The softer side of Rick Perry made another appearance at his inauguration.
"Texas is better off when Republicans and Democrats work together," the Republican governor told several hundred legislators, guests and spectators in the House chamber, where the inaugural ceremony, traditionally held outside, had been chased by freezing temperatures and ice on the Capitol grounds.
One more thing:
Perry, 56, who was re-elected with 39 percent of the vote over four opponents in November, is on track to become the longest-serving governor in Texas history. But already there is speculation that he may welcome an invitation to be the vice presidential nominee on the 2008 GOP ticket.
The governor has tried to downplay that speculation, but it was renewed Tuesday when he made brief references to international problems, including the situation in Iraq, the war on terrorism and the "anti-American appeals" of some European and Latin American leaders.
UPDATE: For a full analysis of Perry's speech plus some fashion commentary, see Muse.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 17, 2007 to Show Business for Ugly People