"A 40-year-old Indian American with a glittering resume who's equally adept at fundraising, policy and politics, Jindal is a coveted endorsement and will surely be on next year's VP lists." — Jonathan Martin, Politico, Aug. 11, 2011, one month before Gov. Bobby Jindal endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president. Jindal flew to Tampa, Fla., Sept. 12 to be in the audience for the CNN Tea Party Republican debate, which featured Perry and seven other presidential contenders. The next day, Jindal endorsed incumbent Buddy Caldwell for attorney general rather than the other GOP candidate in the race, former Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao. Jindal, however, did not weigh in on the lieutenant governor's race between incumbent Jay Dardenne and Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser, both Republicans.
"No, I will not be V.P. I want to be governor of the great state of Louisiana." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, talking to reporters after the debate. He added, "I don't want a job from Rick (Perry). What I want Rick to do is create millions of jobs in our country for my fellow Americans." The reporters did not ask Jindal if he had any ambitions to be part of a Perry administration cabinet.
"I am working aggressively with our congressional delegation and the Obama administration to fight to keep these 880 jobs in New Orleans. This processing and distribution center provides critical services to the residents and businesses of this region, including everyone with ZIP codes that begin with 700 or 701. It does not make sense to pull public jobs out of this booming corridor where we're leveraging public investments in the streetcar to attract over $1 billion in private investments and development." — Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Sept. 15, reacting to news the U.S. Postal Service would conduct a study regarding the shutdown of the New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center on Loyola Avenue.
"In some strange ways, it's like it always was, just more extreme since the flood. The parts that are good are still good, the parts that are rundown are still in bad shape. Just worse. The poor folks is hurting there, still, and nothing much has changed that. Of course, yuppies are starting to move in and push out the natives. That ain't nothing new." — Musician Art Neville of the Funky Meters, explaining the current state of New Orleans to Patch.com. Of the current state of music, Neville said, "I've listened to Jay-Z and Beyonce recently. I don't really get it. Not yet, anyway. It's dance music, but it ain't very funky."