President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, started a new tradition in 2009 the “Kid’s Inauguration Ball”. Over 5,000 military families and Washington D.C. school children had a fun Saturday night for the kids’ inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden the Children’s Ball honors military families of the Joining Forces charity. Nick Canon was the night’s MC and Usher Raymond opened the event. Other mega performers were Illuminate (America’s got Talent),Mindless Behavior, Soul Children of Chicago,The cast of Glee and pop star Katy Perry.
First Lady Michelle Obama made a moving speech to close out the evening:
“We will support you [military families] and we will do everything in our power to meet our obligation, because the fact is that today we have a greater obligation to serve you than ever before and we will do everything in our power, everything to meet that obligation, to make sure that our military families get the benefits they earned and the support and recognition you all deserve.”
Check out the media gallery for great pictures of the big event.