Patrons in many downtown Columbus businesses watched the inauguration events from TV screens while eating lunch.
Many Broadway eateries aired the broadcast beginning in the morning, and viewers were at times vocally enthusiastic in their responses.
Four TV screens aired the inauguration inside Front Avenue restaurant Houlihan's. The bar area in particular was crowded with viewers, and there was some applause when Barack Obama mentioned that all people "deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
But opinions were divided. Inside Fountain City Coffee, a 21-year-old patron expected to have lunch while toasting, "America, we had a good run."
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"His politics scare me," the college student said of Obama.