JACKSON, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Right at the noon hour, Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Delbert Hosemann, said – let’s get this party started.
With gavel in hand he said, “The joint session of the Mississippi House and Mississippi Senate is now called to order.”
Let’s be honest. Nobody would dare say let’s get this party started in front of this crowd. It is a formal occasion.
It’s also something that happens here in the USA – the peaceful transformation of power.
In this case, Phil Bryant had served 8 years as Mississippi’s Governor. Now it’s time for Tate Reeves.
Listen to how he emphasizes the last four words of the oath.
With a loud voice, pausing after saying each word, he said, “So help me God.”
The Governor says those words are critically important to him.
“The call to action of the oath of office is not a commitment to be perfect,” Reeves told those attending the ceremony. “It is a commitment to seek the guidance of the Almighty God to compensate for our human frailties.”
There are a lot of human frailties in Mississippi – just like in Tennessee or Arkansas.
The key is – what will the man in charge do to help.
Tate Reeves is not a big government kind of guy. He says businesses are the way to make a state and its people better.
“It is my mission to spend every single day creating a climate in which good careers are plentiful with every Mississippian prepared to pursue them,” he said.
With the storms of this past weekend, with the riots in prison, he won’t have much time to do anything but get to work.