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Wayback Wednesday Video: Perry's First Day as Governor

Rick Perry applauds at the end of then-Gov. George W. Bush's speech announcing his resignation.

To mark yesterday's gubernatorial passing of the torch, this edition of Wayback Wednesday hearkens back to the days when James Richard "Rick" Perry was Texas' lieutenant governor, waiting in the wings to take George W. Bush's seat after his political ascension to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Below is a video, courtesy of the Texas Politics Project, showing George W. Bush's final speech under the Capitol dome as governor on December 21, 2000, in which he announces his resignation and passes the reins to the longest-serving governor in the state's history.

Also, if you look closely, you'll just barely catch another Texas governor in this video. Hint: He's had an inauguration in the past 24 hours, he was (at the time) a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, and he was elected Attorney General in 2002.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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