WASHINGTON, D.C. — A few hours after gathering with an estimated 250,000 friends on the National Mall for the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert appeared at a press conference at the National Press Club.
The two Comedy Central personalities were clearly happy with the day's event and appreciative of those who helped make it happen.
"Our currency is not this town's currency," Stewart said. "We're not running for anything. We don't have a constituency. We do television shows for people who like them. ... And we wanted to do a really good show for people that took the time to come out and see us, and I feel like we accomplished it."
Stewart and Colbert were also genuinely moved by the audience's response. Colbert said that for him, "one of the greatest surprises was the joy of seeing the audience out there, how many people came." And Stewart sensed that the crowd "was so wonderfully supportive of everything that happened."
Though the tone of the press conference was generally light (Colbert mock-chided Arianna Huffington, who bussed in 10,000 people from New York to D.C., for not driving any of the 200 buses herself), there were some less-than-humorous moments as well. When asked about how the media might scrutinize the rally in the days ahead, Stewart said he just didn't care.
"We're proud of ourselves, we're proud of the show we did, and for us the success of it was the execution of the idea and the intention," Stewart said. "You can't control people's reaction to it."