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Scenes from the DC Tea Party: Round One

The Washington, D.C. tea party is underway! Several hundred intrepid protesters turned out in the rain to voice their opposition to taxes, bailouts, the Obama

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 15, 2009

The Washington, D.C. tea party is underway! Several hundred intrepid protesters turned out in the rain to voice their opposition to taxes, bailouts, the Obama administration, the Federal Reserve and a slew of other political issues. TWI’s Dave Weigel will have full coverage of the event later this afternoon, but for now, enjoy a few photos I took of the tea party, after the jump:

An initially thin crowd in Lafayette Park slowly filled out as people ventured out in the rain.

An initially thin crowd in Lafayette Square slowly filled out as people ventured out in the rain.


A volunteer men’s quartet with some, uh, minor tuning issues kicked things off with renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”


This gentleman came all the way from Oregon to demonstrate his frustration with the Fed in front of the White House.


The event was rife with the obligatory communist references, including this shirt purchased from


And some Mussolini references too. At least this guy got his first name right.


An event for the whole family.


For everything else, there’s MasterCard.


The opening speaker emphatically declared that the demonstrators were NOT right-wing extremists. This guy begged to differ.


Ah, there’s the tea we’ve been hearing about.


This young man was the only demonstrator I saw calling for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to be hanged.


Meanwhile, a very different kind of protest was going on across the street.

Follow TWI’s Tea Party coverage all day today on Twitter.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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