Obama takes a break at Kennedy Center show
By Ayesha Rascoe
After a tough week of haggling over an economic stimulus package and cabinet nominee dramas, President Barack Obama took some time to unwind on Friday night and stepped out for a dance show with his family.
Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia attended a 50th anniversary celebration performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
The audience at the sold out show greeted the Obamas with raucous applause as the first family waved from a red VIP box decorated with the presidential seal.
The Ailey company is a celebrated predominantly African-American modern dance troop founded in 1958.
The group has performed for estimated 21 million people in 71 countries.
After their date night on Friday, the Obamas will go to Camp David on Saturday for their first visit to the presidential retreat outside Washington.
Reuters photo by Kevin Lamarque.