President, First Lady Attend Commander in Chief's Ball

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama speaks during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by James Bowman
  • Surrounded by by each service's senior enlisted advisor, President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The ball honored America's servicemembers, families, the fallen and wounded warriors. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by James Bowman
  • President Barack Obama and U.S. Marine Sgt. Elidio Guillen wave to the crowd at the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
  • First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Army Sgt. Margaret H. Herrera speak at the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
  • President Barack Obama dances with U.S. Army Sgt. Margaret H. Herrera while first lady Michelle Obama shares a dance with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elidio Guillen at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performs at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The ball, hosted by President Barack Obama, honored America's servicemembers, families, the fallen and wounded warriors. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Vice President Joe Biden dances with his wife Jill at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Jon Bon Jovi performs at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by James Bowman
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the audience after dancing at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is interviewed by NBC's Ann Curry at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley