The only way they could move on to the next ball is:
1. We consumed a food item or beverage with a political name (a "Yes We Canape," for example).
|Style writer Monica Hesse race from inaugural ball to ball (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)|
2. We found any elected official, a person wearing a tiara or a celebrity of passable renown.
3. We participated in a group dance ("The Electric Slide," for example, or "The Wobble").
4. A song by Stevie Wonder was played.
5. An attendee delivered a speech.
6. We photographed an attendee who is wearing paraphernalia supporting a politician other than Barack Obama.
7. We spotted the other contestant and snapped a surreptitious photo of him or her; the spotter could then exit; the spotted had to remain in the exact location at which he or she was spotted for 15 minutes and write a self-critical diary entry.
If, after 45 minutes, none of these seven exit cues presented themselves, we could leave the ball -- but only by traveling to the next ball on foot. To avoid disqualification, we had to meet at the front steps of The Washington Post by midnight.