Open thread: The Restoring Honor rally

posted at 10:29 am on August 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This is already underway, but for those of you who cannot attend the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” rally, you can watch it here, live through Ustream TV. I’ll be preparing for my own show this afternoon, but in the meantime, enjoy and feel free to comment. Will this truly be apolitical, as Glenn Beck insists, or will it turn into a political demonstration? Or, rather, will Beck’s political opponents turn it into a political rally themselves? All those questions are being answered right now. And don’t forget to donate to the Special Operations Warriors Fund, the charity that Beck and the rally support today.


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I’m watching right now.

Metanis on August 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Man, Ed, that was fast! Thanks.

Scott P on August 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Can’t stand Beck…but what he’s doing is good.

LtE126 on August 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I’m watching too. I’ve already cried once- very moving.

Monica on August 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Dozens attend Beck hate rally-msm

artist on August 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Shame on those who have belittled this great gathering.

NoNails on August 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Here we go…..

BallisticBob on August 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Dudette! Sarah Palin!

bitsy on August 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

And don’t forget to donate to the Special Operations Warriors Fund, the charity that Beck and the rally support today.

Sorry to make this political, but I don’t see Dems or douches like Ed Schultz supporting an outfit like SOWF.

Palin just introduced.

Any mention of crowd size? C-SPAN just has close ups.

BuckeyeSam on August 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The crowd just exploded. Sarahcuda just took the lectern.

NoNails on August 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

watching on C-SPAN and following on Twitter.

kringeesmom on August 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Why does Palin use “our” and “we” so much? She should take a lesson from Obama and start using “I” more if she wants to be taken seriously.

myrenovations on August 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

What do the overhead sky cams look like as for as crowd estimates? Higher – lower – expected? Looks like a beautiful day and Palin looks great in white.

Marcus on August 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

They shoulda called this the “exploding lefty heads rally”.

bitsy on August 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Beck mentioned that the area around the pool holds 200 – 250K, and behind it to the road is that much again. Both areas are full, and it’s filling up behind the road, so I assume the media will say there’s 5 -10 thousand.

Scott P on August 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

That crowd is gigantic.

hawkdriver on August 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Here is my thoughts on the ground Zero Mosque

Im really am begining to wonder if the left has played the race card too much. Is the tide turning ?

William Amos on August 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Dozens attend Beck hate rally-msm
artist on August 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

LOL. +100

joejm65 on August 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM

New York Times headline tomorrow:

Dozens attend spiteful, hateful, racist, fear-mongoring rally that hates hopeandchange.

The crowd looks to be large, over 100,000 by far.

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

What a crowd! The coverage on U stream really is superior to C-Span. It looks like Beck has great security there. Good.

kingsjester on August 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Thanks, Ed.

I saw that C-SPAN has two links to the event.

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Im really am begining to wonder if the left has played the race card too much. Is the tide turning ?

William Amos on August 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Oh, without a doubt.

AnninCA on August 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Beck says he’s got official counters, to protect the true count… he’s already said that it appears this is the LARGEST crowd, EVER .. I trust him/them on that.
At least a million.. surely.

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Beck said that each quad holds 250K people, and three are filled, with the fourth now filling towards the Washington Monument. That was already broadcast. No telling how many now. More than the DC Tea Party Protest?

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM

This is just a nice event and Sharpton and his minions are going to look like sour grapes. I have also cried. It is just nice, just plain nice.

djl130 on August 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Glad to see nothing but faces, hats and flags as instructed ahead. Going to be much easier to expose the Obama as a baby-eater signs Axelrod worked so hard on.

Marcus on August 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM

91K on FB feed, atm.
Understand CNN’s running the feed, but ridiculing all the way.

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Beck mentioned that the area around the pool holds 200 – 250K, and behind it to the road is that much again. Both areas are full, and it’s filling up behind the road, so I assume the media will say there’s 5 -10 thousand.

Scott P on August 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Got to agree Scott…In DemCount this is a turnout of perhaps 10-20,000 and in RealNumbers bewteen 100,000 and 250,000…a very god crowd.

JIMV on August 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Geez, I’ve got something in my eye.

hawkdriver on August 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

It was grand of MLK’s niece to announce her support and attendance. God Bless The Dream: color blind CHARACTER!

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

You can text SOWF to 85944 if you want to donate $10 to Special Operations Warrior Fund (SOWF).

VibrioCocci on August 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

CSPAN is running it live without comment

JIMV on August 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Thanks, Ed! There’s at least half a million there!

Weight of Glory on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

With The Almighty by Our side, America will survive through and because of events like this.

5u93rm4n on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

hawkdriver on August 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Me too, bro. This is great!!! God bless America.

kingsjester on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Hope not. That would shut it down. He took out a permit for a max of 300,000.

