|Police helicopter shines its spotlight on the General Assembly.|
From the monument you could count four helicopters hovering over the city below. President Obama had been moving around town. One helicopter approached the monument every ten minutes only to back off before it got really close. After the passing of the motorcade along 17th Street adjacent to the World War II memorial below, only this helicopter remained in the sky. Suddenly it flew over the protesters and shone its spotlight directly on the gathering. Protesters turned to face the light.