In all my years of living in Washington D.C. I have never seen such a mean spirited campaign against a president such as the the Republican Party sponsored Tea Party Protest at the U.S. Capitol on 9/12/09. There was a sea of people each one carrying a sign trashing the president calling him everything from a communist, a dirty diaper, and a terrorist. These people represent the 49% vote of the last election and promise to vote him out in 2012. Hindsight is 20/20 but no one is sure if the president is doing the right thing by supporting a controversial health care bill as well as a 13 trillion dollar government spending program.
The question what you do if president of the United States? How could these complex problems best be solved? Would you spend money to get the economy going or just let banks, auto companies and other businesses fail? Would it be best to let people suffer without adequate health care even though government healthcare may mean rationing? All of these government programs cost money-13 trillion dollars. The problem is that this 13 trillion dollar deficit does have to be paid off otherwise the United States will face the same problem that many auto owners face with the repo tow truck coming to take their car away. In this case the entire United States would be repossessed or towed to the creditor's holding lot. Perhaps some of you have seen the TV show called Operation Repo which follows a group of auto repossession people as they take people's cars away in the California area. Often times fights break out between auto owners and this team.
Feel free to comment on this article even if you are from abroad. Does socialized health care work in your country or is it a bad idea? Is the European socialized system a good idea? Let us hope the president can solve these problems. The Republican party's trashing of Barack Obama may be a result of racism. This is after all the United State's first black president. Wish him good luck-he is going to need it!
I took many of these photos with a compact camera not only focusing on the crowd but individual people as well. Sometimes if lighting was dim I used the flash and put on forced fire.
Photo credits: Alila07, Danny Raustadt, Kevin Zimarik, Richard Hoffkins, Nfsphoto, RedDaxLuma, Richard Gunion, Stephen Vanhorn.