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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL
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U.S. President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the Inaugural Parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the Inaugural Parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the Inaugural Parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Country music singer Brad Paisley performs at the Inaugural Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Country music singer Brad Paisley performs at the Inaugural Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Country music singer Brad Paisley performs at the Inaugural Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Nate Ruess of the band Fun performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Nate Ruess of the band Fun performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Nate Ruess of the band Fun performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Jennifer Hudson performs at the Commander in Chief's Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jennifer Hudson performs at the Commander in Chief's Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jennifer Hudson performs at the Commander in Chief's Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Singer Brad Paisley waves his hat to the crowd as he performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Singer Brad Paisley waves his hat to the crowd as he performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Singer Brad Paisley waves his hat to the crowd as he performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Singer Alicia Keys performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Singer Alicia Keys performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Singer Alicia Keys performs at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride in the presidential limousine from the Capitol to the White House during the inaugural parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride in the presidential limousine from the Capitol to the White House during the inaugural parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride in the presidential limousine from the Capitol to the White House during the inaugural parade in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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