September 17th, 2010
11:08 AM ET
At the end of August, thousands showed up at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for Glenn Beck’s "Restoring Honor" rally, but with both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert planning their own rallies, who knows how many people will descend upon the District.
Stewart assured his audience last night, after announcing his proposed “Rally to Restore Sanity,” that “the forms have been filled out,” “the checks have been written,” and the whole event will last only “about two to three hours one Saturday in our nation’s capital."
Stewart said he's not aiming for anything wild and/or crazy, but rather provide an event "for some nice people to get together for fun, maybe some special guests and some great conversation...It will be like a chat room, but real!”
Colbert followed Stewart’s lead on his own late-night show, saying that he was hosting a "March to Keep Fear Alive." "Now is not the time to take it down a notch,” Colbert said. “Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom.”
A spokesperson for the National Parks Service told CNN that “the [Jon] Stewart and Stephen Colbert groups and a public relations firm have submitted one application for a permit on the Washington Monument grounds for an October 30th event.”
While that permit is still pending, the spokesperson did say that they’re all working to find a resolution for the proposed rallies. Who's already planning to go?
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