Right Wing Extremist Glenn Beck's "Take Back the Civil Rights Movement" Rally is not going as well as he predicted. Beck predicted 200,000 people would attend. The Washington Post is reporting that at 10:00 am ET this morning, when the event was scheduled to start, only a few thousand were there.
The Post reported that at 8 a.m., a few thousand people wearing "Restoring Honor" shirts were streaming down 22nd street from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, running smack into students from George Washington University's move-in day. At the GW Deli, a popular sandwich shop, an employee said that two rally participants threw sandwiches in his face and refused to pay at the register because they didn't want to pay taxes on the food.
(All White) People came to the Beck rally carried lawn chairs and canes, backpacks and lunch sacks. One man planted an American flag on one side of his hat and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag on the other. Messages on the shirts of ralliers included: "I can see November from my house," "Restoring honor starts here," and "RECESSION: When your neighbor loses his job. DEPRESSION: When you lose your job. RECOVERY: When Obama loses his job."
Looking more like the "Glenn Beck Fan Club", many came just to pay homage to their hero of the emboldened "tea party" movement. At 8:50 a.m., as the crowd spotted him near the Lincoln Memorial, people chanted: "We love Glenn! We love Glenn!"
"I watch Glenn Beck," said Kathy Thomas, 70, a dress-maker from Bridgewater, N.J. "I love Glenn Beck. I have a lot of admiration for the man. We feel that he's honest, sincere and really cares about the country and the people who are in it."
Beck said: "This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement."
Looking over the pictures of the event, not one non-white face was seen. There were few signs, but t-shirts blazed their extreme right, anti-obama politics. One of the pictures taken by the Washington Post of the event depicts a man carrying what appears to be a side-arm. Who knows how many others were "carrying."