MADISON (WKOW) -- For many, the world stood still when Barack Obama took the presidential oath office.
In downtown Madison people packed local establishments like Argus Bar and Grill.
During the inauguration, it was packed to capacity with people glued to TV screens.
"It was odd, i wanted to take out my camera phone and take a picture. People's jaws were partially opened. I mean people were just staring at the tv," says bartender Randy Lind.
A few blocks down, the party continued at The High Noon Saloon.
Although Obama was sworn in hours before, many wanted to quote Barack and roll" the night away.
"I worked so hard to get him elected! Today we really made a difference!" says Russell Novkov.
"There is finally a feeling of hope in the air. It's just an ecstatic exhilarating day!" says Nicole Grunter.
"I think it's very exciting that we elected our first african american president. It was an incredible moment for us and I think people want to celebrate that," says Madison Alder Brenda Konkel.
While some are looking forward, others say they can't help but look back. Using the party as an Un-auguration.
"Bye bye George W! Finally! Finally!" says Emily Blackborn.
The High Noon Saloon was filled with smiling faces, and although many don't want this day in history to end, they all know it will always be a memory they can share with their children and their children's children.
"I knew where I was when JFK was assassinated.. and I will remember when Obama took that oath of office," says Dennis Coyier.
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