Posted: Tuesday, January 22nd 2013 at 7:25am
Obama thanks troops at inaugural ball
By The Associated Press
President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama get ready to dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center Monday nigh. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama thanked the troops during an inaugural ball honoring the military Monday night, and says their nation is behind them.
Obama appeared at the Commander in Chief Ball and spoke to several troops in Afghanistan by teleconference. The crowd at the ball cheered the troops overseas. Obama told them the biggest cheer he got during his inaugural speech to the crowd on the National Mall was when he spoke about — quote — "the extraordinary men and women in uniform" who are keeping the country strong.
He told them they should know that — quote — "You will be on our minds tonight and every single night until our mission in Afghanistan is completed." He promised them they would get the equipment and support they need.
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