The inauguration of President Joe Biden ended this Wednesday where great chapters of American history have been written: at the foot of the Abraham Lincoln monument. Celebrating America, ehe television program to celebrate the inauguration, featured the participation of heavyweights of American music from coast to coast, from rock to reggaeton. The president said in his last public act on Wednesday that he has never felt so optimistic about the future of the United States as today. "Will we live up to the moment like our ancestors did?" The Democrat asked. "I think we should and I think we will."
Just a few minutes after Luis Fonsi invited to dance Slowly from a room, the new stage for artists in a pandemic, a video was shown with former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to wish the new president luck. "The fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful transfer of power speaks of the institutional integrity of our country," said Bush, a Republican. A powerful message in a polarized society that three weeks ago witnessed the assault on the Capitol perpetrated by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Bruce Springsteen sang about the land of hopes and dreams, Bon Jovi that the sun was rising and Justin Timberlake that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Melodies of hope at the start of the Biden era, a president who promises to heal the country. "A great experiment requires great determination," said Vice President Kamala Harris from the Lincoln Memorial. He recalled the message of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King who delivered his iconic speech on a more just society on that same staircase. Harris highlighted the goal of achieving racial and economic equality that King dreamed of.
This day of investiture breaks with traditions of more than two centuries. The coronavirus pandemic and threats of possible attacks forced the authorities to invite Americans not to travel to Washington. There was almost no audience at the inauguration or a traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue – Biden and Harris walked to the White House, greeting journalists who had achieved accreditation. But although the night did not close with the inaugural dance, as is customary since 1809, the stars of the music scene did make an appearance. And the night ended with fireworks lighting up the Washington Monument in the heart of the National Mall.
Sinatra sang on the opening night of John G. Kennedy and Arthea Franklin and Beyonce in those of Barack Obama, among other great artists. The Biden and Harris Inauguration Committee arranged for Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake to feature as the highlights of the Biden and Harris Administration's first evening. The Americans, called to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus that has already left more than 400,000 fatalities in the US, were able to follow the special program through ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, and other online platforms.
Tom Hanks, one of the most beloved celebrities in the United States, was in charge of directing the program supported by Eva Longoria. Hanks' election has a special meaning this year hit by the pandemic because he is the first actor of world weight to be infected with covid-19, on March 11. Another stellar participation was that of Brayden Harrington, the stuttering boy who accompanied Biden during several episodes of his campaign after the Democrat identified with him for having suffered the same difficulty speaking fluently as a child. To him and to all the viewers, tonight the president said: "United we can do extraordinary things."
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