Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of chilly South Floridians joined the throng at the base of the Capitol or along the inaugural parade route to see President Barack Obama take the oath of office and begin his second term.
They include Obama campaign workers from Broward and Palm Beach counties who wanted to witness firsthand the results of their hard work to get him elected.
“I still think the enthusiasm of people who support the president is there in some ways more than the past, partly because of getting health-care reform through Congress and getting rid of `don’t ask, don’t tell.’” said Ken Evans, a Democratic state committeeman from Broward County. “Obviously, he’s still working on jobs.”
Some of the Florida participants and visitors see the inauguration as a confirmation of Obama’s legitimacy and a chance to build support for his agenda, starting with gun control and an overhaul of the immigration system. Others see it as a chance to celebrate his election victory and salute democracy while partying at balls before and after the ceremony.