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From Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, this is Inauguration 2011.
Dean Borg: Welcome to downtown Des Moines where hundreds of Iowans have already streamed into Hy-Vee Hall for the 2011 swearing-in ceremony of Terry Branstad. Hello, I'm Dean Borg alongside Jeneane Beck ready to share the pomp and ceremony of inaugurating a new governor for the state of Iowa, perhaps we should say a change in governors because Terry Branstad is returning to an office he held for sixteen years from 1983 to 1999. He is Iowa's most recent republican governor. Democrats have held the office since he decided not to seek re-election twelve years ago. When the Forest City, Winnebago County native was elected Iowa's 39th governor at 36 years old he was the nation's youngest governor. A few minutes from now at 64 years of age he'll be Iowa's 42nd governor. My colleague Jeneane Beck is joining me in providing perspective as we watch the formalities of changing power in the executive branch of state government. Jeneane, I said 42nd governor. There is a little controversy about that.
Jeneane Beck: That's right. On Tuesday, Governor Culver introduced himself as the 40th governor of Iowa and the discrepancy comes from depending on how you count Samuel J. Kirkwood who served two non-consecutive terms, Dean, his first in 1860, another in 1876 and because Terry Branstad calls himself the 42nd I think we'll go with that. But it depends on how you count those terms.
Dean Borg: Well, here is Terry Branstad now serving non-consecutive terms so it's going to complicate things even more. This is an event today that really is an entire day of inaugural activities throughout Des Moines.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, of course, we have the inaugural ceremony this morning then today there are tours available at Terrace Hill, the governor's mansion, also at the State Capitol Building. There is also a ceremony or at least a luncheon or a reception rather for the statewide elected officials. Then there is a salute to the Iowa National Guard at the statehouse, a lot of music celebration at the statehouse today and then, of course, it all wraps up this evening with the Inaugural Ball back here at Hy-Vee Hall.
Dean Borg: And I see here in the program 7:30 to midnight here in this room which will be transformed this afternoon into a dance hall.
Jeneane Beck: They'll have some speedy work ahead of them today and there are hundreds if not thousands of flowers behind the curtain you can't see waiting to be brought out to transform this room into something more lovely.
Dean Borg: This is a program and here, as you see inside, the pictures of the Lieutenant Governor and Governor-elect. The seal, which is behind the lectern, is a specially designed seal for the inaugural activities. You see Terry Branstad's name and that of Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Reynolds. It was designed by the Sticks contemporary furniture store in Des Moines because technically they can't use the official governor's seal because he's not governor yet.
Jeneane Beck: Until he's sworn in later this morning. And tell me a little bit about the design on the seal, Dean, it has special meaning.
Dean Borg: Yes, it has a special meaning. As you see, the seal depicts military, medicine and agriculture and those are indicative of the scholarships that are the theme of the inaugural ceremony, scholarships in agriculture, for children of fallen men and women of Iowa military services and medicine in scholarships here in Iowa. And we have the excitement of Inauguration Day as a familiar exercise for the now five-term Governor Branstad, a mix of music, prayers, well wishes and political speeches have traditionally graced the inside of nearby Veterans Auditorium in downtown Des Moines. We're in Hy-Vee Hall today because Veterans Auditorium is being renovated and Hy-Vee Hall is brand new. Iowa Public Television was there for every Inauguration ceremony since the days of Governor Robert Ray in the 1970s so here now is a look back at the four inaugurations of Governor Terry Branstad.
(Roll-ins of past inaugural ceremonies of Terry Branstad)
Dean Borg: And there is a look back over a couple of decades. Jeneane, we'll see some changes here today because when he first took office he didn't have all the children that he has now.
Jeneane Beck: That's right. We'll see a noticeably grayer Terry Branstad when he arrives today but when he was first inaugurated so many years ago he was a father of two, Eric and Allison and then his youngest son, Marcus, was actually born during his first year in office. So, now a father of three and grandfather of four.
Dean Borg: And even he had the grandchildren out on the campaign trail.
Jeneane Beck: They were a great joy to him. He had two of the grandchildren born just this year so it's been a big year, two elections, two grandchildren but he likes to joke that Mackenzie, the oldest, a four-year-old, often told people she and grandpa were running for governor so we'll see if she takes the oath as well. She walked many parades with him and really took the campaign very seriously.
Dean Borg: Well, we may see a budding politician there.
Jeneane Beck: Maybe so. Maybe so.
Dean Borg: In fact, we will see the Branstad family and that of Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds here later this morning as they are ushered in. They said about 2,000 chairs here at Veterans Auditorium, I was told yesterday that's what they were setting and they're expecting the same number for the ball tonight. And most of those people are in and seated. Those tickets were available over the Internet. That is something different from the first inauguration twenty some years ago.
Jeneane Beck: And Governor Branstad, or Governor-elect Branstad I should say, has made the most of the new sort of social media and has hired a staff that is very aware of its capabilities and used it a lot on the campaign trail. So, I think they are trying to take advantage of new media that has come on board since he was last governor.
Dean Borg: What were you telling me about mustache?
Jeneane Beck: Not only does he have his own Twitter account, his mustache has his own Twitter account. So, things have changed since he left office in 1999.
Dean Borg: What we're listening to here now as we wait for the people to move in and be ushered down, the dignitaries here that will be taking part in today's inaugural, we're listening to the Iowa National Guard, the Army National Guard band actually based in Fairfield and they have 50 members here today. They told me this morning as I talked with them while they were rehearsing that they have about 50 people but actually they are 75 some strong when they rehearse and they have members who have left Iowa but commute in from Nebraska and Illinois to rehearse over there in Fairfield and they'll be playing throughout the ceremonies here today. And there will be several music selections too, Jeneane. Moments ago we showed you the highlights of Governor Branstad's four previous inaugurals. January 14th, 2011, today, represents his fifth swearing-in ceremony and subsequent speech to thousands of guests in attendance here today. We spoke with Governor Branstad yesterday afternoon about what it was like to give his first inaugural speech in 1983 and what Iowans can expect from him today.
Branstad: I don't know, you know, I think any time you get up before a big audience to give a speech there is a little nervousness and I think that actually makes you do a better job but I've done it enough times that I'm probably not quite the level of nervousness that I had at that first inauguration. I was pretty young at that time and so I feel older and wiser today.
Branstad: I want to inspire Iowans to make a difference in the lives of their fellow people in this state. I want to especially recognize and respect the families that are making such a great sacrifice serving our country, the National Guard and the people in the military but also the people that are going into agriculture and into health care careers and that are really committed to making life better for the people in our state, country and in the world.
