I’m here at Phillips waiting on the ceremony to start. I’ll give some updates as the day goes on as long as I can connect. I’m posting through my Palm so please forgive any typos.
2:10 pm: Judge Melton will administer the oath to the Governor and Judge Billy Ray of Lawrenceville, my old State Senator, will administer the oath to the Lt. Governor.
2:40 pm: Perdue and Cagle have been sworn in. Perdue had his Bible opened to the book of Joshua and quoted the scripture”as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The Lt. Governor is addressing the audience. Following up on his promise, the speech is mostly on his plans to improve education.
After Cagle’s speech is completed, the other Constitutional officers will be sworn in.
3:05 pm: Cagle finished his speech about ten minutes ago. A very gracious speech, touching on his humble beginnings and remarking that through hard work any obstacle can be overcome.
Governor Perdue administered the oath to the other officers.
The Governor is now coming to deliver his address. Standing ovation as Perdue invites fmr. Governors Sander, Harris and Miller to join him at the podium. Perdue honors their service to Georgia.
3:25 pm: Perdue’s speech expressed his desire to look to the future. His ‘2020 vision.’ Four years ago he had to focus on immediate problems, but can now prepare for the future.
Governor wants Georgia at the forefront of biomedical and nano technology. He wants Georgia to be considered a ‘blue chip investment’ because of it’s business like government.
Perdue considers his mandate to be a ‘good stewart’ of the State and hopes his legacy will be that Georgia was better after his time in office than before it.
Speech is over and the Choir is singing… what else but ‘Georgia On My Mind.’
3:30 pm: It’s over. We’ll see you tonight at the Ball.