A trip by President Barack Obama to the Port of New Orleans on Friday was an opportunity for him to focus on the economy and divert attention from the troubled launch of his signature healthcare insurance program.
Instead, the visit turned into a spat over Obamacare with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican presidential contender.
Jindal met Air Force One when it landed and attended Obama’s speech to a crowd of about 650 people on a wharf on the Mississippi River.
Obama first delivered a pitch for the creation of jobs by fixing roads, dredging ports and modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.
Then he took a veiled jab at Jindal for failing to support a key plank of the healthcare law.