We are one. This was seriously cool, and probably the most historic thing I have participated in. Yesterday (18 Jan, 2009), HBO hosted the Inauguration Kickoff event for Barack Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. The title of the event was We are one celebrating our nation as we come together to heal after the past many years of increasing difficulty and hard times. It was broadcast live and free-to-view in HD on HBO.
The event featured performances by: “Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, Will.I.Am, and Stevie Wonder.” Also, celebrity appearances included “Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Tiger Woods” who excited the crowd and gave historical perspective reading famous quotes.
More information about the event, and the others accompanying Obama’s Inauguration can be found here. Here’s a few photos, with many more on my Flickr. GObama!
EDIT: Here’s a 180º panorama. Check out the large version to see just how many people were there!