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On the morning of Saturday, September 12, President Obama boarded Marine One at the White House en route to Andrews Air Force Base just southeast of the Washington D.C. beltway in Maryland. From there he flew to Minnesota to address a 15,000 attendee rally on health care. By 10:30 AM freedom-loving Americans concerned with the future of their country had begun marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. The throng of people who flooded the streets, metro stops, and Freedom Plaza would have been visible from the window of the President’s aircraft as he traveled to Andrews Air Force Base. In fact, Marine One was recognized by many of the protestors.
Robert Gibbs said on Friday, September 11, concerning the March on Washington, “I don’t know who the group is.” It wasn’t until Sunday when Gibbs was shown a picture from the front page of the Washington Post that he acknowledged that it even took place. However, Mr. Obama witnessed the March on Washington first hand from the air as he left the city to speak to a much smaller crowd.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented, “No matter what the left wing media says about how many people were at the march, the President knows how big it was: he flew right over it. If he really wanted to address citizens concerned about health care legislation and the future of their country he should have landed the helicopter on the Capitol lawn.”
FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey commented, “I honestly believe the President wanted to address Americans concerned with health care, but after seeing the size of the crowd he realized there was no place to land and flew to Minnesota instead.”