Jindal Under Fire for Katrina Story

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Saturday, Feb 28, 2009  |  Updated 3:49 AM EDT
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Jindal’s chief of staff has characterized the blogger’s sleuthing as “liberal blogger B.S.”

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Did Louisiana Governor and Republican rising star Bobby Jindal make up the Katrina anecdote he told during his party's response to Obama’s Congressional speech.

Sort of.

Jindal said that “during Katrina” he visited a Democratic Sheriff who was “yelling into his phone” because government bureaucrats were causing him problems instead of providing solutions.

Here’s how Jindal originally told the story:

“'Well, I'm the Sheriff and if you don't like it you can come and arrest me!' I asked him: 'Sheriff, what's got you so mad?' He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters.

The boats were all lined up ready to go - when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn't go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, 'Sheriff, that's ridiculous.' And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: 'Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!' Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.

Now, Jindal has come under fire from liberal bloggers who said that there was no way the governor could have been in the office with Sheriff Harry Lee when Katrina first struck, as he seems to imply.

The governor’s spokesperson later relented to Politico that Jindal had walked in on Sheriff Sellers’ phone argument days after he had made his boat decision.

Timmy Teepell, Jindal’s chief of staff, characterized the blogger’s sleuthing as “liberal blogger B.S.”

Jindal was already the butt of jokes for his performance last week delivering the official Republican response to Obama’s speech.

late night host Jimmy Falon brought Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock, onstage for a few laughs at Jindal’s expense.

And Jon Stewart likened his entrance to a Mr. Rogers moment.

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