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Schwarzenegger Sworn in As Calif. Gov.
AJC ^ | 11/17/03 | Tom Chorneau

Posted on 11/17/2003 11:50:30 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)--Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in Monday as the 38th governor of California, completing a meteoric rise from bodybuilder and action hero to leader of the nation's most populated state in a historic recall election.

The 56-year-old Austrian immigrant took the oath of office before an audience of 7,500 dignitaries and supporters on the steps of the Capitol--as millions more around the world watched the event live on television.

Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, held the Bible while California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George administered the oath.

``I am humbled, I am honored and I am moved beyond words to be your governor,'' Schwarzenegger said after being sworn in.

Although he had no prior experience as an elected official, the Republican Schwarzenegger was swept into office in the Oct. 7 election that ousted Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, reviled by the voters for handling of the state's ailing economy.

The ceremony, while steeped in tradition, was void of the pageantry often associated with California inaugurations.

Bitterness over the divisive recall vote and the state's financial troubles prompted Schwarzenegger to put a damper on livelier festivities--although plenty of celebrities and journalists were on hand. Former Miss America Vanessa Williams, who appeared with Schwarzenegger in the 1995 film ``Eraser,'' sang the national anthem.

Nearly 740 journalists were expected to cover the ceremony _ numbers similar to a presidential inauguration.



TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ca; catrans; governor; hooray

1 posted on 11/17/2003 11:50:31 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Anyone see it? How did ol' Greyout David look? Despondent??
2 posted on 11/17/2003 11:55:44 AM PST by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I saw it. Gray looked like the limp-wristed liberal he is.


3 posted on 11/17/2003 11:56:46 AM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: theDentist
There was a live thread with pictures.
4 posted on 11/17/2003 11:57:14 AM PST by Consort
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Although he had no prior experience as an elected official

That could be a very good thing. No time to be corrupted.
5 posted on 11/17/2003 12:00:59 PM PST by bikewench
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To: Not now, Not ever!
I understand he's going to order an audit. That'll frighten a few people in California's halls.
7 posted on 11/17/2003 12:12:30 PM PST by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This post has been added to the… California In Transition- Must read Threads!

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8 posted on 11/17/2003 10:41:09 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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