Haley Barbour’s Neshoba Speech
Thank you. It’s great to be back at the Fair; there’s no place like it. A little mud on your boots never should bother anybody over here.
This is my sixth speech at the Fair as Governor, and I’m glad to have back with me on stage Marsha, my bride of nearly 38 years. And, speaking to the two dozen of you who have reminded me this morning how far I married over my head, Guys, I don’t need any reminding! Y’all just pray our grandchildren look like her.
I remember 1982, the first time I ever spoke in this pavilion.
Our country was in a recession then, too. In fact, we’d had several recessions over the preceding eight or ten years.
Ronald Reagan led us out of that deep recession, and for the next quarter century the number of Americans working skyrocketed as we added forty-nine million net new jobs; American technology changed the world in ways we couldn’t have imagined then; and more than a billion people around the world were lifted out of poverty.
Today, a new president, facing another deep recession, has gone in just the opposite direction from Reagan.