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As it happened: Obama inauguration



Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attend the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have been attending a series of balls in Washington, following his inauguration as US president.

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama dance at MTV ^ ServiceNation: Live From The Youth Inaugural Ball

The 44th president danced a slow two-step with America's new First Lady Michelle Obama.

President Barack Obama dances during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball

America's first black president then picked up the dance pace - to huge cheers from his supporters.

President Obama dances with Army Sgt Margaret Herrera and Michelle Obama dances with Marine Sgt Eliidio Guillen at the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural Ball

The Obamas have been hosting 10 official balls in the American capital.

Barack Obama speaks during during MTV ^ ServiceNation: Live From The Youth Inaugural Ball

Thousands of guests have packed ballrooms, happy to witness what has been described as a historic day in America's history.

Stevie Wonder performs during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball

Top American celebrities have been attending the balls, bringing a touch of star power to the festivities.

Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend the Biden Home States Ball

Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden have also been drawing huge crowds of admirers.



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