In recent years, it’s become standard practice for the presidential inauguration to feature lots of famous people. After Monday afternoon’s inauguration, which featured performances by Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, and crowd appearances by Eva Longoria and Katy Perry, the inaugural ball attracted a different set of famous faces.
Jennifer Hudson headlined the ball and sang Al Green’s classic and one of Obama’s favorite songs, “Let’s Stay Together,” which is a fitting theme song for Obama’s second term.
Of course, as is custom, Obama and Michelle started off the night with the inaugural first dance. Michelle looked stunning in a ruby red Jason Wu gown--the same designer she wore to the first inauguration four years ago.
Obama and Michelle’s romance is what every married couple should strive for.
“She inspires me every day, she makes me a better man and a better president…I’m just lucky to have her,” Obama announced as he introduced his wife, “Some may dispute the quality of the President, but nobody disputes the quality of the first lady. America, my better half and my dance partner, Michelle Obama.”
Later, Alicia Keys performed her song “Girl on Fire” but changed the lyrics to “He’s the president and he’s on fire. Obama’s on fire. Obama’s on fire.”
Stevie Wonder was also there and got the party going with classics like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”
Today the Obamas will hit up another of the official balls, where apparently Gaga will perform. However, this year Obama has downsized and reduced the number of official balls from 10 to 2, because, you know, #TheEconomy.