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North Hollywood sports bar tunes its wide-screens in to inauguration

January 20, 2009 |  1:11 pm

The sign at a normally raucous North Hollywood sports bar advertised the nation’s next super-event: “Pre-Order Your Wings by Feb. 1 for the Big Game.” But this morning all 35 wide-screen TV’s at Big Wang’s were tuned to  inaugural festivities. And breakfast, not hot wings, was served.

About 50 guests of Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas included his family and friends, San Fernando Valley community leaders and staff members of local lawmakers.

Tears streamed down Yvette King-Berg's face as the Granada Hills resident took in the momentous occasion with her 9-year-old son, E.J. Berg.

King-Berg, who was the maid of honor to Norma Cardenas 17 years ago, said it was important for her to spend this morning with her lifelong friend and her family.

"We wanted our kids to experience this moment together," said King-Berg, a vice president at the California Charter School Assn.

Her son, who alternated between being transfixed by Obama's confirmation speech on TV and the "Chronicles of Narnia" on his palm-sized Nintendo DX, raised his fist in the air and yelled "Yea!" after the 44th president completed his oath of office.

"This is going to be history," said the fourth-grader, who is African American. "It's finally going to show that African American people have the right to be president. It's the opposite of racism."

Guest at times agreed with Obama's proclamations, saying loudly, "That’s right," when the president said "our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began."

"This is going to be a 'Where were you when,' moment," Cardenas said. "This is a moment that's worthy of not missing a word."

-- Jennifer Oldham