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As sun sets, protests wane

By Ed O'Keefe
Just a few hundred people remained on the South lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday evening as the sun began to set, following two days of coordinated chanting, taunting of lawmakers voting for the bill and spirited conversation between people for and against the health-care measure.

"We'll remember in November!" some chanted, while others yelled, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Obamacare has got to go!" One group used their bodies to spell out their protest, forming a human "NO" in front of the member's balcony.

Signs included "Obamanomics: Trickle Up Poverty" and "Why die waiting for a procedure? Kill the bill!"

The mostly anti-reform crowd was joined however by a few supporters, eager to engage the protesters. One man in favor of the bill engaged a woman opposed to it in a heated discussion in sight of reporters, Hill staffers and Capitol Police.

"The bill is corrupt!" the woman said several times, as the man disagreed, waving his finger in her face. Another man approached to defend the woman, and a Capitol Police officer eventually approached to ensure the conversation didn't grow more heated.

Across the street in the Longworth House Office Building, the halls were mostly empty and quiet. Recently emptied pizza boxes sat outside offices of the House Agriculture Committee and one staffer was seen carrying a six pack of Yuengling beer towards the office of Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) crossed the street back to his Longworth office listening to his iPod. Another colleague carried a copy of the 2,300-plus page bill with him into the building.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  March 21, 2010; 9:38 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Capitol Briefing , Health Care  
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The party of NO has imploded. They are disengaging their protest because you can't show your *** so well at night. This is a start. This is a beginning. This is the start and the beginning of something the American people have needed for years and years. Now the Republicans need to start working for this program instead of against it. They lost the election, they lost the vote, and they have only loss on the horizon unless they begin to actually work for the American people who elected them to serve instead of show their ***es. It is time for the games to end and the work to begin. The American people have always pulled together in times of need. This is the time for all American people to pull together to back our President and to work for the good of the American people. America will survive and work together despite all of the Republican efforts to the contrary. America will again become the greatest country on the face of the Earth with or without the Republicans.

Posted by: racam | March 21, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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