Quotes: From Reuters

“In France it was Joan of Arc; in the Crimea it was Florence Nightingale; in the deep south there was Rosa Parks; in India there was Mother Teresa and in Florida there was Katherine Harris,” said singer Larry Gatlin as he introduced Harris to an adoring crowd of Florida Republicans. … Speaking to Reuters before she made her surprise address to the crowd, Harris dismissed suggestions she would receive an appointment from the Bush administration.

Harris also declared she wanted to stay on the list of worst dressed women of 2000 — even after self-styled fashion maven “Mr. Blackwell” took her off the list for improving her appearance. “I want to stay on the list because I was in extremely good company — Elizabeth Hurley and Madonna. I’m not as glamorous as them,” Harris said.

Bush’s brother Jeb, the Governor of Florida, was also mobbed by the crowds at the inaugural ball, but he made no appearance onstage. “I’m pleased and proud,” Bush told Reuters of his older brother’s inauguration as 43rd President. “I’m also pleased to be here with all of my friends from Florida because we made it happen.”

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