Here is a collection of the best quotes from the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on Saturday:
"Because, as you know, if you have too many white people at a rally, then your cause is racist. And if you have too many people of color at a rally, you must be asking for something." -- Jon Stewart, commenting on the crowd's perfect demographic mix, while taking a stab at the Glenn Beck rally this past summer
"They don't eat pork, you don't eat pork... let's build on that." -- Father Guido Sarducci, portrayed by comedian Don Novello, in the opening benediction of the rally. He is commenting on how to start making progress in the problems between people of the Jewish and Islamic faiths.
"I respect you. I love you. I will not get on that train." -- Stephen Colbert interrupted Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, performing "Peace Train." Colbert then brought out Ozzy Osbourne to convince the crowd at the rally to chose the "Crazy Train" instead. At the end of the sketch, the O'Jays came out to unite fear and sanity by singing "Love Train."
"No matter what religious position someone plays, we're all on the same team." -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came onstage as Stewart's proof to Colbert that there are many Muslim celebrities and citizens that believe in the restoration of sanity. Stewart and Abdul-Jabbar encouraged respectful religious dialogue and tolerance rather than fear and hatred.
"What exactly was this? I can't control what people thought this was. I can only tell intentions. This was not to ridicule people of faith. Or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. We can have animus and not enemies." -- Stewart, ending the rally with a serious speech about the purpose of the rally. He sought to include all in the crowd, conservative or liberal, in a call to be more civil and open to peaceful dialogue.
"The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus... or they can use it to light ants on fire and host a week of shows about the sudden dangerous flaming ant epidemic." -- Stewart, calling out the ubiquitous sensationalized news stories that take attention from real or more important stories.
"If we amplify everything, we hear nothing." -- Stewart, again, commenting on the state of journalism in the United States. Video clips from CNN, MSNBC and Fox News were shown to demonstrate the spin and sensationalism in the news.
"We work together to get things done every damn day. The only place we don't is here [the Capitol] and on cable TV." -- Stewart, noting that people work together every day, so there is no reason for partisanship to take over the issues that are important to our nation.
"Sanity will always be and has always been in eye of beholder, but to see you here today and the kind of people you are have restored mine." -- Stewart, in his final comment at the rally noting that not all may agree with the views they tried to express, but expresses his gratitude for the 200,000-plus people in attendance.
- Rally to Restore Sanity
- Peace Train.
- Jon Stewart
- Don Novello
- Father Guido Sarducci
- Yusuf Islam
- Stephen Colbert
- Glenn Beck