Exactly seven minutes past high noon on Monday, on the steps of the imposing State
Capitol, Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal, placed his left hand on the family bible held by his
wife Supriya, and holding up his right hand, took the oath of office as Louisiana's
The oath of office was administered to him by the state's Supreme Court Chief
Justice Pascal Calogero, thus becoming the country's youngest Governor at age of 36,
and the Cajun state's first non-white chief executive, not to mention the first
Indian American to hold such a high public office.
Immediately on being sworn in, he turned round and kissed the state's new First Lady
to a sustained standing ovation by the 3,000 plus crowd and then took to the podium,
and in a 20-minute speech laid out his vision for Louisiana -- the state where he
was born and raised -- even as he railed against past governments that had all but
run Louisiana to the ground and made in one of the most economically depressed
states in the country.
Jindal said, "We come to the steps of this historic Capitol today to celebrate not
just an election, but a new beginning. We are here not for one man to take an oath,
but for one people to make commitments to each other."
"For reasons none of us can understand or fully appreciate, history has placed all
of us --every living Louisianan, those within her borders and without -- in a
position previous generations could only envy."
Image: Bobby Jindal was sworn in as 55th Governor of Louisiana at Baton Rouge.
Text: Aziz Haniffa | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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