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First lady Michelle Obama arrives Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here's the obligatory full-length photo of first lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown.

Also this from the Commander-in-Chief's Ball: President Barack Obama thanked American troops and assured them their nation is behind them.

Obama spoke to several U.S. troops in Afghanistan by teleconference. The crowd at the ball cheered the troops overseas. Obama told them the biggest cheer he got during his inaugural speech to the crowd on the National Mall was when he spoke about "the extraordinary men and women in uniform" who are keeping the country strong.

He told them they should know that "you will be on our minds tonight and every single night until our mission in Afghanistan is completed." And he promised them they would get the equipment and support they need.


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