Let them eat ... king cake?

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Today, as the freshman class of the U.S. House of Representatives was being sworn in, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed her successor, incoming Speaker John Boehner, in a handing-over-the-gavel ceremony. In Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office, a different sort of ceremony was taking place, as Landrieu welcomed new Rep. Cedric Richmond to Washington, D.C. with a king cake.

Sen. Mary Landrieu and new Rep. Cedric Richmond share king cake on the first day of the 112th Congress.
  • MATTHEW D.R. LEHNER/OFFICE OF SEN. MARY LANDRIEU
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu and new Rep. Cedric Richmond share king cake on the first day of the 112th Congress.

The veteran senator and the newbie representative got the jump on the Mardi Gras by one day — Twelfth Night, the kickoff for Carnival season, was one day away. Perhaps more significant was the politicians’ blithe attitude toward the Marie Antoinette-ish symbolism of the powerful eating cake.

“Here’s a bit of king cake for bipartisanship and recovery,” Landrieu was quoted as saying in a statement. She and Richmond are the only two Democrats in Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

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