Governor Bob McDonnell has been sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia:
Bob McDonnell was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s 71st governor, using the occasion to compare the state’s daunting, ongoing fiscal struggle to Virginia’s 400 years of historic struggles.
Under hazy skies and soft sunshine on a gentle winter’s day and with his wife, Maureen, at his side, McDonnell recited his oath of office on the steps the Capitol Thomas Jefferson designed. McDonnell entered the ceremony to the sounds of a fife and drum corps dressed in colonial uniforms. His daughter, Jeanine McDonnell, sang the national anthem.
A very good day in the Old Dominion.Today and tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we give thanks to God. Then we get down to work. To the Governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and Attorney General Cuccinelli I offer my sincere congrats and best wishes for the days to come. The road for the next few years will be tough, we know, but we think you can succeed. For today, please enjoy the results of your hard work over the last year.