Despite a wee bit of a hangover, I climbed out of my warm bed this morning and headed into the city for the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
This was my view from the grounds of the Washington Memorial. There were some crossed wires regarding where to meet up, etc, so some of my friends ended up inside the security perimeter and a couple of us remained on the outside. The good thing about being on the outside was that, while it was crowded, we did have room to breathe.
The view behind us was just as awesome as the sight before us.
For the most part the people around us were pretty fun and relaxed which was nice. As usual in crowds this size, there was some trouble seeing around the taller people but it is what it is, and when you pack tens of thousands of people into a space, you pretty much know what you're getting into.
They managed to pack a lot of performances into the two-hour show. Things kicked off with a performance by the Boss and kept going steadily for two hours. U2, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Jennifer Nettles, Beyonce, James Taylor, will.i.am, Sheryl Crow and others all took the stage. Garth Brooks got the crowd going with renditions of "American Pie" and "Shout", while 89-year-old Pete Seeger led the crowd in singing "This Land is Your Land" – definitely one of my favorite moments. Brief speeches were given in between the acts – Ashley Judd, Forrest Whittaker, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Carrell, Marisa Tomei and Tiger Woods were among those who said a few words, but I think that Jamie Foxx – and his brief impersonation of President-Elect Obama, brought the house down.