Branstad: Well, I'm not real big on the pomp and circumstances but it's part of the tradition and history of the change of power and it's something that has been done throughout the history of our state and country so I think it's something we have an obligation and a responsibility to fulfill. But the main focus I want to put is on the future and in encouraging and inspiring Iowans to be the best we can be, to make this state even better.
Dean Borg: We talked with the Governor, those remarks that you just heard, as he was inspecting, if you will, Hy-Vee Hall and the inaugural area just trying to get a lay of the land, if you will, late yesterday afternoon. You can see that things have changed drastically overnight.
Jeneane Beck: He didn't have much to inspect yesterday but it's a lot of hard work overnight because now it looks lovely today.
Dean Borg: I think he must have had a lot of confidence in his staff because what I saw here yesterday afternoon when we were talking with him gave no indication we were going to have an inaugural here this morning and a ball here tonight. The Supreme Court has arrived here and they are going to be ushered in as we continue the pre-inaugural ceremonies here. These are people who will be seated in the very front sections in reserved seats. The general public has been already seated and you see them walking by those members of the general public who have been seated with the tickets that they reserved online.
Dean Borg: I'm going to talk, Jeneane, a little bit about that special lectern that is up there. I am told that is the first time it will ever be used. It was constructed particularly -- it will be used I assume subsequently -- but for today's ceremony by general services of Iowa and it is made of cherry wood and I think it's just a little bit less tall than most lecterns. Why would that be?
Jeneane Beck: Well, I think Governor Branstad might be a little smaller in stature than the current governor, the outgoing Governor Chet Culver who is quite tall. So, maybe that has something to do with it.
Dean Borg: It's going to have use over the next four years I'm sure.
Jeneane Beck: And we should note that there were only three Supreme Court Justices who entered, of course, there will be four here today but the Chief Justice Mark Cady will be delivering the oath of office.
Dean Borg: There we see Senator Grassley and his wife and behind them Congressman Boswell.
Jeneane Beck: I wonder how many of these Senator Grassley and his wife, Barbara, have attended over the years. I can imagine very many.
Dean Borg: I know they have been here for several of them and I think for most of them. The Iowa National Guard band providing the processional music. There is a former lieutenant governor.
Jeneane Beck: Lieutenant Governor Sally Pedersen and right next to her, you could barely see her because of her small stature, but Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning was walking with her.
Dean Borg: Bob Ray, former governor of Iowa, he preceded Terry Branstad's first term. Another former lieutenant governor.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, Joy Corning and Lieutenant Governor Sally Pedersen who also this week attended the Condition of the Judiciary together at the statehouse.
Dean Borg: In fact, they co-chair a special support of the court's committee.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, a group called Justice Not Politics and urging Iowans to have retained the justices, which they did not, but also urging the legislature not to impeach the remaining four justices.
Dean Borg: And it shows the bi-partisanship of that committee, Joy Corning being republican.
Jeneane Beck: Yes, and Lieutenant Governor Pederson being democrat who served with Tom Vilsack who I do not expect to be here today, now U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, of course.
Dean Borg: Yes. Bill Northey, Iowa's current Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Jeneane Beck: He looks a little confused about where to sit, that can happen.
Dean Borg: Well, I can assure you that I looked ahead of time and the chairs are all marked with tape so that he has his name on his chair once he finds the right row.
Jeneane Beck: Republican Auditor Dave Vaudt taking his seat.
Dean Borg: Tom Miller, Iowa's Attorney General. And I think behind Attorney General Miller will be members of the General Assembly, is that right, Jeneane?
Jeneane Beck: I believe so, there are so many new members some of these faces don't look as familiar as they might to be in typical years but I also see some of Governor Branstad's staff, David Roederer who is serving as his budget director so also members of his new administration coming with him this morning. Some of his staff are a group of new and old really that have served with him in the past.
Dean Borg: And I think the announcer has just said that Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Reynolds' family delegation is in. They are from the Osceola area.
Jeneane Beck: That's right. She was born in St. Charles but they moved to Osceola in 1990 and she had much of her career there where she served as a state senator up until just this year when she resigned to become Lieutenant Governor.
Dean Borg: This, Jeneane, would be Department of Agriculture, Human Services.
Jeneane Beck: This is a bunch that is a mix of old and new as well as Governor-elect Branstad has appointed many new department heads but has retained a few from the previous administration, the Culver administration, but largely new members that he has brought on board.
Dean Borg: But moved the outgoing Secretary of State into a new job in his administration even though he's a democrat.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, Michael Mauro, who was defeated by Matt Schultz in November is now going to be head of the labor negotiations for state workers. See there in the red former State Representative Carmine Boal who played a key role in the Branstad election. She worked very hard on his campaign and has been part of this inauguration ceremony planning.
Jeneane Beck: And I do think that in just a moment we will see General Assembly members, representatives and senators entering. I recognize a lot of these faces coming in now. This is still, what you're seeing on the screen this morning, these are still new budget directors. You see Dave Jamison who ran for state treasurer but was now head of the Iowa Finance Authority. I think you'll see Director Landy who is the new director of the Department of Natural Resources there.
Dean Borg: Roger Landy from Southeast Iowa.
Jeneane Beck: Exactly. Jodi Tymeson in the red suit. She is former state legislator who is now head of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. And following right behind them, that was Sue Dvorsky, the head of the Democratic Party of Iowa and her husband, Senator Bob Dvorsky.
Dean Borg: Yes, from Coralville.
Jeneane Beck: Yes. So, it is a bipartisan group here today.
Dean Borg: Even though not all of the past governors are here, sometimes they have been but Governor Culver I think was invited but declined.
Jeneane Beck: Well, we received a statement earlier this week from Governor Culver who said that Governor-elect Terry Branstad had been invited to Governor Culver's Condition of the State Address and that invitation was declined because Branstad did not think it was appropriate to be in attendance and that Governor Culver was actually disappointed by that. But as a courtesy for Branstad to have his own day today, without distractions, Culver will not be attending today's swearing in ceremony.
Dean Borg: So, we have two past governors, Culver and Vilsack, both democrats invited but not here today.
Jeneane Beck: Not in attendance, that's right.
Dean Borg: What has Governor Branstad been doing since he left office voluntarily in 1999? He has been President of Des Moines University but also did some private stock work and things like that.
