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January 18, 2009

Barack Obama’s inaugural concert “We are One” takes place

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the We Are One concert event
Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a King, and the glory of the people who marched and bled so their children might be judged by their characters content.

—–Barack Obama

At 2 P.M. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., H.B.O. presented 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, a large choir provided back up vocals and harmony. The American Eagle was displayed several times as a symbol of patriotism and pride.

Inauguration Lineup
Perfomer(s) Act
Tom Hanks Tribute to Abraham Lincoln
Marisa Tomei Quoting Ronald Reagan
James Taylor, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles Shower the People” by James Taylor
Joe Biden Speech
John Mellencamp Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp
Queen Latifah Referencing Marian Anderson
Josh Groban and Heather Headley My Country, ‘Tis of Thee
Kal Pen and George Lopez Quotes Dwight Eisenhower and Barbara Jordan
Herbie Hancock, and Sheryl Crow One Love” by Bob Marley
Tiger Woods Dedicating the Armed Forces
Renee Fleming You’ll Never Walk Alone
Jack Black and Rosario Dawson Tribute to Theodore Roosevelt
Garth Brooks American Pie” by Don McLean
Ashley Judd and Forest Whitaker Referencing John F. Kennedy and William Faulkner
Usher, Stevie Wonder and Shakira Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder
Samuel L. Jackson Referencing Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King
U2 “Pride (in the Name of Love)” and “City of Blinding Lights” by U2
Barack Obama Speech
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen “This Land is your Land” by Woody Guthrie
Beyonce America the Beautiful

See also

  • Barack Obama 2009 Presidential Inauguration


  • “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration”. NPR Music, January 18, 2009
  • Larry Fitzmaurice “Springsteen, Bono, Beyonce to Play Obama Inaugural Concert”. Spin Media, January 18, 2009
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