On a cool night in Washington, Bruce Springsteen stood alone on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall with only a guitar and a microphone. The boss had the honor of launching the final event of his busy day in office, and he did so by announcing that he was there to sing “Land of Hope and Dreams,” a song with lyrics that many hopefully reflect this moment of American history.
“Leave the grief behind,” Springsteen sings. “Let this day be the last. Tomorrow there will be sun and all this darkness passes. Big wheels roll through the fields where sunlight streams. Meet me in a land of hope and dreams.”
Now that Trump is out of the District of Columbia and living in his resort in Mar-a-Lago, it is clear that Hollywood stars are welcome in the White House again and, perhaps just as importantly, want to withdraw all stops for a democratic administration. But Wednesday night’s broadcast was far from an elite affair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional introductory ball with black ties, usually a difficult invitation to score, was replaced by a television program for the masses, which allowed the country to celebrate as a united audience.
America United was broadcast live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS in addition to streaming on PIC’s social media channels and partner platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV. C America United, The Presidential Constituent Committee concluded five-day programs that included events for National Service Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a touching tribute to COVID-19 for the 400,000 lives lost, the official inauguration ceremony this morning, and Tony Goldwyn. hosted virtual A parade across America.
The point of America United it had to “demonstrate the resilience, the heroism of the American people, and the united commitment to unite as a nation to heal and recover,” according to the president’s founding committee. These themes resonated in almost every segment, from interstitials featuring everyday characters and front-line workers to musical anthems performed by many cities with a diverse range of acts and musical genres, including John Legend, Bon Jovi (from Miami), Justin Timberlake. with Ant Clemens (from Memphis), Yo-Yo Ma, Tyler Hubbard with Tim McGraw (from Nashville), Foo Fighters (from Seattle), Demi Lovato (from Los Angeles), Black Cougars (from Austin) and a mix of stars from Broadway, among others.
After Springsteen, Hanks, who looked cool as DC temperatures hovered around 30 degrees, offered a brief introduction. Although Trump was not once mentioned by name, his legacy influenced the script. “In the last few weeks and in the last few years we have witnessed deep divisions and disturbing malice in our country, but tonight we reflect on the United States, the practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic, the integrity of our constitution, hope and dreams. which we all share for a more perfect union, “said the Oscar winner. “The day of taking office is much more than taking the oath of our next national leaders. This day is a testament to the permanence of our American ideals.”
Hanks then announced that memorable passages from previous presidents would be shared when he urged Franklin D. Roosevelt to unite the American people; John F. Kennedy, who inspired a new generation to serve; Ronald Reagan, who spoke of a peaceful transition of power during his farewell address, which included the well-known “shining city on a hill” line; and Abraham Lincoln, who worked for the reunification of the country after the war.
The Hollywood reporter columnist Karim Abdul Jabar recited Lincoln’s words, Dolores Huerta proposed FDR, and MLB’s first female general manager, Kim Ng, took on Reagan’s speech. This left Kennedy’s remarks to a young student named Braden Harrington, 13. He made headlines last year after meeting Biden during a campaign during which Biden comforted him by learning that they both share the same struggle. trying to overcome stuttering. New York Times announced tonight that Harrington is now writing a book, Braden speaks, for HarperCollins.
During the daily segments of the characters, other recognizable faces appeared, people who received media attention or went viral for their charitable efforts or just doing their job well. There was UPS driver Anthony Gaskin, who was celebrated by a neighborhood on his route to Virginia for his unwavering dedication; Maryland, Cavanaugh Bell, 8, who made care packages for the elderly and started a food closet; Mackenzie Adams, a kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary School in Washington, D.C., who went viral for videos with her energetic distance lessons; Sarah Fuller of Texas, the first woman to play and score in Power Five football college; Morgan Marsh-McGlone, 8, of Wisconsin has launched a virtual lemonade stand that has raised over $ 50,000; star chef Jose Andres, who collected huge food donations through his Central Central Kitchen; and Sandra Lindsay of New York, director of critical care at Northwell Health, who became the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.
Both Biden and Harris made remarks separately as they stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The president came first, and he called the experience humble out of respect for Lincoln and the “office we now share.” He repeated remarks earlier in the day, saying that although democracy had prevailed again. He acknowledged the challenges facing the American people from the pandemic to climate change, but said he was now more optimistic than ever.
“This is a great nation. We are good people. And to meet the challenges we face requires the most elusive of all things in democracy: unity. It requires us to come together in a common love that defines us as Americans: Opportunity “Freedom, dignity and respect. And unite against ordinary enemies: hatred, violence, disease and hopelessness,” Biden said. “The question is: are we ready? Will we meet the moment like our ancestors? I believe we should and I believe we will.”
Harris came to the program later after the performance of the football player Fuller. She said that the present moment and its challenges require courage to see beyond the crisis. “In many ways, this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are. Even in dark times, we not only dream, we see. We not only see what it was, we see what it can be. We shoot for the moon and beyond. “We put our flag on it. We are brave, fearless and ambitious. We are adamant in our belief that we will overcome, that we will rise,” Harris said, referring to the American “aspiration” several times. “The big experiment requires a lot determination. The will to do the work and then the wisdom to keep improving, to keep doing, to keep improving. The same determination is being realized in America today. “
There is no doubt that the Biden-Harris administration has a difficult path to repairing the damage caused by the dividing four years. However, they can count on former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The trio appeared together during a recorded segment and each of them wished the new administration. Again, Trump was not mentioned by name, but his impact was felt in breaking the tradition by not showing up for today’s inauguration events.
Said Bush: “I think the fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful transfer of power speaks to the institutional integrity of our country. America is a generous country, people with big hearts. All three of us were lucky to be president of this country. . “
“One of my fondest memories of taking office,” Obama suggested, of whom Biden was vice president, “was the grace and generosity that President Bush showed me and Laura Bush showed Michelle.” He concluded his remarks by offering their support. “Joe, I’m proud of you and you and Kamala should know that all of us here are rooted in your success, support you in our prayers and will be available in any way we can as citizens to help guide you. our country forward. We wish you a blessing. “
Other highlights in the fast-paced show include Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria; Lynn-Manuel Miranda recited The treatment in Troy by Seamus Heaney and completing the last line in unison with Biden, who was supplied at the end; a frame from Broadway stars performing a mix of Seasons of Love and Let the sun come in; mini Pass the microphone a moment with DJ Cassidy, starring Ozuna and Luis Fonsi; exciting broadcast of Beautiful day by Demi Lovato; John Legend ‘s soul cover I feel good; and Florida Georgia Line star Tyler Hubbard in partnership with country superstar Tim McGraw on the original track Inseparable. The latest performance was also remarkable in that Hubbard and his FGL collaborator Brian Kelly are working on solo material amid the turmoil of a political rift.
Then came the real stopper of the show. With less than five minutes to enter America United, the producers performed the show as if it were the fourth of July, handing over the duties to close the world pop star Katy Perry. Dressed in all white, Perry performed her hit “Fireworks” with a view of the Washington Monument. As she stood out as hit number one, the sky of DC lit up with a colorful exhibition of fireworks.
Minutes later, while the smoke from the massive fireworks still hung high in the air, Hanks summed up the evening and greeted the highest-ranking American officials for the last time. “It was a unique historic day in office. Once again, congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. God bless you.”