Joe Biden, Michelle Obama to Appear at Star-Studded Anti-Poverty Concert
Biden's appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, featuring performances by Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, is bound to feed speculation that the vice president is ramping up for a run against Hillary Clinton.
First lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to make appearances at Saturday’s star-studded Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, where a crowd of up to 60,000 is expected as a show of support for worldwide efforts to eradicate poverty.
Biden’s appearance, which will give him a huge global platform, is bound to feed the increasing anticipation among many Democrats that he soon will announce his presidential candidacy.
"We are truly overwhelmed to have the support of Vice President Joe Biden and the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama,” said Hugh Evans, co-founder of both the Global Citizen Festival and the Global Poverty Project, which Saturday’s event supports. "Vice President Biden has been a fierce advocate for America's leadership role in global development."
The first lady and Biden join a long list of celebrities and political figures participating in the concert, including Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Scandal star Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Bill and Melinda Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bono and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The musical participants, headlined by Beyonce, also will include Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.
Obama will highlight the Let Girls Learn initiative, which seeks to support the more than 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. She also will announce a new public-engagement campaign hosted by Girl Rising, in support of Let Girls Learn.
The festival will air live on MSNBC and MSNBC.com from noon-7 p.m., Los Angeles time. YouTube also will live-stream the festival on YouTube.com/GlobalCitizen. The broadcast is being produced by Emmy Award winner Ken Ehrlich and Ron Basile. Key organizers for the Global Poverty Project include producers Eric Ortner, Mark Schulman and David Beame.