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It’s official – Rick Scott Florida’s 45th governor

by Dara Kam | January 4th, 2011

Accompanied by his wife and daughter, Rick Scott was sworn in as the state’s 45th governor under gray skies on the steps of the Old Capitol shortly before noon.

Scott was sworn in at 11:56 a.m. by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady followed by a 19-gun salute and a flyover by F-15s from the 125th Fighter Wing of the National Guard.

Country music star Lee Greenwood highlighted the day’s patriotic theme with his performance of “God Bless the USA” and “Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Flies.”

Former Govs. Jeb Bush, Claude Kirk and Bob Martinez – all Republicans – joined Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll for the swearing-in ceremonies. Former Democratic Govs. Bob Graham, Buddy MacKay and Reubin Askew did not attend.

Outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent, sat in the front row next to Scott’s mother Esther, and handed the seal of the state to Scott. Carole Crist was not present.

Some of the state’s most prominent lobbyists – big donors to Scott’s inaugural campaign – scored the best seats in the house after coughing up nearly $4 million for the week-long festivities culminating with a black-tie gala tonight. Among them: Brian Ballard, Mike Hightower, Billy Rubin, Bob Coker and Barney Bishop.

Leading up to Scott’s swearing-in, the Florida National Guard Army band played a medley of military tunes including the confederate anthem “Dixie,” considered by some to be offensive and banned from many school activities in Southern states.

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10 Responses to “It’s official – Rick Scott Florida’s 45th governor”

  1. FLAMINGO PARK QUEEN Says:

    A lot of “ignernt” Florida crakrz voted for this idiot.

  2. rob Says:

    A bunch of ignant crakrz voted for Nobama is what you meant, right?

  3. Jerry Little Says:

    It is fitting and proper to play Dixie on any occasion. It’s the song of the South. Those offended by Dixie suffer from Historical ignorance or terminal bigotry, both can be addressed by moving back up North. May God bless Rick Scott and Dixie.

  4. John Hagan Says:

    I agree with Mr. Little. I 75 and 95 run both North and South. For those that do not like “Dixie” head North!!!!!

  5. Henry Russ Says:

    Rick Scott was paying close attention to the previous Inauguration Ceremony of Charlie Crist as Florida’s Governor where Crist refused to have played the Florida State song, ‘Way Down Upon The Suwannee River’ by Stephen Foster because it might ‘offend’ some folks. That decision by Charlie Crist was the begining of the end of his political career. To this day, I don’t think that Charlie has figured it out. Charlie’s next big mistake was denying, the ‘Confederate Heritage’ license plate sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). Hopefully, that lesson has been received loud and clear by the present Governor. For too many years Southerns have been made to feel ashamed of their history. Diversity should be a two way street. If you understand … then no explanation is necessary…if you do not understand, then no explanation is possible! Finally, Will Rogers once said “it not so much what the American people don’t know, as it is.. what they think they know that just ain’t so”.

  6. DixieCol Says:

    “…the Florida National Guard Army band played a medley of military tunes including the confederate anthem ‘Dixie,’ considered by some to be offensive…”

    What possible purpose could have been served by the author mentioning that a small minority of Floridians (primarily the Left and racialists such as the NAACP), but then failing to mention in the interest of objectivity and fairness that a sizeable majority of Southerns and other Americans DO NOT find the song “Dixie” offensive, but consider it to be 150+ year old minstrel song from the mid-Nineteen Century? Should the Governor of a Southern State that was part of the Confederacy refuse to recognize that historical fact? Should the Governor refuse to recognize the historical fact that the small population of Florida in 1861 offered the highest percentage of male citizens to the service of the Confederacy than any other member State? Should the Governor refuse to acknowledge the gigantic sacrifices made for their homeland by fellow Floridians from 1861-1865 simply because an intolerant, ill-informed, small but overly-vocal minority claims to be offended by activities that took place 150 years ago?

    As a native Floridian, I trust that the sacrifices of Americans on both sides of the War Between the States, including the Floridians who defended their homes and families from Federal aggression, will be taught in an objective, historically-correct manner as it was during the Centennial celebrations when I was a teenager, rather than continuing to indoctrinate our citizenry with the historically-inaccurate, warped, politically-correct version that has been promulgated by the Left, the NAACP and others with a spiteful agenda since the 1990s.

  7. SHERMAN PETTEY Says:

    DIXIE COL SAID ALL VERY WELL AND WITH CLASS OF TRUE SOUTHERNER

  8. Chas Hickman Says:

    Dixie was also played at Abe Lincolns inauguration, and Florida , having once had the largest cotton gin mill in the world certainly qualifies it as ‘ The land of cotton’.
    In fact, Floridas climate allows for it to produce 2 crops of cotton annually.
    So regardless of anyones wishes we ARE ‘ in the land of cotton ‘, a quite fitting place for Dixie to be played anytime.
    I especially enjoy hearing college marching bands play it.
    God bless America, where it seems that everyone wants to move to Dixie.

  9. michael david little Says:

    god bless us all amen to the patriots gentlefolk hold fast to the principals and simple virtues of the south and hers hold harder to the ideas and resolve of our founders for it was god that inspired them pray for the best expect the worst and well meet in the middle always faithful

  10. Carol Grimmer Says:

    It is only fitting that DIXIE be played in a Southern state. I agree with those who wrote that I-75 and I-95 both will take you back to the North if this song offends….Go Gov. Scott !!!

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