Monday, May 3, 2010

Mitch Landrieu Gets to Work as New Orleans Mayor

Ted Jackson / The Times-Picayune
Landrieu takes oath of office.
Today, New Orleans entered a new era that we hope ushers sanity into the running of the city. Mitch Landrieu was inaugurated as its 70th mayor.

That news may sometimes create a little confusion in my household. My 89-year-old father lives with me and I still have to clarify sometimes about which Landrieu I'm speaking, Moon, the father, or Mitch, the son.

Mitch's father was in office from 1970 to 1978. He served from the time I was in upper elementary school until after I finished high school. So, I remember Moon, and Landrieu's wife reminded him of his heritage with a token from one of Moon's campaigns.
As Mitch Landrieu and his family prepared last night for his inauguration as New Orleans' 70th chief executive, the new mayor's wife and their five children presented him with a special gift: the copper plate used to produce a poster for the 1970 mayoral campaign of his father, Moon Landrieu.

Found recently in Moon and Verna Landrieu's basement, Cheryl Landrieu and the couple's children - who range in age from fourth-grade to college - framed the plate, which features an image of Moon and the slogan: "Can a man who tells the truth win?" ( )
Given his father's life and that his sister Mary is a U.S. Senator, the new mayor is part of a political dynasty, a legacy that has both assets and liabilities. Part of my logic in rooting for a Landrieu win was that the city needs that political clout.

Within half an hour of taking office, he was on the phone with President Barack Obama to discuss the Gulf oil spill, reports WWL TV. That's a good sign.

Having believed Mitch would win the office earlier this year and that his election would be good for New Orleans, I watched the inauguration off and on. Here's video from the Times Picayune of this historic event.

Landrieu Video: Inauguration

In addition, WWL has a longer video with some text from his speech.

I agree with Spike Lee that Moon's boy will need a lot of help. I look forward to seeing if he lives up to our hopes, and I ready my voice for protest should he not.

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

He has his work cut out for him. I hope that NOLA sees some needed progress occur.