Displaying the same affable style as he did on the campaign trail, Governor-elect Charlie Crist kicked off his inauguration day with a early morning prayer breakfast where Crist thanked others and asked that Floridians realize that he will make mistakes during the next four years.
"I've got all these prepared comments...and I'm just going from the heart, which sometimes is good to do,'' said Crist at the close of the event held on the campus of Florida A & M University, the historic black college located just south of the Capitol. Crist thanked those on hand at the event, including both of Florida's U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez. Crist once again pledged to reach out to Democrats during his time in office.
"We are from both sides of the aisle but we are going to work together,'' said Crist, who also noted the attendance of Alex Sink, a Democrat who will be sworn in later today as chief financial officer. Crist, noting how he scrapped plans to hold a lavish inaugural ball after reports detailed how his fundraising team was asking for large donations, told the crowd that his administration will make mistakes in the next four years.
"Be patient with us. We will make mistakes from time to time,'' said Crist. "We're human and that's how it is. We were going to have a ball tonight, but we're not. Hope you don't mind.''