WASHINGTON (AP) -- "At Last" may be just what President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are thinking as they glide together to the Etta James classic at one inaugural ball after another.
The Obamas are the star attraction at 10 inaugural celebrations they plan to attend, going into the early hours of Wednesday. The celebrations mark the end of a long day of formal inaugural events and the two-year campaign that put them in the White House.
The marathon began with the Neighborhood Ball. At the Obama Home States ball, the president pulled the first lady much closer than he did on their first dance.
At the Commander in Chief Ball, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden each saluted the nation's military men and women via satellite.
The Obamas split up to dance with Marine Sgt. Elidio Guillen of Madera, Calif. -- who was shorter than dance partner Michelle -- and Army Sgt. Margaret H. Herrera, who cried in the president's arms.