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

Jerry Brown (left) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani CAntil-Sakauye (right) as Brown's wife, Anne Gust-Brown, looks on.
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Jerry Brown (left) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani CAntil-Sakauye (right) as Brown's wife, Anne Gust-Brown, looks on.

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.

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