(Amy Sinclair, NECN) - Lunch was served up with a side of history today as millions of working people stopped whatever they were doing to witness the changing of the guard in Washington.
Congress Street in Portland, Maine was unusually quiet this lunch hour. Instead of lunch meetings and errands, crowds gathered at coffee shops, hair salons, public lobbies anywhere there was a computer or TV, to witness the "change" that has been talked about for months.
Inkle: "this is one of the most momentous times in our history."
Lafayette square resident Carl Inkle savored the changing of the guard with building maintenance man Raymond King.
King: "the whole world is watching this historical moment.
Down the street, a coffee shop served up "Obama’s" and an old TV with rabbit ear reception. Ruth Bournes and her grown daughter held hands watching President-elect Obama take the stage.
Mom: "I was a young woman when Kennedy was elected. This feels the same to me. Groundbreaking. "I think his vision his vision and confidence make him the man for the time.
Across the street the "O2 salon" was closed for business, but open for an Obama party.
Jennifer: "my people volunteered for this, and I feel it's appropriate to take the time to embrace what's going on today."
Even the mail man paused for a moment to watch the 44th American in history took the oath of office.
It was a moment for champagne.
Farther down Congress Street at city hall...desks were abandoned and hallways silent as employees packed a conference room to hear president Obama’s first words to an attentive nation.
On this momentous day, few people will remember what they ate for lunch, but they will remember where they were, what they saw and heard when the first black American became their president.