Amid the peaceful transfer of power, a surprise executive order, and an outburst of protests, the new First Couple, Donald and Melania Trump, made their debut in the first of three inaugural balls Friday by dancing to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way."
In the hours before the events, former President Barack Obama and his staff said one final goodbye to the American public before the Trump administration began to settle into the White House.
“Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power,” President Trump told the crowd at his inaugural address.
“And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.”
Inaugural balls are a staple for Washington elite in a tradition stretching back to 1809. It's typically viewed as one of the first, highly publicized events where the First Lady is introduced to the American public.
One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the first dance between Melania and Donald, one that the president declined to practise for, CNN reported, citing anonymous sources.
Supporters lined the 150,000 square-foot hall at the first event, the Liberty Ball.
Sinatra’s 1969 “My Way” was performed by jazz singer Erin Boheme, an appropriate choice following one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in recent history.
As a direct result, the Trump administration had a tough time attracting A-list celebrities and musicians to their entire day of celebrations. The artists who did perform included Sam Moore, singer Tony Orlando, musician Josh Weathers, and The Piano Guys, who delivered an interesting rendition of "Amazing Grace" combined with Rachel Platten’s "The Fight Song," which was one of the main theme songs of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Before their first dance, the president made a few remarks.
"I want to thank all of our supporters. My number one supporter Melania — thank you, honey,” he told his crowd of supporters.
“We want to see great things happen for our country. We want to make America great again and we will."