Jeneane Beck: He did, he did some private consulting, some private financial work and he is an attorney by trade and then in 2003 was hired at Des Moines University, served there for six years and loved it, was very proud of his role at the University but then resigned to sort of test the waters, to see if it was time to come back as governor, just felt like the state was going in the wrong direction and that he wanted to have a hand in changing that direction and we know the history, ran and was elected.
Dean Borg: Well, and as you saw in the little clip of our interview with him yesterday I think he is eager to get back and be governor again.
Jeneane Beck: And he told me on the campaign trail, Dean, that he actually believes that having served as President of Des Moines University gave him some new insights into healthcare and the needs of Iowans and the role the government can or should not play and feels like he is going to be a better governor this time around having been in the private sector for a while because he was so young when he was first governor. I mean, he had largely been in elected office. He had been elected to the Iowa House and had served six years in the Iowa House before becoming lieutenant governor in '78 so he had been mostly in public service and this was one of his first times in the private sector.
Dean Borg: And then moved from the legislature to be lieutenant governor, from there when Bob Ray was leaving office he campaigned to successfully succeed Bob Ray.
Jeneane Beck: And you have to remember back then that was a time in which the governor and the lieutenant governor were elected separately. They did not run on a single ticket and eventually during Branstad's tenure he was allowed to select his own candidate and that is when Joy Corning joined him on the ticket and was a long-time lieutenant governor, of course as we said, is here today.
Dean Borg: What do you expect in that speech today from Governor Branstad? He has had plenty of opportunity to think about and contemplate speeches, he knows what he did in the past and he didn't give, of course, he wasn't the governor so he didn't give the Condition of the State roadmap, if you will, to the legislature as to what he would like. Do you think that is going to come out in today's speech or will that be subsequent to today?
Jeneane Beck: I think that we'll see a couple of things, one, thanking Iowans. He is very pleased, as you said, to have been elected to yet a fifth term in office. I think he knows how rare and surprising that is so I think there will be some thank yous to Iowans. And then I do think he'll lay out a road map of what he would like to accomplish and what his vision for the state is, which is largely smaller government.
Dean Borg: And he comes in now with a very heavy agenda because he has a budget message. Do you think that he's going to deliver that in person, will there be a speech to a convened session of the General Assembly to present a budget? Or will it be just sending the numbers up?
Jeneane Beck: I do believe he will give a budget address but I am not 100% sure on that. But, that's right, just later this month, he doesn't have very long and, of course, when you come into office you have a transition team that begins work right away on that but it is complicated this year by the outgoing governor right before he left having to make some reductions.
Dean Borg: This is the Senate Pro Tem President.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls who is the Senate President Pro Tem.
Dean Borg: He now is appointing a committee, which they normally do to provide the formal legislative escort because, really, this is a convened session here today of the Iowa General Assembly and the President Pro Tem of the Senate is in charge. He is a the lectern right now and so he is appointing a committee to do some escorting.
Jeneane Beck: And it would usually be the Senate President, who is Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg, but Senator Kibbie is away on a conference on agriculture in Arizona so Senate President Pro Tem, Jeff Danielson, stepping in. Both democrats, the senate is controlled by a very slim majority of democrats by a two seat majority only while the house in the recent election went strongly republican, a 60 to 40 seat majority of republicans in the house. So, Governor-elect Terry Branstad will take control of a divided Iowa legislature and he is very familiar with that and has worked with divided government. For most of his tenure he did not have a republican legislature until the last two years of his sixteen years in office. And so I think he is comfortable with that and well aware that sometimes divided government can actually produce results that Iowans are happy with because they really do have to work together and sort of strike a middle balance.
Dean Borg: Yes. That committee that he was naming there will be escorting in the Supreme Court Justice in just a few minutes, I believe, also the Governor-elect and the Lieutenant Governor-elect.
Jeneane Beck: And we saw over the years the Governor will come in with his wife, Chris Branstad, who we were surprised on the campaign trail she is much more relaxed about the process this time. She was, I think, ready for him to leave office having had to raise her children in the spotlight and so many years at Terrace Hill but I think they're just at a stage in their lives where they are more relaxed about this and can look at it as a, when you don't have small children at home, a more easier road for them I think.
Dean Borg: Well, let's go back and do it again.
Jeneane Beck: Exactly, exactly. And, you know, she is a volunteer at the Boone auxiliary -- at the Boone hospital and is also the president of the auxiliary group so she has remained active. She went and became a medical assistant after they left office and helped finance their kids through college and now is a volunteer.
Dean Borg: People are being seated here in the Hy-Vee Hall. We are awaiting the actual participants -- the main stars of today's ceremony just haven't been ushered in yet but we expect that that is going to be here in just a few minutes.
Jeneane Beck: I think we have a musical program coming up.
Dean Borg: Vocalists Linda Juckette and John Cheatem, both of Des Moines, both vocal leaders at Lutheran Church of Hope in Des Moines.
The chair recognizes the honorary inaugural Sergeant at Arms, Sergeant First Class Troy Thompson.
And the family of Governor-elect Branstad.
Jeneane Beck: Kim Reynolds has two daughters with her husband, Kevin and I believe at least one grandchild, two grandchildren. And as we mentioned earlier, Dean, Governor Branstad's family, son Eric, his wife Adrian, their three daughters, Branstad's daughter Allison and her husband Jerry Costa and his son Marcus and his fiancé Nicole Haas.
Dean Borg: He will be delivering the invocation, he is archbishop in Des Moines.
Mr. President, Pastor Chuck DeVos has arrived.
Please escort Pastor DeVos to his seat.
Dean Borg: Pastor DeVos is from Osceola, he is Kim Reynolds' pastor, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Reynolds.
Mr. President, the 2011 Iowa Inaugural Committee has arrived.
Please escort the official 2011 Inaugural Committee to their seats. (Applause)
Jeneane Beck: Hard to see some of the faces as they walk in but I saw Teresa Wahlert, a new member of Branstad's team.
Dean Borg: We have got the families seated, Jeneane, and next I expect that we're going to be seeing the people who are actually participating up on the stage today. It will be the Lieutenant Governor-elect, the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Mark Cady and, of course, Governor Branstad.
Mr. President, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mark Cady has arrived.
Please escort Chief Justice Cady to his seat. (Applause)
Jeneane Beck: Just earlier this week, of course, he delivered the Condition of the Judiciary. This is a week full of pomp and ceremony.
Mr. President, the Senate and House Inaugural Committee has arrived.
Please escort the General Assembly Inaugural Committee to their seats. (Applause)
Dean Borg: These are the people who did a lot of planning and work but many, many dozens of people under them who actually did the work of establishing and getting this ceremony and all the other festivities today in line.
