tv The Presidential Inauguration CNN January 21, 2013 6:00pm-7:00pm PST
♪ is what i need ♪ well let me be the one you come running to ♪ ♪ i will never be untrue ♪ ah baby lets let's stay together ♪ ♪ loving you whether whether times are good or bad happy or sad ♪ >> joining the first couple are staff sergeant nelson and g gunnery sergeant timothy easterly. ♪ whether times are good or bad
♪ yeah let's stay together ♪ because i'm loving you now whether times are good or bad happy or sad ♪ ♪ come on good or bad happy or sad ♪ ♪ let's stay together >> and there you see michelle obama for the first time. looking amazing in red. a lot of folks trying to figure out who the designer is. we don't yet know exactly who the designer is, but i imagine we will very quickly.
a lot of folks making phone calls right now, i can tell you that, to find out. president obama speaking to troops in kandahar who could not be at the commander in chief's ball, and here the first couple will also go to the inaugural ball in the same complex with tens of thousands of people, about 30,000 or so people are in attendance, eager to see the first couple do their first dance at the inaugural ball. sally quinn, you have been watching along. do you like what you saw? >> i like the dress very much. it's very understated. the design of it is very understated, but she's been wearing quite somber colors over the last few days. navies and dark colors, and it seemed she was making a statement. so when she comes out in the bright red, it's sort of like, here i am, you know? i think, you know, i think it's not quite what i would have expected. i thought that she might wear something that had sort of
flowing chiffon, you know, sort of a diana ross kind of fairy princess thing. >> exactly right. mishen mishill obama is known for her extraordinarily cut arms. showing off the arms, the red was beautiful. the texture was flowing. i thought it was quite lovely. >> she also looks good in dresses that flow. >> we have elena cho. do you know who the designer was on that? >> yes, i do. i do, i do, anderson. i'm just on the phone now with the pr representative for jason wu. can you tell me about the gown? and tell me -- hi, it's alina cho from cnn. okay. she's sending me a description of the gown right now, but it is jason wu. this is -- anderson, i have to
tell you, i'm shocked. this is remarkable. that four years later, she would choose jason wu again. she lookedera eed radiant in th gown. i have been speaking, as you might imagine, to many designers about this. and what is interesting is actually when i was putting my piece together and talking about the process of selecting the gown, i, of course, naturally reached out to jason wu personally and to his representatives. and i was told in no uncertain terms that this time around, jason actually didn't want to speak about the process and what it has meant to him. and so i guess now we know why. it is an extraordinary decision on the first lady's part. a little surprising, i have to say, but as also, the first lady does look beautiful. and i have to say, as a woman who has bangs, i like the new
haircut as well. >> you did interview jason recently. and my understanding is that the first lady has as many as 15 dresses to choose from. four years ago when she wore jason wu outfit, a yii think it a white dress, jason told you he didn't know she was going to wear it, and he ended up sort of screaming when he saw it on the teesk, running around his apartment in excitement, and it really made a huge difference in his business. >> it most certainly did, and you can bet he's probably screaming in his apartment right now. i remember, actually, when i interviewed him shortly after, i think it was the day after she wore that gown, and he said, you know, i was inside my apartment eating a domino's pizza, and there she walked out in my white gown, and i was screaming, it's me, it's me. can you believe it's me? and it's that same level of surprise tonight. what a shock.
honestly, someone who has covered fashion for a very long time, anderson, i have to tell you, i really did think she was going to give someone else a chance this time. but at the end of the day, she's a woman who wants to look and feel great on an important day in history, so she chose the gown that made her feel that way. that's why she came out tonight in jason wu. >> and in terms of his business, he's now -- he's designed furniture, designed, i think, stuff for target, i saw in your piece, and really, both very kind of high fashion and also more fashion that's accessible. >> he most certainly did. he did an extremely successful collection for target that was a one-shot deal, but it was extremely lucrative. there was a huge launch party in new york. it sold out immediately. he's done a collection of candles. he's designed furniture. he even did a collaboration for a camera. and what is interesting about what jason wu has done, more
than any other inaugural designer, is that he took advantage of the moment, and that is because jason wu was extremely savvy, business wise, he was surrounded by people who were very smart business wise, and also very savvy in social media. and all of those things play into a designer's success these days. you look at some of the other designers who have designed inaugural gowns and outfits. some of them, anderson, are actually out of business now, and some of them had a big burst of fame and then faded away. jason wu is unique in that he really did take advantage of that moment. >> well, it's certainly a huge evening for him, as it's been a very big day for thom browne who designed the dress and coat worn by michelle obama earlier today. thom browne, probably more well known as a men's designer, but has been designing women's wear and got a huge boost today.
