As Senator Cory Booker made his way through the crowd, someone shouted: “Our next president!”
Asked about his own ambitions and a possible place on the Democratic ticket in 2020 or beyond, Booker said his focus was on today’s events. “Today’s about marching, not about running for some future office,” he said.
Booker said the focus is on now, not tomorrow, on “acting, standing up, fighting, resisting and moving forward.”
“This is an ignition point,” he said. “I think that this is going to be a powerful moment where a statement is going to be made, and it’s going to resonate. I think people are going to leave here more energized to engage to stand up, to fight to try to protect a lot of the things that Republicans and Democrats believe in and value.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry was also on the National Mall with his yellow Labrador, casually ambling his way down Madison Drive NW while being mobbed by marchers. He paused briefly to take a selfie with one, and those surrounding him began chanting “Thank you John!”
As he made his way onto the National Mall, he stopped again to pick up a pink knit hat that had been dropped, handing it to a bystander.