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McDonnell responds to Englin’s “presidential” tweet

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It is a sign of the times. During Governor Bob McDonnell‘s State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night tweets were flying fast and furious. It gave those interested,  an instant reaction to the Governor’s words.

Some came from journalists. Like myself, or NBC29’s Adam Rhew or Kimball Payne of the Daily Press’ Shad Planking.  Then there were pundits and bloggers like Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato and Vivian Paige of  “All Politics is Local”.

Even the Governor’s staff shared some behind the scenes tweets. Deputy Press Secretary Taylor Thornley gave her followers this preview shot of the Governor preparing for his address. Outgoing Press Secretary Stacey Johnson shared her view from the gallery of what was happening down below.

But perhaps the most interesting and telling tweets came from the people McDonnell was speaking directly to, the legislators themselves.  Newly elected Republican Greg Habeeb could not contain his excitment at being at his first State of the Commonwealth, although he was a little dissapointed in his seating.

One particular tweet that was re-tweeted often and caught my attention was this one from Alexandria Democrat David Englin.

Afterward I asked the Governor what he thought about people tweeting during his speech and what response, if any, that he had to Del. Englin’s to presidential cyber proclamation.

“I wish he hadn’t a tweeted, I wished he had paid attention to what I had to say,” The Governor remarked. He then went on to say once again that he has no interest in giving up the Governor’s mansion, for a run for the White House.

“I’ve got the best job in America,” he said. “That is why Thomas Jefferson said on his tombstone, he was a President you know, he left that off his tombstone. He listed Governor, author of the Declaration and founder of the University of Virginia. So I, like Jefferson, believe this is a far better job.”

The video from his response is below:

UPDATE: More than a few astute DV readers have pointed out that Governor McDonnell’s claim about Jefferson’s tombstone was a bit off the mark. Yes, the founding father did not mention that he was President on his grave marker, but he also left out that he was Governor of Virginia.  Here is a photo of Jefferson’s grave at Monticello:


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  1. Jefferson didn’t mention that he was Governor on his
    tombstone. His tombstone reads “Here lies Thomas Jefferson, Author
    of the Declaration of Independence, of the Virginia Statute for
    Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia” –
    nothing about being Governor on there.


    January 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

  2. […] end his term early to pursue them as a matter of strategy, but I can see why Delegate Englin would tweet that he “thinks Bob McDonnell is running for […]

  3. It’s good to learn Delegate David Englin can tweet and listen at the same time … I noticed his tweet did not limit Gov. McDonnell’s Presidential run to 2012


    January 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

  4. […] leave a comment » To his credit, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell goes out of his way to dismiss his potential as a candidate for national office. I should know, I ask him about it all the time. I asked him before he got elected governor, right before he was inaugurated and of course just a few weeks ago after the State of the Commonwealth. […]

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