Barry (Obama) from D.C. asks the governor on WTOP
Gov. Tim Kaine (D) fielded calls for the last time on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program this morning, including one with a familiar voice identified by host Mark Seagrave as "Barry from D.C."
That would be President Barack Obama, calling in to congratulate his pick for chairman of the Democratic National Committee as he concludes his four years as governor of Virginia. Another call came from Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, during something of a greatest hits for Kaine during the hour-long program.
Obama started his call by telling Kaine that he had some questions about traffic in Northern Virginia. Both men laughed, and then Obama went on to say, "Rather than go there, I just want to say how proud we are of your service as governor as the Commonwealth of Virginia and wish you and the family all the best this Christmas season, after a just terrific round of service for the people of Virginia."
"Well, Mr. President, that means a lot," Kaine told Obama. "As I think back about my four years as governor, I still think my happiest day as governor was in November of 2008 and the great work we did together across the nation and in Virginia was spectacular and I'm excited to continue to be in service, as they say."
Before hanging up, Obama joked with Kaine that the two men have to stick together. "We continue to think that your wife is probably a little superior to you, as I think people feel about the First Lady," Obama said. "You and me have to stick together, since we're married to better people."
Identified as "Bob from Virginia," McDonnell also congratulated Kaine on his service and thanked him for working to make the transition as seamless as possible. The two laughed about a call McDonnell placed to Kaine last year to help secure tickets to Obama's January inauguration and also about whether Kaine has managed to scrounge up more money in the state budget.
Among the other callers, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Virginia governor and Kaine father-in-law Linwood Holton, musician Bruce Hornsby, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly.
And Kaine fielded some serious calls as well. On the topic of his budget proposal, which included $2.3 billion in budgets cuts as well as the elimination of the car tax, to be replaced by a 1 percent increase in the income tax rate, Kaine had strong words for lawmakers who have rejected the plan out of hand, asserting that if Virginia wants to continue to receive the accolades it has gathered in recent years, the legislature must pass his budget.
"I can guarantee you, if you pass this budget, we will stay best managed, we will stay AAA, we will stay the best state for business in the United States," Kaine said. "Now, if they're not willing to make hard decisions, and they want to try gimmicks or other things, that's up to them, I can't control what happens after I leave. ... They're going to gripe and complain because it's a tough time, but hey, they've got to make tough decisions."
December 22, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories: Barack Obama , Gerald E. Connolly , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine
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