i know you're going to get specifics on the dress. let's go back now to erin and piers. >> i think you can hear what anderson is saying. you get this huge opportunity. she wears your outfit. if you're a designer, a singer name designer, into an empire, it's really hard. >> here's what's happened today. everyone was assuming she would choose someone else. i don't know a woman in the world who would wear one designer at an event and everyone is going crazy for the dress. is everyone thinking he's my guy, he's my go-to designer. i think princess diana had her favorite, the duchess of cambridge had hers. jackie had hers. i think mrs. obama looked absolutely stunning in that red dress. i really did. what do you think? >> i have to be honest, i'm
surprised and not surprised. i disagree with the fact that i think mrs. obama has really champions different designers and given everyone an opportunity. i thought this was a greatphletfirm for her to really sort of debut a new name, but at the same time, michelle always knew exactly what works for her, and she's doing it again. >> only two inaugural balls. and she's gone for the tried and tested and safe guy who has designed, again, i think, like last time, a stunning dress. and in the end, that's all that matters. we'll all be jabbering away for days, well, she should have given someone else a chance. she knows because she's smart about her fashion, every magazine cover in the world right now is switching to that red dress, and it's going to go down very, very well. i defy anyone to look at it and say that isn't a great choice. >> it's fantastic. it enhanced every feature she's known for, the cross halter, her shoulders, her back, and even that sort of lightweight fabric with the chiffon overlay is really flattering.
i think the color was big for me. it's really a sign of optimism, like it's a new era, a new term. it's like a ray of light. >> and junfer hudson singing "let's stay together" the great al green song that barack obama sang in the election campaign so brilliantly. i could see him there mouthing the words again, getting in the groove. he loves that stuff, and al green, al green is happy tonight, as is jennifer hudson. jason wu is going to be facing the cha-ching because he's got the upper ring and the lower ring. clothes in target and the higher end. he's going to be making a lot of dresses like that, and a lot of money. good luck to him. >> he's made the transition, ready to work, dresses to the knee. >> i think what he has done is capitalize on this entire opportunity and done it in a way without really selling out. >> and i know that you couldn't see, everybody, her shoes, but
she wore jimmy choos. >> she did. >> that has become a go-to, and it's known as a very sexy shoe that you can wear and walk in. >> best shoe maker in the world, in my opinion. as a man -- >> as a man who dresses in jimmy choos -- >> as a man who regularly buys jimmy choos -- >> oh, lord. >> he's the best in the world right now, another great choice. >> she's really sticking to something that works, but i have to say, what i love was the bracelets on her arm. if you look at it, she's been doing that a lot lately. >> by the way, the president wore the same tuxedo as last time, and no one is saying he's wearing the same tuxedo. >> you know what? who cares what he wears? all right, thanks very much. we'll send it back to you. >> i'm also told i'm reading a report from the white house on what the first lady wore.
it was a ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer kimberly mcdonald. sheelz she's wearing jimmy choo shoes and the dress will go to the national archive after this evening. a lot of disappointed designers and one very happy designer tonight. >> i have to say, i mean, this is somebody who really believes in the underdog. that's certainly a very nice dress, beautiful dress. people know more about dresses than i do, but i don't think it's such a great dress that the other dozen people shouldn't have had a shot. >> you're getting yourself in trouble. >> van, why are you going there? >> van, stop. stop. >> give somebody else a chance. >> it's a nice dress. cut it right there. >> it's a fabulous dress. >> you can wait for a couple days before you say that.
