First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the "Kids' Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future." event in Washington on Jan. 19, 2013.
WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- President Obama thanked supporters and even offered his appraisal of
his wife's new haircut at an inauguration eve gala on Sunday, but he
wasn't offering much of a preview of what he might say during his
"I am delivering another speech tomorrow, so
tonight I'm going to be pretty brief," Obama said. "There are a limited
amount of good lines, and you don't want to use them all up tonight."
president and Vice President Biden were officially sworn in early
Sunday -the Constitution calls for the president and vice president to
be sworn in on Jan. 20 - but Obama will deliver his big speech on the
steps of the Capitol on Monday morning.
On Sunday, his remarks
were mostly light and breezy. He thanked the National Building Museum
for hosting Sunday night's event, noting that partygoers at Andrew
Jackson's inauguration broke thousands of dollars' worth of White House
He also didn't pass up the opportunity to compliment first lady Michelle Obama's new hairdo.
"To address the most significant event of the weekend, I love her bangs," Obama said. "She looks good. She always looks good."
also heaped praise on Biden. While Biden has made headlines with
occasional gaffes, the president has also leaned on him to develop and
carry out some of the most important policies of his first term -
including ending the Iraq War and negotiating with Republicans to extend
lower tax rates for middle-class Americans.
"As president, you
make a lot of important decisions, probably the most (important)
decision is who is going to be your partner during the course of your
presidency," Obama said. "There have some decisions I got right and some
decisions that folks might question -- but one decision I know was
absolutely correct, absolutely spot on, was my choice of vice
The president also told revelers that the quadrennial
event of the Presidential Inauguration is not just about celebrating the
swearing-in of a president.
"What we are doing is celebrating
each other and this incredible nation that we call home," Obama said.
"And after we celebrate, let's make sure to work as hard as we can to
pass on an America that is worthy of not just our past but also our
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