Barbour Inauguration Trivia

Here's a glance at some facts about Gov. Haley Barbour's inaugural ceremonies, according to spokesman Quinton Dickerson:

  • The podium used during the ceremony was on loan from the White House. It was the podium President Bush used during his transition into the presidency.
  • Barbour's inaugural committee handed out 4,000 magnolia seedlings. "These young trees symbolize the potential for growth within the Magnolia State over the next four years,'' the committee said in a news release.
  • The food left over from Tuesday night's inaugural ball will be donated to homeless shelters and charity homes in the Jackson metro area. The food will be distributed by the Volunteers of Gleaners, a nonprofit volunteer group that handles food for soup kitchens.
  • A large American flag that served as a backdrop for the ceremony was on loan from First Baptist Church of Columbus. Barbour used it during several campaign events, including Vice President Dick Cheney's appearance at Mississippi University for Women and President Bush's appearance in Southaven.

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