#tbt Bobby Jindal: CrackBerry Catholic

Shaan Robert Jindal snoozes in a stroller as dad, Rep. Bobby Jindal, holding daughter Selia Elizabeth, 2, poses with other family members at a mock swearing-in on Jan. 4, 2005. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Gov. Bobby Jindal's dreams of being president came to a screeching halt Tuesday , when the Louisiana Republican dropped out of the 2016 race.  

We at HOH remember him way back when he was a humble member of Congress, checking his BlackBerry at Ash Wednesday services. From our March 2, 2006 edition , courtesy of distinguished alumna Mary Ann Akers:

It’s a pretty good bet that Rep. Bobby Jindal isn’t giving up his BlackBerry habit for lent.

The Louisiana Republican was among many good Catholics who attended Ash Wednesday services at 12:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on the corner of Second and C streets Southeast. An HOH informant told us, “Jindal was there — sort of.”

According to our spy, the Congressman “spent a great deal of time on his BlackBerry during service and prayer, both reading emails and sending emails. ... I guess Rep. Jindal couldn’t sacrifice his BlackBerry for God.”

His spokesman, Chris Paolino, couldn’t deny it, especially on Ash Wednesday. But he said the Congressman did sacrifice work in order to attend mass. “The Congressman was on his BlackBerry to staff asking that meetings be pushed back because the service was running long. He didn’t want to leave,” Paolino said.