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Michelle Obama Unveils 500-Pound Chocolate Gingerbread House

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Over 68,000 guests are expected to visit the White House during the 2015 holiday season

The White House Gingerbread House is an annual tradition.

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled this year’s holiday décor at the White House, the highlight of which was the 500 pound White House Gingerbread House. This year’s theme, according to an official press release from the First Lady herself, is A Timeless Tradition, which, “reflects long-held traditions cherished across America, and commemorates extraordinary moments that shaped the country during the past two centuries.”

The White House Gingerbread House, an annual tradition, has taken center stage in the State Dining Room. “This year’s gingerbread house is close to 500 pounds – with more than 250 pounds of gingerbread dough, 150 pounds of dark chocolate, 25 pounds of gum paste, 25 pounds of pulled and sculpted sugar work, and 25 pounds of icing,” says the press release.

It was designed and built by Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison and her team and features the East and West Wings for the first time. Also departing from previous years’ gingerbread houses, this year’s creation is covered with dark chocolate rather than white chocolate.

Sugar nutcrackers and models of the Obama family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo, stand guard outside the gingerbread house, according to CNN, and Santa and his reindeer are perched on the roof of this impressive creation.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

CLICK HERE for links to all inauguration posts.

*Top photo by @Tiffany_Worthy second by @TomyKMonster, from Lady Gaga's digital media team third by @GagaChapel fourth by @BTWTyson crowd photo by @JulianJMiller Biden photo by Ta'Kindra Westbrook ‏

500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


Obama magazine

"Lady Gaga ' s fired up," says President p roceeds from event go to memorial fund for dece ased staffer. with video.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center, the final party of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President arrived minutes before 9:00 PM to thank thousands of volunteers and staff, who'd been informed shortly before in an email from hosts the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that Gaga was indeed performing. (Above, Gaga and Bennet t duet on " The L a dy is a T ramp" in a p hoto tweeted by her digital media team )

"You all clean up pretty good,” the President said to the cr owd of between 10-15,000 as he took the stage. "My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

Guests were Obama for America staff, White House and Administration staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff, according to PIC, and they paid $10 per ticket. Gaga's appearance at the Ball was the subject of much speculation since it was tipped to media last week, and staffers were thrilled to find out it was true. The superstar tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM, and from there Twitter took off with Gaga fans retweeting images of her performance. Staffers used the hashtag #Staffball. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet supporters)

Mrs. Obama wore a glittering top and black bell bottom pants, her hair pulled back, and the President mentioned her fringy new bangs, the subject of headlines since it was first unveiled last week, as he introduced his wife to the crowd.

"Here's the First Lady, bangs and all, looking very sparkly!" President Obama said.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the thrilled crowd before the President arrived. Proceeds from the Ball go to a memorial fund in memory of Alex Okrent, a 29-year - old paid campaign staffer who died a fter collapsing at the Chicago headq uarters last July. He'd worked for Mr. Obama since his 2004 run for the Senate, a nd specialized in pa id advertisements. (Above, Gaga singing "Born This Way")

President Obama called Okrent's early demise "heartbreaking" as he paid tribute.

"Alex was one of you, " President Obama said. " This incredibly thoughtful, talented, compassionate, caring young person who decided to get involved because he thought he could make a difference. it reminded us of how precious our time on this earth is.”

The crowd, who were held back from the stage in the massive hall by a blue fabric barrier, serendaded the First Couple with an impromptu rendition of " Signed , Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," one of the many campaign theme songs.

The President ' s speech ended with the campaign call-and response: " Fired up ! Ready to go!," with the crowd chanting it over and over.

"I think Lady Gaga’s fired up, too,” President Obama said, and with that the superstar took the stage. The President was back at the W h ite House at 9:53 PM, and the party raged on.


Gaga wore her white-blonde hair partially pulled back, and a dramatic white costume with "bubbles" on it and a full skirt. She sang a number of her hits, including "Born This Way," "You and I" and " Edge Of Glory" while seated at a dramatic white piano. That was followed by a duet with Bennett, singing his signature "The Lady Is A Tramp." (Above: Gaga performs "Edge of Glory")

Gaga paused between songs to comment on President Obama's reelection, and to thank him for his support of LGBT initiatives. She dedicated "Born This Way" to him.

"Here's to a beautiful and prosperous second term," Gaga said.

Before doing an encore of "You and I," Gaga told the crowd "He won. Twice."

Even Bennett got in on the Twitter action: "On a date with my Lady tonight. " @ladygaga: #whitehausball”' he wrote on his @ItsTonyBennett account.

Some of Gaga's fans thought the Ball was at the W hite House, as noted on this video of her singing "Born This Way":


The Ball F oo d.
The food at the Ball was simple: Pretzels and chips--and one 500 - pound cheesecake, a masterpiece created by Eli's Cheesecake Company, which is headquartered in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago.

