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The Conservative Mama Bear, Kimberly Boobyer

Historic Event, Historic Figure? I Say Yes! By Kimberly Boobyer, January 10, 2023

Historic Event, Historic Figure?

I Say Yes!

On January 3, 2023, on the steps of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Governor Ron DeSantis was inaugurated for his second term and delivered his address. Below are my commentaries on excerpts from his address. (Excerpts are in red)

At the end of this blog is the complete transcript of his address as it was given.

Basking in the Pomp, Contemplating the Future

I had the great honor of being present for the inauguration ceremony. The weather was ideal that day as if God was in approval. Rather than baking in the customary Florida sun, we were basking in the pomp and circumstance. This included the pledge of allegiance, our National anthem, the swearing in, soul stirring patriotic music, a cannon salute and a military flyover.

As my teenage daughter, Samantha, and I sat steeping it in, I wondered if she understood the gravity of it. Does she appreciate how momentous this is? Does she realize the significance of the ceremony, the importance of the events taking place and the words spoken; how they will shape the future of our State, our Nation and likely our world?

I began to contemplate those same questions for myself. I cherish not only the privilege of being there to witness and behold the grandeur of the moment, but also the meaning it will hold for years to come. How will we look back on this

historic time? Will we maintain the same perspective then, as we do now?

Freedom Rings in the New Year

“And now we are here today because the people of Florida have validated our efforts in record fashion.”

As I rang in the new year listening to the words of Governor DeSantis, I knew I did not wish to be anywhere but here, present at the inaugural ceremony of a great, proven leader; shown to be worthy of his calling. A leader who has faced epic challenges and led with courage in an exemplary fashion. I want to be here more than anywhere else, here in the Free State of Florida. This sentiment was resonant throughout his address, how truly free Florida is under his leadership.

“Freedom lives here, in our great Sunshine State of Florida! It lives in the courage of those who patrol the streets and keep our communities safe, it lives in the industry of those who work long hours to earn a living and raise their families, it lives in the dedication of those who teach our children, it lives in the determination of those who grow our food, it lives in the wisdom of our senior citizens, it lives in the dreams of the historic number of families who have moved from thousands of miles away because they saw Florida as the land of liberty and the land of sanity.”

It is said that courage is contagious. Courage is alive and well in the heart of each Floridian that believes freedom is worth any cost.