48th governor of Michigan Rick Snyder

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing presided over the inauguration ceremony, which featured a 19-gun salute by Michigan National Guard cannoneers, and mercifully warm temperatures that hovered above 40 degrees. This is our opportunity to realize we have a bright future," Snyder said in his 13-minute inaugural address. Later in the speech, Snyder said he had been cautioned by many that expectations are too high. His response, "It is time to deliver on high expectations. Snyder, 52, took his oath from Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly. His speech was followed by the swearing-in of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Attorney General Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

Departing Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, were among the dignitaries who sat on the dais build on the east steps of the Capitol building, before a crowd of several hundred that included the politically connected and the curious unconnected.
It is a special event, said Chad Fauskee, 31, of Grand Rapids. “What I’d really like to hear is trying to solve Michigan’s problems and get back on the right track. It doesn’t’ matter who takes credit for it, let’s solve our problems. That’s what I’ve been hearing from him, that’s why I’ve been so supportive of him. Snyder comes to office on a high tide of expectations. His campaign was a drumbeat of positive exhortations to redo a broken culture of politics that he said inspires bitter partisanship and inhibits progress. He is viewed by many as independent and not beholden to special interests. His campaign took no PAC money, spent millions of his own dollars. However, the National Republican Governors Association aided him with several million dollars on a TV ad campaign.
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