Wednesday was a big deal in Washington, D.C. Large crowds canvased the area around the Lincoln Memorial and by the Reflecting Pool as three Democrat presidents — Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — converged for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Various news sources reported that a crowd in excess of 100,000 people was expected on the National Mall Wednesday. Did they meet the expectations? Did Obama, Clinton, and Carter attract as big a crowd as Glenn Beck did for Restoring Honor on Aug. 28, 2010? It wasn’t even close.
- NBC News initially described the crowd in a rather nebulous manner, reporting that “throngs of people” were there. The post was amended to say “tens of thousands.”
- The New York Times coverage only mentioned crowd size once, using the phrase “tens of thousands of Americans.”
- ABC News’ Mike Levine quoted “unofficial” law enforcement estimates saying “over 20,000″ people were on the National Mall just after 2 p.m.
- CBS News actually posted a photo from above the crowd, estimating “tens of thousands” of people.
In 2010 during “Restoring Honor,” AirPhotosLive provided CBS with a crowd estimate of 87,000. The photos below showing the crowd gathered for the Glenn Beck rally offer a complete contrast to the photos above and clearly show the 2010 gathering was incomparably larger than Wednesday’s crowd.
Media reports of the crowd size for “Restoring Honor” greatly differed. Nonetheless, even the most conservative estimate from CBS News seems to have towered over Wednesday’s special event.
- CBS News: 87,000 (plus or minus 9,000)
- ABC News: 100,000
- NBC News: Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Between 120,000 – 200,000
- Washington Post: Between 80,000 – 200,000
- Australia’s Daily Telegraph: 300,000
The pictures show that Glenn Beck’s rally was a clear winner in terms of total attendees.