Nathan Deal and the bees’ knees

First Lady Sandra Deal with a bee on the tip of her finger. The two bee hives are in the background. Alana Joyner/Governor’s Office

First Lady Sandra Deal with a bee on the tip of her finger. The two bee hives are in the background. Alana Joyner/Governor’s Office

Nathan Deal has installed 40,000 workers in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion. They’re foreigners, too. Italian, most likely.

The governor and his wife, courtesy of his staff, are the proud owners of two bee hives – probably a first in the history of the official residence.

“This is a completely non-taxpayer supported venture,” emphasized Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. The governor is a novice to apiculture – and has yet to don the official protective garb of gloves, hat and veil. But Sandra Deal had a beekeeper father, and is quite comfortable with the creatures.

Robinson said the couple was persuaded to try beekeeping by deputy chief of staff Michael Shaffer. Chris Riley, Deal’s chief of staff, has caught the bug, too. House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, a farmer from Auburn, provided some of the equipment.

Robinson said the governor will give away the honey to visitors – and, presumably, lawmakers essential to his legislative agenda next year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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11 comments Add your comment


July 13th, 2011
1:26 pm

Honey bees live in a cooperative social system where each bee works for the good of the colony. Smacks of socialism to me. And the Obamas are beekeepers too. ‘Nuff said.


July 13th, 2011
1:51 pm

Illegal immigrants, every one. Has anyone asked for their green cards? I bet they get paid below minimum wage too.


July 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

How long until the Unions complain the bees are allowed to organize


July 13th, 2011
3:07 pm

If it’s not paid for by the taxpayers, who is paying for it? Is this a gift to the governor’s office, the state of Georgia, or him? And is the person paying for this someone with interests before the state?


July 13th, 2011
3:47 pm

What is the age difference between Mr. and Mrs. Deal?


July 13th, 2011
4:12 pm

I think this is awesome.

Frederick Douglass

July 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

catlady @ 3:47

Sandra’s 69, and Nathan’s 68. Sandra’s a cougar,, and Nathan’s a……..well this is a family oriented paper.

Yes to that idea

July 13th, 2011
6:32 pm

Absolutely a wonderful and positive idea. So refreshing to have some good news ever so often


July 15th, 2011
11:00 am

MMMMM….honey made in Buckhead. Sounds expensive.


July 15th, 2011
11:01 am

Is the Governor’s Mansion even zoned for agricultural use?

Ghost Rider

July 16th, 2011
6:05 pm

A White House spokesperson stated that President Obama is concerned that the bees are “not paying their fair share of taxes”. Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized an investigation by the U’S. Justive Department into allegations that the bees are concealing their wealth. When the President and Attorney General were told that the bees are actually from Mecico, Central and South America and were, in fact, illegal aliens, the President instruucted the Attorney General to advise the bees where the Social Security office was located and where the bees should go to sign up for WIC, food stamps and all other government assistance. The President also instructed the Attorney General to see that all illegal alien bees were registered to vote.