Mon January 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Jerry Brown Takes Oath 'Without any Mental Reservation ... Really!'

Times are tough in California, but it doesn't hurt to have a chuckle.

Here's the just-sworn in Gov. Jerry Brown (a Democrat, who when he last led the state, a few decades ago, was called "Gov. Moonbeam" by some of his foes) during his inauguration today. It's worth a listen, and the transcript follows:

Brown: "I take this obligation freely."

California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye: "Without any mental reservation."

Brown: "Without any mental reservation."

(Laughter heard in the audience.)

Cantil-Sakauye: "Or ..."

Brown: "Really! No mental reservation."

(Louder laughs.)

Earlier today, NPR's Ina Jaffe reported that there's been "no Hollywood ending" to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.