>> it was bad enough piers morgan talking about how great jimmy choo shoes are. >> revealing a side we never knew about. >> how do you feel about jimmy choo shoes? >> i just -- >> not the underdog. >> i was excited about the underdog designers. >> anyway. >> all right -- >> anderson? >> yeah. >> i know. >> in the hood, we call them red bottoms. >> i know they're very pricey. i really don't know much more about it than that. we're going to take a quick break and see more of president obama and first lady michelle obama as they attend the next ball, but we'll take a quick break before that. we'll be right back. ♪ obama's on fire obama's on fire ♪ ♪ he's walking on fire ♪ obama's on fire
♪ everybody says as he goes by they can see the flames in his eyes ♪ ♪ watch him as he's lighting up the night ♪ ♪ everybody knows that michelle is his girl ♪ ♪ together they run the world and we're going to let it burn baby burn baby ♪ ♪ obama's on fire ♪ obama's on fire ♪ he's walking on fire ♪ obama's on fire ♪ whoo oh whoo whoo ♪ whoo oh
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the commander in chief's ball. let's listen for a moment. >> thank you so much. >> we anticipate vice president biden appearing at the commander in chief's ball very soon. and also president obama and first lady michelle obama appearing at the inaugural ball in the same complex as the commander in chief ball. there is -- let's tune in to another performance. right here. ♪ tonight we are young ♪ so let's set the world on fire
we can run brighter than the sun ♪ ♪ so if by the time the bar closes and you feel like falling down ♪ ♪ i'll carry you home ♪ tonight >> thank you! >> that was the band fun, performing at the inaugural ball. we expect to see president obama and first lady michelle obama at any moment as well as vice president biden. we'll show them to you both, probably in a split screen. that's my son's favorite band. >> that right? >> that's a good band. >> anything more you want to say about michelle obama? >> that's all i had to say. all i had to say. >> in selecting jason wu, it really solidifying his claim now. he's no one-hit wonder.
he's now a two-timer and he's leveraged with the success he had in the first inaugural ball. he has a target line, a couture line, and now he will have two dresses in the obama presidential library. a big deal. extraordinary. >> that is true. it's a success story. >> man, are you still talking? >> please stop, seriously. >> i would like to say something about the commander in chief ball because there's all of this extolling of the military and the sacrifice and all of that. but the downside, the dark side of this is that more people were killed by suicide this year, died by suicide than were killed in combat. and when the veterans come home, they are not treated well. they're not taken care of. they're not supported by the community. i think this is a big issue. >> and there's the first couple at the inaugural ball. let's listen in.
barack and michelle obama, coming into this absolutely, hard to describe how big this place is. must be 40,000 people here going absolutely crackers for their president and first lady. i don't know about you, erin, but that was a fine thing. i was struck by the number of cameras. it was like everyone turned into the paparazzi. everybody was videoing it. i was videoing it. i wanted to be a part of history. jennifer hudson, too, looked absolutely amazing. sang beautifully. the president, we know he loves al green. know he loves "let's stay together." i thought that was a magical, magical moment. >> i have to say, for all of you watching at home, in the old days, they come to the ball, there's the tv cameras. this is 40,000 people, here, they say it could be that many. >> yeah. >> and you're out there on the stage, and you're dancing alone. for an entire song, alone. it's not like the first dance at
your wedding. >> i danced at my wedding in front of 52 people. >> you're sitting there with their screens up and you have to get through the whole song. they're probably whispering in each other's ears. >> you got married a few weeks ago. how many people were at your first dance? >> we did a little -- >> vice president joe biden is upstairs at the commander in chief's ball. >> ladies and gentlemen, oscar and grammy winner jamie foxx. >> please make some noise for an incredible day today, please. now i'm sure after this wonderful day today, you will probably whisper in your wife's ear something like --
♪ i can't stop loving you ♪ i made up my mind ♪ to live in memory of the lonesome time ♪ ♪ i can't stop wanting you ♪ it's useless to say so i'll just live my life and dream of yesterday ♪ ♪ those happy hours that we once knew ♪ ♪ that we once knew ♪ so long ago that still make me blue ♪ ♪ they say that time heals a
broken heart ♪ ♪ heals a broken heart ♪ but time stood still since we've been apart ♪ ♪ i can't stop loving you ♪ i've made up my mind ♪ to live in memory of a lonesome time ♪ ♪ i can't stop wanting you ♪ it's useless to say so i'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday ♪ ♪ in dreams of yesterday
>> the vice president and jill biden being serenaded by jamie foxx. i have an even more exciting moment here. we have been joined by chris tucker who for the last five minutes has been dancing to michael jackson and getting the crowd around us going absolutely crazy. this guy knows how to dance. he can't really move, but it's not stopping you, is it?
