Obamas at the Balls: First Dance
The crowd has been rocking out with Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey at the Neighborhood Ball inside one of the ballrooms of the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and then, precisely at 8:30 p.m., there they are: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, he in white tie, with that tie slightly askew, she in a sweeping, shimmery white, one-shouldered, floor-length gown with a train by Jason Wu.
"How good-looking is my wife?" says the president, with that megawatt smile of his. Crowd roar in response.
As promised, Beyonce sings the Etta James classic, "At Last," and the new residents of the White House slowly pivot around the stage. The crowd appears transfixed. Beyonce, in a fitted silver satin gown, looks as if she will weep. At song's end, Blige has tears running down her cheek, but the president and first lady seem quite composed. After all, they've got a marathon ahead of them -- nine more balls and a schedule that calls for them to return to their new residence well after 2 a.m.
And then, an uptempo number -- Stevie Wonder and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," which also happened to be Obama's identifying ringtone on advisor David Axelrod's phone. All the talent crowds the stage and takes a stanza, and the first couple boogies around the stage with a bunch of other folks.
And then, there it is!! The first known presidential bump! as Obama dances onstage with a young woman.
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