January 2, 2014
Mayor Annise Parker's Third Inaugural Address
Dear Citizens of Houston,
I love this city!
Thank you for trusting me to continue in what I believe is the best job in America. To serve you is my greatest honor. I remain excited to go to work each and every day.
I congratulate our City Controller and our City Council Members. I know personally the duties they have assumed today, and I salute their service. Each one of us worked diligently, passionately, (some over a period of years) to achieve these positions. We recognize the sacred trust we have assumed. Whatever our differences in philosophy, in personality, in opinions, we will endeavor to reward your faith in us.
We are here today to affirm a contract with each other, one in fact, that we on stage have formally sworn an oath to honor. Council will set policy for the city. They will father the needs and wants, the problems and concerns of their constituents, and translate them into concrete goals.
As Mayor, I am the public face of our city. I celebrate the triumphs and articulate the pain. I must have the big picture knowing where our ship is sailing, the route we take, and the dangers we face. I must be able to convey these to the dedicated men and women who make our city run, and to you, the Houstonians who depend upon our work, so that together we face the dangers as they come.
We rise or fall together. We succeed or fail together.
A great city imagines its own bright future-and sets about to make that happen.