Freshman U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, isn't the only Louisiana congressman fond of emailing press-ready quotes detailing his opposition to President Barack Obama's administration, but he's probably the most prolific. "Furious Landry Attacks Obama For Ignoring Oil Spill Region on Anniversary While Travelling to Facebook" and "Landry's Statement on Obama's Lack of Support for Israel" are typical subject lines of his emails.
But Landry seemed to step in it June 1 with an email trumpeting "Congressman Landry Declines Invitation to White House."
"I have respectfully declined the president's invitation to the White House today," Landry wrote, before adding, not particularly respectfully, "I don't intend to spend my morning being lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt. ... Until the president produces a responsible deficit reduction plan, I'm not going to the White House to negotiate with myself."
The political websites Roll Call and The Hill noted the snub, as did The Washington Post's editorialist Stephen Stromberg, who wrote, "How classless. Just a guess: If a Democratic lawmaker so rudely refused to meet with a Republican president about a matter of critical national importance, Landry would be among the first to condemn such arrogance." Even The Hayride, the firebrand website for Louisiana conservatives, called Landry's words "rude." adding, "We're very sympathetic to the idea that Landry is giving Obama exactly what he deserves. We don't like it, though."
Landry's canned quote ended with the words, "I refuse to partake in his (Obama's) political grandstanding that will ultimately do nothing for debt reduction and job creation." — Kevin Allman