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10/30/10 - I go to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear!!

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Metro stations are neat
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These banners were all over the place. I like it
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I can tell what rally these guys are going to!
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The signs were consistently awesome
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I knew I should've bought a t-shirt
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Hey, now that's an ad I can get behind
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Looks like I'm heading in the right direction
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The National Mall at last!
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Big building
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"Want a rally towel?" "Hell yeah, I want a rally towel!"
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The crowd is already pretty big and the rally doesn't start for more than three hours!
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Another sign I can get behind
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This is a crappy picture, but it shows the entrance to the "Special Guest" area, where I got to watch the rally
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Even Fox showed up!
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I wish I brought a blanket to sit on..
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The Capitol!
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The rally stage at last!
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This is the view from my "seat" Not bad at all!!
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Sound tests..
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Indeed you can!
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The big screens played various clips to get the audience riled up
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The cranecam they used to get overhead shots of the crowd
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Lots of cameras pointing at the main stage
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Quizzes popped up to keep the crowd entertained
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Hey I know that guy
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Hey, I'm closer than the teleprompter!
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Technicians get the stage ready
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Wow, this crowd is really growing
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The view behind me. I'm glad I showed up early!
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The view in front of me!
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People were packed in tight
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How do I get one of those VIP passes?
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The Captiol with the rally stage
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One of the political slogans from this election season
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Christine O'Donnell might not be a witch, but these ladies were!
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I asked Bill the volunteer to take my picture.
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More signs I can get behind
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Came from Kentucky to what?
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Ack, good call!
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I wish I had thought of this!
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Bill the volunteer!
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The crowd continues to grow!
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Cheer for the camera!
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Camera guy was into it
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It's Sam Waterston! Aka Jack McCoy from Law & Order!
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I thought this guy was Bill Nye for a second
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A tea party witch!
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More funny signs
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By the time I made it there, I couldn't find any trace of the store!
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The Captiol is a great backdrop for this event
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It's almost time!!
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A perfectly reasonable sign
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So many people!
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It just keeps going!
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The view directly behind me
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The countdown has begun!
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The back of the stage was open so you could see the Capitol
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A tuba??
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An overhead view of the crowd immediately in front of the stage
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The Roots warm up the crowd with some pretty awesome music
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Screen and stage
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Bumblebee guy! I kept seeing him all day
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The VIP area is still filling up
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Let's get polite in public!
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The crowd was loving the music
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Another reasonable sign
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Those people had a good view!
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The roots continue their performance, and the volunteers continue guiding people in
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John Legend came out and everyone went insane
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I don't know who he is, but he plays piano pretty well!
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Don't drink the kool-aid!
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Another anti-tea party sign
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Carebear kid!
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John Legend and The Roots wrap up their show starter
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It's the Mythbusters!!
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Adam up on the big screen
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Look at how enormous the crowd is!!
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Doing the wave!
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Adam and Jamie!
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The wave coming back from the far end of the rally
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It was pretty bizarre to actually see them right there
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Adam explains how the next part of the wave experiment is going to work
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The wave in progress
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In the next experiment, the crowd had to make different sounds. Laughing, crying, etc
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Laughing like a mad scientist was pretty funny to hear
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Cheering was easy
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Next, the entire audience jumped at once while geologists watched seismometer readings
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Everyone jump!
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Checking the results
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We were something like 100 trillion times weaker than a small earthquake. Bummer
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Jon Stewart takes the stage!
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It's Jon Stewart in the flesh!
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Up on the big screen
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Troops singing the national anthem
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They didn't even cheat with the teleprompter
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It's Aasif Mandvi!
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He's coming closer!
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Climbing over the barrier?
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He looks kind of grumpy
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Back to normal!
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He preps the two girls in front of me. He's going to interview them!
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Here comes our camera guy!
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Camera guy!
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Aasif Mandvi interviewing the girls in front of me
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Straight from that camera to the big screens all over the mall
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A poorly taken picture of me up on the big screen!
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Stephen Colbert is down in his underground bunker!
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Come up, Stephen!
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A blast of steam came out of the stage
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Workers gathered around Colbert's rising chamber
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Here he comes!
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Colbert emerges from beneath the stage in a capsule reminiscent of the Chilean mining incident
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He's almost free
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Stephen Colbert bounds from his chamber
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Running around with a Chilean flag
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Go, Colbert, go!
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I love his suit
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Colbert and Stewart get started
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Father Guido Sarducci comes out to perform the benediction
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Father Sarducci up on the big screen
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Man, I really was close
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Colbert changes into something a little more comfortable
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Mr. Fear himself
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Sam Waterston reads Colbert's introductory poem
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The most trusted actor in the country!
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I could read the text head of time on the prompter
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Yusef! Aka Cat Stevens
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Everyone went wild when he came out
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Cat Stevens up on the big screen and in person!
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Stephen Colbert couldn't abide by Yusef's "Peace Train" and put a stop to it
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Ozzy Osborne appeared on stage!
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He sang "Crazy Train"!
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Ozzy Osborne!
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Colbert rocked out
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Crazy traaaain
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Jon Stewart was pissed
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Jon Stewart puts a stop to the Crazy Train
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Yusef sings again
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Ozzy Osborne and Cat Stevens work together!