The gargantuan cake featured a replica of the Capitol Dome on top, complete with the gold Statue of Freedom, and the Presidential Seal, with the names "Obama" and "Biden" added. The cake a lso got plenty of tweets.

"Michelle wasn't joking on her food initiative. Were only eating pretzels and cake tonight," tweeted @ClotureClub (sic) with a photo of sliced cheesecake and pretzels. The liquor, however, was flowing: "‏I just ordered "vodka and vodka" on a mixed drink ticket and it worked. #staffball," tweeted @ejacqui.


The inaugural festivities officially kicked off on Saturday, and the President returns to business as usual on Wednesday. He's scheduled to have his traditional closed-press luncheon with the Vice President. and is now staring down the debt ceiling and gun control. The inaugural celebration was swell while it lasted. (Above: The Bidens speak to the crowd at the Ball)

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500-Pound Eli's Cheesecake Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered At Pres. Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball

G iant cake at the Presid ent's last inaugural party share s the spotlight with L ady Ga ga and Tony B ennet t.
Global superstar Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headlined President Obama's Staff Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night at the Washington Convention Center , the f i nal party of the 57th Preside ntial Inauguration. And the 500-pound cake created by Eli's Cheesecake Company of Chicago was the star of the menu: The magnificent creation had nothing else to compete with, save for pretzels and chips. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived m i nutes before 9:00 PM, but Twitter was already a buzz with thrilled guests posting photos of the stunning cake , which was topped with a rep l ica of the Capitol Dome that included the gold Statue of Freedom on top .

"My main job here tonight is really simple: It’s just to say thank you," President Obama told his guests , who numbered between 10-15 ,000. "All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America."

The crowd at the Ball serenaded the President and First Lady with one of the campaign's anthems, Signed, Seal ed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and they also got a real taste of Sweet Home Chicago. The cake was so tall that Eli's e xecutive pastry c hef Laurel Bolger needed a stepla dder to place the Statue of Freedom on top of the Dome.

"We're very proud, since the President is from Chicago, and so many staff are too," company p resident Marc Schulman, son of founder Eli Schulman, told Obama Foodorama.

"It is very meaningful. There are so many events, and we're honored to play a small role."

Baked at Eli's Chicago headquarters, the gargantuan cake was covered in 100 pounds of buttercream frosting, with the layers alternating between chocolate chip and "original pl ain" cheesecake, Eli's most popular flavors.

T he behemoth use d 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs, and two cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to the 100 pounds of buttercream frosting .

The cake also feature d a blue and white Presidential Seal and gold stars, and today Bolger added the words " Obama" and "Biden" to the seal as she put the finishing touches on.

Other Eli's cheesecakes were a lso offered to the guests, who were White House and Administration staff, Obama for America staff, and Presidential Inaugural Committee staff . Proceeds from the $10 ticket sales go to a m emorial fund in honor of Alex Okrent, a Campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the Chicago campaign headquarters last July.

Monday, Inauguration Day, would have been Eli Schulman's 103rd bithday, Schulman said, so he was especially proud.

A culinary icon in the Windy City, Eli's has been selling cheesecake since 1980 when the senior Schlman started offering the treat at his legendary Eli's The Place for Steak , and has provided cakes for three other i naugurations, including f or President Obama's first, when they created an extravaganza for the Commander -in-Chief's Ball (t hat hon or this year went to Duff Goldman 's Charm City Cakes ). Both of President Bill Clinton's inaugu r ations, in 1993 and 1997, featured Eli 's ch eese cakes. (Above, Bolger holds the Statue of Freedom)

After bak ing the cake in Eli's Chicago headquarters, Bolger departed on Monday afternoon and drove with the cake overnight the more than 700 miles to DC, arriving this morning to get to work at the C onvention C enter .

President Obama was already an Eli's fan : He proudly posed with a chocolate-covered Eli's cheesecake created for President Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday Banquet in February of 2009, in Sp ring fi eld, Ill. . The President gave the keynote, and dined on the cheesecake with the many guests. Mini versions of the centerpiece cake were topped with edible Lincol n pennies, and there was also a cheesecake in the shape of Lincoln's humble childhood home .

The other Inaugural Balls.
On Monday night, the President and Mrs. Obama attended the only two other official inaugural balls, The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in Chief's Ball, where they had their first dance of the second term, as Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made, ruby-red Jason Wu gown, anointing the young designer for a second time. Those Balls were also star-studded, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, fun., Chris Cornell, Smokey Robinson and a host of other stars performing. (Above, a long shot of the Staff Ball crowd as the President and Mrs. Obama stood on stage)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama partied until well after 3:00 AM at the White House at their own private, closed-press after party, where guests included Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and more stars: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, actress Ashley Judd,singer Eric Benet, John Legend and his fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen.

Eli's ships their cheesecakes and other desserts around the US the website is here.


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