"She inspires me every day. She makes me a better man and a better president. . . . I'm just lucky to have her. My better half and my dance partner," is how President Barack Obama introduced his wife, Michelle Obama, at the Commander in Chief's Ball on Jan. 21. The first lady wore a red Jason Wu gown and sweetly sang to the president while Jennifer Hudson performed her rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Editor Annie Scudder, who was reporting from the second Washington DC fete, The Inaugural Ball, said it was a packed house waiting for the first couple to arrive. "It's like a sea of people, many of them in long sequined dresses," she said. "You could see the first couple's big smiles from afar. They looked at ease and in appreciation of Jennifer's performance."
This year there were only two inaugural balls being thrown in Washington DC, down from 10 in 2009, with the Commander in Chief's Ball honoring the troops and military families. The Inaugural Ball was expected to host an estimated 35,000 people. Performers at the events include Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Usher, Marc Anthony, and the cast of Glee. See photos of the first couple dancing at the inaugural balls now!