Think of it like an episode of Downton Abbey. While the folks upstairs have had their fun and run off to bed, the folks downstairs have their drinks and toast to the fact that they got it all done. Such was the staff-only inauguration ball held on Tuesday night, a day after all the other tuxedo-riddled inauguration balls. You can think of those as contributor balls, donor balls, politico balls or elite balls. The fact of the matter is, though, that if you worked on the Obama campaign, if you actually put your nose to the grindstone in an effort to get the president elected, you get your own ball. And Lady Gaga is the emcee. (And there's also a crazy cake.)
Since the event was private, the details of the staff ball are scarce, but they're pithy. The White House Press Pool reports that the Obamas showed up with a humble demeanor and a fun-loving attitude. "You all clean up pretty good," President Obama said as he took the stage with the First Lady. "My main job here tonight is really simple," he continued. "It's just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America. The average age here is probably around 20 something. And that's only because I'm here, which brings the average age up, quite a bit …" Obama added, somewhat assertively, "It makes me know that America's future is in good hands. As long as all of you understand the immense and incredible power that you possess when you work together, when you join voices."