We Are One: HBO Obama Webcast

BIG NAMES IN MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATE NEW PRESIDENT'S ARRIVAL

Mr. Wonder
Cable network HBO is covering the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial today. The event is titled We Are One and features performances from Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Herbie Hancock and many more, plus various speakers like Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and others. The event is being broadcast live online right now, and you can check it out here.

Encore performances of this event will be shown at 7 pm ET/PT and again at 11:30 pm ET/PT. Again, jump over here to check it out.

http://www.hbo.com/weareone/

[Published on: 1/18/09]

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ragking Sun 1/18/2009 02:28PM
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No, you will have to pay $109 to see The Dead play.

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/18/2009 02:30PM
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irtimed

Dead or no Dead, nothin like some Stevie!

tbourke Sun 1/18/2009 03:43PM
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mikemac9317 Sun 1/18/2009 04:45PM
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mikemac9317

tbourke, you sound like the biggest dumb fuck right now, just so you know.

evanbooth Sun 1/18/2009 05:13PM
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yea seriously "tbourke," a cop filled festival? dude its inauguration weekend.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Sun 1/18/2009 06:10PM
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Pete Seeger leading the crowd in singing "This Land is Your Land" is a really historic 4 minutes in itself

solace_in_diesel Sun 1/18/2009 06:38PM
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solace_in_diesel

I was there, it wasn't musically astounding, it was more 'Joey and Barry's two hour variety special'.

curtbraski Sun 1/18/2009 07:35PM
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curtbraski

i was there it was fucking so cool man it was cop filled and smoked out like Phish Tour '09 dude so sweet... got a dank rita from a chica 1 for 3 2 for 5.... I saw Broseph McJoseph he looked headie....

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/18/2009 10:19PM
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Flat5

i was there too. sick festie! Springsteen busted out a Glory

Days>Born In The U.S.A.> Glory Days it was sweet!

Cola21 Sun 1/18/2009 11:48PM
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Cola21

I chuckled at curtbraski. Thanks brah.

chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 07:00AM
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chidodger

Anyone else think that maybe spending $20,000,000 on this "inaguration gala" is a little bit hypocritical since we're in an economic crisis right now, and that maybe there's about 20,000,000 better ways to spend that money? We'll, if there's one thing democrates love, it's spending other peoples money on themselves.

Joby Mon 1/19/2009 07:13AM
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chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 07:14AM
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chidodger

I also love how they sold the rights for this to HBO. Maybe in a few months we can all purchase the $25 DVD of this as Wal-Mart.

chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 07:15AM
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chidodger

All HBO payed for was the rights to broadcast it(surely expectling to make thier money back as well), you(the tax payer) are paying for this.

brendan3 starstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 08:24AM
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evanbooth it's tuesday, TUESDAY!

Adamist Mon 1/19/2009 08:50AM
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Adamist

LoL.. like Republicans have never spent money frivolously.

Iraq War anyone??

mcarroll Mon 1/19/2009 09:16AM
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mcarroll

The money for this stuff comes from fundraising by the Obama campaign and other organizations. It does not come from taxpayer dollars. Those that donated money knew where their money was going.

chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 09:30AM
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chidodger

That's true about republicans, but don't forget the Democrats could have voted to pull us out of Iraq at any time, but choose not to, which they in return blaim on republicans. our government is 1 big finger pointing fest. And even if it is his campaign money to do what he wants with, do you still really agree with spending $20,000,000 on this? I can't see how anyone could. also-I voted green, FYI I think Repubs and Demos are both cheating liars, just so there's no confusion on that.

Road To Shambala Mon 1/19/2009 09:51AM
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Road To Shambala

We'll, if there's one thing democrates love, it's spending other peoples money on themselves.

Couldn't have said any better myself so I won't. By the way mcarroll, do you think Obama will have favors to repay for all the contributions he received, that's right, he's our new lord and savior so he's perfect.

