District of Columbia
January 18, 2009
FBI security surrounds the Washington Monument during a giant free concert: We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial? was hosted by Home Box Office (HBO). Performers included Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, John Legend with special guests Jack Black, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah and others. More than 400,000 people filled the National Mall the event that was the official start of a three-day jubilee of prayers, parades and parties. They endured long security lines and chilly weather for a two-hour salute to the man who will be America's first black president. More than four million people watched the opening event of the inauguration on TV.