He makes it official.
Also, here’s the latest on the ever-classy Rahm, from a new book by Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as described in POLITICO. Seems the president and his foul-mouthed chief of staff had just arrived to, you know, help out with the oil spill, but had politics instead of people on their minds, according to Jindal.
On Obama’s first trip to Louisiana after the disaster, the governor describes how the president took him aside on the tarmac after arriving to complain about a letter that Jindal had sent to the administration requesting authorization for food stamps for those who had lost their jobs because of the spill.
As Jindal describes it, the letter was entirely routine, yet Obama was angry and concerned about looking bad.
“Careful,” he quotes the president as warning him, “this is going to get bad for everyone.”
Nearby on the tarmac, Jindal recalls, then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was chewing out his own chief of staff, Timmy Teepell.
“If you have a problem pick up the f——n’ phone,” Jindal quotes Emanuel telling Teepell.