Barbour skips second meeting with Obama on Gulf Coast oil spill.

Yesterday, President Obama met with the governors of Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama in Kenner, LA, to discuss the oil spill clean-up effort. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) — who has repeatedly tried to downplay the disasterwas the only no show, making it the second meeting with Obama he’s skipped:

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. […]

Barbour missed another meeting between Obama and the Gulf governors on the president’s trip last week to Louisiana. He had previously committed to attend the opening of a solar panel plant in Senatobia.

Hipp and a White House spokesperson said that Barbour has been participating in regular conference calls with federal government officials on the response effort. This week, oil hit the shores of Mississippi and Alabama. Barbour has compared small animals suffocating in oil to people covered in toothpaste and has tried to tell tourists that the oil-infested waters and beaches are safe.