AnninCA on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

The White House speech writers might want to take a second look at the president’s prime timer for this week… it’s going to pale in comparrison to this.

myrenovations on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Palin’s speech is great. hitting on all cylinders. Maybe Obama should be watching to take pointers on how to not put down america but lift up america’s spirit.

BTw can anyone else name a GOP national figure that could pull this speech off without seeming fake?

unseen on August 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I hope some Sharptonites are feeling a bit ashamed of themselves about now.

Bugler on August 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Planes flying by while Sarah said, “Once a Marine alway a Marine”. Nice touch, thanks God.

Tommy_G on August 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Hope not. That would shut it down. He took out a permit for a max of 300,000.

AnninCA on August 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

It would be interesting to watch them try, I s’pose!

Scott P on August 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

My heart overflows. This is hope and change, people.

hoosiermama on August 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

alomst 93k watching upstream. close to 400,000-500,000 at event. not bad for a sat morning

unseen on August 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Nice response when Palin mentioned McCain, all of 4 people clapped

I cried.

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I was afraid no one would show up; I’m sitting here sobbing like a child with a broken heart.

Skandia Recluse on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Of our Marines, “Never say can’t” should be the education motto of every student “learning” knowledge.

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

How big have the media estimated the “I have a dream” crowds from 1963? It’s going to be difficult for them to avoid the crowd comparisons with that event. I know they’ll try. Beautiful day, beautiful speaker, beautiful event!

PatMac on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Most excellent for Sarah to be introducing our heroes !
Shut it down?? I call BS on that one !!

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Was that Debra Medina on camera close up from the crowd?

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Has the OTHER rally started yet ?
Hmmm…

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I love optimism!

Monica on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

How’s Sarah doing it? I don’t see any teleprompters!

PatMac on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Shut it down?? I call BS on that one !!

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

What do you expect from ….

darwin-t on August 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Shut it down?

Bring it on!

VibrioCocci on August 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I hope some Sharptonites are feeling a bit ashamed of themselves about now.

Bugler on August 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Don’t hold your breath on Sharpton’s crew feeling ashamed..:)

Dire Straits on August 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Anybody seen katy yet? Yesterday she said to look for the white tee shirt.

petefrt on August 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

This really is the dream Dr. King was talking about, not the race baiters of today who preach their hate toward conservatives.

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Nice response when Palin mentioned McCain, all of 4 people clapped

I cried.

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Not much love for the old RINO in this crowd.

JIMV on August 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Will this truly be apolitical, as Glenn Beck insists, or will it turn into a political demonstration?

Neither, I think Beck is turning into a cultist. He fancies himself as a divinely inspired prophet of biblical magnitude.

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Connected just in time to see Sarah Palin’s address. I can’t wait for her “Morning in America” speech.

Kafir on August 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

The NY Times already has the negative (pre)reviews and the racist angle covered:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/28/opinion/28blow.html?hp

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/28/opinion/28herbert.html?hp

albill on August 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

CUDA!

SurferDoc on August 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

PatMac on August 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I remember watching all of MLK’s DREAM gathering in DC. The crowds filled EVERY quadrant of space. It was truly awesome. That event seemed to go on for days, all covered on television.

It would be gratifying to find that Americans today care every bit as much about the AMERICAN DREAM as MLK inspired to gather for Liberty in 1963.

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Unprecedented! :)

I was afraid no one would show up; I’m sitting here sobbing like a child with a broken heart.

Skandia Recluse

I was concerned about the crowd number, too. However, plainly the American people are engaged and energized. As I once explained to Italy’s Tea Party Coordinator:

A TEA PARTY IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR WHAT IT NEEDS TO ACCOMPLISH.

Mutnodjmet on August 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Charles Blow can kiss my a$$.

BallisticBob on August 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

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juliesa on August 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Hey! About 15 comments just disappeared! What gives?

Weight of Glory on August 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Has the OTHER rally started yet ?
Hmmm…

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

MSNBC had a reporter live on the scene this morning. They had Marvin Gaye songs blaring over loudspeakers, but I didn’t see any crowd shots (they may have shown some, I didn’t catch the entire segment). The reporter said they were expecting 2,000 to 3,000 people there — which was “somewhat less” than the crowd expected at “the other event today.”

AZCoyote on August 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Noticed the silence from the crowd at the mention of John McCain.

OldEnglish on August 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Pretty effective rally so far. It’s not political, not too over-the-top in terms of religious content, and some genuinely touching moments. And an amazing turnout as well. I do hope Beck is getting his own official headcount because you know the drive-bys will never acknowledge the crowd was over 100,000.

And kudos to the Cuda for not letting it turn into her own personal campaign stop. She handled her remarks with dignity and class.

Doughboy on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Hey! About 15 comments just disappeared! What gives?

