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Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally Attendance: How Many People Attended?

September 1, 2010 by · 14 Comments 

Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally Attendance: How Many People Attended? – Glenn Beck, an American conservative radio and television host and political commentator recently held a rally in Washington D.C. Dubbed as the “Restoring Honor”, the rally was a values and patriotism event aimed to restore honor in America and to raise funds for the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation in honor of war veterans.

A lot of people have criticized Glenn Beck for holding the said rally at the Lincoln Memorial, the site where the icon of the American African civil rights movement Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” on its 47th anniversary. Several speakers spoke at the Restoring Honor rally which included Sarah Palin, Alveda King, as well as Glenn Beck himself.

In his opening remarks, Glenn Beck decreed that “Something beyond imagination is happening. America today begins to turn back to God”. Sarah Palin said “We must restore America and restore her honor”. Her speech saying “Look around you. You’re not alone. You are Americans! You have the same steel spine and moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them” received loud claps and standing ovation from the attendees. Meanwhile, Alveda King exclaimed to “focus not on elections or on political causes but on honor, on character … not the color of our skin.”

The rally was covered by several radio and TV stations and it was clearly seen from TV sets that it gathered a large number of crowd to the point that a lot of people are now asking how many people attended Glenn Beck’s restoring honor rally? What is Glenn Beck’s restoring honor rally attendance? Various media covering the rally have given their estimate of the number of attendees.

CBS claimed the lowest number of attendees by commissioning a company named Airphotoslive.com to get an aerial picture of the crowd. In the end, they concluded that the civil rights rally gathered only 87,000 with a margin of error of plus and minus 9,000 putting Glen Beck’s rally attendance to between 78,000 and 96,000 people. Meanwhile, other media companies estimated to be from 300,000 to 500,000 rally attendees. NBC News and MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough estimated 500,000 people while The New York Post reported “an overflow crowd of 300,000 people”.

Did you attend the Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally? How many people do you think attended it?

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14 Responses to “Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally Attendance: How Many People Attended?”
  1. Sherri Quigley says:

    I have a video of a conversation with our taxi driver after the event who has been driving taxi in DC for 20 years. He says that it was the busiest day he had EVER seen. He then said it was comparable to the crowd that came for President Obama’s Inauguration.

    • Sherryl says:

      Just look at the pictures. They tell it all. It was a big crowd!

    • Shai says:

      87,000 is a big crowd.

      judging by the picture I’d say 500K people is way to high.

      It honestly looks more akin to CBS’s ratings, but it’s only one picture, I wouldn’t doubt there’s more, there’s a lot of gullible people in the US afterall ;D

    • marina says:

      I attended. Caught the Metro at shady Grove at around 9 am and saw the whole event. I would say the 100,000 estimate is pretty close. Subway was every bit as crowded as a regular rush hour though the parking lots weren’t as crowded.

      If anyone has attended the annual Marine Corps marathon, it was similar to that.

  2. T says:

    I was there waste of time not more than 60,000 people

  3. Lysander says:

    LOL! Ok “T”, whatever you say… but you probably got there at 7:am and left at 7:30 to see
    only 60,000. But then, you wern’t really there at all, were you? Just a suggestion: If you’re
    going to lie, try not to exaggerate, as it makes you look really foolish, with zero credibility,
    (much like CBS) ROTFL!

    • David B. Rees says:

      Lysander,
      You have a point!

      Anyone who has to start with “I was there” – wasn’t there. Anyone who has ever been to a college football game in the south knows what 75,000 – 100,000 looks like – and you are right about it being a 7am – 7:30am estimate. Great crowd who knows there were a lot of people there. Those that were there simply laugh at the estimates of “87,000″ (60,000 – good 7:00am guess. It’s pretty easy to have a good estimate since they had already published the grid analysis showing the number of people each area would hold with a normal crowd. The part they did not expect was across the steet heading up to the Washington Monument which was a very nice surprise.

