The Boston Tea Party Express
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Scenes from the Tea Party rally
Photos by Chip Ford


Barbara and I arrived half an hour before the event's start, took up our position on the high ground overlooking the rally, atop Flagstaff Hill beneath the Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Quite a crowd had already arrived and surrounded the stage -- at least got as close to it as possible -- and it kept growing all morning, awaiting for the main event -- Sarah Palin.

More patriots just kept coming.

The Tea Party Express busses, parked behind the stage inside the security fence.

The graphics-laden busses have carried the message of revolution across the country.

The TV satellite trucks formed a perimeter wall off stage-right, and the camera media got the best seats in the house -- a major flaw in the arrangements. It was as if (and no doubt) the event was intended primarily for them and not the rally crowd. Seeing the stage from behind the raised media platform was almost impossible. Most of those in attendance got a good look only at their backsides. And then there were those relentless TV station helicopters hovering overhead, drowning out what little sound managed to carry from the stage's "loud-speakers"! (Hear them in the videos.)


The crowd jammed up to the fence on the Charles Street side of the Common. Mark Williams (right), chairman of the Tea Party Express and old acquaintance from when he was producer for talkshow host Jerry Williams, and I had a brief reunion. Mark left Boston for the West Coast, where he became a talkshow host on a number of major stations, on which he had me as a guest a number of times.

Michael Graham (WTKK) and Todd Feinberg (WRKO) on the left; Michael and Michelle McPhee (WTKK) on the right.

I figured that when she arrived, security would usher in Sarah Palin between the busses and the outer security fence, so I readied and waited, and was proven right. Her entourage of three Ford Explorers pulled in, but then the human crush began . . .

Getting a clear, unobstructed shot of her turned impossible in a split second, with bodies pushing a shoving. This was my best close-up shot of the many I tried to take.

Thank goodness for a telephoto lens. These two photos were taken from up on Flagstaff Hill, a long distance from the stage, from where she appeared as a tiny dot of red.

Todd Feinberg gave a short speech, then played his and his producer Cooksy's rally theme, "We Are The Patriots," to the tune of Queen's "We Are The Champions." On the right, CLT member Roger Blood of Brookline is being interviewed.

More crowd shots.

We were all asked to sign the Tea Party Express wall. By the time I came upon it, it was so full that everyone was signing on top of previous signatures.

My sister-in-law Katharine and my sister Diane met us there. Here, Katharine holding up her souvenir Tea Party Express t-shirt. Barbara and me, getting ready to leave A good time was had by all, about 6,000 - 8,000 by my estimate, and from my experiences with past rallies there I'm pretty good at crowd estimating! Barbara and Katharine doing farewell.

After leaving the rally, walking down Tremont Street to Government Center and the MBTA Blue Line home, we passed the Granary Burial Ground and the tombstone of Sam Adams, my favorite founding father. How proud this organizer of the Sons of Liberty would be this day if he could see the patriots of Revolution 2010 assembled for the Second American Revolution!