As the global community came together for the One World: Together At Home broadcast on Saturday night, former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush teamed up to share an important message with Global Citizens watching around the world.
Obama and Bush joined forces with global health experts, world leaders, frontline health workers, and some of the world’s biggest names in music and entertainment for the global broadcast — to celebrate and support frontline workers and unite the world behind the global COVID-19 response.
Their message, to the public and frontline workers watching at home, was one of strength, solidarity, and "overwhelming gratitude" to those who are "risking their lives on our behalf."
In this screengrab, Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020.
"Over the years, Laura and I have traveled across this country, and around the world," Obama said.
Bush continued: "We have visited with you at your schools, libraries, diners, places of worship, and even at your kitchen tables."
"And we have had the profound privilege of getting to know you and your families," continued Obama. "Your hopes, your struggles, and your triumphs."
Former First Ladies @MichelleObama and @LauraWBush appeared on One World: #TogetherAtHome to stand in solidarity with @WHO and the incredible health care workers defending our communities against COVID-19. Do your part to fight this crisis at https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy. pic.twitter.com/yTxjQfGE1Y— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
But despite this "difficult period of physical separation," Bush highlighted that we have never been closer. "Not just in our great country, but tonight, we stand with the people of the world."
The pair expressed thanks to medical professionals, first responders, and many others on the frontlines.
"And we’re thankful for our pharmacists, the veterinarians, the police officers, the sanitation workers, and those of you working in grocery stories, or delivering food and supplies to our homes," Bush said. "You are the fabric of our country, and your strength will carry us through this crisis."
In this screengrab, Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020.
Obama finished by highlighting that, while the coming days will not be easy, "this global family of ours is strong."
She added: "We will continue to be here for one another and we will get through this crisis together."
One World: Together At Home is a historic multi-hour digital and broadcast event with appearances from some of the world’s biggest artists and influencers, as well as messages from global health experts and world leaders. The event has and will continue to showcase commitments to support the fight against COVID-19.
For everyone watching at home, our message is that the whole world must unite to tackle this global health crisis — and every one of us can take action to support the response efforts against coronavirus.
Join the movement by heading to our 'Together At Home' campaign page and taking action online to support frontline health workers and the global COVID-19 response.
You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.