RICHMOND, Va. — Terry McAuliffe has been sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor. Here are some of the highlights of the day’s festivities which include a prayer breakfast, a parade in downtown Richmond and an inaugural ball:
BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON ATTEND MCAULIFFE INAUGURATION
It was Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s big day, but the biggest stars of Saturday’s inauguration were former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Clintons drew keen attention of state lawmakers waiting in the Capitol rotunda before the ceremonies began.
After shaking lawmakers’ hands, the Clintons made their way to their seats to watch their friend and former fundraiser take the oath of office.
Democratic Del. Jeion Ward lamented afterward she’d forgotten to take a picture of the former president.
“I missed the picture of Clinton because he shook my hand,” she said.
“What did you think of Hillary’s hair?” Del. Mark Sickles asked Ward, before pronouncing that he likes the former first lady’s current hair style.
MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY PREDICTS COOPERATION WITH VIRGINIA
Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley predicts greater cooperation, particularly in the areas of economic development, between his state and Virginia as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes office.
O’Malley was one of several high ranking elected officials at McAuliffe’s inauguration Saturday.
Maryland and Virginia often compete to lure businesses looking to move to the Washington, D.C. area.
O’Malley said that there’s a growing awareness that both states are both part of the same region and need to work together for mutual benefit.
But, he added, “you always look at your neighbors, you always look at how you are doing in your peer group.”
INAUGURAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
Just hours before taking the oath of office, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe pledged at a prayer breakfast Saturday to religious leaders and supporters that his administration would focus on “the folks on the margins.”
McAuliffe said his administration would place a “special emphasis on those who really need help,” including the unemployed, the uninsured and the hungry.
“All boats will rise with a McAuliffe administration,” he said.
McAuliffe’s remarks came after several religious leaders led prayers in support of McAuliffe while asking him to remember the state’s poor and forgotten.
The breakfast was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. A. Lincoln James, senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond, also prayed that McAuliffe be free from “the temptation of personal ambition and from the desire for national exaltation and power.”
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