McDonnell responds to Englin’s “presidential” tweet
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.
“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: