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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance during one of several inaugural balls attended by the couple following his swearing in.
Barack and Michelle Obama, along with young daughters Sasha and Malia, have brought a new level of celebrity to the White House. Observers of politics and pop culture are taking a strong interest in America's first African-American first family. But the Obamas' celebrity status raises questions about whether the first family should be fodder for the paparazzi.
Cynthia Gordy, White House correspondent for Essence magazine; Bart Landry, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, and Rob Howe, an editor for People magazine, discuss the new first family's mass appeal.