Parish President Mike Yenni's oval office

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni has spent well over $100,000 in taxpayer money renovating his parish offices, but he says he used his own money to make his 10th-floor office look like former U.S. President George W. Bush’s Oval Office.

courtesy of Jack Zewe

If you're Mike Yenni, maybe a little humility is in order.

Yes, the recall attempt against you failed, but that's at least partly because of the high bar for such things set in state law. It doesn't mean all is forgotten, or that things are as they were when you were elected just two years ago, before you were caught in a sexually suggestive texting relationship with a 17-year-old. It doesn't mean your reputation has recovered.

So maybe you want to lie low, show that you've got your priorities straight and are simply grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you try to enhance your stature by sheer will, by pursuing a shock-and-awe campaign that seems aimed at pumping up your own importance.

Maybe you try to adopt the trappings of a much higher office, and hope some of the grandeur rubs off on you. So you tap into far more parish money than your predecessor spent to upgrade your surroundings. And you open your own checkbook to replicate the Oval Office under President George W. Bush — to create the aura of an imperial parish presidency, if you will.

Maybe you say what the hell, this is what I want to do so I'm doing it.

And maybe, in some corner of your mind, you remember that that's the sort of thinking that got you in trouble in the first place.

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