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Barack Obama was the eighth most frequently tagged “artist” on Stereogum in the past twelve months. That makes him even more popular than Animal Collective around here, and deservedly so: Animal Collective may have just released their finest album, but they are not ready to lead our country. Yet. In any case, you are no doubt gearing up for an exciting week of nonstop inauguration coverage and celebratory concerts. The partying started in DC last night on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, with legendary musicians and Jamie Foxx paying tribute to the President-Elect at the Lincoln Memorial, where the civil rights leader gave his “I Have a Dream” speech 46 years ago. Among the “We Are One” event performances: Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger singing “This Land is Your Land,” U2′s MLK-inspired “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” followed by Obama campaign song “City Of Blinding Lights,” and Sasha Fierce’s take on “America The Beautiful.” The air was freezing, and James Taylor had to strum with one eye, but it was a magical night. We’ve got a bunch of photos, and you can browse them in our fancy new gallery. Change!

Comments (35)
  1. Liam  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    1.) these are some of the most unintentionally hilarious photos i’ve ever seen.
    2.) the first picture thats tagged “Usher” looks more like John Legend to me.

  2. god, bono. you’re not even AMERICAN. ugh.

    • Manny  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

      Give Bono a break. It’s not like U2 crashed the party, they were invited- and like it or not, the Obama camp used U2′s music during the campaign. If a Radiohead song was used, would you be bitching about Thom Yorke not being American?

  3. Iskra  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    He’s not American? Really? What an astute observation jackass.
    Typical American attitude of inclusion huh?
    God this website has some smarmy, snarky fucks on it.
    Are you mad that Animal Collective wasn’t invited or would you just bash them too?
    Go iron your skinny jeans you indie whiner.

  4. The Gallery looks really good guys. It’s going to be great to see photos from festivals and concerts in that format.

  5. and im sure glad all my tax dollars are going to throw a 150 million dollar party.

    • dr. acula  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

      it’s only $45m when you cancel out the security costs:

      what with all the sekrit mooslimmunist conspiracy theorists on right wing radio stoking visceral hate, I hope they spend a hundred million fucking dollars keeping his ass (and that of everyone there to see him) safe. Bush’s cost $42m in 2000; $45 isn’t a big deal, unless you’re a dickweed burping up whatever right-wing spew stuck to your matted hair in this morning’s loser circle jerk.

  6. Eat dick Iskra! EAT DICK YOU ASSHOLE!

  7. If someone gives themself the name “Legend” are they a.) Under the delusion that they are legendary. b.) Asking to be ridiculed. c.) A motherfucking jackass. Or d.) All of the above.

  8. John Legend  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    Picture fourteen – someone correct that please.

  9. Black Jesus  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    “Half the kids in the class didn’t vote for your nephew. What about them? You don’t give a crap about them because they aren’t on your side. People like you preach tolerance and openmindedness all the time but when it comes to middle America you think we’re all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political alignment. Just because you’re on TV doesn’t mean you know crap about the government.” — Mr. Garrison yelling at Rosie O’Donnell

  10. Wow stereogum readers……I thought we were better than this. There’s no need for a photo album to turn to fighting words.

    • bananafana feux  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

      Bono + Israel/Palestine + Obama = recipe for disaster in the comments section of any blog.

  11. Garth Brooks. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

  12. “Legendary musicians and Jamie Foxx.” That made me laugh.

    And may I be the first to suggest a new internet meme? LOLBidens.

  13. fuckstick  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    why wasn’t arcade fire invited?

  14. Iskra  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0


  15. anonymous  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 0

    I hate Bono even more now. Go back to Ireland you tool.

  16. I wish they would have invited Brian Eno.

  17. At least Bono gives a $hit~ Thom Yorke could have, would have & possibly should have been there. This is a Big Deal & We Are Responsible For That Specific Choice Amongst Many Others.. So, I Just Now Got Into Animal Collective & It Reminds Me Of HDAwake or Something.. Is it just divided down the middle on here & Pitchfork: People That LOVE Animal Collective & People That Don’t Like The Band OR Their Fans??! I Don’t Understand.. Explain It Before The World Explodes In 42 Hours . BlogSpot <– Come & Tell Me Yours, I Want To Be Cool And Understand.. Help Me Panda Bear, Avey Tare. Jonsi Kitten, Warmer Mittens ********** BASH AWAY *******

  18. Bono looks like the marsupial from the Lion King in the photo above.

  19. Iskra  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    Stereogum must love U2 to have this as the main story for an entire day. Suck it haters.

  20. bono  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    Make Jamie Foxx go away. Chris Gaines should’ve played.

  21. Its nice to see that all these people can take off work today… We shall see if he works out, if not, my boy bloomberg is ready to fix things.

  22. <3 Jamie Foxx

  23. quinn walker 4prez  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    magazine subscriptions,
    and newspaper fiction
    are filling our head with lies…
    history rewritten, and sitting ducks smitten,
    with handouts in the skies…

  24. marsh  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    jamie fox(x) is such a tool. he tried to quote jfk and it was just cringe-inducing… he started by saying “ask not what you can do for your country..” yea . no, he was not joking

  25. narg  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2009 0

    Jamie Foxx groped my gf’s butt without asking at a bar in Scottsdale. Abe Lincoln would be proud. Does anyone else think all these celebrations were super cheesey?

  26. Bono grew old like the others, but he’s still a great band leader…

  27. adresinde her marka ve bu markalara ait sahibinden veya firmalardan ikinci el otomobillere ulaşmak çok kolay…

    ikinci el oto Sahibinden, galeriden, satılık, kiralık, 0 km, 2. el, resimli veya resimsiz tüm oto, araba, otomobil, otobüs, kamyon, minibüs, midibüs, van, minivan, panelvan, 4×4, SUV araç ilanları ücretsiz olarak yayınlanmaktadır.

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