In another inauguration week in Washington, D.C., town could be filling up with individuals in a festive environment. Celebrities could be flying in, some in personal jets, to take the stage at for a pre-swearing in live performance on the Lincoln Memorial. Cher recalled that when she attended in 2009, “People, strangers I didn’t know were running around Georgetown hugging and kissing, and they were so thrilled because we were doing into a new direction.”
The pandemic and, extra lately, vital safety threats have pressured a vastly scaled again inauguration, limiting private motion and, within the case of the fenced up Nationwide Mall, any individuals in any respect.
As an alternative, the inaugural committee of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has give you a slate of digital programming this week, together with Sunday evening’s We the Individuals Live performance, that featured Cher, James Taylor, Ben Harper, Barbra Streisand, Will.i.am, Fall Out Boy and DJ Cassidy, amongst others. It actually wasn’t the spectacle of say, U2 and Bruce Springsteen performing earlier than tens of 1000’s, however because of the reimagined Democratic Nationwide Conference, we’re now accustomed to the intimacy of solos from the lounge. (as was the case with one particular spotlight, Carole King on her piano with You’ve Acquired A Buddy).
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One individual that bought no point out: Donald Trump. As an alternative, performer after performer talked of hope and unity, making solely indirect references to the capitol siege final week and common statements in regards to the dire state of issues. They steered away from the rhetoric of the Twitter-verse.
“The last four years have left our nation deeply divided, with too many people ignoring facts, science and laws that uphold out democratic institutions,” stated Barbra Streisand, earlier than introducing a clip of her singing Blissful Days Are Right here Once more.
“You both have the empathy we need now more than ever, and together we will emerge from these dark days into the light,” she added.
“Let’s celebrate as we turn the page on this era of division and turn the page to a brighter future,” stated Kal Penn.
Cher sang I Hope You Discover It, however launched the track by addressing Biden instantly, recalling their friendship.
“Everyone else know you are compassionate, but I know you’re tough,” she stated. “And I know that you’re the man.”
She added, “I”m so completely satisfied and I’m so completely satisfied for Vice President Harris. I needed you to be the president since 2006. However that is the proper time. That is your time.”
We the Individuals live performance lineup
Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing, hosts
Ben Harper, With My Personal Two Arms
Barbra Streisand, Blissful Days Are Right here Once more (clip)
Will.i.am, American Dream
Carole King, You’ve Acquired A Buddy
James Taylor, America the Stunning
Fall Out Boy, Centuries
Cher, I Hope You Discover It