“I was inspired by the energy, commitment, young people, and someone who could really sing the Star Spangled Banner! In contrast to the Anti-War rallies I”ve been on where I wished for more diversity in age and race, I would like to have seen more pale faces represented here. There is still some distance to go to bring us all together, I think, and we’d better get there before November. We could all use a shot of the great spirit that was present at this rally.”- Anne Wandres, New Paltz Women in Black
“There were many notable speakers at the podium, but the real inspiration was on the ground. A thrilling range of progressive groups marched around the reflecting pool, high-fiving each other’s signs. Two years after Pres. Obama’s inauguration, there was a more sober but still exuberant spirit that the MSM failed to cover but strengthened our resolve.” – Lin Sakai, Hudson Valley for Obama
“Sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I was impressed by the responsible behavior of the culturally and racially mixed masses. With tens of thousands of participants the potential for a disturbance was possible and, with relatively few Park Police, spoke well of the behavior of all involved. Our thanks to the unions who provided the means of attending this tremendous event.” – Art Richter. Citizens for Universal Health Care
“Our hopes now turn to the efforts we must put forth to advance the agenda we all worked so hard to put into play in 2008. Despite the disappointment of many progressives, we cannot sit on our hands and let the reactionaries turn back the clock. Hopefully, the One Nation Working Together Rally energized those in attendance to work to influence our communities, and to get out the vote! Hopefully, we’ll not awaken on the third of November and learn that the clock’s been turned back.” – Dan Hart, Orange for Obama
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