There were gasps in the room, heads shaking.
"This cannot be real," said a woman wearing an embroidered shalwar kameez the same shade of powder blue as the First Lady's inaugural outfit.
"I can't believe it's actually happening," said another woman dressed in slacks and a turtleneck sweater.
This group of American Muslims - PTA moms, neighborhood doctors, a banker, a professor among them - needed to be together the day it happened, the day Donald Trump became president.
They gathered on Friday in a piece of their collective American dream, a remodeled 1951 suburban rancher in Northern Virginia, to watch the inauguration on television.
"This is for me the first time that I have not felt good here," said Nina Rana, 74, who left her native Pakistan 50 years ago. Even the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 did not make her feel uncomfortable.