My grandma told me that, more than anything in the world, she wanted Holland and I to celebrate and rejoice in Obama being reelected president for four more years.
Not being ones to disappoint, we acquiesced by attending the Starry Night Inaugural Ball held at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.
Sunday night, we did our hair and dressed up to head to downtown DC.
We got stuck in traffic for about an hour and a half on the way there. Even though the Inauguration and most events weren't happening until the next day, there were a lot of streets closed down. We ended up getting stuck on Constitution Ave because the police were blocking the street for some unknown reason. After about 45 minutes, I got out of the car and walked a block up to see what was going on. I spoke with the policemen and they weren't able to tell me what was going on, but said that we should be moving shortly. They also told me that there was no way we were getting our car back to Independence Ave. Frustrated and cold, I went back to our car to wait for another 45 minutes.
Luckily, we ignored the cop's warning that there was NO WAY we could get back to Independence Ave and we made it back an hour and a half after the Ball started.
Naturally, we started at the food. They had roasted beef tenderloin, crab cakes, pesto and ham paninis, chicken and spinach pan inis, risotto, steak egg rolls, breads, and a really delicious dried cherry and feta salad. Although we missed it because we were dancing, there also was a hot cocoa and coffee bar.
The dance floor was set up under a few of the planes with a live band called Kaleidoscope. They were a big hit, especially with the ladies up front. One of them even kissed the lead singer guy. Almost immediately after she kissed her boyfriend(?) who then was dancing with another lady. I'm not really sure what the dynamic of everything was, but it was interesting.
|A rear view of the dance floor.|
After the party was over, we grabbed some swag bags. Inside was a metal ID case like the one below (picture from website).
Overall, despite the lateness, we really enjoyed ourselves and are glad we took the opportunity to go to an Inaugural ball while we here, official or not.