February 15, 2009 |
A hilariously sad e-mail is circulating nowadays proposing that members of Congress be required to wear colorful, logo-splattered uniforms like NASCAR drivers so that voters can know their corporate sponsors. So no surprise that the Republicans went out of town to find their official responder to President Obama's Feb. 24 address to a joint session of Congress: Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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.
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.
December 21, 2013 |
I got the gist of the "Duck Dynasty" thing after my first and only viewing: bunch of rural jackasses who somehow struck it rich get brought into our living rooms to be laughed at by the rest of us aristocrats. Well, all right. When the archetype first appeared on television via the "Beverly Hillbillies" it was also enormously popular, but also taken as an illustration of how TV was living down to its condemnation by FCC Chairman Newton Minow as a " vast wasteland . " In any event, A&E knew what it was doing when it put these people on the air, so its show of indignation in "suspending" one of them for speaking out against gays and the aspirations of African Americans falls a little flat. What's truly ghastly, however, is the reaction of a couple of political figures.
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."