world.


Leftguysaregay
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 2:19 am

Don't forget to wear your tin foil hat or the evil Republicans will steal your mind and eat your baby.


Leftguysaregay
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 2:26 am

So exactly how much pot do you have to smoke to arrive on your planet?

Not exactly sure where you getting your info but it is not from any Mormon doctrine I am aware of.

Oh wait yea its like the Illuminati and the Masons we don't really know whats going on right?

Don't forget the practice of kitten punching as a means of sin absolution.

Are you really this much of an moron?


valricoslash
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 3:01 am

Johnnyboy you are obviously a moron who cna't put together a coherent thought without callingpeople names. Using your terms, I'll bet you are one big loud-mouthed racist.


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Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 3:40 am

sez the person with the ridiculous screenname…..


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DanielSC
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 11:25 am

This weekend's events meant so much more than Good -v- Bad guys to a lot of us that made the trip. You folks whom with all that courage of grayed avatars that seem to take issue with the gathering for whatever reason should be ashamed of your spew.

Some, if not most, of us came for reasons above today's political parties:
http://www.beachbanter.com/dscblog/2010/08/coch…

God Bless America!

Thank you to our service men/women that have given us all the right to continue this “experiment” we call the United States of America.


Doc3
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

The first item of business is to start cutting the size and cost of government. We can no longer afford the Federal Government. Here is a good road map on where to start the lay-offs:

http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/

Cut the White House budget and lay-off the 50 or so Czar's and 30 or so Czarettes.

Repeal or cut-off all funding for Obamacare.

Repeal alleged financial reform.

Welfare reform. We need to get back to the hand up and not hand out mentality.

Ban government unions.

Basically repair the damage that has been done to the Nation in the last 18 months. Cut the debt, cut the spending. Cut government and cut government spending.

Before you start, I did not vote for Bush. The only one dumber than Bush is Obama. Any incumbent that was in office when they repealed the Glass-Stegall Act in 1999 should be run out of office.

Bring up the Progressive Caucus and run everyone of them out of office or into a jail cell.

That is a short summary.


john649
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

I always knew that George Will was a closet religious, right-wing whacko, now he's proven it!!! He even looks like the devil in a suit.
Creepy!!!!!!


john649
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

well all the pictures are nothing but a group of old white males with a few women scattered here and there trying to convince everyone there is a white god. Your in the minority now. The fear is setting in and your following the racism like a blind baby sheep.
Wake up before its too late.


Bademus
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

Yeah, looks like all that junk food makes them not just fat, but crazy too :).


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Ramahg
Comment posted September 9, 2010 @ 5:09 am

SJM… There are none so blind as those who will not see! Bless you my son, you are truly warped and misguided.


Ramahg
Comment posted September 9, 2010 @ 5:23 am

Drlymann99… You, I dare say, are not qualified to speak for Conservatives as to what we “would rather”. I feel strongly that I am an original conservative which means “the Constitution says it, I believe it and that's that!” We are very serious when we say “One Nation, Under God, with Liberty and Justice for All!” Nothing you say will change the truth of the matter.


Lfergus
Comment posted September 9, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

How ugly many of these comments are. So full of hate and resentment. We, here in the USA, have so much to be thankful for, yet we are blind to them, greedy for more and never satisfied. Stop for a minute. Look around you. Do you have shelter, have you eaten today, can you walk and talk and hear the music of life; the laughter of children, the sound of the wind, a cat purring? Look for the good and be grateful for the small things. Get rid of that anger that is eating you alive. Live.


Frieda
Comment posted September 11, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

You are as ignorant as all the masses who swing from one extreme to the other without finding out the facts. Four of the eight years that Bush was president, the congress was all Democrat. All the spending overseas is done mostly by Democrats who want to be loved by our enemies, i.e., building mosques in Islamic countries, increasing social spending such as Wellfare and Medicaid for illegals and other pet projects that have nothing to do with strengthening the USA. If you vote strictly on party lines, you will always be a loser.


Brooks
Comment posted September 16, 2010 @ 7:23 am

alot of hateful dribble here . Its sad to see that most who disagree with Beck attempt to demean him and other like minded conservatives . All any of us want is to have you out off our wallets and the government out of our business , but you just can't leave well enough alone . Keep poking…..just keep poking , something got to give eventually….


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