Benjamin Human Mon 1/19/2009 11:47AM
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chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 11:52AM
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chidodger

Sorry Benjamin, but Shambala is right. The Blagovich scandal is just the warm up to what should end up being 4 VERY currupt years in Washington. As I said before, being a life-long Illinois resident, the last people you want running the country are Democrats from Illinois, especially Chicago.

statzj37 starstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 11:52AM
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Road to Shambala,

Obama will owe NO favors for the contributions, if you bothered to read the restrictions on inaugural contributions, it states that absolutely NO money can come from coporations or lobbyists, it can only come from private citizens and no more than $50,000 can be donated by any one person. That means a whole lot of people have thought this was important enough to shell out their own money. and you can look up exactly who donated online, its very transparent.

DrFunkinstein Mon 1/19/2009 11:53AM
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chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 12:24PM
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chidodger

I started this, no Shambala, so let me ask those of you agian, IS THIS REALLY THE RIGHT WAY TO SPEND $20,000,000 WHILE WE ARE IN AN ECONOMIC CRISIS????? ask yourself that. Even if the $20 million magically appeared out of thin air, RIGHT NOW, IN OUR COUNTRY, SHOULD WE REALLY BE SPENDING $20,000,000 ON THIS? I think no.

chidodger Mon 1/19/2009 12:33PM
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chidodger

Wouldn't it be funny, also, if when Obama goes and asks for another stimulus or bail-out, he gets treated like the automakers who asked for more money when they flew in on thier million dollar jets? If the government told him that whatever he askes for, they can cut $20 million off the top because if the "gala" can be paid for, why does he need to borrow more money for something that's actually worthwhile, and not a COMPLETE FUCKING WASTE of money? think about that, folks.

Road To Shambala Mon 1/19/2009 01:35PM
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Road To Shambala

How's the kool-aid taste fellas? You seem to have drank enough of it already. And now back to the music.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 1/20/2009 05:08AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

long live pete seegers ideals!

caserok Tue 1/20/2009 06:29AM
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Democrats can not pull anyone out of war all the funding was attached to other priorities, like the nation’s budget as a whole. Republicans have a lot of nerve to talk about wasting money, can you say Bush has more debt than all other administrations combined. If you can not feel the historical significance of this then you are numb. He also paid millions of it for himself. I do not remember complaining about Bush’s first inaugural, a man who was cocky as shit who did not even win the popular election. Chi- right now I would not want anyone else but the blue collar machine that is Chicago.

uakari starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 06:32AM
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uakari

Yes you have to pay $100 to see the dead

chidodger Tue 1/20/2009 07:19AM
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chidodger

CASEROK-Blue Collar Machine? Most of them are laid-off right now. dude, you have a point, but please, ansewer the question, IS THIS REALLY THE BEST WAY TO SPEND $20,000,000 RIGHT NOW? Blago was only the beginning, keep in mind, the Illinois Repubs have a chip on thier shoulder from the Ryan impeachment, and now the new sherrif in town (pat Fitzgerald) is going after every currupt democrate he can. And as many folks from chicago will tell, EVERYONE in polotics in this city has dirt on EVERYONE else. Just a matter of time before secrets start spilling and fingers start pointing(even more than they already are).

Benjamin Human Tue 1/20/2009 10:47AM
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Benjamin Human

Nothing like wading through half-baked political hearsay from some soap-box attention seeker, on a music site no less. Chidodger there are more appropriate venues and methods for you to get your insignificant point across. Incidentally, the money for the inauguration is the leftover campaign money. Not new money, but money they already had. That people gave to them. For stuff like this.

chidodger Tue 1/20/2009 11:36AM
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So BENJAMIN, do you think it was money well spent?

Whitney2889 Tue 1/20/2009 11:45AM
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Whitney2889

anybody else feel ashamed to watch garth brooks perform? he absolutly murdered american pie

SmashySmashy Tue 1/20/2009 03:01PM
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SmashySmashy

Benjamin - you are so smart!! What community college do you go to again?

