A 7-month-old baby became the youngest mayor in America this weekend after he was inaugurated as the honorary Mayor of Whitehall, Texas.
William Charles “Charlie” McMillian, otherwise known as Mayor Charlie, donned a tuxedo as he appeared in front of roughly 150 guests celebrating his appointment at the Whitehall Community Center on Sunday afternoon. Mayor Charlie’s swearing in ceremony comes after he was “elected” in October to serve the local communities in Grimes County.
One attendee, Josh Fultz, 41, a councilman for the nearby Texas town of Navasota said Charlie “stood on the podium” with his adoptive parents Chad and Nancy McMillian at around 4.30 p.m. as members of the local community witnesses his inauguration.
“He just sat there and kind of goo-goo-ga-ga’d over the people that were all around, like a happy little kid,” Fultz said, adding that the event included a band that played patriotic music, performances from a local high school dance group and a mock secret service.
“The whole event was well-planned out by his parents. It was like any inauguration you could imagine, just on a much smaller scale,” he explained. “Everybody was wanting to hold him and walk around with him and the love that was in the air was very strong. We’re in a difficult time in our country’s history and Mayor Charlie is helping to bring peace and kindness back into the community. That’s really the whole goal.”
Charlie even had a customized oath of office, which was administered by Frank Pokluda.
“I, William Charles McMillan, do solemnly promise that I will faithfully execute the office of the Mayor of Whitehall and will to the best of my ability: Be kind to everyone on the playground, promote life, adoption and good, clean country living, pave all the gravel roads, take cookies to the Volunteer Fire Department, catch the biggest catfish, and preserve, protect and defend the community of Whitehall, so help me, Mom and Dad!”
The honorary mayor role is auctioned off to the highest bidder each year during the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department’s annual BBQ Fundraiser. On October 20, Charlie became this year’s winner, beginning his year-long term of service to Whitehall and the surrounding community, according to an invitation to his inauguration.
Charlie’s adoptive mother, Nancy said Charlie is tolerant of all partisan groups and proudly touts the political slogan, “Make America Kind Again.”
“Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, Charlie loves ya,” she said. “We’re promoting kindness and Making America America Kind Again. He is equal with any political leaning and a unifier.”
According to Fultz, Charlie’s night ended when he fell asleep on the lap of one of the performers from the high school dance group at around 7 p.m. “Nancy said, ‘He’s never fallen asleep like that,'” he recalled. “I think the event really wore him out.”
Next month, the McMillians will head to Washington D.C. to meet with Texas congressman Ted Cruz.