Forget the fierce ice storm outside. With country musician Clay Walker at his side, Governor Rick Perry kicked off his second full term in office.
Hundreds of guests packed the ballroom last night in elegant gowns and tuxedos despite treacherous winter weather and repeated warnings to stay off the roads.
Early in the night, Perry joined Walker onstage, playing air guitar while Walker belted out his own version of "Sweet Home Alabama," changed to "Sweet Home Austin, Texas."
A cavernous hall at Austin's downtown convention center was transformed into an elegant ballroom for the event. Massive chandeliers hung overhead, mimicking the frigid weather with crystal icicles.