Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report respectively, held their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear today in at the National Mall in Washington D.C. today. Stewart stood for Sanity, Colbert stood for fear, but the message of unity seemed to fill the crowd. According to Yahoo, estimates put the crowd at 250,000 people, compared to the 87,000 that attended Glen Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in August.
Special guests included Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters, who conducted a series of experiments on the crowd; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and R2D2, who Stewart brought out to show that not all Muslims and robots should be feared; and Sam Waterston (Law & Order) who read a poem about fear penned by Colbert.
I honestly wish I had been there to see the actual event. Based on the video of Stewart’s speech to the crowd, a lot of what he said really did seem to make a lot of sense. I’m sure a lot of people were expecting a very leftist partisan talk, but hopefully they really listened to what he was saying. For example, Stewart referenced the Tea Party, who many accuse of racism, and humorously reminded the crowd that that is an insult to them, as well as actual racists that put in a lot hard work to hate so much. The real message: Right or left, we are all Americans and need to work together to solve our problems.