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John Lamb, Published October 31 2010

Fargo couple says Stewart-Colbert rally ‘friendly’

According to a Fargo couple, sanity and civility won out at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

Kim Mali and her husband, Dan, flew to Washington, D.C., on Friday night to take in Saturday’s spectacle.

“Everyone was cool and pretty collected,” Kim said after the event. “It was a lot of fun. It was a really friendly rally.”

Though they were among the tens of thousands on hand (the park permit for the rally expected 60,000), the Mahlis just beat the rush to the National Mall. Kim describes the scene as well as the Metro, the transit trains in the D.C. area, as “completely packed.”

“I think the number of people (there) blew everyone away,” Dan Mahli said. “I don’t think they were anticipating it.”

Still, he said the situation was well-controlled.

Both said the event was relatively free of politics, instead focusing on humor. Dan spotted a sign referring to a “March to keep beer alive.”

“It was actually just a really good comedy show. It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I was laughing my (butt) off.”

“It was nice to go to a rally on the mall and have it be really rational,” Kim said.


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