18/365: The Party Begins

Scenes from the “We Are One” concert on the National Mall this afternoon. (As if today’s entry could be anything else.)

Concertgoers in patriotic (if somewhat silly) hats.
Concertgoers in patriotic (if somewhat silly) hats.
Bruce Springsteen, backed by a choir, kicks things off with "The Rising."
Bruce Springsteen, backed by a choir, kicks things off with "The Rising."
After a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., U2 performed "Pride (in the Name of Love)" -- their song about MLK.
After a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., U2 performed "Pride (in the Name of Love)" -- their song about MLK.
President-Elect Obama addressing the crowd.
President-Elect Obama addressing the crowd.
The ladies in front of me combining a group-hug and singalong to "America the Beautiful."
The ladies in front of me combining a group-hug and singalong during "America the Beautiful."
More singing along to "America the Beautiful." (That Beyonce can get the crowd going -- even for patriotic numbers!)
More singing along to "America the Beautiful." (That Beyoncé can get the crowd going -- even for patriotic numbers!)
Walking up the Mall on the way home, after the crowd had cleared a bit.
Walking up the Mall on the way home, after the crowd had cleared a bit.
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3 thoughts on “18/365: The Party Begins

  1. Mom January 19, 2009 / 12:01 am

    W O W!! An understatement…. better than being there on MSNBC, as I was earlier today! Looks C O L D ! If I were as close as you are — and with YOU for a tour guide — I’d have been there too!!! Thanks and good night! HUGS!!!!!!!!

  2. common loon January 19, 2009 / 9:26 am

    Wonderful!

    By chance, did you run into your brother?

  3. Sarah January 19, 2009 / 5:00 pm

    @ Common Loon – Given that HBO was only running a one-way signal, I wasn’t able to see him sitting on his couch watching on tv. 🙂

    You didn’t think he was really gonna make it, did you?

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