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Incoming Governor David Paterson’s Swearing-In

Monday, March 17, 2008

Incoming Governor David Paterson is succeeding Eliot Spitzer as governor of New York. Leonard talks with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Elaine Rivera (from Albany) following Mr. Paterson's swearing-in ceremony.

Guests:

Brian Lehrer and Elaine Rivera

Comments [19]

slande michel from today

david paterson is a good person for blak people.

Mar. 27 2008 03:51 PM
levinej

Funny, seemingly grounded guy, not hysterical and seems to deal with reality head-on -- looking forward to seeing him in action!

Mar. 17 2008 03:28 PM
hjs from 11211

3 men in a room, will continue.

Mar. 17 2008 01:42 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson is a step in the right direction. He has to be. Spitzer was about as far in the wrong direction as one can possibly imagine. I'm cautiously optimistic about him... although, admittedly, regardless of how it turns out, I still live in Jersey. Where hell has already come to stay.

Mar. 17 2008 01:42 PM
Chicago Listener

can brian and elaine tell us about bruno and silver? are they the permanent government of ny state? are they on the same team or are they the source of the gridlock? do paterson's words about working together have any real meaning to those men?

Mar. 17 2008 01:34 PM
michael winslow from INWOOD

Any Governor who has Dinkins at their inaugural speech should be viewed with suspicion!

Mar. 17 2008 01:34 PM
Chicago Listener

[[Posted by: James BrownskiMarch 17, 2008 - 01:29PM
Sure, 5 minutes into his introduction as governor and we can already tell that he's going to be a disaster? Come off it already. If Paterson ends up being a disaster, how will Spitzer go down in history?]]

can you re-phrase the question?

Mar. 17 2008 01:31 PM
James Brownski

Sure, 5 minutes into his introduction as governor and we can already tell that he's going to be a disaster? Come off it already.
If Paterson ends up being a disaster, how will Spitzer go down in history?

Mar. 17 2008 01:29 PM
michael winslow from INWOOD

What hell is this the circus???

This state is now in more trouble!!

Paterson is going to be a huge disaster!

What kind of speech is this??

All he does is kiss everyone's *** then introduce them!!

Pataki he LOVES??? Pataki was one of the WORST governors this state has ever seen!!!

Dinkins???? All he did was play tennis while the city rioted.

Is Paterson a stand-up comedian?? Or a Governor???

We're in trouble!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 17 2008 01:26 PM
hjs from 11211

ok we get it. a lot of people showed up.

now what's the plan for the next 3 years?

Mar. 17 2008 01:26 PM
Chicago Listener

applause after every introduction...maybe the live broadcast was not such a good idea.

Mar. 17 2008 01:24 PM
Chris O from New York

It seems like he is making too many jokes, although he did stop. I mean, one or 2 seem like a good idea but...

Mar. 17 2008 01:22 PM
Sarah Gallogly from Brooklyn

I'm with Chris O. I could hardly believe my ears. We have a new governor by "divine design"? I've got to look into this separation of church and state we supposedly have.

Mar. 17 2008 01:21 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

Now it's turned into a roast!

Mar. 17 2008 01:20 PM
Chris O from New York

It seems all the top Dems in the state are Hillary boosters to the max. She is the machine Dem, although the vote went to Hillary 57-40, so not a bad showing by Obama among New York Dems.

Mar. 17 2008 01:16 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey


I think the thing that bothered me about the prayer and the opening speech is that they were sectarian in nature... I mean, normally it's very vague making reference to a "creator" not even necessarily using the word "God". This though... you'd think that rabbi regularly had lunch with God on Thursdays. He was giving us very specific things about God's thoughts and opinions that was a little alarming.

And yes, if you ARE a religious person, you really shouldn't want God to be too closely associated with the caliber of people in Albany...

Mar. 17 2008 01:15 PM
Chicago Listener

ugh! is support for hillary as strong as that crowd would indicate?

anyway, i guess all this god-talk is at paterson's request. yeesh.

well, finally, we're on to the pursuants and the whereases.

what can i say except thank god!

Mar. 17 2008 01:11 PM
Chris O from New York

What a pathetic society that needs to fly its flag of false religiosity. You should not wear it on your sleeves, religious people (oh yeah, you are politicians catering).

Mar. 17 2008 01:09 PM
Chris O from New York

Is this a religious ceremony? First a rabbi and now a reverend. I guess the imam is next.

I thought this was a state function and not a religious one. This is an embarrassment.

Mar. 17 2008 01:08 PM

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