The White House Press Office released a statement by President Barack Obama expressing optimism Congress could work for the greater good of America rather than political parties after a meeting Tuesday (Nov. 30) with bipartisan leaders.
The statement is a bit chatty and reads like a script, starting with:
"THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. By the way, for those of you who are curious, we're using this room because we've got about a hundred volunteers decorating the White House. So we're spending a little more time in the EEOB." (The EEOB being the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, relevant only to Washington insiders or, perhaps, stalkers.)
He goes on to say:
" It’s no secret that we have had differences that have led us to part ways on many issues in the past. But we are Americans first, and we share a responsibility for the stewardship of our nation. The American people did not vote for gridlock. They didn’t vote for unyielding partisanship. They’re demanding cooperation and they’re demanding progress. And they’ll hold all of us — and I mean all of us — accountable for it. And I was very encouraged by the fact that there was broad recognition of that fact in the room. ... I think everybody understands that the American people want us to focus on their jobs, not ours. They want us to come together around strategies to accelerate the recovery and get Americans back to work. They want us to confront the long-term deficits that cloud our future. They want us to focus on their safety and security, and not allow matters of urgent importance to become locked up in the politics of Washington."
The title wasn’t the only change. The original cover (which may or may not have been finalized) featured a large American flag with a small inset photo of the guv, along with the co-byline of Peter Schweizer, who has written books about the Reagan and Bush presidential families. Schweizer’s name (and the flag) are absent from the cover of Leadership and Crisis, which features a photo of Jindal striding purposefully in a sport jacket and khakis, surrounded by a Louisiana state policeman and a member of the National Guard. It also features a front-cover blurb by Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour (“Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party doesn’t have new and innovative ideas has never met Bobby Jindal”). And, for those unfamiliar with the author, he is identified on the new cover as “Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana.”
According to Lowman, the book includes the expected swipes at President Barack Obama and his administration for their handling of the BP oil disaster, as well as a chapter titled “Do We Really Want to Be Like Europe?”. (Answer: no.) Of particular interest to Louisiana political watchers will be a section called “Men Behaving Badly,” which limns wayward politicos of both parties, including John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, John Edwards and Bill Clinton — though one obvious addition to the list, Sen. David Vitter, seems to have slipped Jindal’s mind. Another omission from that list: former Speaker of the House and Republican resurgent Newt Gingrich, who provided a nice back-cover blurb for Jindal, calling him “one of the most talented, reform-minded governors in the nation.”
Other back-cover backscratchers include Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush and Democratic strategist James Carville (“I don’t agree with the guy on everything, but Governor Jindal has provided competent, honest, and personable leadership throughout some of Louisiana’s toughest times"). But one blurber comes out of left field (or perhaps the backfield): New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who says, “If you are looking for a take-charge guy, a leader who understands the need for quick, strong, and decisive action, look no further than Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.”
Leadership and Crisis hits bookstores next Tuesday.
Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos appeared on WWL-TV's Eyewitness News last night to discuss the 2nd District congressional race between incumbent Anh "Joseph" Cao and challenger Cedric Richmond in the wake of President Barack Obama recording a TV commercial supporting Richmond.
During the winter of 2001 and throughout 2002, Miller produced a series of stunning stories about Saddam Husseins ambition and capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction, based largely on information provided by Chalabi and his alliesalmost all of which have turned out to be stunningly inaccurate.
The Washington Post: Scientists report undersea oil plume stretching 21 miles from BP spill site
Academic scientists are challenging the Obama administration's assertion that most of BP's oil is either gone or rapidly disappearing -- citing, among other evidence, the discovery of an undersea "plume" of oil stretching more than 21 miles from the well site.
The New York Times: Gulf Oil Plume Is Not Breaking Down Fast, Research Says
I expect the hydrocarbon imprint of the BP discharge will be detectable in the marine environment for the rest of my life, Ian MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University, told Congress in prepared testimony on Thursday. The oil is not gone and is not going away anytime soon.
