Jindal: Obama Told Us Not to Rap Him on TV Over BP

Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 02:49 PM

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President Barack Obama told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state officials not to go on television after the deadly BP oil rig explosion and spill and make it sound as if his administration didn't care about people the disaster affected. On the Glenn Beck radio show Monday, Republican Jindal said Obama's two visits to the devastated region were “surreal” attempts to improve public perception of how the White House was handling the disaster, according to therightscoop.com.

Obama, Jindal, BP, Glenn Beck"The very first time [Obama] comes to Louisiana after the oil spill, he pulls me aside in a publicity stunt and is angry," Jindal said. "Now, I can understand if he was angry about the bureaucratic response, the oil spill, the loss of life . . . I would have understood that. That would have made sense to me." Instead, Jindal said, Obama "was angry about a bureaucratic letter about food stamps. He said, 'Careful . . . this is going to get back at all of us.' You've got a White House and president that seem more worried about perception and politics rather than actually cutting through the red tape" to get immediate help to the area.

The second time Obama came to Louisiana after the spill, Jindal said, the president ended a meeting by telling him and a local official that he didn't want them criticizing him on TV.

Obama “was very specific," Jindal said. "He said he was mad that we kept going on — he didn't want to see us on CNN. I'm assuming we can still go on FOX [News] and other channels and criticize him, but apparently he was frustrated that we were going on TV to criticize him."

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