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LIES!!! - Bobby Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False

 
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Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False

[link to tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com]

Looks like the game is up.

Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night -- about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?

Turns out it wasn't actually, you know, true.

In the last few days, first Daily Kos, and then TPMmuckraker, raised serious questions about the story, based in part on the fact that no news reports we could find place Jindal in the affected area at the specific time at issue.

Jindal had described being in the office of Sheriff Harry Lee "during Katrina," and hearing him yelling into the phone at a government bureaucrat who was refusing to let him send volunteer boats out to rescue stranded storm victims, because they didn't have the necessary permits. Jindal said he told Lee, "that's ridiculous," prompting Lee to tell the bureaucrat that the rescue effort would go ahead and he or she could arrest both Lee and Jindal.

But now, a Jindal spokeswoman has admitted to Politico that in reality, Jindal overheard Lee talking about the episode to someone else by phone "days later." The spokeswoman said she thought Lee, who died in 2007, was being interviewed about the incident at the time.

This is no minor difference. Jindal's presence in Lee's office during the crisis itself was a key element of the story's intended appeal, putting him at the center of the action during the maelstrom. Just as important, Jindal implied that his support for the sheriff helped ensure the rescue went ahead. But it turns out Jindal wasn't there at the key moment, and played no role in making the rescue happen.

There's a larger point here, though. The central anecdote of the GOP's prime-time response to President Obama's speech, intended to illustrate the threat of excessive government regulation, turns out to have been made up.

Maybe it's time to rethink the premise.

Late Update: Politico's Ben Smith has updated his post with the following:

UPDATE: I'd initially misunderstood Sellers to be saying Jindal and Lee didn't meet while rescue efforts were still underway. In fact, she said, the conversation took place in the aftermath of the storm, but after the boat incident.
"Bobby and I walked into harry lee's office - he's yelling on the phone about a decision he's already made," Jindal chief of staff Timmy Teepell recalled. "He's saying this is a decision I made, and if you don't like it you can come and arrest me."

Teepell said the exchange took place in the week following Katrina, when Jindal visited Jefferson Parish multiple times.

"He was boots on the ground all the time," he said.


This doesn't seem to bear on the key question. As we said, the key elements of Jindal's story were that he was in Lee's office during the crisis itself, and that his support for the sheriff helped ensure the rescue went ahead. Neither of those things was true, it now seems.
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but the moral stays true.
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but the moral stays true.
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So as long as a moral holds, it's ok to lie?

I say this damages his (and the GOP's) aspirations 2012.

Why the hell would he lie in the speech? Especially that speech.
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Go Figure.
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1doh1

good god. the republicans just need to pack it up and go home. make the libertarian party part of the "big 2" and be done with it.

republicans are absolutely useless and nothing but a fucking joke now days.
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GOYIM..

TURN OFF YOUR FIKING T.V SETS...

STOP LISTNEING TO THE LIES OF THE POLTIICANS AND ZIOS...

STOP IT

STOP IT


once you stop listening to, and beleiving the lies, then the lies lose much of their powers...

IT IS UP TO YOU ALL...

YOU ARE THE AUDIENCE FOR THE LIES..

YOU GIVE THE LIES POWER...BECAUSE YOU LISTEN AND BELEIVE..
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but the moral stays true.


So as long as a moral holds, it's ok to lie?

I say this damages his (and the GOP's) aspirations 2012.

Why the hell would he lie in the speech? Especially that speech.
 Quoting: markusmaximus

Why? Because he's a politician, pandering to his base. Could there be another reason?
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1doh1

good god. the republicans just need to pack it up and go home. make the libertarian party part of the "big 2" and be done with it.

republicans are absolutely useless and nothing but a fucking joke now days.
 Quoting: 1-2-Follow



and I guess you think the dems are the " honest ' party ?

LISTNE UP GOYIM..

botht the right and the left are merely the 2 wings of the same VULTURE...

and guess who the vulture is ?
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Why? Because he's a politician, pandering to his base. Could there be another reason?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 373696

Considering that much of his "base" was lost during the last eight years, he should be worried about INCREASING it, not pandering to a dwindling remnant.
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and I guess you think the dems are the " honest ' party ?

LISTNE UP GOYIM..

botht the right and the left are merely the 2 wings of the same VULTURE...

and guess who the vulture is ?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 624223


no, the dems are no better. i know this, man! we're on the same side.
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Re: LIES!!! - Bobby Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False
Thanks.
Now I won't bother watching Olberman or RacheL Maddow tonight.

Their entire sitcoms are based on the premise of bashing Bush adiminstration forever.

Hey Keith, how many days is it since Mission Accomplished was declared in Iraq?

How many days since since Obama has been in charge of that debacle?

How many days since the Demos have had the majority in congress and the ability to bring the troops home?

How many days????????
How many dead???????????

Keep talking bs about Republicans and ignore truth and death.

Where is Cindy Sheehan?





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