The Wall Street Journal: Study Says Gulf Oil Spill Caused Manhattan-Size Plume
At the height of the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil escaping from the damaged well was trapped underwater in a drifting plume of hydrocarbons the size of Manhattan and helped turn the Gulf of Mexico into a test-tube of experimental petroleum chemistry, scientists who probed the submerged spill region said Thursday. ...
By confirming the existence of this submerged plume, the new data also challenge government estimates that the vast majority of the 4.9 million barrels of spilled oil is already gone from the Gulf or being rapidly broken down by bacteria, several marine experts said.
Instead, some of that oil may persist deep underwater and in seafloor sedimentsat levels thousands of times higher than those caused by the natural oil seeps that dot the Gulf sea floorwhere it can elude conventional detection and clean-up efforts, scientists said.
Meanwhile, here's ABC News' front page at this moment. It contains news about Jennifer Aniston, the "Mystery of Beer Goggles Revealed," the new girlfriend of cable star Jesse James, and something about blind waiters serving people in the dark ... but not word one about the reappearing oil, much less the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico:
I stopped in yesterday at the Southern Sting tattoo parlor in Larose, Louisiana, and spent some time talking with the owner, Bobby Pitre. As well as tattoos he does paintings and sculpture, and has decorated the outside of his shop with political statements about the BP oil disaster.
The Southern Sting tattoo shop in Larose, Louisiana.
Much of Pitre's business since the disaster has been from Coast Guard workers. "One of them got a Spongebob [Squarepants] standing knee deep in oil, screaming, with an oil well blowing up in the background, on his calf," he said. Read more and see pictures after the jump.
I'd like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward: what we're doing to clean up the oil, what we're doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we're doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.
It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.
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President Barack Obama says from the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico that seafood from the region is safe to eat and announced a new coordinated effort to make sure it stays that way.
In remarks from Theodore, Ala., on Monday, Obama said that the government will step up its inspections and monitoring to help ensure that the Gulf Coast food industry is getting the kind of protection and certification it needs to sell its products around the country.
Obama said, "We don't want tragedies on top of the tragedy we're already seeing."
My inbox is constantly filled with the desperate pleas of Nigerian princes and Chinese widows that miss my spam folder, where so many fake bank statements and male enhancement offers go to die. I routinely delete these messages, and the message I received from a Robert Philippe Webb de Orleans with the subject line "URGENT" nearly received the same fate. But a quick glance at this message told me this guy is not some spambot, firing phishy missives from somewhere in Africa: he appears to be a real life crazy person, and he wants to be the king of Louisiana.
He advocates seceding from the union, doesn't like President Obama very much, talks about some conspiracy theories, is sore about the Louisiana Purchase, and would totally let Jindal and crew have jobs under his leadership. Here some of the highlights:
"I am writing to formally express my willingness in this turbulent time to lead The People of New Orleans, Louisiana and The Louisiana Purchase Territory as lawfully installed King of Louisiana. There is no clear leadership in these lands which rightfully belong to me and my Family."
"I would be willing to offer each of you a Title and position in a new government which I propose to lawfully put in place with International United Nations Laws and the support of all The Citizens in my Homeland."
"There are many of these violations but in particular I cite The United States Federal Governments creating The HIV and AIDS Virus in 1970 at Ft. Detrick, Marylands Biological Weapons Laboratory."
"It is our legal right to bear arms against a Tyrannical and unwanted oppressive Government. I do however advocate my peaceful installation."
Rand Paul was on ABC's Good Morning America today. Take it away, Rand Paul:
The Kentucky Senate candidate also criticized the Obama administration's treatment of BP in the wake of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I've heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it's part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.
When does "personal responsibility" morph into "the blame game"?
When you or someone you support is being blamed, of course.
Minutes after the health care bill passed 219-212 in the House of Representatives, several Louisiana politicos pressed SEND and sent out their statements. Below the jump, some comments from Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Charlie Melancon (who voted nay) and state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who's running for Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao's Congressional seat in November, and couldn't resist slapping Cao for his nay vote.
Might as well ... jump!
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