Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual meeting today in a speech that appears to have been a mashup of a January speech to the Republican National Committee and some of the jokes from his turn at the dais at last weekend's Gridiron Club roast in Washington, D.C.
Among the topics of Jindal's jokes: his skinny frame vs. the not-skinny frame of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Jindal's Indian-American heritage and waterboarding. Take it away, Atlantic Wire:
The speech delivered by the Republican Governor of Louisiana at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Friday afternoon borrowed heavily — literally paragraph by verbatim paragraph — from his January 24 speech at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Charlotte, where Jindal implored his colleagues to "stop being the stupid party" in a forceful speech otherwise seen as bolstering his 2016 credentials. ...
Preceding the prepared remarks, Jindal delivered a series of jokes drawing attention to his frame, his ethnicity, and the supposed racism of either political party, among other touchy subjects.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance at Saturday night's Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, D.C. went over well — at least with President Barack Obama, who praised Jindal's material and delivery at the
logrolling annual chance for politicians and the D.C. press corps to share a laugh:
"I have to say, I thought Bobby (Jindal) was incredibly funny this evening. I thought he was terrific," Obama said last night at the high-profile Gridiron Dinner, in his remarks after Jindal made a highly impressive speech full of fun and jokes, wiping out his 2009 lacklustre speech which was in response to the first State of the Union Address by Obama.
Jindal's entire speech has been posted online by The Washington Post. Here's one for Louisianans:
[N]ow some people have asked me if I intend to run for President in 2016?
And the answer is that I have no plans to run. I’ve made that clear, over and over again…in Iowa…in New Hampshire…and in South Carolina.
And for those who want a local take on politicos and press rubbing elbows, tickets are now on sale for the Press Club of New Orleans' annual Gridiron Dinner, which takes place March 19 at Walk-On's. The headliner is New Orleans City Council president Stacy Head; tickets are $40 and are available here.
More Jindal under the cut. (Lots of Indian jokes!)
Last night I saw a bloated vessel filled with crap dock in Mobile, Ala. — but enough about CNN. The story, of course, was the arrival of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, which had an engine failure that stranded it in the Gulf of Mexico and turned it into the Good Ship Lollipoop for a few days.
But for CNN's Martin Savidge, the lack of communication aboard the ship was equivalent to the lack of communication on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures ...
SAVIDGE: blah blah blah Hurricane Katrina blah blah I assume it's something very similar.
PASSENGER: Yeah, but let's put that in perspective. I mean, Katrina was a major devastation. We're on a friggin' cruise ship, and we're just havin' a good time, so ... Two different things. Two different things.
CNN has mostly moved on to the Russian meteor story, but if you still want tales from the S.S. Hurricane Katrina, CNN.com still offers "Video: 'Everyone will need psychological help'", "Parisa Safarzadeh shares her account of the hellish trip on the Carnival Triumph" and the popular "Passenger video: Sewage on walls."
UPDATE: It seems that one of the charter buses bringing passengers from Mobile to New Orleans broke down on I-10, and those on board had to wait nearly an hour for a replacement bus, which must have been like Superstorm Sandy.
The Winnipeg Sun asked its readers what they thought was the best part of the Super Bowl ...
Corporate Realty newsletter, Sept. 6, "NOLA Media Group Leases Top Floors of One Canal Place":
Mike Siegel represented NOLA Media Group in its office space search and lease negotiations in One Canal Place, which is managed by Corporate Realty. “This is a significant lease that will establish a major presence for one of the leading businesses in our region in the Central Business District,” Siegel said. “It continues the momentum of leasing activity with another major company making a commitment to New Orleans, and especially to the CBD of New Orleans, on the heels of the recent GE and Ochsner announcements,” Siegel said.
NOLA.com, Oct. 3, "NOLA Media Group signs long-term lease in downtown Baton Rouge":
Michael J. Siegel, president and director of leasing with Corporate Realty, said NOLA Media Group's commitment to Baton Rouge includes a long-term lease. The space will be gutted, then designed and constructed to best fit Nola Media Group's operational, aesthetic and technical needs. Siegel added that the build-out will be an asset to the building and to downtown. "This move, which has been in the works for the past six months, is a clear commitment by NOLA Media Group that they intend to invest in the communities they serve," Siegel said. "One American Place is a great location for them to implement and expand their Baton Rouge initiatives."
NOLA.com, Dec. 9: "Meet The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com community Roundtable":
Publisher Ricky Mathews last week convened The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Roundtable for its inaugural meeting. Fourteen leaders in business, health care, education, the arts and other arenas came together for a two-hour conversation about the issues they believe are most important for our region. There are 19 leaders in all who have agreed to be a part of the Roundtable, which will meet every other month.
We believe these sessions will be invaluable to our work. We expect to gain insights we otherwise might not have. We expect to be prodded and, sometimes, chided. We expect input from Roundtable members to point us to compelling stories and inspire us to write editorials. And we expect our readers to benefit from the collective wisdom of this group. ...
Meet the members of the Roundtable ...
Mike Siegel, president of Corporate Realty in New Orleans. He chairs the board of Metairie Park Country Day School and is a board member of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The GOP is still reckoning the reasons for its losses on Election Day one week ago, and two general but contradictory schools of thought have emerged among the chattering classes:
1. Mitt Romney (and the downticket candidates) were too hardline on social issues, scaring off moderate potential swing voters.
2. Mitt Romney spent too much time trying to "appease" moderates rather than satisfy the already-energized tea party wing of the GOP.
Jindal, a skilled political sailor who can tack into the slightest change in the current wind, provided Politico with a series of remarkable quotes, characterized by Martin thusly:
Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.
(Meanwhile, Slate calls it "Bobby Jindal's Plan To Reposition The GOP On Economics Without Changing Any Of Their Economic Policies.")
Oh, and the new head of the Republican Governors' Association still "has the best job in the world." But what's he saying about a 2016 Presidential run?
Quotes under the jump ...
Five minutes later ...
Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:
... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.
As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:
Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.
But still firmly in Akin's corner is Family Research Council (FRC) president and former Louisiana Rep. Tony Perkins, who expressed support for Akin today in an appearance with FRC Action PAC president Connie Mackey:
Perkins called the controversy an attempt to divert attention from McCaskill. "Claire McCaskill has been supportive of Planned Parenthood, an organization that has been under investigation for criminal activity," Perkins said.
"For other Republicans, I have not seen Scott Brown’s statement, but he should be careful because based on some of his statements there may be some call for him to get out of his race," Perkins added.
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