From Gov. Phil Bredesen's eighth and final State of the State speech [Feb. 1, 2010]:
This is likely my final time to address you as Governor. We still have a lot of work to do, and it’s far too early for farewell remarks.
I do want to say, however, a most sincere thank you for the way you have treated me and worked with me and my administration these past years. I have never had a job I enjoyed as much or gave me as much satisfaction as serving as Governor. It has been a humbling experience.
To those of you who have helped me, my sincere thanks. For those of you who have not, all is forgiven now! I know how much so many of you care for our state and its people, and it has been an honor to work with you on their behalf. Thank you and Godspeed.
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