Obama's Inaugural Celebration "We are One" attracts 400,000
Sunday, January 18, 2009
At 2 P.M. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., approximately 400,000 people attended H.B.O.'s presentation of Barack Obama's inaugural kick off concert called "We are One". The concert featured many musicians including Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and U2. The show featured other high profile celebrities in between performances reading and reflecting on the significance of Barack's Inauguration on the 20th. Near the end, President-Elect Barack Obama went on the steps and gave a speech.
Throughout most of the songs, several different large choirs provided back up vocals and harmony, as well as a full orchestra below the stage. The bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States was displayed several times and allowed to fly within its trainers arm range as a symbol of patriotism and pride. The entire event is expected to be funded with donations gathered by Obama's inaugural committee.
On January 19, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden hosted the "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future" concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Musical performers include Disney television and pop stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. The show was broadcast live on Disney Channel and on Radio Disney.
|Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a King, and the glory of a people who marched and bled so that their children might be judged by their character's content.|
- "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration" — , January 18, 2009
- Larry Fitzmaurice. "Springsteen, Bono, Beyonce to Play Obama Inaugural Concert" — , January 18, 2009
- Steve Hendrix and Jonathan Mummolo. "Jamming on the Mall for Obama" — , January 19, 2009