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2016 contender Bobby Jindal calls out Obama during White House visit

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Potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., followed up his Reagan Library denunciation of President Obama for undermining religious liberty with a criticism of his economic policies -- this time, from the White House.

"This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender," Jindal, "flanked by several Democratic governors," said Monday, according to ABC's Jonathan Karl. "The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that."

Jindal can't have been surprised by President Obama's statement that the Keystone XL pipeline needs still further review, and the push to increase the minimum wage has been underway for weeks, so, it's hard to see Jindal's outburst as anything other than a set play.

My guess is that Jindal is punching up, perhaps working to erase the memory of his 2009 response to the State of the Union and convince Republican voters that he can take the fight to Obama and Democrats. By choosing a "kumbaya" moment, as Karl put it, Jindal guaranteed himself national attention for critiquing Obama.

That seems to be a priority for Jindal of late. "Yet, it is stunning to hear the president talk of protecting religious liberty outside the United States, while at the very same time his Administration challenges and chips away at our religious liberty right here at home," Jindal said of Obama at the Reagan Library on Feb. 13. "Once again, there is a Grand Canyon sized difference between what this President says and what he does."

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