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Inside View from the N.C. Reception at BIO

Gov. Bev Perdue speaks at the Friends of North Carolina reception at the Newseum.

As if the Newseum's view of the Capitol and Smithsonian weren't enough, some guests at the North Carolina reception got their pictures taken in the Oval Office last night.

Thanks to the Friends of North Carolina and the magic of technology, landmarks around D.C. served as the backdrop for souvenir photos. One scene even featured President Barack Obama.

The official delegation from North Carolina - including Gov. Bev Perdue, the First Gentleman, and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco - opted for a shot in front of the Capitol. (The Governor must have a real picture with Obama.)

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

The Newseum offered great views of the Capitol and the Smithsonian.

Secretary Crisco celebrated the state's #3 ranking in the latest MSNBC poll for business climate, up from a distant fourth last year.

Virginia and Texas took the top spots, but as the secretary pointed out, they have defense and energy fueling their numbers. North Carolina, he said, does it on its own.

Then Gov. Perdue took the stage and expressed a slighly different view.

"We succeed because of all of you," she said to the gathering of several hundred.

She talked about the leadership over previous decades to develop research muscle and strong education programs. She spoke with pride about the work ethic and collaboration in the state. She invited anyone in the crowd who wasn't a North Carolinian to come on down and see us.

She made me want to go out and work even harder to do great things for North Carolina.

Mission accomplished!

The Weather in Raleigh

The Governor's rousing speech at the reception almost didn't happen. The delegation got stuck on the runway with Tuesday's storms.

I knew we were really in trouble, though, when I got my weather call from Greg Fishel  - severe thunderstorms near my house, which is near the airport.

It's always interesting to be a part of the logistical scramble when the Governor comes to visit, and yesterday was no exception. Fortunately, the storms cleared and the evening went on as planned. 

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