President Barack Obama officially Sworn In as the 44th President of the United States of America! BN Scoop & Photos from the Swearing-In-Ceremony & Inaugural BallPosted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 12:21 PM
By Damilare Aiki
“Obama’s on FIRE”
Those were the words R&B music star Alicia Keys used to describe President Barack Obama while performing her hit song Girl on Fire at the Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.
Yesterday, Monday 21st January 2013, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. At the swearing in ceremony, he spoke on skin colour, believing in America, supporting Asia, Africa and Middle East as well as gay rights.
BN brings you photos and scoop from the swearing in ceremony and inauguration ball.
The Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball
The 2013 Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural ball took place at the Washington Convention Center, DC. During his address, President Barack Obama dedicated the evening to Americans and military service members saying, “This whole party is just another way something we can never say enough: thank you.”
For their second dance (PS the first was in 2010), the first couple swayed to Jennifer Hudson‘s rendition of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together”. The night also witnessed performances by Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Mann and Fun.
Spotlight on Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Outfit
Yes everyone wanted to hear President Barack Obama’s speech but everyone wanted to see one person in particular – The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama and what she will be wearing.
At the 2013 Inauguration ball, the 49 year old first lady looked ravishing in a custom red Jason Wu gown. Keeping the name of the designer she will wear “top secret” till the D-Day, the first lady decided to go for Jason Wu once again – the designer who created her one-shoulder white floor length dress for the 2009 Inauguration ball.
She accessorized the chiffon velvet dress with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and custom Kimberly McDonald custom jewels. Her bangs completed the look.
Watch the Jennifer Hudson’s performance
Inaugural Swearing In Ceremony
Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America at the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC infront of over 800,000 people.
Grammy Award winning singer, Beyonce Knowles belted out the Star Spangled Banner National anthem. She arrived in a black Emilio Pucci dress, black Dior coat and a selection of emerald green Lorraine Schwartz jewels with her rap mogul husband Jay-Z dapper in a gray Tom Ford suit.
American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson was also present to perform “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”. Also present at the swearing in ceremony include new pop couple Katy Perry and John Mayer as well as Eva Longoria.
Watch Beyonce’s performance of the National Anthem
Victory once again for African-Americans and Africa! Yipeee.
Photo Credit: Zimbio