Jeneane Beck: And the group we're seeing come in just now, Dean, is actually the group of legislators that you talked about earlier, the committee that is escorting them in, there's Senator Dennis Black with the blue tie from Newton, on the right Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids.
Mr. President, Lieutenant Governor-elect Reynolds and Mr. Reynolds, escorted by Brigadier General Greg Schwab.
Please escort Lieutenant Governor-elect Reynolds and her husband to their seats. (Applause)
Jeneane Beck: Kim Reynolds and her husband, Kevin from Osceola.
Dean Borg: A year ago at this time she never thought she'd be walking up on this red carpet today.
Jeneane Beck: Only two years in the Iowa Senate before being plucked from her position to run as Lieutenant Governor with Terry Branstad. In fact, had served even less than a year when she was elected.
Dean Borg: Governor-elect Branstad encountered her earlier and was very impressed with how she conducted herself and that's why she was chosen.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, she was president of the Iowa State Treasurer's Association and he named her actually ...
Mr. President, Governor-elect Branstad and Mrs. Branstad, escorted by Brigadier General Tim Orr, the Adjutant General have arrived.
Please escort Governor-elect Branstad and his wife to their seats.
Jeneane Beck: Of course, here comes Governor Terry Branstad, or Governor-elect Branstad rather. And I was going to tell you, Dean, that he actually named Kim Reynolds to the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System board, more commonly referred to as the IPERS board and really that's when he came to know her and became impressed with her work.
Dean Borg: Chris Branstad is from Des Moines, grew up in Des Moines and then married Terry Branstad who was a Winnebago County attorney and they lived in rural Winnebago County before he was in the legislature.
Jeneane Beck: And I do think she enjoys the quiet life. They, after he left office in 1999 moved to rural Boone and she has enjoyed the quiet life and she will now have the choice to sort of step in as she wants and then enjoy the peace and quiet as she wants as well.
Dean Borg: Do you expect that they are really going to be living at Terrace Hill or, as you say, are they going to maintain a residence up in Boone?
Jeneane Beck: I think it will be both. I think that he will stay during the week, I'm sure, at Terrace Hill because there's so much business but I do think on occasions they'll go back to their home in Boone and enjoy the weekends there on occasion.
Will you all please stand for the advancement of the colors and the national anthem.
Dean Borg: This is a joint color guard of the Iowa Army National Guard and Air Guard.
The invocation will be delivered by the most reverent Martin J. Amos.
Rev. Martin J. Amos: Archbishop Hanna was to have delivered this prayer but for some health concerns he wasn't able to be here today. And so let us pray. Loving God, as we gather together on this solemn, joyous occasion we pray for our soon-to-be new Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and all of the elected and non-elected officials who were labored to serve the people of Iowa. We pray for them the prayer of Solomon. Give your servant therefore a listening heart to govern your people and to distinguish right from wrong. We pray that the honor, opportunity and responsibility of their offices will place service above self, justice above advantage and with compassion seek the common good of all. We pray for a state that continues to create the same kind of opportunities for all who live here and come here that led our forbearers to this land between the rivers. We ask you, Lord, to favor these leaders with strength and insight, courage and endurance for the task ahead. And may we all work toward the common goal of making Iowa a place where, in the worlds of the solemnest, love and truth will meet, justice and peace will kiss, truth will spring from the Earth, justice look down from Heaven, the Lord will surely grant abundance, our land will yield its increase, prosperity will march before the Lord and good fortune follow us. May God bless us all.
Please be seated. It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Chief Justice Mark Cady to administer the oath of office to Lieutenant Governor-elect Reynolds.
Chief Justice Cady: Raise your right hand. I Kim Reynolds ...
Reynolds: I Kim Reynolds ...
Chief Justice Cady: Do solemnly swear ...
Reynolds: Do solemnly swear ...
Chief Justice Cady: That I will support the Constitution of the United States ...
Reynolds: That I will support the Constitution of the United States ...
Chief Justice Cady: And the Constitution of Iowa ...
Reynolds: And the Constitution of Iowa ...
Chief Justice Cady: And that I will ...
Reynolds: And that I will ...
Chief justice Reynolds: Faithfully and impartially ...
Reynolds: Faithfully and impartially ...
Chief Justice Cady: To the best of my ability ...
Reynolds: To the best of my ability ...
Chief Justice Cady: Discharge all of the duties ...
Reynolds: Discharge all of the duties ...
Chief Justice Cady: Of the office of Lieutenant Governor ...
Reynolds: Of the office of Lieutenant Governor ...
Chief Justice Cady: In the state of Iowa ...
Reynolds: In the state of Iowa ...
Chief Justice Cady: As now ...
Reynolds: As now ...
Chief Justice Cady: Or hereafter required by law.
Reynolds: Or hereafter required by law.
Chief Justice Cady: Congratulations.
Reynolds: Thank you. (Applause)
Reynolds: Governor Branstad, Mrs. Branstad, Governor Ray, Chief Justice Cady, justices, judges, my colleagues in the General Assembly, elected officials, distinguished guests, family, friends and fellow Iowans, thank you for being here this morning. Senator Danielson, thank you for your introduction. I stand here today as a proud but humble southern Iowa girl, daughter of a factory worker, small farmer, a quiet but strong mother, parents who raised me knowing the importance of faith and family, to always tell the truth and with a deep regard for personal responsibility. I stand here as your Lieutenant Governor full of pride and anticipation and eager to serve the people of this great state. To my parents, Charles and Audrey, thank you for your love, your encouragement, your never-ending support, for instilling in us the American dream, that we could be anything, anybody, for teaching us to treat people with respect, to work hard, to believe in ourselves that if we do all that, all things are possible.
To my husband, Kevin, thank you for being the most loving and understanding person in my life and for being an amazing father and role model to our three daughters Nicole, Jennifer and Jessica. Through tough times and with each new challenge guided by our faith, each one of you have been my very source of strength. Thanks for keeping me grounded and real, for believing in me, for the many, many sacrifices and the endless encouragement that has led to this day. To my mother-in-law Ramona, who this December lost her battle with cancer, a wife and a mother who became a widow at age 35 left to raise six young children on the farm by herself, thanks for raising a patient, thoughtful, sometimes stubborn son who is a loving and caring husband, dad and grandpa. It is through your strength, your courage, your giving nature, your dignity and your faith, you gave every one of us a great example of how to live life. Thank you to all the county treasurers, republican and democrat, across this state, my second family. Thanks for your friendship and your support and for setting a great example of what public servants can accomplish when they embrace change, focus on service and work together.
