After two days of making speeches and introducing transportation plans the General Assembly, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told reporters today that he was hoping 2011 would be the year that he suddenly finds himself at the controls of a Harrier jet, defending the city against terrorists from above.

The Harrier, informally referred to as the jump jet, is a military aircraft capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and is frequently featured in action films and daydreams of the state’s 71st governor.

“Signing bills into law and dealing with financial stuff is fine and all, but after a year of being governor I was kind of hoping for a little more action, like real action, by now,” said McDonnell, a former Army medical supply officer who has been chomping at the bit to take a Harrier for a cruise over the state capital, maybe even pop off a few hellfires into some sheep. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to fight to make sure parts of Virginia get to keep a percentage of the discretionary sales tax generated to fund their own road projects, but seriously, if a group of bad guys ever want to attack us, I’m ready.”

McDonnell noted that if a Harrier was unavailable, he would happily substitute it for an M1 Abrams tank or one of those mech things from Alien.

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