Hurricane Gustav stormed ashore less than a week ago and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s frustration with the federal government already is evident. Meals, water, tarps and ice are promised but not here yet. “Forgive me for being skeptical,” Jindal said Saturday. “We’ll believe it when we see it.”
Rather than wait for federal dollars, the governor is buying supplies and revving up kitchens. He spent nearly $14 million in less than a week on generators to power up gas stations, pharmacies grocery stores. He sent the National Guard to pick up tarps in Texas. Universities shuttered by the storm are cooking for hurricane victims. None of this was planned. The Jindal administration is making decisions on the fly as problems unfold.
Gustav gives a glimpse into the governor’s management style and is triggering talk of a White House run in 2012.