Earlier today I posted about Jindal’s suspect Hurricane Katrina story and now his handlers are revising the record.
First, the clip…
And now, the truth from Politico:
The spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, said the story Jindal told in his response to Obama actually took place some days later in Lee’s office — though still in Katrina’s chaotic aftermath — as Lee was “recounting” his frustrations with the bureaucracy to someone else on the telephone.
“It was days later,” Sellers said. “Sheriff Lee was on the phone and the governor came down to visit him. It wasn’t that they were standing right down there with the boats.”
She said she didn’t know who Lee, who died in 2007, was on the phone, about the incident with the boats when the governor described him as yelling into the phone.
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 Leeâ€™s office â€“ heâ€™s yelling on the phone about a decision heâ€™s already made,” Jindal chief of staff Timmy Teepell recalled. “Heâ€™s saying, ‘This is a decision I made, and if you donâ€™t like it you can come and arrest me.'”
As I said before, this was a dumb unforced error.