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Tea partiers hit CapitolTags:Michele Bachmann, Nancy Pelosi, Tea Party, Capitol Police, Steve King, James Clyburn, Laura Ingraham Back to top  Listen Print Comment Email Recommend  Subscribe By JONATHAN ALLEN & MEREDITH SHINER | 11/5/09 11:14 AM EST
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 The gathering at the Capitol was organized by local Tea Party groups around the country. | Photo by Jonathan Allen




Thousands of Tea Party activists descended on Washington Thursday to protest the trillion dollar health care bill and government spending, holding signs protesting Barack Obama’s agenda while aiming chants of “you work for us” at the Capitol building. .


The gathering was organized by local Tea Party groups around the country, who are arriving in Washington this morning by the busload. Conservative leaders in Congress, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), have taken to the airwaves to encourage the activists to show up on the Capitol steps and demand meetings with members of Congress. The crowd grew to about 10,000 by noon. Bachmann has promised to lead some protesters to a press conference inside the Capitol to express their opposition to the health care bill in person to members of Congress.


House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to be a surprise guest speaker this afternoon. Celebrity conservatives Jon Voight and John Ratzenberger have also joined the protesters.


They arrived as early as 8:30 a.m., by bus, car and plane — from Bluffton, S.C., Des Moines and Dorris, Calif. — to rally with conservative lawmakers and possibly roam the halls of Congress. Dozens of Republican lawmakers gathered shortly after noon to offer a prayer, say the Pledge of Allegiance and rally the crowd.


"Can you hear us now!" the protesters chanted from the foot of the Capitol, as they awaited the arrival of their heroine — Bachmann. The crowd also chanted “we want Michele!”


"She's very brave," said Nancy Holmberg of Dorris.


"Palin/Bachmann 2012," came a shout from the crowd. The crowd is also chanting Speaker Nancy Pelosi's name and demanding that she come address them on the steps of the Capitol.


Another hero of the movement, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), has been autographing tea bags for the crowd and is wearing a jacket covered in pins and stickers reading “Yes! Freedom!”


Speaking on conservative talker Laura Ingraham’s radio show this morning, Bachmann encouraged people listening to show up on the West Front steps, but she said they should show up with “cameras” instead of “pitchforks.”


In an unrelated incident, nine activists were arrested in the Hart building, and they are being processed at police headquarters, but Roll Call is reporting that these were protesters from the opposite end of the political spectrum – Code Pink. All the buildings in the Capitol complex remain open for now.


The protesters, who are occupying the patch of grass only a few yards from where Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, have also chanted “you work for us!” Many are holding signs that echo their distrust of Obama and their belief that he is pursuing socialist policies.


One sign read: "Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds," a reference to theories of Jewish world dominance centered around the prominent Jewish family of Rothschilds.


Last night, Bachmann reasserted a claim that Pelosi was considering tightening security in preparation for the activists, which she warned "would be a huge mistake." There has been an increased police presence around the Capitol Thursday morning, and a Capitol Police officer told POLITICO that protesters are allowed to march on the West front lawn of the Capitol, but are not allowed onto the steps of the building.


Mary Beth Bishop of Monument, Colo., spent $500 on a plane ticket to lodge her complaints about the growth of government.


"We need to show up and uphold the Constitution," she said. "It wasn't written on toilet paper."


Police patrolled the gates and stone walls keeping the crowd in but there was little sign of trouble.


Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) shook hands at a wall line like a presidential contender.


"This is too great," he said.


Daniel Libit and Martin Kady II contributed to this story.


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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 11:32:50 am »

Corporatist a@@holes.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009, 09:18:28 pm »

Yeah trading one NWO party for another doesn't seem like a great idea.

Some of these TEA baggers need to wake up.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 11:24:07 am »

Here are your tea-baggers:

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Bunch of old white bigots.

Who all watch FOX News.
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