Jonathan Martin of Politico has a doozy of a story about what’s in Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s new book:
On Obama’s first trip to Louisiana after the disaster, the governor describes how the president took him aside on the tarmac after arriving to complain about a letter that Jindal had sent to the administration requesting authorization for food stamps for those who had lost their jobs because of the spill.
As Jindal describes it, the letter was entirely routine, yet Obama was angry and concerned about looking bad.
“Careful,” he quotes the president as warning him, “this is going to get bad for everyone.”
According to the book, Obama further brushed Jindal off when he expressed concern about offshore drilling ban’s effect on Lousiana:
And after Obama instituted a moratorium on offshore drilling, Jindal recounts that the president dismissed his concerns about the economic impact of the ban.
“I understand you need to say all of this, I know you need to say this, that you are facing political pressure,” Jindal quotes Obama telling him. When the governor said he was concerned about people losing their jobs, he said the president cited national polls showing that people supported the ban.
“The human element seemed invisible to the White House,” he writes.
Of course, it wasn’t just the human element the White House was ignoring on the drilling ban. It was also the considered opinions of scientists and engineers. An any event, it looks like Jindal’s book should get people talking…