Bush supporters on one side and Gore supporters on the other – that was the scene in front of the Supreme Court on Friday, Dec. 1, at least until just around 11:30 a.m.
As the nine justices ended the unusual session to help confirm which candidate will be the 43rd president of the United States, thousands of people continued to protest, confronting side by side each other's point of view with signs and chants.
“It's crazy,” said Adams Gallis, a student from the Californian Lutheran University, who is currently in Washington for the semester.” I am having a good time, something like this happens once in a lifetime. What better way to experience it, than to see it,” he added, holding in one hand a Bush Cheney sign.
Whether it was to be heard or simply be part of this historic moment, some of them arrived as early as 6 a.m.; missing, if necessary, a day's work to be there.
Kristen Dailey, a federal employee, took personal time to attend the protest.” All we want is for the elections to be fair and accurate. I think that Gore shouldn't be afraid to continue arguing the results. We have to make sure that every vote is counted.”
Bush supporter Sara Davis, a student at the Laws University of Maryland, decided to bring her 6-month-old baby and 2-year-old to the protest. “It's awesome,” she said. Nobody has been mean to me. I have had a lot of fun.”
The younger generation mixed with the older as entire families joined the demonstration. That was a way to get everybody involved no matter the age, even if they knew that all the yelling and chanting would not affect the ruling of the court in deciding whether the Florida Supreme Court was right by allowing the deadline for certifying the results of the presidential elections to be extended.
“I don't think that we can actually make a difference in the decision of the Supreme Court, but this protest is a way for voters to get their opinion across,” said Gallis.
“I am a senior citizen,” said Martha Uzel. “Many African Americans didn't get to vote and died before they were given the right to do so. My grandparents fought for the right to vote I am doing this for my grandchildren to make sure that their vote counts,” said Martha Uzel, of Washington, D.C.
“We were disenfranchised of our votes, it's a way to release our emotions,” said business manager Rosy Henry from Maryland. She arrived at 10.30 a.m. and planned to stay until the protest ended.
“My feet are cold but it doesn't count now,” she added as “Hey hey, ho ho, it's time for Gore to go,” and “Sexist, racist, anti-gay, Bush and Cheney go away” chants continued until nightfall.