President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their first dance as Beyonce Knowles-Carter sang â€œAt Lastâ€, at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Other guest performers and celebrity appearances included Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Shakira, Nick Cannon (as DJ), Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marc Anthony and wife Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, amongst others.
The free event was broadcast live on ABC with full-coverage on other networks such as MSNBC, CNN and FOX.
Since President Obama is into the latest technology, viewers had the opportunity to watch via the internet through webcasts and text messaging that linked neighborhoods across the U.S. in real time with the events. The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball took place at the Washington Convention Center.
Others Inaugural Balls held included the following:
10 official inaugural balls:
- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Obama Home States (Illinois and Hawaii) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Biden Home States (Pennsylvania and Delaware) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Midwest Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Western Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
- Commander in Chief’s Ball at the National Building Museum.
- Southern Inaugural Ball at the National Guard Armory.
- Eastern Inaugural Ball at Union Station.
- Youth Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton.
Unofficial balls include:
- Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ball at the Capitol Hilton.
- Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts.
- Recording Industry Association of America’s ball for Feeding America.
- BET’s Inaugural Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
- Africa on the Potomac inaugural celebration at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
- American Music Inaugural Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
- Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel.
- Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Ball at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
- Inaugural Peace Ball at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
- Impact Film Fund ball.
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