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Inaugural balls through the years

President Jimmy Carter dances with Joan Mondale as

President Jimmy Carter dances with Joan Mondale as Vice President Walter Mondale, left, dances with Rosalynn Carter during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 1977) Photo Credit: AP

Photos of our presidents, vice presidents and their families (plus some special guests) preparing for and attending inaugural balls.

Eleanor Roosevelt is joined by other guests at
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Eleanor Roosevelt is joined by other guests at an inaugural ball. (March 5, 1933)

Shirley Temple hands out programs at President Harry
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Shirley Temple hands out programs at President Harry Truman's inaugural ball on Jan. 20, 1949.

President Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower
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President Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower sit in a box in the balcony at the National Guard Armory during one of the inaugural balls. (Jan. 20, 1953)

Pat Nixon, wife of Vice President Richard M.
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Pat Nixon, wife of Vice President Richard M. Nixon, wears her inaugural gown at home. (Jan. 20, 1953)

Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Vice President Lyndon
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Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Vice President Lyndon Johnson, poses in her inaugural gown in 1961. (January 1961)

Jacqueline Kennedy lifts the skirt of her inaugural
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Jacqueline Kennedy lifts the skirt of her inaugural ball gown as she and her husband, President-elect John F. Kennedy, leave their Georgetown home in the snowfall en route to the inaugural concert. (Jan. 19, 1961)

Five-year-old Julie Ann Wilson tries out the frosting
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Five-year-old Julie Ann Wilson tries out the frosting on an 8-foot-high cake prepared for Lydon B. Johnson's inaugural ball. (Jan. 19, 1965)

President Lyndon B. Johnson and first lady Lady
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President Lyndon B. Johnson and first lady Lady Bird dance at the inaugural ball at the Mayflower Hotel. (Jan. 20, 1965)

President Richard Nixon greets the crowd at an
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President Richard Nixon greets the crowd at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 21, 1969)

President Jimmy Carter dances with Joan Mondale as
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President Jimmy Carter dances with Joan Mondale as Vice President Walter Mondale, left, dances with Rosalynn Carter during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 1977)

President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn are
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President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn are pictured with their daughter Amy at the first of seven inaugural balls. (Jan. 20, 1977)

President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, dance
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President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, dance at an inaugural ball in Washington. (Jan. 20, 1981)

President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan,
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President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, dance at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 21, 1985)

President George H. W. Bush and his wife,
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President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, wave to well-wishers during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 18, 1989)

Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn,
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Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, kiss as they dance at an inaugural ball. (Jan 21, 1989)

President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham
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President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, shown with daughter Chelsea, party the night away at an inaugural ball in Jan. 20, 1993.

Vice President Al Gore plays the guitar as
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Vice President Al Gore plays the guitar as his wife, Tipper, dances during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 21, 1993)

Actor Macaulay Culkin speaks from the stage during
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Actor Macaulay Culkin speaks from the stage during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 19, 1993)

President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea dance

President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea dance at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 1997)

Vice President Al Gore celebrates with his wife,
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Vice President Al Gore celebrates with his wife, Tipper, at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 1997)

President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick
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President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney wave as Bush's wife, Laura, and Cheney's wife, Lynne, look on during an inaugural ball. (Jan. 19, 2001)

President George W. Bush grins as his daughter
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President George W. Bush grins as his daughter Jenna, 19, adjusts her dress while they dance at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 2001)

President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush
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President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their twin daughters Barbara (far left) and Jenna are introduced at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 19, 2005)

President George W. Bush presents two roses to
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President George W. Bush presents two roses to first lady Laura Bush at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 2005)

President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle
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President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 2009)

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill,
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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, at an inaugural ball. (Jan. 20, 2009)

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