Gov. Bobby Jindal was on a roll Tuesday morning, rallying the crowd of more than 1,000 South Plaquemines Parish residents and New Orleans Saints fans, tying together how the Super Bowl champion Saints can serve as an inspiration for the recovery from the devastating BP oil spill.
“Just like the Saints overcame the odds, Louisiana is going to win this battle to save our coast,” Jindal yelled as the crowd at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Center in Buras roared.
But then the governor was interrupted by an even louder eruption from the crowd as Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees and star tailback Reggie Bush worked their way onto the stage.
If they didn’t know it before Tuesday, the Saints got another first-hand look at the impact they can have on a battered community just by showing up.
Brees said the importance of the visit can’t be overstated – both what it means for the fans and to players like him who didn’t have a real feel for what was going on along the coast until they got to meet the people and see the oil-soaked brown pelicans as they went through the cleaning process.