Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used a TV appearance Wednesday morning marking the first anniversary of the BP oil spill not only to tout the progress his state has made, but to attack President Barack Obama’s response to the spill and his policies more broadly.
He called on the Obama administration to end its policy halting all offshore drilling, which was imposed after last year’s spill. “One of the side effects, one of the things we need to recover from is the administration imposed a one-size-fits-all moratorium after the spill,” he said. “We want drilling to be done safely but we don’t want to lose thousands of jobs down here.”
Jindal also addressed a “birther” bill proposed last week in the Louisiana House. Though Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) just vetoed her state’s bill that would have required presidential candidates to provide documentation that they were born in the United States, a Jindal spokesman said Tuesday that the Louisiana governor would sign his state’s bill.
My disagreement with the president isn’t about where he’s born,” Jindal said. “It’s about his policies, the fact that they have expanded the government to health care, car companies, borrowing money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back. If he wants to raise taxes I would like to see us cut spending.”