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INAUGURATION: Concert at the Lincoln Memorial

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 9:08 pm in Inauguration 2009, politics.

Bruce Springsteen at the Inaugural Concert  (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
The Zittels check in from D.C., where they’re soaking up the icy delights of these pre-Inauguration Days. This post came in from Linda, a Richmond school teacher, this evening. Enjoy!

January 18th
What a day! It was 36 degrees outside. After three days with temperatures in the teens, it seemed almost balmy.

There was a special inaugural event open to the public at the Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m. We just followed the crowds of people until we reached the jumbo-tron next to the Washington Monument. The theme of the event was “We are One.” Performing artists sang songs of patriotism and unity; actors read the inspiring words of presidents past, both Democrat and Republican. President Lincoln was referred to often; his words and deeds were linked to this historic moment.

Highlights:
* A children’s choir singing in bright red and blue shirts
* Bruce Springsteen singing, and Garth Brooks doing “Bye Bye Ms. American Pie,”
* Obama giving a speech about working together to make a better union, to a jubilant crowd
* Pete Seeger and friends singing, “This Land is Your Land,”
* Standing with a crowd of people I did not know, cheering and singing with them.

Even though we could have been watching this comfortably at home on HBO, I’m glad Adam and I were there, in the moment, part of it.

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