Thousands of DC Protesters Blast Obama Policies

Demonstration stretches for blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2009 12:18 PM CDT
Protesters march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Saturday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Tens of thousands of people marched to the US Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending. The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the Capitol. People were chanting "enough, enough" and "We the People." Others yelled "You lie, you lie!"

Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of "judgment day"—Election Day 2010. The conservative FreedomWorks Foundation is one of the main organizers, hoping to build off the tea party momentum. Lawmakers also supported the rally. Mike Pence, chair of the House Republican Conference, said Americans want health care reform but not a government takeover. "Republicans, Democrats, and independents are stepping up and demanding we put our fiscal house in order," he said.