On Saturday, January 1, 2011, Richard D. Snyder was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly, becoming the 48th Governor of Michigan. The Detroit News reported on the address, saying:
In his 13-minute inaugural address, Snyder, a Republican, called for an end to divisiveness along political and geographic lines. He said changing the state will require a change in Michigan culture and shared sacrifice.
“Many of us will have to take a step back in the short term to move us all forward together in the long term,” Snyder said in a speech that was not from a prepared text.
…”We need to move from negative to positive. Stop being divisive and become inclusive,” he said in his speech. There are “no magic solutions to our problems,” he added. “I’ve been hired to move us all forward together.
“It’s also time to be bold,” he said later in his address. “We shouldn’t walk away from high expectations. It’s time to deliver on high expectations.”
“We all want to live in a state of high expectations, and, more importantly, high results.”
Snyder, who during his campaign said Michigan will never be a great state until Detroit is again a great city, asked Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, a Democrat, to serve as master of ceremonies.