SH – Barbour skips out on Obama again

The governors of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida met President Barack Obama this afternoon after he landed in Kenner, La., but Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was absent.

Barbour spokeswoman Laura Hipp said the governor is in New York, meeting with bond rating agencies about the state’s finances and to attend the annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park, which showcases Magnolia State food and culture to New Yorkers and expatriate Mississippians living there.

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