President Obama has taken the oath of office for his second presidential term.
Follow along with updates of the 57th inauguration festivities below and watch social reaction and video here.
Hey, you mind if I get out of here? I mean, it's been fun sitting in this office, but the president's gone home, and I'd kind of like to hit the after-parties if you don't mind. Check in with The Reliable Source blog tomorrow to see what happens later. Don't feel like you need to stay up for me, okay?
Brewed-in-Washington beers have become ubiquitous in the last year, and the natural extension is the first Brewers Ball at ChurchKey. Local and national beer lovers came together over 55 draft and cask beers, including Allagash FV13 (aged for four years in oak barrels in Maine) and Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (made in St. Louis with New Zealand hops). Representatives of D.C.'s breweries toasted the toasted crowd and offered their own predictions for 2013: Look out for lower-alcohol session beers and funky, Belgian-influenced ales.
-- Fritz Hahn
Cyndi Lauper, performing at the HRC ball, on the inclusion of gay rights in Obama's noontime speech on Monday (he was the first U.S. president to ever use the word "gay" in an inaugural address):
"He said the g-word!"
Lauper also said Obama's 2013 inauguration was better for her than 2009, when she had a purple ticket.
"Like, wowza. What a room!
"Acres of concrete floor at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to sashay across in gowns and heels, to clippity-clop around in tuxes and shiny dress shoes. All in search of that special 'I-was-there' moment, an inauguration night when a city consumed by its quarrels stopped its sniping for a few, and just smiled.
"In this age of austerity, President Obama trimmed the fat off the inauguration festivities, slimming down from the 10 balls he attended for his first inauguration to the two official galas he attended Monday night for his second inauguration. But it’s not like he slummed it, not with Alicia Keys on stage at the piano in that red backless dress."
-- Go read the full story, Inaugural balls give Obama fans chance to party, by Manuel Roig-Franzia, Monica Hesse and a team of Washington Post correspondents.
After a decadent dinner, guests were sent away to a different ballroom for dessert and coffee while the American Legion's Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball staff transformed the banquet hall into a dance party. Restless patrons kept coming back to see if the band was ready. "Are they still setting up in here?" "Oh, I guess they aren't ready." "What's taking so long?"
Eager to dance, partygoers made a beeline for dance floor the moment the band, D.C. group Free Spirit, played the opening notes of Black Eyed Peas hit "I Gotta Feeling." Soon, even Medal of Honor winners were grooving to "Call Me Maybe."
During a break, saxophone player Eli Gonzalez of Alexandria said he was having a blast, despite the fact he had to wake up at 2:30 a.m. for his day job, playing with the U.S. Army band in the inauguration parade. Anticipating being awake for 24 hours straight, Gonzalez still pronounced the day "awesome" -- and though Free Spirit was playing the gig for the second inauguration in a row hoping to catch a glimpse of President Obama, they were thrilled Joe Biden showed up.
"Horrid. Winding. I just left," says a correspondent at the scene.
A steady stream of celebrities are crowding the red carpet at the National Portrait Gallery for a gala hosted by BET. Among those spotted: Hall of Fame basketball player Patrick Ewing, singer Kenny Lattimore and actresses Tatyana Ali and Gabrielle Union.
-- Robert Samuels
It is a day to celebrate, said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). She was dressed in a chiffon fuchsia top and black dress. Lee was one of about 600 people gathered at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's gala at the Capitol Hilton. Her hair was pinned up and she bounced as the DJ played an Alicia Keys hit in the background.
But Lee's mind was clearly back in the office. What was she thinking about?
"The significance of having our first black president being sworn in for a second time on King's birthday, 150 years after emancipation, the convergence of all this together is important for us to celebrate," Lee said. "But it is also time for us to regroup. When you look at unemployment in the black community, it is 14 percent. When you look at poverty -- which started before our president was elected -- we have a lot of work to do. Today really reminds us of the work that has been done before us."
-- Krissah Thompson
At least for the president and first lady. Four years ago, they left their final inaugural ball at 12:45 a.m. -- before heading back to the White House to party with an elite crowd of friends. But tonight, the clock had barely struck 10 before they were headed home. Granted, they had more territory to cover last time: ten balls spread out over several locations, instead of the consolidated mega-balls, all at the convention center. Four years ago, Obama did the Bump with one lucky guest. Nothing so lively this time.
Flashback: Obamas, Bidens Dance the Night Away at 10 Balls, 1/21/09
Not getting as much attention as Michelle Obama's dress -- but for those wondering, Jill Biden's blue (or is it periwinkle???) gown is by Vera Wang, reports NBC's Carrie Dann.
From Vera Wang's Twitter feed:
Greeting Joe and Jill Biden at the Inaugural Ball xxVera yfrog.com/o0eboelj
— Vera Wang (@VeraWangGang) January 22, 2013
What a joy, honor and privilege to have dressed Dr Jill Biden for tonight's Inauguration. A beautiful, spirited, accomplished woman! XxVera
— Vera Wang (@VeraWangGang) January 22, 2013