Yes We Scan: Inaugural Gossip and Pre-Parties!


The last hours of the Bush Years found celebs and A-listers partying hard. With star-studded festivities all over DC, the night before Inauguration felt a lot like Oscar Night, with Al Gore rolling out a green carpet instead of a red one.

  • Obama dined with McCain and called his vanquished opponent a “rare and courageous public servant.”
  • Sasha and Malia danced onstage with the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus at the Kids’ Inaugural Ball.
  • Mingling politics with celebrity was the Huffington Post Pre-Inaugural, attended by Jessica Alba, Hayden Panettiere, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Robert De Niro, Pete Wentz and like a million other famous people. Overheard during Arianna’s speech: “Who is that speaking? I don’t have any idea.”
  • Ashley Judd presented Muhammed Ali with a portrait of the boxing legend standing with the President-elect, at a birthday party in honor of the Greatest. Ali’s wife Lonnie said they chose to spend the big day in Washington because Obama “and Muhammad are really made of the same fabric.”
  • Jay-Z enlisted the Secret Service to get a driver past the blockades after rehearsal for his pre-inaugural concert at the Warner Theater, because Beyonce refused to walk four blocks in the cold, in her mammoth high heels.
  • On Sunday, Tom Hanks was also left out in the cold, trying to get into the shindig at Maureen Dowd’s house, while Bob Woodward, Tom Brokaw, and Larry David cavorted inside.
  • Meanwhile, J.Lo remembered to wear her wedding ring to the Latino Inaugural Gala and Sam Ronson spun at Jessica Alba’s Declare Yourself shindig—with LiLo by her side.
  • Across town, Obama dined privately with Oprah at Blair House.
  • Tina Brown got stuck in an elevator on Saturday night alongside other members of media’s elite including Harold Evans and Mike Allen of Politico, on their way to the Slate party at Christopher Hitchens‘ apartment. Evans and Michael Tomasky used their “sheer brawn” to free the scribes to ascend.
  • Worst Obama-inspired pick-up line: “You can change into something more comfortable back at my place,” overheard in the U Street Metro.

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