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Pre-Inaugural Parties Begin

The “We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday was a true test of egos.

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Wyclef Jean at the Green Ball.

Photo By Kyle Samperton

 

SATURDAY NIGHT'S GREEN BALL:

 

The first Green Ball of inauguration weekend took place Saturday at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium (Al Gore will host a different Green Ball on Monday). The mood quickly elevated once Wyclef Jean, the night's headliner, bounded on stage. The performer doffed his formal coat and shirt, performing most of the concert in a white tee with a yellow "Barack My World" bumper sticker stuck to his forehead. Terrence Howard, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Jackson Brown, comedian Tommy Davidson and model/activist Summer Rayne Oakes all mingled in the VIP room backstage.

 

The inaugural festivities weren't Hayden Panettiere's first foray into the political sphere; the young actress is involved with the youth-voter organization Declare Yourself and attended the Denver convention in August. But being in D.C. for the inauguration, “is incredible,” Panettiere said. “I don’t know if you can top this.”

 

"I’m very excited, and very enthused,' said Fenty about the pending inauguration. “I’m almost getting anxious.” Meanwhile, his wife Michelle was steeling herself for the marathon of parties. “I’ve been very careful about my shoes for these four days,” she said.

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