Skip to comments.He’s a Preacher! He’s From Hope! (Gov. Huckabee, Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball article)
Posted on 01/02/2005 7:02:42 PM PST by tgslTakoma
Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee likes to rock. And hes bringing his bass guitar to Washington, plus some strong political ambitions.
Huckabees eight-member group, Capitol Offense, is the only band with a sitting governor as leader. It will play at an inaugural ball hosted by the Web site Free Republic. In 2001, the band played for a party at George W. Bushs first inauguration. Last summer, they jammed at a Republican National Convention party.
We play the tunes baby boomers danced to during high school and college, says Huckabee, 49. We try to bring back good memories and make new ones.
Theyve opened for Dionne Warwick, Percy Sledge, and Charlie Daniels. One of Huckabees favorite moments: hanging out backstage with guitarist Richie Sambora in Nashville.
Huckabee will be strumming and networking in Washingtonthe GOP governor is eyeing a 2008 run for president. Does he stand a chance? Note this: Hes originally from Hopeyes, the same place as Bill Clintonand he has spent his political career studying Clintons folksy style. While Clinton blew on a sax, Huckabee plays guitar.
In the last year, Huckabee lost about 110 pounds. Healthy living landed him a book deal with Time Warner.
Huckabees political ace in the hole? Hes a Southern Baptist preacher.
I'm telling you now, as word gets out around DC that we're hosting an encore of 2001's most exciting Inaugural Ball, you'll be hard-pressed to find a ticket.
You don't want to miss out on the fun.
The press is waking up ping...
Probably if FreeRepublic had a Seal of Approval, Mike Huckabee would be among the candidates.
Neat, isn't it? LOL.
HUCKABEE in '08!!
I'll tell you one thing for sure, the '08 FReeper Ball featuring PRESIDENT HUCKABEE and Capitol Offense is gonna be a real ROCKER!!
Get your tickets early!!
I can't wait. Heheheheh. Filling my dancecard already!
It's gonna take you 4 years to do................(ducking now)
You are just picking on me because I am a geek amthematician, like all the girls on that IQ for girls thread.
No, I'm picking on you 'cause I like you!!!!!
I don't think I've seen more than this or the FReepathon thread tonight!!!
And because I am dislexic.
It's going to be toooooo much fun! Govenor Mike and a group of Freepers.......What more can you ask for? Yes, maybe W? Wouldn't that be cool?
Don't work so hard - we are doing fine.
FReeper Ball '01, FReeper Ball '05, FReeper Ball '09...
Save those invitations, programs, name tags, dance cards, corsages, awards, pressed flowers, photos, flags, and other inaugural memorabilia. They'll be a part of history your great grandchildren will treasure. You'll want to collect the entire set. LOL!
Yep! They're a very talented group!
Along with-and this is just me, rattling names off the top of my head-Bill Owens, Mark Raicot and Mitt Romney, who would make a fantastic dark horse candidate for the next primary season.
Fair sight better than California's Guv.
I can do this. We'll see.
I wouldn't miss a FReepathon for anything - they're far too much fun!!!!!
Darn right. Started my collection already. LOL.
Woo hoo!! Go Huckabee!!
Isn't that a refreshing change of pace?
Me too. Haven't missed a FReeper Ball yet!! LOL!!
Looks like they weren't too quick picking up on who Huckabee played for in 2001.
Uh-oh... you've been "Outed".
You're gonna need Snerdley at the door, to screen the yuppie scum out and let the humans in...
Maybe a letter to the editor would set him straight!
Please remember your old FReeper FRiends sitting in the fog hearing about your wild parties and great times in DC.
Perhaps all of us Left Behind Freepers should have our own party.
Gov Huckabee sent a message to Free Republic two days after the Ball in 2001:
Our band had the time of our lives with you at the Inaugural Ball. From all I can hear, the Freep Ball was THE real deal where people had fun, while most reports of the other balls were of long lines, crowded settings, and music for old people.
We have been blown away by the kind comments about the band from those who attended--we usually have to play behind chicken wire to keep from being hit by flying bottles and chairs! You guys were the VERY BEST crowd we've EVER played to! People were more than nice--they were simply awesome!
It was a great honor for us to be with you and experience the energy of that room--enough to make a liberal squeal like a pig!
Thanks! You guys are more fun than is probably legal in most states!
Mike Huckabee, Governor
That's my cue:
Toby Keith's I Love FR:
He has my vote as long as he picks JimRob for VP, and selects his cabinet from the ranks of Free Republic.
Now wouldn't THAT be something?
(I'd like to be secretary of transportation.)
See ya'll in a few weeks!
Ne Zot! I had no idea it was THE Governor Huckabee! Make sure you book him for the J.C. Watts Inauguration in 2008 (unless he's Vice President or something ...)
We have to get him to sing it that way.
Hey Jim... Can I get onto the stage and lead the Hog Call for the Razorbacks!!!? Every good Freeper needs to know how to do it right and Gov Mike would love it!
Sounds great to me! (but you've gotta get it past the stage manager). LOL
I like Arkansas, it's a beautiful state, and Ilike Arkansans..but you all have a lot to atone for. See, you never told the rest of the country what the Clintons were really like. Now, I understand why you all did that..it was the only way you would ever get they two of them the hell out of your state..but it was a tough price to make the rest of the country pay for 8 years, and counting..
Why? i believe one prime minister of the Scandinavian countries is a Lutheran priest.
Hey...you can't blame me!!! I went all over the country in 1992 to tell the world what a low life Klinton was! People weren't listening! Don't blame it on Arkansas!
Haven't heard the band, and hate to poop the party, but this is one Arkansan that will be glad to see this disaster out of office.
Frankly, I doubt the boy could win a statewide primary in '08, and I can't see another "Huckster" Arkansas governor being given a shot at the big white house for a long, long time.
I'm sure Gov. Huckabee is a likeable sort of fellow, but he has been a whopping failure as a governor; he is no conservative and hasn't the leadership qualities this country -- or this state, for that matter -- needs.
Ya gotta believe me when I say that I tried like hell to convince others that the media spawned beliefs about Clinton were false, but I had little success.
I even tried to convince a classroom full of people in N.Carolina when I was attending a seminar. They said it was bull crap, but they would consider my warnings.
But,in the end,you cannot blame us in Arkansas for the second term election. What blame could we possibly hold for that?
Yes, we did want to get rid of them.
I was being a tad tongue in cheek, tough I do take it personally, since now they live right next door..ergo..it's all "ya'lls" fault..(g)
Perhaps not by your definition.
Much blame has been assessed on the governors office, but the office has little power in this state. It has been gutted by successive Democrat controlled House and Senate actions and has never had much to do with anything but social initiatives, which Clinton took advantage of quite well.
Huckabee's failures, as you state, are to be blamed on those who had the power to correct them.
The recent battle regarding schools was a good example. The legislature failed and the courts took over. Huckabee did all he could do, IMO. His signature, or lack of it would not have changed anything. He used what little power he had, but it was not enough to divert funds from the various district pet projects in order to fill the gaps. The legislature sat on it's collective asses and Huckabee took the blame.
Now the notoriously weak Arkansas Republican party has joined the smarmy dems to criticize Huckabee as a scape goat for legislative failure.
I refuse to participate in these Arkansas blame festivals. The real problem is the Democrat legislature, and until the morons in this state figure that out, they will continue to be laughed at.
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