January 4, 2010
Mayor Annise Parker's Inaugural Message
Dear Citizens of Houston,
Thank you for honoring me with your trust and your hopes. I love the City of Houston!
To serve you has been my highest aspiration. To work with you on the pressing issues and challenges we face is my mission.
In turn, I ask your help with four things:
- Your prayers. We have enormous challenges ahead. All that we must do will be done. All that we should do can be done. We will strive mightily for it. I know we can achieve anything with hard work ... and with your prayers.
- Your patience. Some things we cannot rush. A city is a continuum. Projects begin under one administration and finish under another. It may seem as if little progress is made. And the compromise - the give-and-take of government - can be a slow and difficult process. But we have a range of voices and opinions in the City of Houston Council Chamber because no one has all the answers. And because all voices must be heard.
- Your persistent commitment. We are in this together, for the duration. You must commit your time and energy to Houston. We rise and fall together. We succeed or fall together.
- Your forgiveness. As much as we try, and as hard as we work, and for all the right reasons, we will make mistakes. We will have failures. I ask for your forgiveness in advance.
Houston is a city of open arms and warm hearts. We are a city filled with optimism, with a sense of partnering, with real respect for each other. Houston is a city built on dreams, but dreams powered by hard work, common sense and creativity. A city must be a place, said anthropologist Margaret Mead, where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know. And that's what we are set to do.
I respect the office of Mayor and revere the oath I have taken. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me.
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