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Robertson a guest at McDonnell Inauguration breakfast

Rosalind Helderman

For those wondering if controversial Rev. Pat Robertson would be in attendence at today's Inauguration of Gov. Bob McDonnell, we've got an answer: Yes, indeed. Here he is at the first event of the day, a prayer breakfast held this morning at the Richmond Marriott, being greeted by Dr. Steve Long of Richmond.

However, according to McDonnell's aides, Robertson has not been given the honor of an invitation to sit behind McDonnell on the portico of the Capitol during the swearing-in. Despite McDonnell's long time friendship with the Virginia Beach televanglist, this marks a departure from the Inauguration of Virginia's last Republican governor, when Robertson was seated not far behind incoming Gov. Jim Gilmore. He also attended the inauguration of Gov. George Allen in 1994.

McDonnell has known Robertson for more than 20 years, since the incoming governor attended the law school founded by the minister. Robertson has, of course, been in the news due to controversial remarks he made this week about the earthquake in Haiti.

According to reporter Freddy Kunkle, who attended the breakfast, a line of well-wishers formed to have a few words or a picture taken with Robertson. Asked whether he regretted his remarks about Haiti, Robertson flung up his hands and replied: "This is Bob's day! I'm talking about Bob McDonnell today!"

Then a security guard blocked reporters from asking any more questions, as supporters led the elderly minister away.

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Here's McDonnell at the same event this morning, being greeted by outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine. Photos by the Post's Tracy Woodward.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 16, 2010; 10:02 AM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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I guess the new governor has a sense of humor.

Posted by: Marcaurelius | January 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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