welcome, chris. >> thank you, piers. i can't hear nothing. >> the moment you heard michael jackson, we lost you for the moment. >> that's my favorite. you put him on, i am dancing. >> what do you make of the president and first lady dancing to jennifer hudson? i was getting goosebumps. how did you feel? >> i think you said something about the president. it was amazing to see him up there and jennifer up there singing. it was magical. i'm here with my mama. it's a great night. >> what does it mean to you, martin luther king day today. the president, a black president being re-elected. second inauguration. what does it mean to you? >> it's amazing. you know, it's martin luther king's holiday, and you know, it's incredible. i can hear it now. i got to turn it down. i can hear everybody now. i don't know if i can hear that good after this. it's unbelievable. i went to the memorial
yesterday, the martin luther king memorial, i was with so many great people, dick gregory, and it was incredible. today was magical. magical because i felt the dream that our forefathers, when they dreamed up the hope and freedom, i felt it. every time you're in the capitol, on the grass, you think about in the 1800s, they were doing the same thing. it's amazing. >> it seems natural if you're a democrat or a republican or an independent, only today, for two reasons, martin luther king and barack obama, the president of the united states, it's a great day to celebrate being an american and the democratic system which has allowed barack obama to be re-elected, african-american man, it would have been almost unthinkable when martin luther king was assassinated, but it has come true. his dream has come true. >> freedom is so important, and this country is all about freedom. that's why everybody wants to come here and live in america.
today, you felt that, you felt the dream and the hope and the people. that's what makes america so great. it's wonderful. >> keep dancing. the fans are loving you moving. >> thanks, piers. come dance with me later. >> i will. >> this is sort of like getting audio and -- an audio enma, your entire body. you got it. >> chris tucker. >> that's it. >> wow, on this lovely note, we will take a brief break. >> eat your heart out. >> let's do a dance. it's dress-like-a-president day, i'm supposed to be martin van buren. who? martin van buren! google? martin van buren. ♪
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>> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear. >> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear. >> that i was faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> and i will to the best of my about? >> and i will to the best of my about. >> preserve and protect the constitution of the united states. >> preserve and protect the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. >> the public swearing in ceremony today. the fourth time he has been sworn in. last four years, four and a half years or so. let's bring in our panel, van jones, sally quinn, margaret hoover and cornell belcher. it's amazing to see them interact with their family, all throughout the day, with their kids, with mrs. robinson,
michelle obama's mom, with her brother, and the first couple, to see them interacting out on the dance floor, there are those critics who say they try to paint him as elitist and what not, but this is a couple that seems very accessible to many americans. >> one of the things we pick up on, focus groups, way back early in this sort of organic, when we start talking about their relationship and how they sort of love each other and it was a partnership, and that was something that helped draw women in. it was really important to their brand, that strong family. black women, hispanic women, also white women, but the ideal of them being a strong family, a woman being a strong partner with the president, drew in a lot of voters, especially women voters. >> it's clear they make a lot of time in the white house to preserve and protect that family. i mean, the fact they're trying to eat dinner together every night, the fact they try to spend time. >> and some people beat up on them because the president doesn't schmooze enough because
he's home with the family. >> you see the two of them together, and from a woman's point of view, he really loves her. and that's a big deal, you know? when you look back at some of the other presidents, yeah, they don't. you see the bidens, and they clearly love each other, and they interact with each other in a way that you -- when i look back at the nixons, for instance, you didn't get that feeling. >> you had it from the reagans, clearly. >> you had it from the reagans, but you didn't have the family thing. this one, the obamas, you've got it all. you have a really healthy family. they stick together, they love each other. the mother is there. i mean, it's all -- >> it's the huxtables in the white house. >> it is. >> one of the things that was extraordinary is looking at sasha and malia. because they have done such a good job of sheltering them from the press, these girls have grown up. you got a sense of their
