On his inauguration day, President Biden was able to wake up in a final campaign advertisement.
In place of the usual opening ball coverage – you know, a good saga of BeyoncéI While the president and the first lady slow danced – we got a celeb-stuffed, somber concert called “Celebrating America” that aired in primetime on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC.
Hoping that Rachel Madawao sings “You’re a Grand Old Flag” while swirling fiery poles, I was disappointed by the less exciting, but just 90-minute, transparent schedule. The evening was little more than a self-righteous PR opportunity for the new administration.
A press release stated that the event “demonstrates the resilience, heroism of the American people, and the commitment to come together as a nation and to rebuild.”
Calm down, folks. It featured John Bon Jovi at a dock in Florida.
Okay, sometimes it actually does what its title claimed it would. Songs were introduced by frontline workers, teachers, and kid volunteers. No one will reject their bravery or merit. But those segments were, of course, narrated by Biden, and looked like the 30-second spot you’d see on the Ohio TV set on November 6.
A few hours after the most important speech of his life, Biden had to give another. And this time, instead of being introduced by Amy Klobuchar, he upgraded to Tom Hanks.
“[We] It wanted to make sure that our inauguration was not about us, but about you, ”the president said while standing at the humble, selfless Lincoln Memorial.
“Because of you, democracy has prevailed,” Prez added. So, if the other man got more votes, would democracy have deteriorated? No problem. Bring on songs.
In recent times, politicians and experts have told us that the darkest days of the epidemic are still raging. What you might not know is the choice of musicians: John Bon Jovi covered “Here Comes the Sun”, Justin Timberlake and Ant Kleman sang the duet on “Better Days”, John Legend sang Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” And Foo Fighters performed the song “Times Like This” (“I’m Growing a New Day!”).
Demi Lovato later jammed “Lovely Day” while Biden and first lady Jill Biden awkwardly circled around the White House and Katy Perry claimed “firework” while DC Sky lights up in the finale Filled with, see? As of today, things are going great!
Tomorrow, the network should stop giving free air to its man so that it can feel empty and demand real action. Hold powerful accountable, right? Or was it just that for the last four years?