At least a quarter of a million people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC yesterday, heeding a call for sanity in response to the current nasty political climate issued by comedian and fake news reporter Jon Stewart.
After almost three hours of skits, music and video montages centering on the rally’s two competing ideas of “restoring sanity” and “keeping fear alive”, Stewart had the last word with a 12 minute speech exploring the notion that most Americans are reasonable, despite what we see on political campaigns and cable news shows.
Individuals responsible for two of the most famous personal melt-downs in America this year appeared via taped message in support of Stewart’s call for reasonableness, each offering a mea culpa for their bad behavior, including the Jet Blue flight attendant who cursed out a passenger by loud speaker before fleeing down an escape slide. Also appearing was the woman who flipped over a restaurant table on Real Housewives of New Jersey.
At the end of a beautiful sunny day, the crowd likely agreed with Jon, who said he “felt good”.
Washington Metro shattered a 19-year record for subway ridership Saturday, with 825,437 Metrorail trips recorded. A typical Saturday averages 350,000 fares. (On the date of Glenn Beck’s rally in August, Metro logged 510,020 trips.
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