That ‘Big Crowd’ Photo of the Anti-Obama Crowd? Fake.
Oh what fools we mortals be…
The roar and riot and political rot of those who would ‘Bury Obamacare with Kennedy’ (an actual sign from the ‘protest’) seems to have gotten carried away with their organizers’ attempts to dissemble and deceive. Not only did one of their ilk disrespect the entire nation during our Presidents’ address to a Joint Session of Congress, but the various right-wing organizers of the event widely circulated an alleged photograph of their little ‘uprising.’
According to the political fact-checking site, politifact.com:
“Pete Piringer, public affairs officer for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department, said the local government no longer provides official crowd estimates because they can become politicized. But the day of the rally, Piringer unofficially told one reporter that he thought between 60,000 and 75,000 people had shown up.
“‘It was in no way an official estimate,’ he said.
“We asked Piringer whether there were enough protesters to fill the National Mall, as depicted in the photograph.
“‘It was an impressive crowd,’ he said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, the crowd ‘only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street,’ he said.
“Yet the photograph so widely posted showed the crowd sprawling all the way to the Washington Monument, which is bordered by 15th and and 17th Streets.
“There’s another problem with the photograph: It doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (Looking at the photograph, the building should be in the upper right hand corner of the National Mall, next to the Air and Space Museum.) That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn’t show the ‘tea party’ crowd from the Sept. 12 protest.
“Also worth noting are the cranes in front of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. According to Randall Kremer, the museum’s director of public affairs, ‘The last time cranes were in front was in the 1990s when the IMAX theater was being built.’
“It appears that the photo was actually taken in 1997 at a rally for Promise Keepers, a group for Christian men.”
Don’t you hate nasty facts? They always seem to get in the way of deceitful propaganda.
Well, our President’s no fib-teller. And he needs our support. Go to BarackObama.com and see what you can do to make his vision for change a reality. He needs you; our country needs him; and this moment is too important to our nation’s history for us to allow it to pass without his agenda achieved.
As he said when he arrived, “Let’s get to work!”