Businesses Pause for Inauguration

Some businesses put their usual activities on pause Tuesday, to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama to be the nation's 44th president.

In fact, Tanae Clark, owner of Tanae's Classy Creations, said the festivities of the day even affected her business.

"I had a couple of clients cancel because the inauguration is on today, and as for the ones here? I can't even hardly shampoo their heads because they can't keep their eyes off the T.V.," Clark said.

However, some were able to keep their eyes off of the inauguration, at least a little bit. We caught up with Dennis Gordon of Gordon's Barber Shop in Meridian, prior to the actual swearing-in. At the time he was watching music videos.

"It's going to be on all day, so we just change it back and forth and watch something different," Gordon said, noting the day is historic.

Meanwhile, many workers and residents at Queen City Nursing Home in Meridian agree. A number of them even came together with popcorn to watch the ceremony.

80-year-old Mary Bolton said she didn't think she would see this day in a million years.

Across town, diners including some from the military, watched the swearing in as well at Binke's Restaurant.

"The very thing that we thought was impossible has been made possible. So, I'm very excited," said Donald Hopson.

While many dined while watching, Earnest Hegwood said he came to the restaurant with another mission in mind.

"I wanted to see the whole works of it from the beginning to the end. A change is a turn around and that's what I'm mostly interested in," Hegwood

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    What makes yall think black people don't work? Honestly can you tell me? I mean there are both lazy black people as well as white, asian and so forth.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    the rednecks and working people are the ones taking care of you....
  • by m&m Location: sumter on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    anonymous u said it right ..u probably been living on welfare getting ebt and everything else .why r u so worryed about da blacks we care less about(red necks)like u.i'm gald all whites r not as stupid as u.there is no mercy 4 (RED NECKS) like u. u r going 2 rot n hell...peace-out.
  • by SARA on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    to the person who left the comment "whites need to do whats right".. how dare you.... we are the ones that have supported your lazy butts because you are to lazy to get a job... NEWSFLASH when your "sacred" obama takes away your welfare and ebt cards... DONT COME CRYING TO US.... you wanted change remember.... LIVE WITH IT
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    i agree with Robert. the only change they are worried about is that he is black and they think they are going to have a direct line to him.. it does not work that way. These students could not tell you one thing that he stands for neither could half the people who voted for him... he did make history but i would be willing to bet the makes it again by being the president who let down the millions of idiots that voted for him.. i can not and WILL NOT support a man who supports killing unborn children and gay marriage.. as soon as he does away with their welfare checks they will be ready to impeach him... if they know what that word means...
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Jan 21, 2009 at 06:09 AM
  • by Dave on Jan 20, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    I didn't think a person's race should matter, but it's clear from all the news coverage that it's the only thing that matters to a huge number of President Obama's supporters. They chant the mantra of 'change' but can any of them name his stand on the issues? Are they aware he supports government funding of abortions that kill black and white babies and growth of welfare programs that keep black and white people enslaved to mediocrity? Are they aware he wants to eventually increase taxes on hard-working black and white people who are NOT rich by any means? Change isn't automatically good change. And the people who mocked our outgoing president are the lowest of the low class. We all should respect President Bush, as we should respect President Obama. This is the very minimum of what is expected of people who are privileged to live in such a great land of opportunity.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Its been a long time comin. White needs to do whats right.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Jan 20, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    During WTOK's Live at 5 newscast several students who watched the inauguration during school said they look forward to change most when asked about the new President. I'm wondering if the change they are looking forward to is the change from protecting the unborn to killing the unborn or maybe the change from chasing the terrorist to being associates with them. Or maybe it is the change from attending a worship service that preaches equality to one that preaches hate. I think it is none of the above because it didn't sound like they knew anything about the issues at all. It sounded like they mean the change from a white man to a black man. I am a Christian and I attempt to live according to the word of God. How can anyone call themselves a Christian yet look forward to a man who will govern like a non Christian?
  • by Lewis Location: Meridian on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    I hope this will bring ALL people together instead of dwelling on past and move forward.We ALL have work to do.
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