WASHINGTON — President Biden repeated his calls for unity during a brief inauguration concert speech from the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday evening.
The remarks were delivered during his scaled-back “Celebrating America” inauguration concert, a virtual celebration which replaces the traditional black tie inauguration ball which was cancelled due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
Repeating the message of hope and unity he delivered during his main address after taking the oath of office, Biden called on Americans to step up to the challenges of the moment.
“It’s humbling to stand here in this place in front of these sacred words,” Biden said from inside the monument.
“Humbling out of respect to President Lincoln and the office we now share, and humbling because of you, the American people,” he went on.
“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,” Biden said.
“It requires us to come together in common love of what defines us as Americans: opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect, and to unite against common foes: hate, violence, disease and hopelessness.”
A who’s who of Hollywood have been selected to perform at Biden’s concert, including Bruce Springsteen, who kicked off the proceedings with his 1999 song “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters and Tim McGraw are also headlining the show.
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