At any political event, it’s fun to watch the faces of people to see how they react to the words that spill out of the mouths of elected officials. Fellow Floyd County blogger Fred First (center) doesn’t seem all that impressed by what Governor Mark Warner had to say at this point in his town meeting at the Floyd Country store on Wednesday. Or maybe he was just listening intently?
Local artist Sue Nees (top) appears slightly bemused. But the VFW member at the bottom applauded enthusiastically to the governor’s comments. Was he just being polite or did he like what he heard? We may never know because the governor can’t run for re-election (the Virginia constitution limits guvs to one term) so you can’t vote your pleasure or displeasure at the ballot box.
But wait. Warner is gearing up for a Presidential run, a dubious goal given the record of the last three Southern governors to reach the Presidency. He wants to join eight over Virginians who moved into the White House.
Let’s see. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson and…and…and…Mark Warner?