Many more found time to watch them on TV and listen to the president's speech on their lunch hour.
Stephanie Cutshaw asked the waiter at Andrew's to turn down the music and turn up the TV so she could hear the president's inaugural address.
Stephanie Cutshaw says, "With the war in Iraq and with out nation in crisis, we have going on here, he does have an awful lot, but I believe he's the man that can do it."
Bennett Hoffman says, "The first beat started when he said ‘I solemnly swear’ and took his oath. That's when the heartbeat started."
At Lake Ella the sound of drums filled the air. The drummers joined others across the country in a musical protest. Some say they are drumming for a more peaceful world. Others are speaking out against the president and the war in Iraq.
Bryan Kerwin, protesting the president, says, "We've tried everything else to bring some sense to this administration, so let's get in touch with the spirits and see if they can intervene."
Local Republican and Democratic Party leaders watched the president's speech in offices and living rooms as he pledged to spread democracy to the darkest corners of the world.
Scott Maddox, Florida Democratic Party Chairman, says, "He talked about freedom overseas, but not freedom here at home. We need to protect Social Security, the environment and offer jobs to Americans."
Dan Abel, chairman of the Leon County Republican Executive Committee, adds, "Over the last three years we haven't had any major attacks and I believe it's because we're proactive and going after it where it exists now."
We tried to find an inauguration watching party Thursday, we didn't have any luck. Both Republicans and Democrats we spoke with said they were working and tried to tune in when they could.