Monday, August 30, 2010

Glenn Beck Rally: I Was There with 99,999+ Others

The media, both mainstream and Internet, are having a field day with the attendance estimates of the Glenn Beck Rally held this past Saturday in Washington.

I'm not going to rehash the debate here.  What I can say about the whole controversy is simple.

I was at the rally on Saturday.  I am also familiar with large crowds from having attended a thousand rock festivals and NASCAR events in my life.  I also know the size of an acre of land from decades in the real estate business.  I'm very good at estimating both land and numbers of people in a crowd.

I can EASILY say there was more than 100,000 people at the rally.  Beyond this, I don't know.  I didn't walk the entire perimeter of the crowd.  But I know that 100,000 is an absolute minimum.  I saw acres of people, densely packed people just from my small vantage point of the field.

Let me also thank Glenn Beck for all his work and energy.  I enjoyed the event immensely.  I see the cynics in so many quarters speculating endlessly about Glenn Beck's motives in promoting this self described spectacle, especially on that given historic day.  To this, I say so what?  I had fun at the rally and so did hundreds of thousands of other people, all of whom heard an essential message that the country needs hearing.  Who cares what Glenn Beck's motives really are?  He deserves applause for making the nation think and for giving me a weekend of fun.