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Never thought I'd see this at all, let alone in person
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The O-Jays took the stage to sing a song we could all get behind.. "Love Train"!
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That's a train I want to be on!
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The VIP area really filled up
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The O-Jays performing
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Everyone sang along
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Jon Stewart takes the stage again
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In this segment, we visit people who had temporary lapses in reason
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Steven Slater taped a pro-reasonableness message for the rally
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I don't know this celebrity, but she freaked out in public, so taped a message for the rally as well
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This guy got an award for being such a cool guy when he lost his perfect (baseball) game to a bad call
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NPR was called out by Colbert for encouraging fear by not allowing NPR employees to attend the rally
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In NPR's absence, Colbert gave the award to "a seven year old girl"
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Colbert presenting the award
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Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples also performed
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Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post walked by!
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Velma Hart was given an award for posing difficult but reasonable questions to the President
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Anderson Cooper's Black T-shirt was given a fear award, because it only goes where disaster strikes
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It looks like someone attached a camera to a balloon!
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P.K. Winsome hocked some products to the crowd
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Jon Stewart comes back on stage in a spiffy American flag sweater
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Colbert has a similar sweater
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They debated (in song) who was more American
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Who's more American?
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The audience sang along!
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"Cause we're the greatest, strongest, country in the world!"
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The audience was really into it
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It's mindblowing how many people were in the audience
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In the end, they decided to work together
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Mick Foley had a taped message
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And he also came out on stage!
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Mick Foley was given an award for being supremely reasonable.. everywhere but his day job
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Mick Foley talks to the audience
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Colbert gave Mark Zuckerberg a fear award for his privacy stance with Facebook
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The "Dude, you have no Koran" guy!
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He was psyched to be here
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But then he unexpectedly wound up..
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..and hurled his award into the audience!
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Kid Rock was next to perform
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He played the keyboard
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Sheryl Crow came out to perform with him
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Sheryl Crow up on the big screen
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Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow getting the crowd worked up
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Jon Stewart's back in his suit!
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Preparing to give a speech from the podium
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Colbert couldn't let Stewart just speak to the audience unopposed
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He challenged Stewart to the first ever Colbert/Stewart Formidable Opponent
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Colbert needs a podium!
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Dueling podiums!
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Another camera doing the rounds
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This guy had a spiffy lens
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The spiffy lens club
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I'm guessing the yellow tape is to color code his camera bodies
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!2
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Colbert winds up for a really high high five
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Jump, Stephen, jump!
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R2D2 also came out on stage!
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I believe he got some kind of award
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Giant Puppet Colbert!
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He's huge!
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Ahh, scary news media montage!
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I like the giant pen
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I thought the text on the teleprompter was funny
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John Oliver comes to save Jon Stewart
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Don't let the evil news media kill you!
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Nice suit, Oliver
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Colbert and Giant Colbert melting!
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Jacob Isom in the crowd, with a beer!
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Jon Stewart takes the stage again to make his closing remarks
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He pointed out how everyone can cooperate and work together to merge traffic into a narrow tunnel, why not in the real world?
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Me at the end of the Rally!
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Stewart wraps up his speech
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Tony Bennett sang America the Beautiful
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He was great!
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Yaaay, Tony Bennett
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All things must end, even the rally
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All the guests came back on stage to say goodbye
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Credits roll
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What an unlikely group of individuals
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Goodbye everyone!
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We shut down a Metro station!
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Let's all calm down!
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The Washington Monument
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A better view of the Rally Stage
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America Man?
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I love how the stage frames the Capitol
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The Rally stage!
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Me posing in front of the Rally stage
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The cranecam up close
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Looking down the crane
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I wish these were my seats!
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Security on the stage
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Bumblebee man returns!
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Dance, bumblebee man!
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Well who is, really?
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Now that's a positive message
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You've got to love all the signs
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Tons of rally-goers wandered over to the Capitol reflecting pool
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The United States Capitol!
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A tighter shot of the Capitol
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Me in front of the Capitol!
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Forest! Junny!
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Getting closer to the Capitol
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It's an enormous building
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He's just a Bill up on Capitol Hill!
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Everyone loved the Bill
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This was as close as I could get to the Capitol
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I missed the last tour
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Looking back down the Mall
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It's a long way down the Mall
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Looking back on the Capitol
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The Capitol with my rally towel
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Lots of people hanging around
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There's 18 acres of floorspace in there!
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The view from where I lay on my back for half an hour in front of the Capitol
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Meteors are scary
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Why is the Green Ranger here?
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Neat wind power
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More Rally signs
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Goodbye, Capitol!
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This sign shouldn't exist!
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The Capitol Hillbillies!
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I'm not sure why.. but OK
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I hate filibusters!
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The pool in front of the Native American museum sprung a leak!
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So much water!
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I decided to stop by the Air and Space Museum again!
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Awesome painting
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I still cannot get over this room
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A closeup on the diagnostic thermal wax
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The "SpaceShipOne" label
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FAA number!
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Looking into Friendship 7
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I don't know how they even got John Glenn in there
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These bundles of wires seem a bit sketchy
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It's incredible that these things flew at all
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There's an American flag somewhere on the surface of Mars
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I believe this is one of the descent engines
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I guess the creator of the "down with signs" sign took it to heart
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