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.
March 21, 2010; 9:38 PM ET
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