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Inauguration 2007: Governor & Other State Leaders Sworn In

"Four more years" was the campaign slogan of Bob Riley's supporters during his campaign. And Monday, their wish came true.  Governor Riley officially took office again for another four years.

People from all over the state came to watch history in the making at Alabama's state capitol. It was a happy time for Riley who continues being the state's 52nd governor.

Riley's swearing-in ceremony occurred on the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, and it took place a few feet from where King ended the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965.

Riley also stood a few feet from where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy in 1861.

Riley encouraged Alabamians to draw strength from their history, but not be limited by it. He called Alabama's history our foundation, but not our ceiling. 

Riley called it a new day in Alabama, but he said it's going to get even brighter. He did not recount his campaign promises, such as a second income tax cut. And he did not mention his failure last week to organize the state Senate around his allies.  

After Riley took the oath of office, the timing was perfect as canons saluted and planes flew overhead. 

Visiting Montgomery were a couple of recognizable national figures -- former General and presidential candidate Wesley Clark helped administer the oath to Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

And Arizona Senator and possible republican presidential candidate John McCain was a guest of the governor. They both probably like what the governor had to say.

"Let there be no mistake. Alabama stands behind and fully supports our troops as they fight to protect us from the enemies of freedom," Riley said during his inaugural address. You can read the complete text by clicking on the link to the left.

The governor's staff says not to read anything into the McCain visit. There are rumors Riley would be considered as a running mate if McCain chooses to run for president in 2008.

There was an empty chair on the inaugural stage for the Rileys' daughter Jenice, who died of cancer in 2001. Governor Riley also had a chair for his daughter at his first inauguration. He says there is always a place for her at important family events.

It wasn't just the governor beginning a new term Monday. The state's other constitutional officers were also sworn in. And other elected officials will take their oaths in the coming days.

Reporter: Eileen Jones

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