James Carville’s Stirring Tribute to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

Late last month, I brought a small film crew up to Baton Rouge to record LSU Professor James Carville’s first class of the semester, part of a larger project we’re working on together and hope to announce in greater detail in the near future.

At the very end of his class (and for reasons that may or may not be made clear later on), James asked students to stand and listen to a recording of “Amazing Grace.” But before he called class to a close, he had a final message for his new class, which is entirely comprised of juniors and seniors at the Manship School for Mass Communications: This year’s class would be dedicated to the late Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who he had previously told the Bayou Brief was “the most underrated one-term governor in American history.”

Fortunately, our cameras were still rolling, so with James’ permission, we decided to turn this into a standalone clip, which we first shared on social media a week ago.

Watch the man known as the Ragin Cajun explain his deep admiration for Blanco and why he decided to dedicate this year’s class to her:

Lamar White, Jr.: Producer

Ben Collinsworth: Producer

Tim Connor: Sound

Sue Lincoln: Associate Producer

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar is the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief; a native of Alexandria, Louisiana; a graduate of Alexandria Senior High School, Rice University in Houston, and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, and an award-winning muckraker. He was the last person Andrew Breitbart ever insulted (and apologized to), and he’s responsible for breaking a series of national news stories about racism and political corruption in Texas, Mississippi, and his beloved Louisiana. He lives in Gert Town in New Orleans along with his vicious golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Bridges.