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Charlie Crist stays close to Obama -- literally

Here's an observation from President Obama's Louisiana trip you might have missed on Friday because, let's face it, you and I know that you checked out (physically, if not mentally) by Thursday afternoon.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who has been keeping his boot on the neck of the Obama administration, which has been keeping its boot on the neck of BP, was out of the close-up shot when the president spoke. Jindal was as far away as he could get without appearing rude. After all, they were all gathered in his state. So who did get in the shot? Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R), oil-spill commander Thad Allen and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I). It's the Crist piece that I find fascinating.


That Crist was featured so prominently tells me the guy's got guts. Remember, it was his man-hug with Obama last year that riled conservatives and drove Crist out of the Republican Party in his run for the U.S. Senate. Crist has never run away from that hug or his support for the stimulus package. And the newly minted Independent wasn't shy about going all the way to Louisiana to maintain some sort of closeness -- physical and visible -- with Obama. Political opportunism? Perhaps. Politically consistent? Absolutely.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 1, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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I was also surprised that Crist was "shoulder to shoulder" in the photo. At least Crist is no hypocrite when it comes to Pres. Obama. Jindal is a hypocrite who wants the feds to do something but talks about "big government".

Posted by: rlj1 | June 1, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Photo: Charlie Crist, fed up with politics, quits Senate race to join biker gang

Posted by: saintpetersblog | June 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

i've been in emergency management for years: Gov Jindal is asking for Federal support for his plans since the impact of the incident has overwhelmed local and state resources. LA has commited itself to cleaning things up, and most of the bodies you see out there are their employees, National Guard, local fisherman and environmentalists.

Gov Jindal, having been at HHS during the Bush Administration, knows first hand how the resources flow. President Obama, and the rest of what I call "Team Day-One" did not decide early on that government would leave the spill to BP, and mitigate per the Gulf States request. This is too bad, because now it's dragging on.

Ironic, because in Katrina, President Bush signed an emergency order Friday before Katrina (while he was at home in Crawford), that started the flow of Federal resources. In Katrina, the locals and the State dropped the ball and cast responsibility on the Feds. This time, it appears, the Feds dropped the ball.

Lets however not forget that BP created this mess, so lets just get this job done. The AG is working on fixing criminal responsibilities now.

Posted by: bill_delgrosso | June 1, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Crist has never run away from that hug? Wow. Down here in Flora duh, land of stupid plants (and many lick-lick-republicans), we sure thought he did, to the point where he stayed away when President Obama visited the opening of a new solar energy plant in Sarasota.

Now that Rubio is the lickan candidate-apparent, of course, Crist needs to pretend he's as liberal as he used to pretend he was conservative.

So down here in the 'duh we have a new chant:

Lean to the right
Lean even farther right
Fox news tells the truth
Right, right, right!

Tea brews quickly in the sunlight here, and wer have many old people who hope the government under socialist B. Hussein Obama doesn't take away their social security or medicare, no no no. And in case you didn't know, it is the Democrat treehuggers who caused this oil spill because they're the ones who prevented on-land drilling. Yep. Darn commies promoting a welfare state, we got to have another tea bagging, get them out of office.

Now I got to go. It's the first, and I gotta get my social security so I can give some money to the tea people and stop the gummint giveaways.

Posted by: roblimo | June 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Last time he hugged Obama, Florida got a big stimulus check...Thankyou Charlie

Posted by: roosboys | June 1, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

He's got nowhere else to go. The Obama magic should work just as well for this former RINO as it did for Arlen Specter.

What a hoot!

Posted by: battleground51 | June 1, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

For Floridians, the close proximity that really matters is the Constitutional Amendment Petition that says:

"Should all elected officials in the state government and all registered lobbyists be required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet that alerts to the internet in real-time when one and another come within 10 feet of each other?"
Results: Clean, smaller government. Less taxes.

Posted by: Scatterthevultures | June 2, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

As a Floridian family and all registered Democrats, we WILL vote for Crist because he has done a very admirable job as Govenor of our Florida. We don't vote "party line" like some other less "information deprived" folks, but who is most competent for the job! We have a big neighborhood that we have rallied around Crist!

Flagler Beach, Florida

Posted by: ginger470132 | June 2, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

As a Floridian family and all registered Democrats, we WILL vote for Crist because he has done a very admirable job as Govenor of our Florida. We don't vote "party line" like some other less "information deprived" folks, but who is most competent for the job! We have a big neighborhood that we have rallied around Crist!

Flagler Beach, Florida

Posted by: ginger470132 | June 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Crist is a politician plain and simple. He was losing the Republican Primary in Florida - not because as the National Press would like for you all to believe - because of a "hug" with the President. He was losing the primary because he lied about the states unemployment fund; he raised the Unemployment fees for employers in the state over 100% during while the state had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation (that has been fixed...temporarily); he doubled our Tag and Licensing fees during high unemployment; doubled fishing licenses fees and increased the licensing requirements to include areas not formerly licensed. I could go on. He changed parties for his own career, not for the State of Florida.

As for Jindal and the "big government" argument - let's see, Jindal is trying to protect the barrier islands from the oil spill..........he needs Government Permission (Corp) permission to do it....the Corp tells him that he has to wait for an environmental impact study to be completed BEFORE he can take those steps to protect the island FROM environmental impact....the President of the United States, who CAN override the Corp's statement that a Governor must wait....WON'T do it.

That is BIG Government, Sir. And that is what Republicans are talking about - the Red Tape that stops action being taken until it can be studied by a committee.....

Posted by: LMW6 | June 2, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist is Florida's Arlen Specter.

Crist can't get close enough to Obama because he has no where else to go.

I do hope Obama will come to Fl and campaign for him in the election because we all know Obama's record in that department.

Charlie is a flip flop that does not have the best interests of Florida at heart.

He gets bored easily with the positions to which he has been elected and likes to move on before he has to deal with the consequences of his ill-informed earlier decisions.

Anybody for Fl Senator except Charlie!

Posted by: mlemac | June 2, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

rlj1, you do not know what you are talking about. Jindal was not asking for the federal government to do something. He was asking the federal government to allow the state government to do something. For 40 days, the federal government prevented the state from taking measures to protect its coast.

As for Crist not running from the hug? Capehart, don't write on things you are clueless about. He ran the entire primary running from the hug. Now that he is an indenpendent, he needs Obama.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | June 2, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Basically Charlie Crist isn't popular among the Psychos and/or Tea Baggers because Crist has a brain and the wackos don't.

For some odd reason, Republican voters tend to shy away from intelligent people, then they wonder why the GOP looks like Deer stuck in headlights.

The only thing the GOP is doing this season is taking money from BP and Halliburton.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 2, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Nah, Charlie just has a man crush on Barry.

Posted by: sherri3 | June 2, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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