Natalie Hopkinson is a Washington, D.C.-based author whose current projects deal with the arts, gender and public life. She is the author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. Follow her on Twitter.
Obama's cutout emissary was on hand at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to snap photos with guests at The Root Inaugural Ball on Jan. 18, 2009.
Did you take a photo at The Root Inaugural Ball?