'Audit the IRS' Rally Draws Twice As Many People as Obama's Berlin Speech

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | June 20, 2013 | 12:08 PM EDT

Yesterday's 'Audit the IRS' rally held in Washington, DC, drew an estimated 10,000 people from all over the country. By contrast, President Obama's speech in Berlin, Germany drew an estimated 4,500 - making attendance at the Tea Party rally outside of the Capitol building more than twice as large as at the president's speech.

Protest Sign at 'Audit the IRS' Rally

What was promoted as "The largest Tea Party protest since 2010" lived up to its billing. Crowds gathered earlier in the morning for Rep. Steve King's "press conference" on immigration-- which quickly turned into a rally -- on the west lawn of the Capitol.

This event featured speakers such as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Around noon, people on the west lawn of the Capitol building made their way down to the south lawn, joining thousands who already grabbed a spot for the "Audit the IRS" rally. This rally featured a lineup of conservative speakers such as Glenn Beck, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), to name a few.

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd in Berlin of around 4,500 to 5,000 people. To put this in perspective, Obama drew a crowd of 200,000 people there back in 2008.

The New York Times reported:

"The last time President Obama paid a visit here, as a candidate in 2008, he was cheered on by 200,000 Germans eager to see the back of George W. Bush and, as one member of that crowd recalled Tuesday, 'full of wholly unrealistic expectations of what kind of miracles Obama could work.'

"When he arrived here on Tuesday evening ahead of a full day of talks - capped by a speech at the Brandenburg Gate - the reception was far more restrained."

For photographs from both Tea Party events held yesterday, head on over to Black and Right.

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