Abercrombie: 'I Play All Four Quarters'

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

In a press conference Monday ostensibly about a recent trip to Asia but really about his difficult first 10 months in office, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie acknowledged that the actions of his administration have not been wildly popular.

But he also said he believed his New Day plans to fix the state's myriad problems will prevail in the long run, and that he will be judged on that rather than a "snapshot" in time.

It was Abercrombie's first face-to-face meeting with the Honolulu press pool since four top staff members suddenly resigned in early October, and the first since a new poll showed his popularity the lowest of all U.S. governors.

Striking a sober and serious tone — words he used several times at the press conference, which was held in the state Capitol's executive chambers — Abercrombie likened a governor's first term to a football game.

"I play all four quarters," he said. "I am in the first quarter. There was a lot of broken glass on the field when we came in. We are picking it up as fast as we can and turning things around."

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