Georgia Governor Prays for Rain

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Sonny Perdue, governor of Georgia, asked the Almighty's forgiveness not conserving enough and pleaded for an end to the drought.

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LUKE BURBANK, host:

You heard it here first. I'm Luke Burbank. It's Wednesday, November 14th. I don't want to say things are getting desperate in Georgia what with the drought and the not raining, but, well, here's the governor…

Governor SONNY PERDUE (Democrat, Georgia): …to very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm.

BURBANK: That would be God he's praying to.

STEWART: Yup. Governor Sonny Perdue deciding I'm going to take it to a higher power, ask for a little bit of rain down here in Georgia.

BURBANK: Yeah, right on the Capitol steps of the Georgia capital, he implored God whoever he or she is to please bring rain.

STEWART: Here's the prayer. Oh, Father, we acknowledge our wastefulness, but we're doing better and I thought it was time - scoot over my cursor - I thought it was time to acknowledge the creator, the provider of water and land and to tell him that we will do better.

BURBANK: We'll see how that goes.

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