Trumps Wrap Up Inauguration Day At 3 Balls President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended three inaugural balls last night after a busy day.
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Trumps Wrap Up Inauguration Day At 3 Balls

Trumps Wrap Up Inauguration Day At 3 Balls

Trumps Wrap Up Inauguration Day At 3 Balls

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended three inaugural balls last night after a busy day.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump appeared at three inaugural balls last night, including the Liberty and Freedom balls at the Washington Convention Center.

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PRES DONALD TRUMP: Well, we just want to thank everybody. This has been an amazing journey for all of us - not just me and not just Melania. It's been an amazing journey. And now the work begins.

SIMON: The Trumps did not dance to a song by B.J. Leiderman, who does our theme music, but instead to "My Way," the song made famous by Frank Sinatra.

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ERIN BOHEME: (Singing) I traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

SIMON: They made their way to the Salute Our Armed Services ball at the National Building Museum. That's where NPR's Elizabeth Blair spent the evening.

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: As soon as the doors opened, men and women, most of them in uniform, streamed in to the Armed Services ball, filling the great hall of the National Building Museum. Luis Colon flew to Washington from Clearwater, Fla., where he served in the National Guard.

LUIS COLON: So what are we doing that for? So that we can actually have a prosperous country and not be strangled. So I'm really excited about this. That's how I feel.

BLAIR: The National Building Museum is a massive space with high ceilings and enormous columns that were bathed in gold lighting. A pattern of stars and stripes were projected overhead. Before the entertainment began, one of the speakers, Col. Reggie Ash, pointed out an empty table that he said was there to honor POWs and MIAs.

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REGGIE ASH: In addition to honoring President Trump and Vice President Pence tonight, we also honor those who cannot be with us.

BLAIR: Later in the evening, there was a live video conference with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leading up to the festivities, there were questions about who would perform at the Armed Services ball. It was 1970s pop singer Tony Orlando and country newcomer Josh Weathers.

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JOSH WEATHERS: I know nobody in this room knows who I am.

BLAIR: And yet the young singer from Fort Worth, Texas, got to serenade the 44th president of the United States and first lady. But first, Mr. Trump addressed the crowd.

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TRUMP: But I just want to thank you on behalf of Melania and myself and the family and, really, millions and millions of people all over the world. The job you've done is absolutely incredible - absolutely incredible.

BLAIR: This was the last official ball of the evening. After dancing twice to "My Way" at the two other balls, the president and first lady Melania Trump ended the night with Josh Weathers singing something more romantic.

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WEATHERS: (Singing) And I will always love you, baby. Yes, I, baby - I will always - I will always love you.

BLAIR: In keeping with tradition, they also danced with service members. Elizabeth Blair, NPR News, Washington.

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WEATHERS: (Singing) I will always love you, baby.

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PHOTOS: Trump Ends Inauguration Day His Way, With Dances At 3 Balls

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump took the stage at the Liberty Ball a little after 9:30 p.m. Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump took the stage at the Liberty Ball a little after 9:30 p.m.

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Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump ended a busy Inauguration Day with a visit to three balls in Washington.

The Liberty Ball and Freedom Ball both took place at the Washington Convention Center. The Trumps took the stage first at the Liberty Ball shortly after 9:30 p.m.

"Well, we did it," Trump began. "We began this journey and they said we — we, and me — we didn't have a chance. But we knew we were going to win." Trump thanked his supporters, along with his wife Melania and Vice President Mike Pence.

"We want to see great things happen for our country," Trump said. "We want to make America great again and we will."

President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball, the first of three Friday evening, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball, the first of three Friday evening, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

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Their first dance was to musicians performing the Frank Sinatra song "My Way."

The first lady's dress at the inaugural ball, which often ends up in a museum, was a joint effort of designer Hervé Pierre and Melania Trump.

Vice President Pence and wife Karen join members of the Trump family for a dance during the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center Friday. Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President Pence and wife Karen join members of the Trump family for a dance during the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center Friday.

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A little over 45 minutes later, according to The New York Times, the Trumps headed over to the Freedom Ball. And their first dance was, once again, "My Way."

Supporters crowded the Freedom Ball to see President Trump dance with first lady Melania Trump Friday. Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Supporters crowded the Freedom Ball to see President Trump dance with first lady Melania Trump Friday.

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First lady Melania Trump dances with Army Staff Sgt. Jose A. Medina, who is from Ponce, Puerto Rico and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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First lady Melania Trump dances with Army Staff Sgt. Jose A. Medina, who is from Ponce, Puerto Rico and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The final stop was the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum. Many of the attendees were service members in full uniform. The president, first lady, vice president and second lady each danced with a service member.

During the ball, Trump addressed service members in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan via a live video link. "You have somebody that's going to be right alongside you," Trump said, per DoD News. "We're going to do it together. Honestly, not only the support you've given me, but the courage you show is incredible, and it's going to be appreciated. It's going to be appreciated more than ever before."

President Trump talks with service members in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan via video link during the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump talks with service members in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan via video link during the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The night closed with Trump and Pence cutting a giant red, white and blue cake — with a saber.

President Trump and Vice President Pence concluded the third ball of the evening by cutting a giant cake with a saber. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump and Vice President Pence concluded the third ball of the evening by cutting a giant cake with a saber.

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