On April 15, 2009 citizens from the region gather at the steps of the Old State Capitol in Tallahassee to protest government spending and rates of taxation. Crowd estimates were between 1,500 and 2,000.
Here's the first image when I (PRS) arrived at the Tea Party. My heart jumped a bit.
I was amazed at all the signs.
Throughout the entire event, one of many groups who brought signs formed a loose coalition and decided to make it their mission to be seen. The "honk for lower taxes" or "honk if you think government spends too much" generated a lot of honks. For more than two hours folks driving buy gave hearty honks for the cause.
From the steps of the Old Capitol looking out; this is nearly a half hour before the Tea Party began.
You think people were excited to get out and show their feelings about the "change"? Folks kept arriving until six o'clock.
Patriots were camped out on the steps. It was a wonderfully casual setting in that people felt comfortable just hanging out.
Morning Show guest Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat was a sideshow all himself going back and forth and doing a modified limbo to snap shots while taking notes. Interesting that as of 11:13 Wednesday night, there was nothing about the event on the Dem website. What a surprise.
Hey, here's a good looking guy. Kidding aside, I had the honor of speaking at the rally and, hopefully, something good and lasting will come of it.
House Majority Leader Rep. Adam Hasner was among those who came by and were stunned by the turnout. All of the elected leaders present hope that each of you will contact your Reps. and Senators on the issues that matter to you. They all commented that the group gathered could make a huge impact.
As you can see, it was a beautiful day for a host of reasons at Florida's Old Capitol.
Even when the event was over, folks milled about, waved signs on the sidewalks, and generally, did not feel inclined to rush home.