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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."
Originally posted by RRconservative
The point of the statement is true. Individuals lined up wanting to help were turned away. That is a fact!
Originally posted by FredT
Its really time for the GOP to be split IMHO.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I'm not too concerned about Jindal's Katrina story. It's the least of that speech that is bothersome. What really struck me is his Mr.Rogers approach to talking to the American people. I expected him to call us "boys and girls" and any moment. If he really thinks we're all 3rd graders, as he indicated, that's a much more worrisome thought than twisting the truth to illustrate a point...
Originally posted by jd140
So what if he lied about being in the sherrifs office? Didn't Hillary Clinton lie about being shot at? She got caught while campaining to lead the Democratic party as President. She ended up being the Secretary of State.
To say that the GOP is scrapping the bottom of the barrel is like the pot calling the kettle black.
Originally posted by milesp
reply to post by jd140
Hey this guy decided to take the stage with full knowledge that his words would be scrutinized and he still looked the American people in the eye and told a lie. Thanks dude.
Way to go Daily Kos and TPMmuckracker.