While Pentagon leaders and the newest generation of war veterans were honored at the Commander in Chief inaugural ball Monday night, veterans advocates hosted a celebration to highlight the heroism of past and present conflicts.
With Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Greentree having been deployed four times before in his 12-year career, his wife, Vivian Greentree, has been to her share of military balls without a date. And with his fifth deployment coming up next week, Vivian Greentree was savoring every minute of the Commander in Chief’s Ball with her husband on her arm.
In the next four years, President Barack Obama has a war in Afghanistan to end, a defense budget to balance and a legacy of diplomacy and national security to shape.
Even before he took his second oath of office Monday, budget fights on Capitol Hill threatened to do all his legacy shaping for him.
President Barack Obama never mentioned the words Democrat or Republican, yet his second inaugural address was a decidedly political speech.
Environmental groups hailed President Barack Obama's warning about climate change in his second inauguration speech, but said the president's words will soon be tested as he decides whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
While most Americans caught distant glimpses of President Barack Obama's second inauguration festivities from their living room TVs and on the Internet, a privileged set of celebrities and special interests got pampered access Monday at exclusive soirees just blocks from the ceremonies.