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Governor George W. Bush
1999 Inaugural Address
January 19, 1999
Special to the E-Galveston Journal

   My fellow Texans, once again I have taken a solemn vow to uphold
the Constitution and the laws of this great state. I am honored to continue serving as your governor. I am humbled because elections are far more than just votes that are tallied.
    Every vote cast is a hope. A hope that a child will get a good
education. A hope that a neighborhood will be free from drugs and crime. A hope that the years ahead will bring a better life for each generation.
    I have high hopes for the future of Texas. The 2lst century will be one of great opportunity. Our economy will be strong, so long as we pursue free markets, free trade, low taxes and limited government
    So I am optimistic our children's lives will continue to improve in
material terms. The risk is that their moral and spiritual lives will not
improve. You see, the strength of a society should not be measured only in the wealth it accumulates or the technology it develops. The strength of a society should be measured in the values its people

  Generations of Texans have rallied around the values of
independence, hard work, strong families, duty to country and faith in God.
    I think of my friend Al Gonzales, recently sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. His parents reared eight children in a two-bedroom house in Houston. They worked hard every day. They sacrificed so that their children would have a chance to succeed. Al Gonzales has realized their dream.
    As we begin a new century, our dream for all Texas should be based not just on prosperity but on the values that make prosperity worthwhile. To achieve prosperity with a moral and spiritual center, I believe the Texas of tomorrow must be open, educated and, while diverse, united by common Texas values.
    The first challenge is this: Texas must be an open society. We must not become two societies-one that believes in the American dream and one without such hope.
    Last year, I visited a juvenile justice facility in Marlin, Texas. I talked with a group of tough young criminals. They were kids you would be frightened to meet on the street late at night. Yet when you looked in their eyes, you realized they were still little boys. As you might imagine, they had sad stones. They came from broken families and from gangs who seemed to care for them. But when they got to prison, these young people realized the gangs didn't care anymore. So they were searching for something or anything that mattered. Toward the end, a young man-probably 15-asked a haunting question. He raised his hand timidly and quietly asked a question that was so honest and so vulnerable that it stunned everyone present. He said, "What do you think of me?"
       I told him that he had made a mistake, but I was confident he could learn from his mistakes. He could go out and be the person he wanted to be. But his question reveals something crucial to the future of Texas- as well as this country. Because his question sprang from the deep doubt of someone who wondered whether there was any hope for him.., and any room for him. in society. He was basically asking, "Am I worth anything?"
    All of us have worth. We're all made in the image of God. We're all
equal in God's eyes. And all of our citizens must know they have an equal chance to succeed. It does not happen by telling them they are victims at the mercy of outside forces; it happens when they realize they have a worth, a dignity and a free will given by God, not by government.
    My answer to that young man, my answer to every boy and every girl in every neighborhood in Texas, is yes, you can succeed. Yes, here in this great state, you can realize your dreams. Government can't solve all our problems. Economic growth can't solve all our problems. In fact, we're now putting too much hope in economics, just as we once put too much hope in government. Reducing problems to economics is simply materialism.
   The real answer is found in the hearts of decent, caring people who have heard the call to love their neighbors as they would like to be loved themselves.
    We must rally the armies of compassion that are in every community of this state. We must encourage them to love, to nurture, to mentor, to help and thus to offer hope to those who have none. Because here is the danger to Texas: if the dream is not available to all, it diminishes the dreams of the entire society. As we do to the least of us, we do to ourselves.
    The second challenge is to become an educated society. Education is freedom. Now by educated, I mean two things. I mean the obvious--our children must be knowledgeable. They must be literate in the language of the 21st century. They must be ready to compete. They must be challenged to be the very best students they can be. And we must never leave any child behind by pushing him forward. I refuse to give up on any child, and that is why I argue so passionately against social promotion.
    First things first. Every child must learn to read. We must start early; we must diagnose; we must get children the help they need. As my friend Phyllis Hunter of the Houston Independent School District says, "Reading is the new civil right."
    Our children must also be educated in the values of our civil society. We must teach them that there are right choices in life and wrong choices in life. Some people think it's inappropriate to make moral judgments anymore. Not me. Because for our children to have the kind of life we want for them, they must learn to say yes to responsibility, yes to family, yes to honesty and work.. .and no to drugs, no to violence, no to promiscuity or having babies out-of-wedlock. Wrong choices cause harm, heartache and poverty.
    We must be willing to draw a clear line between right and wrong.
Those clear lines are drawn by families, by neighbors, by churches
and synagogues, by charities, all of which teach character and principle along with discipline and devotion. Those clear lines must be supported by political leaders, public schools and our public institutions.
    A healthy democracy depends upon the character of its citizens.
Educating our children about their moral and civil responsibilities will serve them-and the nation-every bit as well as the academic learning they require.
    The third challenge we face is in unifying our diverse state through common values. We are a diverse state, and we will be even more diverse in the 21st century. In the near future, there will be no majority racial group in Texas. Children enrolled in Houston's schools speak 63 different languages, 57 different languages in Dallas.
    Our diversity gives Texas new life, new energy, new blood.. ,and we should not fear it but welcome it. Nuestra diversidad le da a Texas
Governor George W. Bush

Bush Inaugural: As Big As Texas!



by Marsha Wilson
E-Galveston Journal

    It's hard to fully describe the visual and emotional impact of the
Inauguration of Governor George W. Bush The skies were filled with
brightly colored Texas Flags. There were 21 gun salutes and jet
fighters flying in formation over the podium - all to the cheers of
thousands of wildly enthusiastic Texans. Yet, the Inauguration of
George W. Bush on January 19, was one tinged by Presidential
expectation. The crowds were assembled not just to hear the words of the man who was returning as one of the most popular Governors in
Texas History. They were there to lend their support to what they
hoped will be the next resident of the White House of the United
States of America.
    The crowds congregated early on the grounds of the Austin
Capitol Complex. By 11:00 a.m. they were stacked 50 deep like
bundles of cordwood, against the white picket fence barriers.
Commander Maxine Wilcox, retired U.S. Coast Guard is a
former Galveston resident who most fully exhibited the depth of
positive emotions in the crowds:
    "I think he's a gift from God," she said.

