Bar Opens for Inauguration Watch Party

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EUGENE, Ore. — You usually don’t think of heading to the bars at 8 a.m. on a Monday, but one group of Lane County residents is making an exception.

Instead of a celebration over beer and burgers, it was breakfast and a cup of Joe for bar guests glued to the inauguration ceremony playing on the big screen.

The Cooler usually opens its doors at 6 a.m. But Monday the bar and grill expected a special party for the 8 a.m. event.

The Democratic Party of Lane County booked space to host a watch party of Barack Obama making his public presidential oath on multiple TVs.

For several Democrats, they say it’s all about showing support for their leader.

“It’s great to watch the president be sworn in and give a speech, but the part that I’m excited about is looking out there and seeing all of those people and all those people who believe in the president and care about him and want to celebrate with him. So we’re kind of doing that by proxy out here today,” said Chris Wig, DPLC Vice Chair.

Democratic leaders also wanted to stress the importance of the inauguration landing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which they say is a celebration of diversity.

After the inauguration watch party, the group plans on participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade sponsored by the NAACP.

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