Obamas, Bidens Hit Inaugural Balls

Michelle Obama glows in Jason Wu gown

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:52 AM CST

(Newser) – There were just two inaugural balls this time instead of 2009's 10, but the Obamas and Bidens made them count. The president thanked troops in Afghanistan via videolink from the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and he and Michelle danced with several members of the military before heading to the Inaugural Ball, Politico reports.

Jennifer Hudson sang Al Green "Let’s Stay Together" for the first couple's first dance at both events, and Joe and Jill Biden danced to Ray Charles’ "I Can’t Stop Loving You," sung by Jamie Foxx. The first lady wore a custom-made, ruby-colored, velvet and chiffon Jason Wu gown to both balls, as well as shoes from Jimmy Choo and a ring from jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. (Less impressive, per Buzzfeed: the snacks and drink lines.)

President bama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance.
President bama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Jennifer Hudson sings while President  Obama and his wife Michelle dance at the Inaugural Ball.
Jennifer Hudson sings while President Obama and his wife Michelle dance at the Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
PresidentObama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during The Inaugural Ball.
PresidentObama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during The Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kiss as they dance during the Commander-In-Chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kiss as they dance during the Commander-In-Chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural ball.
Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural ball.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden dance at the Inaugural Ball.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden dance at the Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Jamie Foxx arrives to sing for Vice President Joe Biden's dance at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
Jamie Foxx arrives to sing for Vice President Joe Biden's dance at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Inaugural Ball.
Singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Marc Anthony performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
Marc Anthony performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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