President Biden has repeated his call for the nation to come together, putting aside their differences during a brief inauguration concert speech from the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday evening.
The president made the remarks during his scaled-back “Celebrating America” inauguration ceremony, a virtual celebration which was made in place of the usual black-tie inauguration ball which wasn’t possible due to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Biden repeated the same message of hope and unity he gave during his main address after he took the oath of office. He called on Americans to step up to the challenges of the moment.
He said, “It’s humbling to stand here in this place in front of these sacred words. Humbling out of respect to President Lincoln and the office we now share, and humbling because of you, the American people.”
“This is a great nation. We’re good people. And to overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity,” he continued.
“It requires us to come together in the common love of what defines us as Americans: opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect, and to unite against common foes: hate, violence, disease and hopelessness.”
Some big names of Hollywood were selected to perform at Biden’s inaugural concert, including Bruce Springsteen, who started with his 1999 song “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Others include Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters and Tim McGraw.