Sunday, August 29, 2010

Political Elites Are Worried: Tides of Change

"Hello, America. I have just gotten word from the media that there is over a thousand people here today," Beck said, with a hint of sarcasm. He later said he had heard the crowd was between 300,000 and 500,000, "and if that's coming from the media, God only knows."
The crowd remained civil and listened attentively through 200 minutes of speeches, prayers, songs and the awarding of medals.
Indeed, President Barack Obama was not referred to by name on stage once during the three-and-a-half hour program.
The focus of the rally was more explicitly religious than political, with many speakers openly professing their Christian faith, including Beck.
At points, it felt like a mixture of old-fashioned tent revival and a special (tamer than normal) episode of Beck’s show.

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