Arrivals

Day One of Bamalot

Welcome to the presidency, Mr. Obama. The New York Post reports that former-president Bush handed over the infamous "nuclear football" minutes after inauguration. Then, the president and first lady were off to prepare for the 10 official inaugural balls. The couple opened their evening at the Neighborhood Ball with a dance to a performance by Beyoncé, during which a flatfooted Barack stepped on the hem of Michelle's dress. The Obamas sped through the balls: They were scheduled to finish their last stop at 2:55 a.m., but wrapped it up before 12:45. On Obama's agenda for today? A meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, General Petraeus, and the top commanders in U.S. and Afghanistan.