      When you fill the area inside the trees all around the Reflecting Pool – the field to the left facing Lincoln Memorial – the tree covered area to the right toward the Vietnam Memorial – plus the WWII Memorial – and finally across the street a large part of the grass area from street to the Washington Monument that is a very large number of people.

      As far as ole “T” – it proves the old saying – “it is better to keep one’s mouth shut and let people think you are a fool – than to open it and remove all doubt”. “The Truth Shall Set You Free”

  4. Jerry says:

    I read on a site that the largest crowd at the Mall was the LBJ Inaguration at 1.2 million. Now, let’s do the math, if CBS numbers of 90, 000+- would be less than 10% of that crowd. That being the case, if the Mall is 50% full in the picture, that would mean that if you put 10 times the amount pictured, they would stacked on top of each other 3 high. So, either they couldn’t count then or, they can’t count now!

  5. Dave From NC says:

    I was at the rally. From The Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, it is a distance of 8/10ths of a mile. Also, under the trees on both sides, the crowd was just as dense as in the open areas that can be seen from the aerial shots. I did some archival digging on the internet and found several pictures of the MLK gathering on Aug. 28, 1963. The Police Chief of Wash DC (in 1963) estimated THAT crowd at ‘over 200,000′ and that number was used by all newspapers reporting on the event. THAT crowd was less than 1/2 the size of the number of attendees at the RESTORING HONOR rally last Saturday. This “less than 1/2″ does not include anyone between the WWII monument and the Washington Memorial. It also does not include anyone in the open area between the trees on the left side of the aerial photo from the RESTORING HONOR rally, as that area had buildings on it in 1963. The crowd in 1963 was around the steps area, and went back about 1/2 way in the area around the reflecting pool. If the numbers from the MLK rally are taken as ‘gospel’, then there was at least 500,000 at the Beck Rally. One small side note: The USA Today newspaper, dated 8/30/2010, on the editorial page on an editorial entitled KING WANNABEES, The author/editorial staff member said that “by the most conservative estimates, over a million people marched that day.” (this was said in reference to the march in 1963). Again, done in an attempt to diminish what happened last Saturday. There was no hate speech, no bitter gun clingers, and the place was spotless after the rally was over. The Main Stream Media just doesn’t get it, so they attack the messenger, not the message.

  6. pete romano says:

    Well, I was there with my wife. there were more than 1,000 buses not to mention the hotels being booked solid. The line getting the metro was over a mile long. The crowd at the mall was almost a mile square jammed with people. I tried to walk from the WWI memorial to the front of the lincoln memorial. You could not do it. The crowd was pack like sardines…all the way over the hill on both sides..to the pond on the other side of the park. That crowd was somewhere in the 500,000 to 800,000 range.

  7. Child of God says:

    I came upon a child of god his name was Glenn Beck
    He was walking along the road
    And I asked him, where are you going
    And this he told me
    Im going on down to the Lincoln Memorial
    Im going to join in restoring America
    Im going to honor our land
    Im going to try an get my soul free
    We are teaparty
    We are golden
    And weve got to get ourselves
    Back to the founders

    Then can I walk beside you Glenn
    I have come here to lose the marxist lies
    And I feel to be a cog in something turning
    Well maybe it is just the time of year
    Or maybe its the time of man
    I dont know who America is anymore
    But you know life is for learning
    We are teaparty
    We are golden
    And weve got to get ourselves
    Back to the founders

    By the time we got to the Lincoln Memorial
    We were half a million strong
    And everywhere there was song and celebration
    And I dreamed I saw the bombers (geese)
    Riding shotgun in the sky
    And they were turning into butterflies
    Above our nation
    We are teaparty
    230 year old patriots
    We are golden
    Obama is caught in the devils bargain
    And weve got to get ourselves
    Back to the founders

  8. T. Bagger says:

    Oh, it had to be bigger than 10 Woodstocks. At least five million. Also much, much bigger than those Hindu savages have on the Ganges. It was WONDERFUL.

  9. T. Bagger says:

    Mild criticism and completely mindless adulation are OK, but a bit of sarcasm about this bullshit is not, eh?
    So now we know, another repug website.

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