January 3, 2012 |
Rick Perry needs help to finish in the top tier in tonight's Iowa caucuses, so at a downtown event hours before the first ballots were to be cast, he called for some backup. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, viewed as a rising star in GOP political circles, introduced Perry to a room full of hundreds of insurance industry professionals and staff, and praised Perry's job-creation record in Texas and his leadership as governor. Jindal said the two had worked together through Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, as well as 2010's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and he contrasted Perry's experience with President Obama's.
October 16, 2009 |
President Obama came to the defense of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today, laughing off the crowd's resonant boos for the Republican official during a town hall meeting here. Obama laughed and offered some comfort to the Republican governor: Some days, he said, "I get that too." Although today wasn't quite that bad for Obama, he still got one very pointed question about the adequacy of federal aid to the hurricane-ravaged region and, outside the town hall meeting, some criticism about the length of his half-day visit to New Orleans, his first as president.
June 18, 2009 |
A start-up automobile company plans to assemble a new fuel-efficient car in Louisiana and employ an estimated 1,400 people once production starts, state and company officials announced. San Diego-based V-Vehicle Co. will take over a vacant plant in Monroe, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. Former Oracle Corp. executive Frank Varasano, who founded V-Vehicle in 2006, said the company has applied for $340 million in loans from the federal government. Company Vice President Horst Metz said production would begin in about 18 months.
October 24, 2007 |
When Bobby Jindal lost his first Louisiana governor's race four years ago, some experts told him that white people here were not ready to elect a dark-skinned son of Indian immigrants. On Tuesday, as he dashed across the state in a victory caravan after his historic Saturday landslide win, Louisiana's Republican governor-elect had a message for his rural supporters: Thank you for proving the conventional political wisdom wrong.
April 17, 2013
Re "GOP aims to alter tone, not positions," April 13 I consider myself a moderate Republican, but after holding my nose and voting twice for George W. Bush and then for John McCain, I voted last November for Barack Obama. As summarized by the Bobby Jindal soundbite, I was tired of casting my lot with "the stupid party. " My vote for McCain, which could have made Sarah Palin vice president, was especially regrettable. The oft-repeated mantra by Republicans after their defeat last November is that there's a perception that the party is out of touch.
February 27, 2009
Re "'We will rebuild, we will recover,'" Feb. 25 If Obama wasn't a star before he delivered his speech Tuesday night, he is now. This man is amazing. He has grace, charm, intelligence and a sense of humor -- and he's a darn good politician. I get the distinct feeling that he reads those briefing books each night. It is reassuring. As a friend of mine who describes himself as a staunch Republican wrote me: "At long last I've lived to see a grown-up president. He grows before our very eyes."