Last month, I noted that Arianna Huffington had offered to put on as many buses as needed to get folks from Manhattan to Washington, DC to attend the Rally to Restore Sanity, to be hosted by Jon Stewart on October 30. My thought that ten thousand people might take up that offer was not an optimistic one: that figure has now been exceeded.
Well, guesting on last night’s Daily Show (this evening in the UK on More4 at 2030 hours, then on 4OD, or outside the UK direct from Comedy Central) was Oprah Winfrey, and she’s gone one better. Oprah couldn’t be there in person – that’s one stylish person – but, appearing via satellite, revealed that everyone in the audience had a gift under their seat.
That gift was a return flight from New York to DC and a night’s hotel stay. I don’t know the size of the Daily Show audience, but it sounds like there are several hundred voices behind the cameras – so that’s a lot of hotel rooms, and more than one aircraft filled.
Might it be busy on the National Mall on October 30? It just might.