Dozens of people lined up at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday to see the newly inaugurated Gov. Nikki Haley shortly after 2 p.m despite chilling temperatures.
Lexington couple, Lois Williamson and Bill Russ, were among the first S.C. residents waiting about 30 minutes to pass through security and meet the governor.
The pair, both retired state employees, had also attended the pre-inaugural activities Tuesday evening.
“I’ve never lived this close to government,” said Williamson, 58, who had previously lived in Aiken.
She described the governor as very warm and friendly. “She’ll hug anybody.”
And Haley hugged many of those who entered the mansion to meet her and the first gentleman.
Haley said “Go Tigers,” to a boy wearing a Clemson sweatshirt.
Haley even posed for a selfie with 14-year-old Leila Schwab who said she was “nervous,” to take the photo with the governor, but added, “It was really funny.”
Leila’s mother Suzy Schwab said they attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church with the governor, adding she is proud of Haley.
“She’s done a fantastic job for our state,” Suzy Schwab said.
Schwab added that her son, who attends Pleasant Hill Middle School, needed an excuse for missing school Wednesday for the inaugural activities and planned to use a signed inaugural program from the governor as an absence excuse.