NEW ORLEANS — Politicos at City Hall and beyond are abuzz after learning Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speechwriter appeared on a short list of early favorites for the 2020 race for the White House.
Buoyed by the New Orleans mayor’s widely celebrated Gallier Hall speech on the occasion of the removal of the 16-foot Robert E. Lee statue at the center of Lee Circle, Landrieu’s speechwriter demonstrates what one local pundit called “the political and historical mastery we typically look for in a commander in chief.”
“It was complete, well-structured sentences, from beginning to end,” observed a Landrieu staffer who was present for the speech. “I haven’t heard that from an American president in, like, seven months.”
Landrieu’s speechwriter demonstrates what one local pundit called “the political and historical mastery we typically look for in a commander in chief.”
The Mayor’s Office did not immediately return a phone call asking for comment.
Landrieu’s most recent self-written speech, an uncomfortable, 1,000-word plea for extra napkins with his Popeye’s order, recently made the NOPD’s short list of memorable nuisance citations.
Speechwriters have recently emerged as a force in Louisiana politics, with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ “gumbo and gumption” wordsmith rumored to supplant him in a clash with Attorney General Jeff Landry’s communications director for control of the governorship in 2019.