"I'll be very, very honest with you," Landrieu said in an interview with NBC. "The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader."
Because the South is "more of a conservative place," Landrieu said that women also face challenges in "presenting ourselves."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called Landrieu's remarks "remarkably divisive," and issued a statement saying: "[Landrieu] appears to be living in a different century. Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it."