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While spending eight years in the White House may sound glamorous, life for Malia and Sasha Obama cannot be that much fun. After all, which teen/tween likes to sit through long boring speeches, be constantly hounded by the media and worst of all, have some secret service agent constantly watching all their movements? But, every now and again the job of being America's 'first girls' does bring some perks - One of which happens to be the 'Kid's Inauguration Ball', a tradition started by President Obama, where the girls get to invite and hobnob with music stars of their choice.
The star-studded event that took place on Saturday January 19th, 2013 is also a way to honor America's military families, which meant that a number of other lucky kids also got to rock out at the giant Washington Convention Center, where it was held.
And rock out they did! Katy Perry donned in a stars and stripes ensemble, belted out four of her latest hits - 'Teenage Dream', 'Part of Me', 'Wide Awake' and 'Firework'. Pop star Usher in his signature black leather, sang 'Yeah!', 'OMG' and 'Without You' to a crowd of hysterical tweens and teens. Also performing, were the stars of Glee, which at last check was Michelle Obama's favorite television show, American boy band, Mindless Behavior and Asian hip-hop quartet, Far East Movement
Missing from the list of entertainers were Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers - The stars that the girls had picked for the 2008 Kids Inaugural Ball! The girls have obviously have grown up a lot, in the last four years!
In between the performances, the kids also got to participate in dance-offs and cheer for their favorite mascot in a race that starred oversized versions of many former US presidents, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
For the fashionistas curious about what the stylish Obama girls were wearing, here is the scoop. The ever-elegant First Lady came in a pair of shiny black pants, a long crisp white shirt and a neon yellow rhinestone belt that accentuated her slim waist. 14-year old Malia looked as hip in her mint green sweater, blue skirt, red-ribbed tights and stylish ankle boots. 11-year old Sasha did not disappoint either, with a purple cardigan that featured pink polka dots, a subtle plaid skirt and of course, knee-high suede boots!
All in all, it was a fun evening for everyone. As Dylan Garvin, a 12-year old who was lucky enough to be invited succinctly put it, "It's a great way to celebrate" - Who, can argue with that!
Resources: Huffingtonpost.com, news.yahoo.com