Smiling, Mr Obama and his wife Michelle walked hand in hand down the Lincoln Memorial's famous steps at the start of the "We Are One" concert to huge cheers from the crowds spilling down the National Mall. Their two daughters Sasha and Malia also attended the concert.
Music legends Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen joined soul divas Beyonce and Mary J. Blige and a host of other stars, including Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Shakira and James Taylor, to perform at the event.
Actors Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington and Jack Black also took the stage to read historic passages, honoring Civil War president Abraham Lincoln and the American outdoors, interspersed with rousing gospel choir songs and sweeping orchestral numbers.
Springsteen and a red-robed gospel choir kicked off the concert singing "The Rising," a song best known as a call to action following the 2001 terror attacks and using it to usher in a new era in American politics.
Daily Telegraph 19th January 2009 - to read the whole article, please click here
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