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Obamas, Bidens Hit Inaugural Balls

Michelle Obama glows in Jason Wu gown

(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... More »

Today's Inauguration Timeline

Crowd of up to 800K expected to watch Obama take oath

(Newser) - Today, President Obama will become just the 17th president to deliver a second inaugural address and a crowd of up to 800,000 is expected to watch him take the oath of office—though the real inauguration happened yesterday . A guide to today's events, as per Reuters and the... More »

Obama Will Take Corporate Cash for Inaugural Parties

It's a 'symbolic reversal' after 2009 festivities: Politico

(Newser) - One way President Obama's second inauguration will differ from his first: This time, he's accepting unlimited corporate funds for parties and receptions, a rep says. He still won't take money from PACs or lobbyists, the New York Times notes, and with the economy in mind, his inaugural... More »

Smithsonian Snags Obama Inaugural Gown

Jason Wu creation joins Museum of American History collection

(Newser) - The Museum of American History got more fashionable today when Michelle Obama donated the evening gown she wore to the 2009 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection. "I am very honored and very humbled, but I have to say that I'm also a little embarrassed by all the... More »

First Couple Hits All 10 Official Balls

First stop: the first-of-its-kind, publicly accessible Neighborhood Ball

(Newser) - The new first couple danced their way through all 10 official balls last night, keeping with tradition and the desire to make yesterday’s inauguration the “most accessible” in history, CNN reports. Barack and Michelle Obama began the evening at the public Neighborhood Ball with Beyoncé’s rendition... More »

In DC, Rash of Wary Tux Renters Ahead of Inaugural

(Newser) - Uninitiated DC men are scrambling to procure tuxedos for the inauguration, and they, luckily, have a few seasoned resources, the Washington Post reports. While inveterate ball-goers frequent Brooks Brothers and such, a younger class of invitees is flocking to the capital’s rental shops, where veteran tailors calm their jitters.... More »

Inaugural TV Deals Bring Big Bucks, Controversy

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s inaugural organizing team has struck the most lucrative series of TV deals ever seen for its slate of inaugural events, raking in more than $5 million from various networks, the Washington Post reports. HBO landed the juiciest prize, paying $2.5 million for exclusive rights to tomorrow’... More »

Inaugural Balls Can Be a Pain

Mystique gives way to sardine-can ballrooms and endless coat-check lines

(Newser) - Inaugural balls aren't the fairytale occasions people imagine, jaded Washington vet Carla Hall writes in the Los Angeles Times. Instead of a sea of couples gliding past the newly sworn-in president on the dance floor, the galas tend to be a bunch of tired people crammed into a ballroom straining... More »

Inaugural to Cost Record $160M

Obama raising $45M in private funds to help pay massive bill

(Newser) - By the time Barack and Michelle Obama dance the last waltz at the inaugural balls in the wee hours next Wednesday morning, the total tab for the inauguration will be close to a record $160 million, reports the New York Daily News. The president-elect is raising $45 million in private... More »

J.Lo, Marc Belatedly Hop on Obama Wagon

Couple will appear at inaugural ball

(Newser) - J.Lo and Marc Anthony are jumping on the Obama bandwagon—and being dubbed “vile opportunists” for their trouble, the New York Post reports. Though the power couple snubbed him during the campaign, Anthony will sing and Lopez will speak at the Latino Inaugural Ball Jan. 18, leading one... More »

Obama's Inaugural Dance Card Is Full: Ten Balls

Next First Couple will be stretched thinner, by one gala, than Bushes in '05

(Newser) - The new First Couple will have plenty of opportunity to showcase their dance moves, the Washington Post reports, with 10 different inaugural balls scheduled for the night of Jan. 20—one more party than President Bush had in 2005. But the question on many minds is: What will Michelle wear,... More »

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