It was a day more than $100 million in the making; that's how much money it took to get Rick Scott re-elected as Florida's governor.
Scott was sworn in for a second term shortly after noon Tuesday in front of the old Florida Capitol.
Then, in his inaugural address, Scott made a call to people in four high-tax states — California, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois — to "move to Florida," where the taxes are lower. In the process, Scott claims, Florida could create more jobs: A recurring theme of his time in office and election campaigns.
But in Tallahassee on Tuesday, the talk has been less about the man of the hour and more about the people who will be joining him — in particular, two potential presidential candidates in Republican governors Rick Perry, of Texas; and Chris Christie, of New Jersey.
Perry smiled on stage as Scott pledged that Florida would unseat Texas as America's top job creator within the next four years.
Both Perry and Christie made the trip to Tallahassee to cheer on Scott, but also to cheer on their own political futures.
"Scott is a businessman; He understands how business works and transactions work, so I'm confident he understands what they're getting out of the relationship," said political strategist Steve Schale. "On the flipside, Scott got almost $20 million from the Republican Governors Association, so I'm sure it's a fair trade for him."
That said, there are a number of folks who were not at the inauguration Tuesday, among them, three former Florida governors in Jeb Bush, Bob Graham, and the man who lost to Scott in November, Charlie Crist.
That seems to be in keeping with the overall low-key tone of the inauguration. Unlike four years ago, there won't be an inaugural ball, or even an inaugural parade.