And to you, Governor Branstad, thank you for the confidence you have shown in me to serve as your Lieutenant Governor. You are an inspiration to me and to all who serve the public for your selfless devotion to our state. Your leadership, integrity, love for this state and tireless work on behalf of others sets a high bar and challenges and motivates not only me but everyone around you. Today, we have before us a new Iowa, new challenges, new hopes, new opportunities, a new Iowa built on tried and true values, values of openness, open people with open hearts, open minds, values of honesty, honest people doing honest work, values of caring, caring for each other, our children, our parents, our neighbors and our communities, values of family, the fundamental bedrock of our society to be strengthened and protected if we are to realize our potential, values of personal responsibility, not expecting others to do for us what we can do for ourselves, leading by example. Those are the values we start with, values passed down from generation to generation by our ancestors who worked the fields, built the towns, started the industries, nurtured the families. Those values remain with us today. They are the foundation, the very building blocks of the new Iowa that we will shape together. And it begins by listening to you, all Iowans, because no person, no party, no pundit has a monopoly on good ideas. This is your government. Together we will work with you, with the leaders of your communities and neighborhoods to keep our Main Streets open and vibrant, to promote and market Iowa to the world that in turn we will bring jobs and prosperity to every corner and all across this great state.
Together we will redefine the role and the structure of government, a limited, transparent, smaller government which focuses on the essential services, infrastructure, safety, quality education, a partner rather than an obstacle in reaching our goals. Together we will reshape education to make sure that from preschool to universities all Iowans have the opportunity to the best education in the world. (Applause)
This new Iowa will require open minds, a willingness to do things different, a willingness to embrace change. We no longer will be able to do things we have always done them, the way we have always done them. None of this will be easy but it is long overdue and it is the right thing to do. It is, with great challenges, that we find and create great opportunities. It can and it will be done. We can use technology to both reduce the size of government and deliver services to Iowans more efficiently. We can work together, state and local, public and private, to transform the very way that we deliver services to Iowans. With a little out-of-the-box thinking we can stretch and enhance those services and we can better utilize those limited value tax dollars. I believe in Iowans and the heart of Iowa is my passion, the families, the small communities, the neighborhoods, the quality of life that makes Iowa such a special place. My focus will be on creating an environment where business owners choose to invest in our workforce, our communities and where good jobs can be found all across this state. (Applause)
My focus will also be on policies that reinforce family values, the strengthening of the family, the family unit which is the backbone of our state. (Applause)
But government can only do so much and often it becomes involved in too much or only when it is too late. It is up to each of us as leaders in our families and in our communities to step up and do what is right without the expectation of honor or glory. Let our reward be instead the satisfaction that comes from leaving our children a brighter future and a better Iowa. In the words of Winston Churchill, we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. And in that same spirit of service I can not help but recall my visit to the home of the Pender family, Jim and Michelle, of Windsor Heights. They are the parents of five adopted, special needs children. They range from age fourteen to twenty-one and despite their handicaps, the oldest four are all looking forward to their lives as adults. The youngest, fourteen-year-old Rachel, has cerebral palsy the result of a stroke that she suffered in the womb because her biological mother used methamphetamines. Now, Rachel can't speak and moves only with the help of a wheelchair. I had the amazing opportunity to spend a morning with Rachel and her parents from waking Rachel to getting her dressed to fixing her hair, feeding her breakfast and despite a few challenges with the wheelchair, getting her on the bus for school. It was a very moving morning and the smile on her face as she boarded the bus will stay with me always.
Rachel inspires all who come in contact with her by her undaunted spirit. She definitely inspired me and as her mother, Michelle, said she teaches others about life. Her life is different but like her brothers and sisters she is no less worthwhile. It was Rachel's love for life, in spite of her challenges, that really touched my heart. The Penders don't limit their caring to their children. Whenever anyone, elderly or sick, needs help they are the first ones there. Why do they do it? They'll be the first to tell you that they are not special and just as Jim says, we are doing the best we can with whatever God has chosen to give us to do that day. My fellow Iowans, let us all do the best that we can do with what God has given us. If we can do that, I have no doubt that Iowa's best days are still ahead of us. We will make a difference and we will leave Iowa a better place for generations to come. Thank you, God bless you and God bless this great state of Iowa.
Dean Borg: That's insight into Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds just after having taken the oath of office as Iowa's new Lieutenant Governor. She previewed change is coming to state government, reduction in size, transparency, Jeneane, do you see any special emphasis there during her tenure that she wants to concentrate on?
Jeneane Beck: Well, I definitely think she talked about personal responsibility and limited government.
Reynolds: Now please join me in welcoming the Heartland Youth Choir.
Dean Borg: Jeneane, I would guess that this is not a position that Chief Justice Mark Cady thought that he would be in, administering the oath of office.
Jeneane Beck: That's right, he is new to this position only becoming Chief Justice after the November election.
I'd like to invite again to the podium Chief Justice Mark Cady to administer the oath of office to Governor-elect Branstad.
Chief Justice Cady: Raise your right hand please. I Terry E. Branstad ...
Branstad: I Terry E. Branstad ...
Chief Justice Cady: Do solemnly swear ...
Branstad: Do solemnly swear ...
Chief Justice Cady: That I will support the Constitution of the United States ...
Branstad: That I will support the Constitution of the United States ...
Chief Justice Cady: And the Constitution of the State of Iowa ...
Branstad: And the Constitution of the state of Iowa ...
Chief Justice Cady: And that I will ...
Branstad: And that I will ...
Chief Justice Cady: Faithfully and impartially ...
Branstad: Faithfully and impartially ...
Chief Justice Cady: To the best of my ability ...
Branstad: To the best of my ability ...
Chief Justice Cady: Discharge all of the duties ...
Branstad: Discharge all of the duties ...
Chief Justice Cady: Of the office of Governor ...
Branstad: Of the office of Governor ...
Chief Justice Cady: In the state of Iowa ...
Branstad: In the state of Iowa ...
Chief Justice Cady: As now ...
Branstad: As now ...
Chief Justice Cady: Or hereafter required by law.
Branstad: Or hereafter required by law.
Chief Justice Cady: Congratulations, Governor.
Branstad: Thank you very much.
Dean Borg: Just a bit of embrace there and smile of pride, Jeneane.
Jeneane Beck: They have done this so many times, this is the fifth and his wife looking on like, wow, you're doing this again? But I think some excitement on both their parts. And as he told you yesterday, Dean, a little bit of nervousness is good but he doesn't feel too much because he's been in this position.
