Here are a couple of more speeches from the inaugurate ceremonies at the Old State Capitol yesterday. The first one is from Lieutenant Gov. Jay Dardenne.
The lieutenant governor’s job is largely related to promoting tourism in Louisiana and Dardenne takes the opportunity to do that in his speech by touting our state’s unique history and culture:
And there is good news to report on Louisiana tourism, which state officials say outperformed pre-2010 seasons in 2011. This was helped by BP shelling out about $200 billion in the wake of last year’s oil spill disaster to promote tourism in Gulf states impacted by the spill.
Louisiana doesn’t have official numbers yet, but the Florida Panhandle saw tourism surge by 61 percent, Alabama gained about 51 percent and Mississippi rose seven percent over the last year.
As mentioned in my previous post, Jindal was introduced at the inauguration by his former boss, Gov. Mike Foster. Here are the nice things that Foster said about his protege: