Giving their succinct speeches at the inauguration concert from the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris headed the “Celebrating America” virtual celebration which replaces the traditional black-tie inauguration ball which was canceled due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
In a repeat of his speech at the inauguration ceremony, calling upon Americans to unite and stand as one, Biden 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.”
The President also added, “It requires us to come together in a common love of what defines us as Americans: opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect, and to unite against common foes: hate, violence, disease, and hopelessness.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris thoroughly appreciated the ‘American Aspiration’, and went on to speak about the nation’s determination and perseverance.“We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up,” she said. “This is American aspiration.”
“American aspiration,” Harris continued, “is what drove the women of this country to demand equal rights, and the authors of the Bill of Rights to claim freedoms that had rarely been written down before. It demonstrates who we are. Even in dark times, we not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be.”
Harris lauded the scientists, parents, and educators, and “everyone everywhere who is building a better life for themselves, their families and their communities” as also exemplifying “American aspiration.”
She ended her speech by furthering the President’s message of Unity, saying, “This is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The courage to see beyond crisis, to do what is hard, to do what is good. To unite, to believe in ourselves, believe in our country, believe in what we can do together.”
Top stars from Hollywood had been invited to perform at Biden’s concert, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, and Tim McGraw.