Dean Borg: He admitted to butterflies, he said, it wouldn't be right if I didn't.
Jeneane Beck: Well, when you're speaking to more than 1,000 people you're bound to have a bit of nervousness. Standing ovation for the Governor right now, Governor-elect Terry Branstad -- well now sworn in, Governor Branstad again.
Branstad: Madam Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Speaker, Madam and Mr. Leader, Mr. Chief Justice, justices and judges, legislators, elected officials, distinguished guests, relatives and friends -- Senator Danielson, thank you for presiding today. And even though Governor Culver is not with us today I want to thank him on behalf of Iowans for his service. (Applause)
Leader Upmeyer, let me congratulate you on being the first woman elected majority leader in the history of our state. We're all proud of you. (Applause)
Your dad, Del, is smiling down on us all today very proud. Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, thank you for your inspirational remarks. In you I finally met my match in energy and passion for Iowa. (Applause)
And I look forward to the day when I witness the swearing in of our first woman Governor of Iowa and it's about time. (Applause)
For the past fifteen months I have traveled all over our state from river to river, border to border, from farm to factory, from cafe to office building. It has been an experience of a lifetime to reconnect with Iowans at their jobs, schools, places of worship and play, to have a conversation with them about our state, where we are and where we want to go. And what I'd like to do today, on this, the occasion of my fifth inauguration as your Governor ... (Applause) ... I want to tell you what I have learned, to make my humble attempt to distill our collective wisdom into a statement of principles, a new covenant between a state and its people. This new covenant must have as its pole star the fact that Iowa is an exceptional place. (Applause)
We are blessed with the richest resources of soil and water, we are the envy of the world populated by hardworking, honest and caring people that feeds and powers the world and ignited by our ingenuity we have only scratched the surface of our potential. Iowa stands at the precibus of opportunity greater than any time since our ancestors crossed the Mississippi to view the expansive prairie as far as the eye could see. With the advent of open markets, a growing world middle class and a need for sustainable solutions to the world's problems Iowa sits at the cat bird seat of history. (Applause)
The world is hungry for our food and biomass, envious of our technology, pining for our productivity. The economic winds, which for a century or more blew in our face, are now firmly at our back. Iowa is exceptional and these are exceptional times. Our challenge, to seize the day. To those that say our goals of 200,000 new jobs and a 25% increase in family income is too high, I say, you ain't seen nothing yet. Only wrong headed policy choices can prevent us from entering a golden era of Iowa history and we must start with government. It must change less it dampen our opportunity and squelch the individual initiative which is our engine for growth. Our old ways of doing government's business must be radically altered to do the people's business. We must rid ourselves of the yolk of too much government which taxes us too much, spends too much and regulates us too much. (Applause)
Government must, as Abraham Lincoln once said, do only that which the people can not do for themselves. That is a new covenant principle number one, new covenant principle number one. We have too much government, state, county, city, school, local and it must be reduced. For too long we have papered over the fact that our appetite for government exceeds our pocketbook to pay for it. (Applause)
My 86-year-old dad, Edward, is sitting here in the front row and he would tell us that our eyes are too big for our wallet. And our state auditor tells us that at least 15% must be permanently eliminated from government in order to make our books balance once and for all and I aim to make sure that we do it and that we do it now. (Applause)
We will all share in the sacrifice while protecting those that need our help but we will remove the lead boots of excess government from our economy and without that burden we will be able to run like the wind in the race for prosperity. (Applause)
Second, government must serve the people and not vice versa. Leadership is about service, not power. I stand here again as your Governor with my wonderful wife, kids and grandkids and I'm here because I yearn to serve. (Applause)
And I ask each government employee from the clerks to the supervisors to the department heads to never forget it is the people who are our bosses. (Applause)
And we must serve each other without the compulsion of government. In 1835 a French nobleman named Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States and he noticed that Americans were different than Europeans. He said, wherever at the head of some new undertaking you see the government in France and England, in the United States you will sure find an association of people. And, you know, that is still true today. Everyday Iowans volunteer to make our state the wonderful place that it is to live, work and raise a family. The Boone Hope Foundation is a great example of this. Kids were coming to school in Boone without a warm coat or hungry, tired, sick or worried about their family. Teachers, like many others throughout Iowa, use their own funds to help these kids knowing that students can't learn when their basics aren't met. Those caring teachers started something called the Boone Hope Foundation and that foundation since 2005 has raised $129,000 from community donations to help students and their families in a time of crisis. Groceries, medical bills, eyeglasses, snow boots and mittens have all been provided to children in need because a community cares. Let us all renew our commitment to get involved, to help the homeless, feed the hungry, minster to the sick, prayer for the wayward, to make each of our communities better by stepping up and stepping out and to those who are the most fortunate we bear a special responsibility to extend the ladder of opportunity to those in need. (Applause)
We need to look no further than the record number of Iowans currently deployed in our Armed Forces, from Salvatore Guinta to Anthony Sellers, our service men and women protect us every day with their valor and sacrifice. We all know the story of Salvatore Guinta, our most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor. To all Iowans, we are busting our buttons proud of this young Iowan for his bravery, courage and steely resolve. (Applause)
I doubt that many of you know Sergeant Anthony Sellers of Burlington but I was privileged to meet him, introduced to me by his proud father, Kent. Kent is a veteran himself, now confined to wheelchair but in Burlington he was beaming when he introduced me to his son who has completed two tours in Iraq and is now at Fort Benning preparing for another deployment. Anthony, like thousands of other Iowans, has answered the call of freedom and he embodies the spirit of selfless service that makes our state and our country that shining city on a hill that Tom Paine wrote about over two centuries ago. Surely, we can use their example as an inspiration to us all. (Applause)
Third, it's time to restore transparency and integrity to our government decision-making process. In Iowa we prided ourselves on limited but quality government services. When government said it would do something, we did it and for the right reasons. Our problems were serious but manageable and as a people of good faith we rolled up our sleeves and solved them. But we have gotten off track. We have over-promised and under-delivered, turning solutions into problems. Iowans deserve better. (Applause)
And we will get back on track with a slimmer, better managed and sustainable government that you can count on it when you need it and it will start by opening up to the people our budgets, briefings and the like. Sunshine remains the best cure for what ails our government. (Applause)
The fourth principle of our new covenant in Iowa must be a renewed commitment to provide the best education in the world. (Applause) Providing Iowa's children with a globally competitive education is key to their future and the future of our state. Employers say they need a better prepared, better trained workforce. This means higher expectations for our schools. Sadly, where Iowa's educational system was once the envy of the world, today it is middle of the pack. Our young people must be able to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. They need a strong background in math, science, English and social studies. The bar is continually being raised in this knowledge based economy. It's time to put in place reforms that are the hallmark of high performing school systems starting with assuring that there is a first-rate teacher in every classroom. (Applause)
