FORT JACKSON, La. -- A Who Dat Nation weary from the worst-ever U.S. oil spill set aside its misery for a few hours to schmooze with the Super Bowl-champion Saints.
The fort has been a staging area for cleaning birds rescued from the oil flowing from BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico.
In oppressive heat, a jazz band played while Payton and star quarterback Drew Brees signed autographs.
Benson and others were to have lunch with Gov. Bobby Jindal and area fishermen. A news conference was planned later.
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