The Bush Family supported by Proud Barbara
and Former President Bush
Photos by Thomas S. Johnson/Coyoteway
    And quite frankly you had to wonder if that wasn't true. The day
started miserably - it was chilly and reporters who had to come early,
were drenched with a wet, persistent mist. Yet, almost to the minute
that George and Laura Bush walked beneath the swords of the Ross
Volunteers - the skies dramatically parted. The rest of this day
dedicated to George Bush was all blue skies, warm and sunny.
    The confidence in the man was infectious. Time after time,
members of the gathered crowd affirmed his great popularity.
Terry and Lon McDougle, from Houston are owners of a
Success Institute of Business in Houston:
    "We came here to see the next President of the United States."
George Lewis, is a retired Methodist Minister from Magnolia
Texas. At one point the Bush's attended the church where he served:
"The Bushes are friends," he said. " He's a wonderful man.
What you see is what you get. He has integrity."
Lionel Carton is a native Californian:
 "I'm here to give him support - he's going to be the next
Fae Matson , Midland Resident:
 "I've met him - he's wonderful. He's going to be our next President."
 Mr and Mrs. Narmala are natives of India and are now residents
of Midland, Texas. Mr. Narmala likes Bush because his support of
creating industry in Texas.

LT. Governor Rick Perry and Family

"He's very good..l hope he runs for President,"said Mr. Narmala.
Will Francis and his 12 year old son William were on the front
 "I like him - he used to own the Rangers [Texas Rangers
Baseball Team]," said Will Jr. who had his own personal criteria. His
father, Will, Sr., took a matter of fact approach:
 "He's pretty good - he'll probably be President.1'
   The enthusiasm for this Governor didn't stop at the onlookers.
Even members of the press seemed to be expressing some opinions
on the matter - a rare occurrence for a usually politically jaded bunch.
No doubt Nancy Adams from East Texas was probably the
reporter most vested in the event.
   "I come from a town of about 5,500 people," she said proudly.
   "And our band was one of the 33 bands to be selected to march in the inaugural parade."
    Several reporters for a state magazine proudly passed out
copies that featured George and Laura Bush on the front page. Judith
Torrea, a corespondent a native of Madrid, Spain, came as a
correspondent from Efe news services - Spain's International News
Agency. He mentioned that Bush was very popular in Spain due to his
active support of the Hispanic community. And even a reporter from
the New York Times - upset about the wet metal bleachers and the
fog, conceded that Bush was "really, really popular and it looked like
he had a good shot at the Presidency."
    State Troopers from D.P.S. looked snappy in their uniforms, but
seemed to have little to do but to ask folks to step back. Because,
despite the vast numbers of people, this was a surprisingly polite
bunch. When troopers Marcus Ellison, or M.L. Fisher would ask folks
to stop leaning on the fence - I overhead many say "sorry!"
Although most of the onlookers seemed to be folks who wanted
to be part of a historic event, there were still some hard line politico's
in the group.
Jim Brinkman is an Austin resident and an artist.
"I went to the last inaugural. I've met them and been at the
mansion Laura Bush has one of my carvings."
    But, Brinkman is also a Republican party official in East Texas.
He feels a Bush/Dole ticket is a possible winner. When reminded that the Republican Party has a lot of right wing conservative pressure that might keep them from running a woman as a Vice President. He
    "A Bush/Liddie Dole ticket is a potential winner - They'll have to
accept it."
    Right after the Inaugural speech the thousands of folks who
watched the event, had an opportunity to get fed. Tents filled with
barbecue, were positioned in a valley in the shadow of the capitol
    Immediately after that the crowds migrated down to the parade
route. This was a parade designed to get maximum audience
response. It started with the 102 year old Ross Volunteers from Texas
A & M with their traditional swords and red sashed uniforms. And led
quickly into the bands from University of Texas and Texas A & M and
the rest.
    There were four balls all visited by The Inaugural Party. The last,
the one attended by Galvestonians was the largest. An estimated
20,000 people were packed into the Frank Erwin Center - a stadium.
Galveston residents who attended and who could be actually found in
the dark were Kris Ann and Elmer Vogelpohl, Jim and Margaret
Earthman, Stan and Shirley "Shu Shu" and Clowers" and Dr. Mike
Kemp, V.P. of Texas A & M.

Kris Ann and Elmer Vogelpohl and Jim and Margaret Earthman

    Despite the discomfort of trying not to die while trailing your
formal up stadium steps - it was quite an event. And the reason for
holding the bail in a stadium became apparent by the end of the
Governors remarks.
  The official party crowded a stand at the end of the room.
Governor Bush, his wife Laura, Lt. Governor Perry, his wife and their
 They do things in a big way in Texas. The requisite "balloon
drop" from the ceiling was a mere sidebar to a massive, impressive
indoor fireworks display.
 Then the Governor his wife and 20,000+ people, cheered and
sang along to "God Bless Texas."
History in the making? We'll see in the year 2001.

E-Galveston Journal
Marsha Wilson
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