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Video: Ben Franklin Drops By Garvey’s Swearing-In Ceremony

by ARLnow.com December 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm 4,143 16 Comments

Noted American statesman Ben Franklin stopped by to give a short speech before County Board member Libby Garvey’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday evening.

Garvey, who was elected to her first full term on the Board in November, invited Franklin to the ceremony. Franklin, played by Arlington resident Barry Stevens, was modest about his presence at the event but spoke in grand terms about the ceremony itself.

“It is my great pleasure to be here this afternoon,” he said. “Actually, at my age, it’s a great pleasure to be anywhere.”

“Today we recognize a commitment by a local citizen to serve in our government [and] celebrate the voice of an electorate in bringing this citizen into public office,” Franklin continued. “And so today we consummate our republic and our democratic process.”

Garvey spoke after Franklin and noted that she and President Barack Obama, who also was re-elected in November, could never have been elected in Franklin’s time, since women and African Americans were not allowed to vote or run for public office in the U.S.

“We as a nation have come very, very far in a few hundred years,” she said.

  • Meanwhile

    … Zimmerman was at home being visited by the ghost of Bondi’s campaign.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    This is so lame. Everybody know Billy Penns on the top of City Hall in Philly.

  • ArlingtonWay

    Christ.. These politicans are so depressing.

  • internet tourettes

    This was painful to watch.

  • Ouch

    I hope that they had placed some of those airsick bags in the “pews”…..good grief.

  • bobbytiger

    “You gotta sign it too”.

  • ballston resident

    Time for a Garvey recall?

  • janedough

    so why did ben have to plagerize keef richards line: its great to be here……..

  • Ted

    Next to appear on the County Board Stage: Eleanor Roosevelt.

    • YTK

      but…but…why not Guy Lombardo?????

  • Julie

    Libby is neck and neck with Audrey Clement for Arlington’s 2013 First Squirrel Award.

  • benny franklin

    You must show me this fanciful machine you call a “street car”. I also see you still have not invented a better transport than these “bikeshares”

    • YTK

      We could if no one minded road apples– we would call it a horse and a buggy.

  • JnA

    I am an elderly Gentleman and will not ride a nefarious velocipede.

  • Paul

    Did Libby demand Franklin come clean about the appearance of conflict of interest? There’s that printing business back in Philadelphia that I’m sure had lots of government contracts.

  • YTK

    He did a good job. Always good to see Ben reincarnated. I was disappointed that he was not carrying a loaf of bread under each arm.


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