Our newly elected President kicked of the night with an appearance at the first-ever Neighborhood Ball, attended by everyday Americans. The gala was the first of ten balls the Obamas attended on Inauguration Night.
“This ball is the one that captures best the spirit of this campaign,” says President Obama on the significance of the first-ever Neighborhood Ball that linked Americans across the country interactively and via a live broadcast on ABC.
“This man was born to lead us. At last he is here. He makes me want to be more involved,” says Beyoncé, after an emotional performance of “At Last,” the Etta James classic, for the first dance of President Obama and the nation’s First Lady.
Designer Jason Wu, 26, played close attention to detail when designing the First Lady’s long, flowing one-shoulder gown. The ruched bodice and full skirt accentuated her tall frame, while the sparkling beads added a touch of romance to the creation that will be donated to the Smithsonian museum.
Going for understated sophistication, Mrs. Obama accessorized her white off-the-shoulder Jason Wu gown with an antic medallion jeweled ring, long cascading diamond earrings, and diamond bangles on her wrist.
“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and there are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met,” said the President.