This is the time to put in place reforms that are hallmarks of high performing school systems. And, as I said, we start with having the first absolutely a top-rate teacher in every classroom. But the New Year is also an opportunity for Iowans to have a conversation about how to accomplish this. How can we attract top students into the teaching profession? What do good, experienced teachers need to become effective instructors? And how do we get rid of teachers whose students consistently do not learn enough, even after those teachers have received coaching to improve? I plan to convene a summit, I plan to convene a summit with some of the top education leaders of our nation and state to benchmark Iowa's status and lay out a plan for legislative consideration that will give our kids the best education in the world. (Applause)
It is not just our schools that must do more. Teaching children the value of good education is the job of parents. (Applause) Instilling the importance of lifelong learning, not just by words but by example, will help families and Iowa prosper. It is time for all of us to get involved. Finally, we must celebrate success. Our tax system, whether it be property or income taxes, punishes those who create jobs that we need. That will change. Both will be reduced and simplified. (Applause)
The job creators will be rewarded. They are welcome here and it's about time our tax system reflects that fact. As with our tax system so must our attitudes towards success change. While our modesty in the face of success is sometimes charming, it can too often limit our reach. Alex Haley once said that we should find the good and praise it. In our state and in our communities we should find success and praise it, we should reward responsible risk-taking for it is through the creation of a spirit of entrepreneurship that all parts of our state rural and urban, will grow. It is the ticket for bringing our sons and daughters home and giving all who live here a chance to share in our bounty. (Applause)
That, then, is what I learned on my travels around our state. Iowans have worked harder, sacrificed more, tightened their belts further and endured the greatest recession since the Great Depression and now it is time for government to do the same. It's time for a new covenant between Iowans and their government. It is a covenant that is founded upon the principles of limited government, service above self, transparency and integrity, world class schools and celebrating the success of Iowans. These are the principles that will guide my days as your governor. The collective of wisdom of Iowans will inspire me every day to give Iowans a government as good as the people that it serves. And I ask all of you, republican and democrat, liberal and conservative, young and old to join me in that effort. No one of us has all the answers but together we can not fail. One long day on the campaign trail I was visiting with some folks in a small town cafe and one of the farmers who appeared to be in his 80s asked me what I wanted to accomplish by running for governor again. Well, I rattled off our goals and then I stopped and looked at him and asked what he felt he had accomplished in his days. He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye, took a long sip of coffee and shifted his feet. Well, he said, I left my farm better than I found it. When our days are done, when our time has come we will be asked, how do we wish to measure our days? I, for one, remember that farmer in that cafe, I hope to leave the state better than I found it. If all of us would approach our days with that same sense of stewardship we will have fulfilled our mission. With your help and Godspeed that will be the case and the remarkable history of an exceptional state will march on unabated. Thank you. God bless you and God bless the great state of Iowa.
Dean Borg: The inaugural speech of Governor Terry Branstad, newly inaugurated having just taken the oath of office, an embrace with his new Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds of Osceola. You see the executive team, Terry Branstad, Kim Reynolds, there's Chris Branstad applauding and she is going back to Terrace Hill for another time and she says to Terry Branstad, here we go again.
The benediction will be offered by Pastor Chuck DeVos.
Dean Borg: This is Kim Reynolds' pastor, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds' pastor from Osceola.
Pastor Chuck DeVos: Would you join me in prayer please. Our most gracious Heavenly Father we have been honored by your presence this morning in this inaugural ceremony where Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds have taken their oaths of office to serve the people of the great state of Iowa. We know that everything rises and falls on leadership and you, oh God, set the example for leadership when you loved the world so much that you gave your son, Jesus Christ, in the supreme demonstration of love for each of us. And now you have demonstrated your love for us by giving us proven individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership countless times. As this term of office begins, we ask you to bring them wise counsel, deep wisdom and a great heart to serve the people and complete this task to which you have called them. May you watch over their families and bless them in their homes as well as in their offices of service. It was King David who said, my help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the Earth. Like King David, may Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds make you the source of their help and in so doing lead Iowa as a shining example of excellence to the rest of this great country. In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah you said, I will provide for their needs before they ask and I will help them while they are still asking for help. As this inaugural ceremony draws to a close we humbly ask you to answer Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds as they seek your help in this task before them. We seek your blessings for them, the legislature, the judicial branch, everyone who serves through state and local government and all who have the honor and privilege of calling Iowa home. We know that the road ahead of us will not always be smooth so we seek your help and guidance to meet each challenge head on and arrive at creative, proactive and equitable solutions. On our state flag we read the words, our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain. May those liberties and rights be extended to each citizen of this great state and may Iowa truly be a place where fields of opportunities abound. We thank you, once again, for your blessings upon our leaders and upon the citizens of the great state of Iowa. May those blessings continue as we now journey with this new administration through this adventure we call life. We ask for each of these things in the name of the one who gave His life so we might have full, rich and abundant life, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dean Borg: This will be Linda Upmeyer, the new majority leader in the House of Representatives, republican from Garner.
The chair recognizes the representative from Hancock, Representative Upmeyer.
Representative Linda Upmeyer: Mr. President, I move we dissolve the joint convention.
You have heard the motion of the representative from Hancock. General Assembly, all those in favor say aye.
The resolution is adopted. The joint convention is dissolved.
Dean Borg: That is necessary because this is really just a joint convention of the Iowa General Assembly, Jeneane. They moved it from the statehouse over to Hy-Vee Hall today.
Jeneane Beck: In fact, they took action on the floor of the House and Senate yesterday to convene here today as opposed to the statehouse.
Dean Borg: Do you think it was a coincidence when Governor Branstad looked over at Kim Reynolds and complimented her on her energy and focus and then said it's about time that we elect a woman governor of Iowa?
Jeneane Beck: I don't know if it was a coincidence but she surely seemed pleased but also a little bit embarrassed by the attention. But it will be interesting to see if he serves more than one term and if he is setting her up to be his successor. But I had one republican tell me, well that won't be without a fight, there are other republicans who also want a shot at that seat.
Dean Borg: That's right. And probably some other women.
Jeneane Beck: Exactly.
