We here at RightKlik had the good fortune to attend two Metro Atlanta tea parties over the 4th of July weekend, at the Capitol in Atlanta as well as at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County.
In spite of the obstacles thrown in their way, Atlanta area Tea Party patriots gathered together on the Independence Day weekend to make their message clear.
Although Obama sympathizers managed to derail what would have been the area’s largest Tea Party, they could not stifle the movement. Over 7,000 patriots came to Jim Miller Park in Cobb County on July 3.
Michael Naragon was at the Cobb Tea Party in Marietta and describes the event:
"The featured speaker for the night was the dynamic Herman Cain, a conservative talk radio host who [was broadcasting live on] 750 WSB Atlanta."
"As with all Tea Party events, signs were everywhere."
"...No one seemed to mind the change of venue forced by the pro-Obama Simon/Gwinnett Place Mall. The Cobb Tea Party folks were very well organized, and the assembly came off like clockwork. In other words, it was very unlike Washington."
As expected, because of last minute sabotage from friends of Obama, the Atlanta Tea Party was reduced to a tiny gathering. By my liberal estimation, only about 250 people were present. Organizers pledged to come back with a vengeance in the fall.
Meanwhile, at Miller Park in Marietta, the Cobb Independence Day Tea Party spontaneously continued into a second day with reportedly more than 2,000 people in attendance on the 4th.
Atlanta Tea Party on the 4th
Better, longer Herman Cain clips from his appearance at the Peachtree City Tea Party on July 4, 2009. After a mega-biographical intro, Herman Cain begins speaking at the 03:58 mark:
"We've got some altering and some abolishing to do!"
"We're on a collision course with economic disaster."
"My Choice... not some bureaucrat"
"The Power of One"
UPDATE II: Mary Grabar reports.