County official Lennie Gillam, 34, was working when President Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday morning and delivered his inauguration speech.
As maintenance supervisor, he had too much to do to stop and watch TV.
Gillam, however, wasn't concerned with hearing what the new president had to say. He didn't plan on catching up on the event when he got home that evening, either.
Yes, it was a historic day for the country.
Yes, it was important.
But the inauguration is nothing compared to what comes after.
"It doesn't matter what color you are, that guy has stepped into a big pile of poo," he said. "The economy is the big thing. What he says today, is that really going to affect what you see tomorrow?"
Gillam has seen too much failure in government to be any less cynical now than he was Monday.
"Look at the last eight years," he said. "Look at what happened. It all got worse. It's politics. It's all ran by money, and that's probably not going to change."
There's not much chance that the inequities between rich and poor will be any different after Obama leaves office, Gillam said.
"If you really look at it, look at how they treat people like you and me, and look at how they treat rich people," he said. "You and me, we just get fired. But executives, (the) executives for big companies, they get paid to leave when they screw up."
Gillam's views stood in contrast to those from local politicians and political party leaders.
Craig City Councilor Bill Johnston, a Republican who did not vote for Obama, said he believes the country can get better, but it will take leadership and direction from the president, as well as the efforts of the people.
"We need leadership and direction, and we need to be able to trust in what our leaders are telling us," Johnston said.
However, he agrees with Gillam that the true test for Obama was not a speech, but the actions he takes from today forward.
"I think, right now, that man has the most trust he's ever going to have," Johnston said. "The choices he makes, the things he does, that will determine where he and the rest of us go."
Ted Crook, Moffat County Democrats chairman, said he believes Obama stands a decent chance of getting Washington back to being a government for the people.
The first step is ensuring "the era of dissension is over" between political parties.
"The problem is not a question of what the parties want for the United States, because really both sides want the same thing: prosperity," Crook said. "It's a question of how to go about it.
"The left aren't trusting of corporations, and they have evidence that's the case. The right doesn't trust the government, and they have evidence that's the case. The truth is neither position is really correct or incorrect.
"The parties can meet somewhere in the middle if they don't bog themselves down in divisive issues, such as abortion and guns for conservatives and prayer in schools and gay rights for liberals.
"None of those issues really mean anything," Crook said. "What I heard Obama say on abortion I think was especially apt. He said that we can all disagree on abortion, but nobody thinks we need more teenage pregnancy. We should work on solving that problem."
Ron Danner, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said he also expects Obama to represent the country as a whole.
He doesn't have much of a choice, Danner said, because times are too tough to engage in partisan animosity.
"I don't see political bias having a real impact on what's going on now," he said. "If you look, the recommendations from the Bush administration about the economy are just about exactly what (Obama) plans to do."
Danner is aware, though, that Obama likely will not do everything the way Danner would have things done.
"The country has spoken, and the majority want a change," he said. "Time will tell if he is successful."
Lois Wymore, a Democratic candidate for Moffat County Commission last November, watched the inauguration on her computer at work with the other people in the office.
She also is confident the nation can come together, despite the crowd's chilly reception for Obama's thanks to outgoing President George W. Bush.
"I am not a fan of Bush, but there wasn't enough applause when Obama thanked him for his service," she said. "That man sacrificed a lot for this country, and whether he did a good job or bad, he should be thanked for that."
Still, Wymore believes that everyone is ready to work together, even the liberal base that supported Obama through the election.
"I think so," she said. "I don't know if it's the same (in Moffat County), though. I'm not sure people are ready here."
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray is ready, but he has reservations about the potentially socialist imprint Obama could put on America.
Gray is not afraid of the new president. Contrary to some opinions from Republicans, he doesn't think liberals want to ruin the country, even if they may end up doing that.
"I think we should all give him a chance," Gray said. "I don't question anyone's motives for leading this country. What (the parties) have are different methods. But, I don't think the (Democrats') methods are why people have been immigrating to this country for 200-something years.
"We're a country that guarantees everyone equal opportunity, but we're not a country that guarantees everyone an equal outcome. I hope he doesn't make this country a place where everyone is assured the same outcome, and we lose our ability to make of ourselves what we can."
'He's my president'
Gray and Councilor Johnston said they hope for the best, and both are willing to work with whoever is in office to make it that way.
Hopefully, Johnston said, the rest of the country can come together in good faith, as well.
"I feel there's a faction out there that can't turn the corner on this," he said. "But, to me, as of 10 o'clock this morning, he became our president. I don't care what party he's from. I really don't care what skin color he is. He's my president, and that's what is important to me."