WASHINGTON (AP) – Randi Martin will never forget her first inaugural ball. There were the sequins, the president, the champagne — the riot.
Martin was at a ball for President Clinton’s second inauguration when Clinton arrived, danced with Hillary, played the saxophone and left – followed by a majority of those gathered to see him.
Thousands of people converged on the coat check from three balls at the Omni Shoreham hotel. Fur flew, and not always to the rightful owners. Judges, politicians, and assorted bigwigs rushed the coatroom and banged on the door.
Lisa Tolin is a journalist and Special Projects Editor at NBC News.