Weight of Glory on August 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It might be: sometimes when I refresh a page enough it reverts to an older copy and doesn’t refresh. The few times that’s happened, (here at HA), I had to close that tab and restart it.

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

101,489 on FB !! Awesomeness.
CHILLS, big time !

pambi on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I looked very hard, but I can’t see Beck’s or Palin’s teleprompter…

Metanis on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Is Beck wearing a bullet proof vest? Sad but wise.

Monica on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The MSM will have to come up with some very special lies to dismiss this one…

SurferDoc on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Neither, I think Beck is turning into a cultist. He fancies himself as a divinely inspired prophet of biblical magnitude.

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Normally I’d engage but today is not normal and this isn’t the forum.

darwin-t on August 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Thanks. You’re right, they’re all back now.

Weight of Glory on August 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

If you listened honestly, you might hear the challenge to identify with faith, hope and charity yourself.

If you’re threatened by that idea as your own, work on your own deficiencies before attacking the message.

I’m glad for a rally for positive energy to strengthen the conservancy of the American Constitution by strengthening your own resolve, your own belief, your own “faith” in what is right, to preserve what is good.

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I couldn’t get through the first 3 minutes. Calling Washington a failed general, saying Lincoln sits on a throne. Pretentious pablum, nothing more, nothing less.

Blarg the Destroyer on August 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

How’s Sarah doing it? I don’t see any teleprompters!

PatMac on August 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

this is why she has been giving speeches without teleprompters for the last year. practice. ecxperience. when she gets up to accept the nomination at the RNC without a telepromter in sight watch out. she like a natural warrior has taken her opponents weakness and made it into her strength.

unseen on August 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

The twit anchor on CNN is trying to recover after her head exploded.

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Just heard on the LIVE STREAM at the rally:

Hey, everybody – this thing starts in about 5 minutes. We’re not taking ‘colored people time’ here! Five minutes!”

Yep, that was from the CNN Live coverage of the Al Sharpton rally.

Marcus on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

The husband-former Marine-has it up on CSPAN.
While I’m not one to get emotional about things(because of the autism) nor do I impress much I’m delighted that the crowd is huge and that all you can see is an ocean of flags and red/white/blue.
Here in Chicago I’ve got on a patriotic tee, camouflage bandanna, and yes-an Illinois Tea party pin, in solidarity with my sister patriots in DC.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Neither, I think Beck is turning into a cultist. He fancies himself as a divinely inspired prophet of biblical magnitude.

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Unlike Obowma’s “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” or “this is the time when the oceans began to receed, and the planet began to heal…”?

Obowma clearly has a high opinion of himself.

Beck knows our country was founded on Christian principles and strengthened by our faith in God and we have been blessed by God throughout our countries history. When we look to the Lord, our country is rewarded as no country on Earth. He is striving to get us back to faith in our Lord, unlike our current president.

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

hahahahaha

tight shots on Sharpton race rally (since nobody is there)

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Thanks. You’re right, they’re all back now.

Weight of Glory on August 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Wait, you must have figured it out on your own or else you wouldn’t have seen my comment. :)

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

which was “somewhat less” than the crowd expected at “the other event today.”

AZCoyote on August 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Is that what they said?

There are more people watching it live on Facebook (101,489 – so far)

VibrioCocci on August 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I can’t even imagine how many lefty heads are exploding as they watch the Restoring Honor Rally (I’m sure the name of the rally alone is enough to make them cringe). Talking about things like faith, hope and charity, honoring God, celebrating the members of our military. These are the things that make every leftist freak out. Have fun watching the rally, liberals. Conservatives are FINALLY fighting back!

Lizzy on August 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Why does Palin use “our” and “we” so much? She should take a lesson from Obama and start using “I” more if she wants to be taken seriously.

myrenovations on August 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Because there is no ‘I’ in team. We’re in this together.

reddevil on August 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Normally I’d engage but today is not normal and this isn’t the forum.

darwin-t on August 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Well said.

Monica on August 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

A theme of faith without shame at a large American rally.

That’s significant…

anuts on August 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

“Conservative rally on national mall” on CNN tag line

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

this event will once and for all demonstrate the true colors of the MSM and the left.

Karl Rove must be behind it. Magnificent bastard!

rosewaning on August 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Over 100,000 ON USTREAM… at least 600,000 at the event. The press? ::crickets::

cannonball on August 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Rev. C.L. Jackson follows a Native American speaking of Warriors for God.

maverick muse on August 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

9-11 mosque – coincidence of 9-11

Beck rally – he hates MLK

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

CNN panning the “pretty large size” crowd

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Preach it, Pastor!

kingsjester on August 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The Rev. C.L. Jackson, a black who attended the MLK event, 47 years ago is presented with a Faith medal at a racist rally.

Sorry, liberals.

BuckeyeSam on August 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Albert Pujols is supposed to be at Beck’s rally

faraway on August 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

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