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Burlington, Iowa's Hawkeye: "The Indelible Seminal Image Was That Of John Mellencamp Rocking Out..."
01.20.2009 - Here are portions of the larger article about the “We Are One” concert. Click HERE to read the full article.

The dawning of the Age of Obama began Sunday in America's capital city when three dozen major entertainers sang, recited, orated and celebrated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The event was called "We Are One," and they were, and it was one hell of a show.

The musical stars spread a wide buffet of genres ranging from rock to rap to traditional to folk. Bruce, Blige, Beyonce, Bono and Brooks were but a few who balladeered Barack.

The indelible seminal image was that of John Mellencamp rocking out and bellowing "Ain't that America" against a rich backdrop of American iconery: flags, cameras, cell phones, helicopters, FBI, gloves and stocking hats, cops, firemen, soldiers, snipers (watching from the Memorial parapets), helicopters (bringing in the luminaries), jets (constantly landing at Reagan International), souvenir hawkers, streetcorner proselytizers, hot dog vendors, T-shirt booths, and, of course, porta-potties.

Who was the best of all this amazing talent? The answer is this: Who can possibly answer that question when so much talent convenes in such a dramatic setting?

Obama received the loudest and most frequent cheers, which is a very encouraging thing for Americans of all political angles because it means that the new president is as welcome as our cultural heroes.

Mellencamp doing "Pink Houses" maybe; Herbie Hancock, will.i.am and Sheryl Crow knocking out Bob Marley's "Feel Alright" perhaps; Stevie Wonder, Usher and Shakira on "Higher Ground" might win top honors.


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