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Bobby Jindal: Jan Brewer-Obama Incident 'Brought Back Memories' Of 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Altercation

The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 01/30/12 02:03 PM ET

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama made waves last week over their heated exchange at an Arizona airport. On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in on the incident, noting that the tense moment reminded him of his own 2010 drama with Obama.

Jindal made a morning appearance on Fox News, saying that the Brewer-Obama interaction "brought back memories" of his experience with the president after the Gulf Oil Spill.

"It was the president's first visit after the oil spill," Jindal said in the interview. "We were on the tarmac, he comes down there, obviously staged. They had already tipped off the Washington press corps to watch this interaction."

Brewer told a reporter that Obama was "a little disturbed" about how she portrayed him in her latest book, feeling that she didn't treat him "cordially." Photographers captured the Arizona governor pointing a finger at the president, defining the perceived tenor of the conversation.

Jindal's altercation mirrored the Brewer incident, as Obama was displeased with how the Louisiana governor presented the White House's response to the Gulf oil spill. Jindal cast the president as more concerned with political perceptions than the impact of the environmental catastrophe.

Obama's team responded to Jindal's claims, telling The Huffington Post in November 2010 that it was absurd for the governor to call the president detached. An Obama administration aide noted that daily calls were held with Jindal for more than three months to discuss the situation.

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