Hoosiers saying good-bye to Gov. Daniels

Gov. Mitch Daniels
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People from around the state lined up at Governor Mitch Daniels' door to wish him the best during his final days in office.

They started lining up shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Sheila Bonham was one of the very first. She wanted to come to say goodbye to her boss for the last eight years.

"You guys have done stuff that will be there for centuries. You rebuilt one-fifth of all the bridges in the state, for instance," Daniels said.

There is very little left in the Governor's office. Paintings, boxes, baseball bats in the corner, only a few pictures remain beside his desk, including one of a very young Ronald Reagan.

"We work really closely with him, but we never got a chance to meet him, so I thought this was a great opportunity to say goodbye to him and say what a good job he's done," Bonham said.

"Look at us. I have had a bunch of these you know. A bunch of folks have come through with some kind of motorcycle picture or another. You want me to sign that? Sure," Daniels said.

This is the fourth time they have held a farewell for Governor Daniels. Three times it has been state workers and once state lawmakers, but every time, there has been a line.

"All positive memories. Bygones be bygones. Very first legislator when we had a similar 'come one, come all' and Pat Bauer was the first in line and so it's been terrific. Throw the doors open and a lot of nice people show up," Daniels said.

One by one the visitors came in to share a quick memory or mutual admiration.

"Come to say hello to the Governor on his last day and to wish him well," said Rob Smith.

"I think he's done a great job for our state. It's been hard and not been perfect, but I think he's done a great job," said Susie Thompson.

Daniels will leave immediately following Monday's inauguration of Governor-elect Mike Pence. He will drive to Lafayette to assume his next position as president of Purdue University.