Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, former first lady Gayle Manchin, their family members and portrait artist Larry Bruce Bishop will attend a special ceremony at 10 a.m. this morning to unveil Manchin’s official gubernatorial portrait.
Click here to read my story about the creation of that portrait. To watch this morning’s ceremony live, watch for a live streaming video below. The broadcast will begin about 9:55 a.m. I’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, so look for that below the video.
And that’s the end of our broadcast. Thanks for tuning in.
Manchin invites crowd to reception at the Culture Center.
Bishop thanks Gov. Tomblin, Manchin, Gayle, Senate President Jeff Kessler “This is a great, great honor for me…speaking for another state that was brought back in…to have my painting hanging in the WV Capitol is a great honor for me.” Bishop said he’s looked at all the other portraits, proud to be part of that history.
Bishop warns crowd he’s not a public speaker. “We’re not going to take a lot of your time. I’ve always said talking about art is like watching the radio.”
Manchin now introducing Larry Bruce Bishop, an Alabama-based portrait artist chosen by the governor’s staff to paint Manchin’s portrait.
The portrait features Manchin standing outside the Capitol building. “I talk with my hands, as you know, and I think Larry captured that.” “I’d even walk out of the mansion at night and look at the dome. I wanted everybody to see that.”
Tomblin and Manchin reveal it’s their first unveiling. “Let ‘er rip.”
“When you leave this position…you always want to make sure the person coming in will find it better than what I had. I know Earl Ray feels the same way.” “That’s what it’s really all about.”
“I’m so proud of our state. I’m who you are. I’ve come from where you’ve come from. There’s nothing like being a West VIrginian.”
Look back on things accomplished. Manchin said best honor is being able to work for the people of W.Va. Mentions vouchers for underprivileged children. “One of the proudest moments I had, a little 13 year old girl came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for helping me fit in.’” Manchin increased payout of school clothing vouchers.
Manchin said his father never got to see him be governor. Only one aunt of 5 original Manchin children, lived to see get elected. Uncle A. James Manchin also didn’t live to see it “He knew in his heart he would make it.”
Recalls leaving governor’s office for the Senate. Wanted to bring common sense to Washington, bring people together. “We did that as a state.” “We always put our state first and that’s what we need to do in Washington.”
“No one can replace Sen. Byrd.” But Manchin said he’s trying to follow in his footsteps.
Sen. Joe Manchin now at the podium. Asks former governor staff to hold up their hands. Hands raise all around the room. Recognizes two former chiefs of staff, Larry Puccio and Jim Spears.
“It is, indeed, history.” “I have introduced Joe in many ways over the years..some probably not worth repeating. But today I tell you it is with great pride I intorduce to you the 34th governor of the great state of West VIrginia, Joe Manchin.”
Gayle also recognizes Larry Bruce Bishop, the portrait artist. She recalls last time they were in this room, as Joe was the outgoing governor giving a farewell address. “We truly cared about the quality of lives of people in West Virginia.” “I certainly think governors before us strove to do that, our governor now strives to do that.”
Former first lady Gayle Manchin is now at the podium, introducing the grandchildren that are in attendance today, along with their children and other family members.
Tomblin recounts Manchin’s time as delegate, state senator, Secretary of State and governor, commending him on his service to the state and her people.
Tomblin is at the podium. A loud round of applause as Manchin, his wife Gayle and family members enter.
Here we go…
Something tells me they didn’t except a crowd this large….
While we wait, here’s my story for today’s Daily Mail about the creation of Manchin’s portrait. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/News/statenews/201304010177
We’ll turn the sound on as soon as the event begins. Hard to tell when that might be, however.
It’s standing room only…but I’ve staked out a window sill.
Yesterday Capitol workers moved the other governor’s portraits. Traditionally, paintings of the last two governors hang in the reception room. Making way for Manchin, Gov. Underwood’s portrait now hangs in the West Wing hall.
You’ll notice the easel over there covered in gold cloth. Wonder what that could be…
That goofball running back and forth in front of the camera is Daily Mail photographer Craig Cunningham.
Things are running a little late. There’s a packed crowd in the governor’s reception room, with representatives from every local media outlet, senators, delegates, and many many more.
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