Obamas, Bidens Party till Wednesday

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After a day of ceremony, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, two-stepped their way into Wednesday, dashing in and out of 10 inaugural balls scheduled until after 2 a.m.

The Obamas kicked off their late night at the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, which offered tickets to D.C. residents at $25 a head.

"First of all, how good-looking is my wife?" Obama asked playfully before their first dance.

Click play for CBN News Washington Correspondent John Jessup's report on the People's Inaugural Ball.

Mrs. Obama wore a flowing white one-shoulder gown while the new president wore a simple black tuxedo and complementary white bow tie.

The couple twirled to singer Beyonce's rendition of the old classic, "At Last" by Etta James.

Shall We Dance?

Vice President Joe Biden joked throughout the night about his two left feet.  He admitted he planned to talk a lot, hoping to prolong the dancing.

"The thing that frightens me the most [is] I'm going to have to stand in that circle and dance in a minute," he said at the Commander in Chief Ball.

Still, the VP and his wife took the floor, dancing to an instrumental of Rod Stewart's "Have I Told You Lately."

The Obamas weren't as shy, ready to dance at every ball on and off cue.

After spinning his wife around at the Youth Ball, Obama told the crowd, "That's what you call old school!"

Honoring Our Troops

While at the Commander in Chief Ball, Obama talked via satelite with a group of Chicago natives stationed in Afghanistan. 

"Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today, every day, forever," Obama said. "Together, I am confident we will write the next great chapter in America's story."

In a quick change in tone, the President jokingly asked if the solders were White Sox or Cubs fans, only to find out he was outnumbered.

"This is terrible," he laughed.  Obama roots for the White Sox.

He later added that though "we may be outnumbered," Cubs, Sox and even Cardinals fans can agree that they salute the military's "service and sacrifice."

Celebrities Ready to Party

Even before Tuesday's inauguration, Washington was packed with stars turning out to celebrate the swearing in of America's first black president.  

Actors Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Cusack were among the Hollywood stars in the audience while Obama took the oath of office.

The Neighborhood Ball featured singers Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill and Mariah Carey, to name a few.

Rapper Kanye West performed at the Youth Ball.

At least another dozen unofficial balls were also scattered throughout the city.  Though the first couple wasn't scheduled to appear, it's certain the party went on without them.

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Cicely Gosier

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