If you needed any further proof that Tom Hanks is an (inter)national treasure, then last night’s Celebrating America inauguration event provided it.
The actor hosted the star-studded event from Washington D.C. following the official transfer of power to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
As the Forrest Gump star addressed the American people at the start of the show, viewers had two things on their minds.
Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Tom said: “In the last few weeks, and the last few years, we’ve witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancour in our land.
“But tonight we ponder the United States of America, the practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic, the integrity of our Constitution, the hopes and dreams we all share for a more perfect union.”
— Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 21, 2021
Following his intro, many viewers pointed out that it had eery similarities to a scene in The Simpsons Movie, which predicted the Hollywood star would make a televised speech in a moment of “national chaos” 14 years ago.
“The US government has lost its credibility, so it’s borrowing some of mine,” he says in a scene from the animated film.
There’s an actual TV special tonight regarding the inauguration with Tom Hanks. The Simpsons don’t miss. pic.twitter.com/qYdyFGIKn7
— Caleb Robinson | #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@NerdDiamond84) January 20, 2021
— Cameron Grant (@OtherCoolCam101) January 21, 2021
But way more people were concerned about the 64-year-old star actually freezing to death on the steps of the Capitol building as he appeared to have forgotten his coat...
Someone should have given Bernie’s jacket and mittens to Tom Hanks.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) January 21, 2021
Looks like he thought about it. pic.twitter.com/V2HY0CUxk7
— Grace Kelly Herbert (@GKDogMom) January 21, 2021
I think it’s a terrible irony that after surviving all those years on that tropical island that Tom Hanks is going to freeze to death in the middle of a major city
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 21, 2021
I am freezing just watching Tom Hanks.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 21, 2021
tom hanks survived covid only to die at the inauguration of hypothermia
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 21, 2021
Stay tuned at 10:00 for the telethon to save Tom Hanks from hypothermia
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) January 21, 2021
Can we get Tom Hanks an outdoor coat please.
We already had a scare earlier. Protect the National Treasure
— YS (@NYinLA2121) January 21, 2021
Someone get Tom Hanks a beanie!
— Rachel Brosnahan (@RachelBros) January 21, 2021
Someone please get Tom Hanks a coat and a mug of hot cocoa.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 21, 2021
Who is going to defrost Tom Hanks at the end of this?
— Jennifer 'America is Back' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 21, 2021
Frozen 3 starring Tom Hanks was pretty good.
— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLif) January 21, 2021
Day one of the Biden presidency and the closest thing to a controversy on Twitter is people politely pleading for Tom Hanks to put on a coat.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 21, 2021
Tom Hanks has two Oscars, four Golden Globes, and seven Emmys. He doesn't need a coat. 😌
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 21, 2021
The presidential celebration featured a slew of performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi.
The music stars performed from different locations across the US, as the inauguration events were intended to minimise the risk of further Covid-19 spread.
Watch the event in full below...
LIVE: Tom Hanks hosts 'Celebrating America,' a primetime special featuring remarks from President Biden and VP Harris, and performances from musical acts. https://t.co/H2JpOLvM9V
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 21, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.