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
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)

(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.)