Barack Obama stood on the stage of the Commander-in-Chief Ball and spoke of the woman he loved. "I've got a date with me here," he said. "She inspires me every day. She makes me a better man and a better president. The fact that she is so devoted to taking care of our troops and our military families is just one more sign of her extraordinary love and grace and strength. I'm just lucky to have her."
Then Michelle Obama emerged, resplendent, and joined him for a dance to "Let's Stay Together," performed by Jennifer Hudson. The president held her cheek to cheek and she whispered to him and sang along.
The First Lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. She is wearing shoes designed by Jimmy Choo. At the end of the inaugural festivities, the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.
"Let's Stay Together" and Obama are not strangers.
The last time Obama met that song in public was a year ago, at a fundraiser at New York's famed Apollo Theater. He crooned a few bars, to the delight of the crowd. Then he joked he'd survived the Sandman -- a reference to Sandman Sims, the tap dancer who chased unpopular acts offstage at the Apollo for decades.