SmashySmashy Tue 1/20/2009 03:07PM
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Oh sorry that was just a lame personal attack, how immature of I... You are right, I am glad he used the money he had at his disposal to throw himself not 1.. not 2.. oh but 10 inaugural balls in a time of economic crisis. Now don't use the comeback "what about the conservatives".. Oh they are just as bad! My point is that they are the same party perpetually keeping each other in power by only disagreeing on trivial social issues that barely matter in the large scheme of thing while perfectly coming to a consensus on ways to destroy our civil liberties and destroy the dollar. So again... what community colege did u go to that learned you sow smartt?

Big Andy Tue 1/20/2009 05:03PM
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caserock im sure u dont remember complaining about bushs inaugural but the facts are the press tore bush up for the 50 mil he spent saying we should feed the poor and armor are troops with the monies and as far as a debt goes not that big a deal during reagans terms press was saying that we would still b paying off that debt and they were wrong

mcarroll starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 06:49PM
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The whole tone of the conversation here reminds me of what has been going on in Washington for the last 15 years. To call someone corrupt solely because of the state they come from is to assume every single person in Illinois is corrupt. Two million people showed up in Washington today. I'm sure the huge influx of people made the city far more than 20 million dollars. That being said, what is the problem with spending that much money if it produces more than went into it for an American city? Isn't that the whole idea of stimulating our economy? As for the inaugural balls, people buy tickets to go to them. That is how they are payed for. What is wrong with some celebration for one night? I have no problem if you voted for the Green Party or for McCain or anyone else. My problem is with all the childish or uninformed comments thrown around in here. If you take nothing else from today's events, I would hope you can at least appreciate the milestone of America's first black president and the joy and involvement of the American people not seen in American politics in a long time. Give the man a chance to succeed - or fail. If he fails, you can justly bitch about him all you want.

PrinceofDANKNESS Tue 1/20/2009 11:53PM
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^^^^MCARROLL why is it a milestone that he is "THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT" isn't he just another man...why does it have to be about skin color, why can't it just be about whether or not he is the right man for the job. It's only been a few months and I'm already sick of hearing that. I just hope that when the next white president is elected that we get to hear about what a milestone it is for this to be the "FIRST EVER WHITE PRESIDENT FOLLOWING A BLACK PRESIDENT"....oh wait that would probably be seen as racist...but it's okay as long as they keep allowing such tv stations as BET we will never be able to move passed racism.

mcarroll Wed 1/21/2009 07:16AM
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Apparently you are unaware of the struggle of the African American in this country for the last 400 years. I have a hard time believing you can't understand why it is a milestone.

isthatyoujerry Wed 1/21/2009 08:28AM
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isthatyoujerry

^indeed ...and now i just read as his first official act as prez

he is moving white house to atlanta!!!

chidodger Wed 1/21/2009 10:59AM
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MCARROLL--I think we all understand and agree that this is a milestone for African Americans, but my issue is with Obama PRACTICING WHAT HE PREACHES. He told the nation that the current economic crisis called for all of us to "be careful" as far as our spending and conserving of money, and then he turns around and spends $100 million dollars on yesterdays "gala". I just feel it's hard to take him seriously after what he said, and what he spent yesterday. I hope 1 day I'm as excited as much as people were yesterday when we elect a president from a 3RD PARTY. But I also don't think it's worth a $100 million dollar celebration, economic crisis or no economic crisis.

mcarroll Wed 1/21/2009 02:18PM
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The economic impact of the inauguration was estimated to be between 700 million to 1 billion dollars. What I'm saying is - you organize all these events that draw a total of somewhere between 2 and 4 million people to the city over a few days and the economic impact is huge (WAY bigger than the Super Bowl). So they are not really wasting money, they are stimulating the economy to make up for the money spent. The inaugural committee is obviously based in D.C. so they are basically giving back to the community. And for the record, I would love to see third party candidates have equal opportunity to be elected. I think the treatment of Nader in 2000 was deplorable, and I certainly think they need to come up with a way to open up the debates (to a very limited number, if you have 8 people in a presidential debate it will be pointless), but I really don't think McKinney was a very good candidate for President of the United States. I just think Obama is the best Presidential candidate to come along in my lifetime, so for the first time in my life I am extremely optimistic about the direction the President could possibly take the country in.