personalities. sasha was the fun one and malia was sort of more reserved. channeled their father a little more. sasha was playing around. it was fun. we'll see them grow up a little more. >> stevie wonder will be performing quickly. we'll take a quick break and bring you stevie wonder performing live. plus, cnn has received the first sketch of michelle obama's dress, and first, beyonce performing the national anthem as we go to break. ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars
>> all right, want to bring in ale alina cho. you managed to get your hands on an exclusive drawing. one of the drawings jason wu did as he made the dress for michelle. tell us about tt. >> it took my breath away, this choice of jason wu for michelle obama to choose jason wu again for this important moment in history. wow, what a shock to the fashion world. that is your very first look at the sketch that jason wu made of michelle obama's inaugural gown. if you cannot read the writing, i'll walk you through it top to bottom. gold embellished ring. as we have heard and seen from the notes, this was a diamond handmade ring by jewelry designer kimberly mcdonald. obviously used for the gown there, right at the top, at the halter portion. draped chiffon with texture, red dye to match duchess satin belt. and column skirt, and as you can
see there on the bottom, signed by jason wu. really extraordinary. you know, when she walked out on that stage, i don't know how long president obama's speech was beforehand, but it seemed like a very, very 10 to 15 minutes as the world was really waiting to watch michelle obama emerge. as he likes to call her, his better half. boy, did she look spectacular tonight. this was a gown that was a mix of chiffon and velvet. keeping in line, really, with the type of styles that she likes to wear for these occasions. fitted at the waist, obviously, baring those famous first lady arms. and a halter design, which she has worn before. most notably in london in a beautiful white gown similar in style that i believe was designed by tom ford. what a moment. what a moment for jason wu. what a moment for american designers.
>> pretty amazing. and joe, let me ask you, because i know the bidens are going to be coming here to this ball any second ago. jill biden, what do you think of her outfit? her dress this her outfits? >> she looked beautiful in that robe outfit. >> very elegant. the dress was beautiful. i thought she looked fantastic. >> have you ever known anybody to walk into a room like joe biden? he loves it. he's been up there giving the whole thing. i love joe biden. we were saying how difficult is it to dance in front of 35,000 people? joe biden goes, this is my big moment. >> we were talking about it. i know how he feels.
jason wu, jimmy chu. the cash registers will be ringing tomorrow morning, the orders will be coming in. are they gearing up ready to go? >> i think they have to be ready to go. i think jason is a specific case. he dressed michelle the first time around and doing it again, he is in american history. he became her official designer of choice. and i think that's a really big title to take on. he has the world at his hands. >> thank you very much. obviously we'll see it. it is a custom made dress. how quickly will he make the knock-offs? >> i reckon he already has them made. >> we're expecting the vice president in a moment. it's dress-like-a-president day, i'm supposed to be martin van buren. who? martin van buren! google? martin van buren. ♪
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it has been a fun night and we couldn't even drink. >> absolutely. we will be very, very soon. now she is with a serviceman, i believe. >> hey, guys, the crowd is amazing. i wanted to make sure i was getting in the crowd and i wanted to talk to people at this ball and why they wanted to get tickets and be here tonight. i found someone who really appreciated the slow dance between the president and the first lady. lieutenant colonel curtis hopkins. good to see you, sir. >> good to see you too. >> he is based in hampton roads, virginia. you didn't have to travel too far to get here. what did you think of the slow dance? >> the dress is awesome and the slow dance was awesome. >> reporter: this is inaugural ball number two for you. for people at home and they're watching and listening, how do you explain? >> it is an awesome feeling. the energy is high. you should be here. next year, the next four years, you need to come be a part of it.