Dean Borg: What did you think about the Governor's speech? He took a biblical reference there in a new covenant and then he broke that down what that new covenant was going to be. Was it just coincidence, again, new covenant, a biblical term but probably had no biblical reference here.
Jeneane Beck: I don't know if it had a biblical reference but it did clearly mean that he wants Iowans to do more for themselves and government to do less. That is his belief that government should be smaller. I think he said, slimmer, better managed, more sustainable. He wants people to say, what can we do for ourselves and let's move forward as volunteers to do those things and ask government to do less. And he talked about needing to cut state government by 15%.
Dean Borg: Well, I notice I wrote down what I think were the points here under that new covenant. As you said, too much government, too costly, government must serve the people, that was the second point under a new covenant. And then I noticed that he echoed what Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds said about transparency and we know that Mark Cady, the new Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice in his address to the General Assembly on Wednesday also talked about new transparency in the court.
Jeneane Beck: That's right. The Governor said today that transparency or sunshine rather is what cures the ails of government. I do think they believe it is time to be more transparent. But that always, easy to say, harder to do. The first time the media asks for a list of e-mails from the Governor to some of his state department heads or things like that, suddenly that issue of transparency is a little bit more difficult. But I do think that there is a goal to make open meetings and the process a little more clear for people.
Dean Borg: Interesting that you made that observation because I also made the note here to myself, easier said than done. Then he went back to education, which is an old traditional theme of Governor Branstad. He put an emphasis on education during his prior terms, in fact, convened a commission that was headed by Marvin Pomerantz as I remember and a professor from the University of Northern Iowa and they had a group of people working under them that really overhauled and transformed the teacher pay system in Iowa.
Jeneane Beck: I thought it was interesting, Dean, that he talked about needing to improve the teachers that are in the classroom but did not offer any specifics today. He talked about convening a summit to talk about what is needed to be done and he did not mention the recent efforts to raise teacher pay up to the national average. So, I'm sure there were some democrats in the audience wondering if those efforts are going to fall by the wayside.
Dean Borg: Well, and then he made an emphasis too on better teachers in the classroom. I don't know exactly the words that he used but a qualified teacher in the classroom was what he meant to say there. That is going to be easier said than done too because there are powerful forces in Iowa, the ISEA, the teacher's union, that will have something to say about that.
Jeneane Beck: And this also comes at a time when smaller communities are losing enrollment, declining enrollment and it makes it harder for schools to pay teachers and so that is going to be an issue that he deals with. It is a continual issue in Iowa and it isn't going to end any time soon.
Dean Borg: And he also talked about financing state government in taxes and I wrote a note here to myself, I don't know if this is his exact word or not, but reduced and simplified and less taxes, that is reduction in the tax rates and I think he has already been calling, over the past few months, for a reduction in corporate income taxes.
Jeneane Beck: Corporate income taxes and commercial property taxes, a reduction in both and he said today that we need to change our attitude towards success. But those who successfully bring jobs to this state deserve to be rewarded with tax incentives and tax breaks and tax cuts and that they should not be looked down upon for those things. And so he is asking the legislature to change their attitudes towards those corporations and there are many who say, no, we should remove some of the tax breaks and some of the tax credits that are on the books today.
Dean Borg: Overall, would you say that this could pass as not only an inaugural speech but a condition of the state address in laying out somewhat of a blueprint for the Iowa legislature?
Jeneane Beck: I definitely think it did but obviously he was not able to give the Condition of the State Address because the outgoing governor does that. But he did do both talk about a broad vision and his thanking Iowans for this fifth term but also talked about some of the things he wants to accomplish which is a reduction in state government, a reduction in taxes and new responsibilities for teachers.
Dean Borg: What are the nuts and bolts of actually getting settled now up at the statehouse? Governor Culver was moving out this week. You're there every day, in fact, the press room is right across from the Governor's office on the lower level. Did you see a lot of boxes and things going out of there and Branstad boxes moving in or is that yet to come?
Jeneane Beck: I think that's happening probably while we're here right now. Typically during the inaugural the governor's office, there has been a lot of moving out, don't get me wrong and a lot of cleaning but as we are here at Hy-Vee Hall that administration is leaving and Governor has staff there, Governor Branstad has staff there moving things in as we speak.
Dean Borg: And so it is a smooth transition. In fact, we'll see the Branstad people probably there this afternoon and taking up shop and opening their doors as the Branstad administration come Monday morning. Well, of course, Monday morning is a state holiday, that is Martin Luther King Day.
Jeneane Beck: There are tours of the Capitol this afternoon and I think you'll see the governor's office and maybe it will already be established. We'll have seen the elephants put in place and the donkeys removed in the governor's office. You may remember that Governor Branstad had an amazing array of elephants when he first served. We have another piece of video we would like to show you, a montage, this is not only Governor Branstad's fifth inaugural but this is one of many that Dean Borg has covered for Iowa Public Television.
(Roll-ins of inaugurations covered by Dean Borg)
Jeneane Beck: The glasses are smaller, there's just a little bit less hair but, Dean, you look great and thank you for so many years of service of doing these and bringing them to us in our homes.
Dean Borg: That was a surprise. In fact, when you led into that I didn't know where you were going on that videotape. Thank you.
Jeneane Beck: It's been fun to watch the change of Governor Branstad and also, you, but as you reflect over these has there been a difference in mood or do they continue to be similar?
Dean Borg: I think they are pretty much similar. There have been some more ostentatious inaugurals, I would say that. I think back when Tom Vilsack and the democrats first took office after Terry Branstad left in 1999. I think there were more festivities than we see, in fact, the Branstad administration said that they are really scaling this one back and I think that is in keeping with the austerity in state government right now.
Jeneane Beck: Yes, that was the first democratic inaugural in 30 years. There was a definite feeling of celebration. However, this time because of the economy, as you said, Dean, a decision to downplay.
Dean Borg: Well, this concludes Iowa's 2011 Inaugural Address and festivities here at Hy-Vee Hall. You can watch Governor Terry Branstad's swearing-in and speech online at our Web site, iptv.org is the Web site. And then stay with Iowa Public Television for more political programming as the year rolls on. And you can watch Iowa Press at its weekly times, 7:30 Friday night and 11:30 Sunday morning on statewide Iowa Public Television. It is bound to be an interesting year in state politics at the Iowa legislature and throughout the upcoming months with the republican Iowa caucuses. We hope that you'll be watching. Thanks to my colleague, Jeneane Beck, our producer Andrew Batt and the entire Iowa Public Television crew. From Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines and thanks very much for joining us today.