If you were looking for downtown’s movers and shakers this morning, they were gathered at Oklahoma Christian University for the annual Greater Oklahoma City Chamber chairman’s breakfast.
The keynote speaker was Gov. Brad Henry. You could sort the community veterans from the newcomers. Those who have relocated to Oklahoma City in the past year or so were bewildered by the knowing glances and jokes told at Henry’s expense as he ran 40 minutes late. Truth be told, I can’t remember a single event I’ve covered when Henry did show up at the start of the event. And that’s pretty much the shared concensus of the folks I heard from today. The chamber leadership prides itself in running on time and starting matters precisely at the pre-set time. So one can only imagine their discomfort with the suspense over whether or not the governor will even show up for his speech. The veterans I spoke to seem to have a good sense of humor about it all, but one might wonder what impression is being made on the city’s newest corporate leaders.