Father Guido Sarducci

October 30, 2010 by USA Post 

Father Guido Sarducci, (AP) – In the shadow of the Capitol and close to the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert kept a huge crowd rallying on Saturday of “common sense”, mocking the diversity of the nation and its policy in a bad mood.

In a shtick, Stewart and his associates interviewed some crowd of spectators to identify themselves by class, elicit responses from participants as “half-Mexican, half-white, ”’one American woman” and “Asian-American in Taiwan. ”

“This is a perfect demographic sampling of the American people,” Stewart cracked. “As you know, if you have too many white people at a rally, your question is racist if you have too many people color, then you need to ask something -. Special rights, like eating in restaurants or piggy back rides. ”

The event was partly intended to be a counterpoint to the “Restoring honor” rally in August by Glenn Beck, Fox News commentator popular among conservatives and supporters of the party tea. Beck’s rally, which had a strong religious connotation, drew some protests from civil rights advocates.

Don Novello, who played Father Guido Sarducci years on “Saturday Night Live,” provided the benediction. He surveyed the crowd on their religious inclinations, and gave thanks to God for allowing everyone to allocate the various causes of it.

Driven by the hosts, Ozzy Osbourne and Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, engaged in a sort of Battle of the Bands, heavy metal rocker and folk interrupt each other.

The crowd – easily tens of thousands strong – were festive, goofy, frustrated by the state of politics, if not the nation, and ready to play nice during a rally called as a counterweight to all the insults and cries Flight times polarized. But there were political overtones, too, pushing against the Conservatives before Tuesday’s election.

Slogans urged people to “relax.” But also “right-handed, do not stomp on my head,” a reference to a Republican rally in Kentucky where a liberal activist was shot down and trampled. And, “I would not, if the President was a Muslim.”

Shannon Escobar, 31, of Bangor, Pa., came with a group of 400 people on board chartered buses to New York. A supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008, she said she is tired of the nasty rhetoric from both sides and disillusioned by the lack of progress in Washington.

“I want to see real change – Obama will not change,” she said. “We need a clean slate and start over with people really work together.”

A regular viewer of Stewart “The Daily Show”, she said she had a dream he ran for political office, but got “corrupt and dirty.”

“I need him to stay pure,” she said, deadpan.

People have also carried signs in favor of United and the farm workers movement to give the District of Columbia a vote in Congress. Many were college students, but the crowd affects all age groups. “seniors pot” people cried half a dozen more.

The rally organizers urged restoring Sanity and / or fear is not political. Yet, the supporters and groups from left to revive hopes that the enthusiasm of voters for Democrats saw in 2008, particularly among young adults.

Stewart is especially popular with Democrats and independents, a survey by the Pew Research Center found. Colbert of The Colbert Report “poses as a hardliner, and Saturday stage was stacked with artists associated with Democratic causes and Obama 2008 campaign.

Although Stewart said the day was reducing the anger and partisan division. “Yelling is boring, cons-productive and terrible for the gorge,” he said on his website.

Comedy Central Park, allowed us to estimate the crowd at 60,000.

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