Garfield County staff takes time out for inauguration |

Garfield County staff takes time out for inauguration

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
John Gardner Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Assistant County Attorney Carolyn Dahlgren sat in the Garfield County commissioners board room Tuesday morning just minutes after President Barack Obama took the oath of office.

Besides one man, John Niewoehner, Dahlgren sat alone in the room, smiling as she watched the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s inaugural benediction.

The room had been packed with Garfield County staff and administration during President Obama’s inauguration speech just minutes earlier.

People watched quietly and intently as Obama delivered his speech, soaking up the history as it unfolded.

“The world has changed,” Dahlgren said. “It used to be that people in the South would say, ‘Things haven’t changed, we are just nicer to each other,’ but today I think there is change.”

To each person the Obama inauguration is a memorable, if not historic, event for one reason or another. For Dahlgren, it took her back to her college days in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the late 1960s at the height of the nation’s racial issues and civil rights movement.

For her the historic implications of Tuesday’s events were apparent and left her feeling very optimistic about the future.

“I like what he said in his speech about this is something that we all have to be involved in,” she said. “This is not just about him and his administration, this is something that all citizens of the United States have to be involved in.”

After Lowery finished the televised benediction, Dahlgren returned to work overwhelmed with the feeling of hope, and with a smile on her face.

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