Thursday, November 4, 2010

Washington, DC - Part 2 of 4 (Rally to Restore Sanity)

The main purpose of our trip to DC was to attend the "Rally to Restore Sanity."

The Husband designed this shirt. It says, "Oklahoma - Restoring Sanity" and displays the image of one of Oklahoma's favorite sons: Will Rogers. Who was a Democrat, a comic and a social commentator. Can you say Jon Stewart?
He also designed this hat. It says, "I'm a Patriot Who Supports President Obama."
One for me too!
Here are a few of the people we walked with to the rally.
There were free hugs.
There were Canadian anchor babies, who brought their grizzlies.
There were funny signs.
"Relax, it says McDonalds!"
There were people who were experienced at rallying on the National Mall and showed us how to save our spots.
There were ladies from Alabama who were as happy to be amongst "their own" as we from Oklahoma. They told us they had a small, formal inauguration party on the night of Obama's inauguration. How fun!
This was our view. We were lucky to be able to see the screen and hear the audio. We arrived at this spot 1.5 hours before the start of the rally. Fifteen minutes later and we would not have been able to see or hear anything.
We enjoyed all the rally entertainment: Father Guido Sarducci, Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Ozzy Osbourne, The O'Jays and everyone else.

We laughed when Jon and Steven sang. We laughed when Jon and Steven disagreed. We laughed when Jon and Steven agreed. And we listened closely to Jon's speech.

We met some lovely people at the rally. They were all surprised to hear we came from Oklahoma. We told them our purpose was to prove, contrary to what you see in the national news, that there are Democrats in Oklahoma. People who feel, as they do, about the state of our nation.

We were asked "What is it like to be a Democrat in Oklahoma?" Our response was, when we tell people we are Dems, typically their response is "We'll put you on the prayer list at church."

And, you know what? We don't need to be put on a prayer list. We just need to be able to have a civil conversation about our beliefs with each other. An attempt to find common ground, from where we can move forward together to fix the things that need to be fixed. The economy, perhaps? Or maybe healthcare?

So here's hoping that a civil discourse can begin now that the mid-term elections are over. If not, we may have to rally for sanity again. We'll be there. Will you?

Edited to add:
I forgot to tell you that we had dinner at Vidalia after the rally. This is an excellent and elegant restaurant. We would dine there again, if the opportunity ever presents itself!

We did laugh, however, after seeing they listed deviled eggs on their bar menu as an appetizer. Three for $5.50! Perhaps I should just whip up a plate of my special deviled eggs and stand outside their front door?


  1. Oh Cindy, I knew I liked you for a reason. Oklahoma Democrats unite!


  2. I was just catching up on your blog - super jealous that you and Steve were there! I love D.C. - absolutely one of my favorite cities to visit. Hope you guys had a wonderful vacation. Tell Steve I said hello...