The pageantry of the presidential inaugural is continuing late into the night in Washington, D.C.
“We knew we were going to win, and we won, and today we had a great day,” President Donald Trump told the crowd at one of the presidential inaugural balls just before 10 p.m. on Friday, taking a victory lap and striking a more upbeat tone than his inaugural address earlier in the day. “We really did something that’s so special, and this evening is so special,” Trump said, before promising: “You’re going to see things happening over the next few weeks. You’re going to be so happy.”
“People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today. They hated to do it, but they did it, and I respect that,” Trump added. “But I have to say, the crowd was unbelievable today.”
After delivering his brief remarks, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shared their first dance to the tune of “My Way” and were later joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, as well as both couples’ children.
Three official inaugural balls are taking place Friday evening. The Liberty and Freedom inaugural balls are ticketed-events open to the public, while a third ball titled the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball, is invite-only. According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, “active duty and reserve military, Medal of Honor recipients, wounded warriors, military families, veterans, and first responders” are among the invited guests.
A bevy of performers took the stage before Trump showed up at the live-streamed festivities, including Irish dancer Michael Flatley of “Lord of the Dance” fame, and the Radio City Rockettes.