February 11th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Jindal tapped to give high-profile GOP response to Obama

Bobby Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president.
Bobby Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president.

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama's upcoming joint address to Congress - the high-profile slot the rival party often gives to one of its rising stars.

“Gov. Jindal embodies what I have long said: the Republican Party must not be simply the party of 'opposition,' but the party of better solutions," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a Wednesday statement.

Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president, and often served as a campaign surrogate on the Arizona senator's behalf.

The 37-year-old son of Indian immigrants was also given a prime-time speaking slot at the GOP convention last September, though he ultimately decided not to attend the four-day event as Hurricane Gustav headed for landfall in his state.

An Ivy League grad, Rhodes Scholar, and the first non-white governor of Louisiana, Jindal has long been on the GOP's radar screen as a potential future leader and likely presidential candidate. And as the GOP is launching full-scale efforts to appeal to non-white voters, Jindal has become one of the party's most high-profile minorities.

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  1. debra from Georgia

    whatever

    February 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Ray Ray, you are so dumb, dumb.

    February 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    Ah, yes, Governor Jindal, who promised to make New Orleans his top priority. Hmm. I wonder how that is going? Last I heard, the main rebuilding effort was being led by a group of Hollywood actors like Ben Affleck who put their money and time where their mouths are. Not much is coming from the state.

    Yes, the party that professes fiscal conservativism that left our new President a multi-TRILLION dollar deficit due to a war that we should never have been in and tax breaks to companies who offshored badly needed jobs for Americans is going to rebut President Obama.

    Too little, too late GOP. Tear out stimulus funds for edcuation while leaving in money for the biggest GOP boondoggle of the last 7 years, the Homeland Security. I only wish more Americans would read, and find out that there is NOTHING in the mission statement of Homeland Security that is not already covered by the FBI, CIA, and the various branches of the US military. Beef up their budgets, move HS jobs into the respective groups where they belong, and get rid of THAT elephant in the living room! Voila, smaller government, no loss of jobs!

    February 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Nick

    I wonder if Gov. Jindal is already writing his response, or is he going to wait, at least, until the Pres. gives his speach to find out what the Pres. had to say?

    February 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Ravi

    Jindal is an evil person; a typical bigoted Southerner. Don't be fooled by the dark skin! He's as White as you can get!

    February 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. MysteriousTraveller

    You know what would be awesome?

    If they played Tubular Bells when he starts speaking.

    February 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Bob in Fla

    I think Crist could take him in a fight.

    February 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Womack in FL

    I feel sorry for the Liberals. The Conservatives are the ones out there right now buying guns. At the end of the day you have to look out for yourself, governments rise and fall and this one is in that long swift spiral to the ground.

    February 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Immigrants and children of immigrants try to be more American than Americans– and vote GOP. It's just a dumb act.

    February 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Vincent Petrosino

    Bobby Jindhal is just like the other GOP front men: Michael Steele, Lynn Swann, Alan Keyes. All non-white members who think they can trick the public into believing they are not just the the good ole boys' network. He is more inexperienced than our president ever was and his state is not any better off now that he has taken the helm. So Jindhal will respond to Obama? Let him! He will have no effect on the majority of our citizens because the GOP fails to realize that it is just not race, age and ethnicity that we crave but intelligence, knowledge, leadership, kindness, firmness and AUDACITY!

    February 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    NON-WHITE????????

    Isn't he of Indian descent? Since when are the peoples of India NOT white?

    There are only three RACES in the world. We are all descended from one or more of them, but there is NO "Indian" race.

    Nationality, yes.

    February 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Erika, NH

    Dear GOP:

    You need more than a brown face, you need to take the blinders off. America has moved on from trickle economics, compassionate conservatism, a thousand points of lights. Those are just words to distract us while you do just the opposite. Words to distract us while you double the national debt, wiretap Americans and torture people.

    Bobby will need to do a whole lot more than show up, he's going to have to convince America that the Republcian Party is ready to make a change. We're fed up with the Pailins and the Limbaughs and the Hannitys and the Coulters–just fed up.

    February 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Adrian Veidt

    This is excellent news. Prominent roles for the likes of Palin and Jindal will guarantee more GOP losses over the next several years.

    February 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Josh

    THE RASISTS ARE PLAYING THE RACE CARD. THAT'S ALL THEY ARE GOOD FOR. I AM GLAD THEY FINALLY SHOWING IT IN THE OPEN – THEY CAN NO LONGER HIDE BEHIND RUSH AND SEAN.

    WAKE UP JIN JIN!! YOU ARE NOT ONE OF THEM. IF THEY THEY HAD THEIR WAY YOUR FAMILY WOULD HAVE NEVER IMMIGRATED TO THIS COUNTRY – JUST LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE SAID ABOUT IMMIGRANTS – THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO THEM, ALONE.

    February 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. republicans hate america

    Jindal is a Muslim

    February 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. SidearmS

    When I see this guy fix his own state, then I will believe he can help fix Washington.

    New Orleans still stinks. BILLIONS in aid money and the place still stinks. There is another article making the rounds today where the people of New Orleans are noticing that other than the "BRAD PITT HOMES" (that is what they call them, not me), there is little else going on in terms of rebuilding.

    I do not want to hear criticism from a guy who can not even get his own state in order, and he has been "on the job" longer than Obama.

    I would be more upset at the notion that he is the "new flavor" Republican. That implies his worth is more due to his skin color than his background, which is not how he should be judged. Judge him on his efforts, which in Louisana since he took over have been poor to nil.

    GFWL – And by the way, how's your taxes buddy?

    February 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    The GOP is becoming the party of color and inclusion (smirk).

    All two of them. One a crook.

    The GOP is responsible for this mess, has given our tax dollars to foreign countries and argues against helping its own citizens.

    If that is not unpatriotic and acts of treason, I don't know what is.

    BTW, you notice they aren't wearing their flag lapels any longer. What has changed besides the administration?

    Hypocrisy at its finest hour, the GOP of the US.

    February 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Enough

    Whoop-dee-doo.

    February 11, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Rich

    I just love how the Republicans are dragging out every minority that they can. Plus let me guess, Jindal is going to be critical of the President? Which, if I remember correctly, is un-american to do in a time of war and crisis. Why, if we judge them by their own standards, are the Republicans being so un-american?

    Plus, if Jinal is so good, why is New Orleans still as horrible as it is? Guess he doesn't know how to be a good gov.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    Jindal will likely spew more anti-Obama rhetoric designed not to generate good ideas or to contribute to fixing the problems created by republicans but carefully rafted to obfuscate the issues and spiced with one liners that sound like sound reasoning , but lacking substance and cleverly crafted to knock the current administration.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Ken S. Li

    It is amazing to see that GOP would give a rebuttal speech to some
    one like Gov. Jindal. He has not been tested. We are waiting to see
    how he is going to lead Louisiana out of this recession. He has been
    well educated, but he is so willing to cut higher education.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. WhoCares?

    Hehe..The Republicans aren't going to let an old White male get in front of the camera anymore....they just still hold all the strings behind the scenes.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Soccer Nana

    "A Really Conservative Realist February 11th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

    If you were to put this guy in a room with Obama, he would make a fool of our President. He has solved problems, he is a real thinker, he is a real conservative."

    Jindal would be the one made a fool of. President Obama can speak for himself very well; he is very knowledgeable and articulate.

    Some real thinker Jindal is – in order to "fit in" he changed his name from Piyush to "Bobby" and changed his religion from Hindu to Catholicism (the popular faith of LA).

    I guess the new RNC chairman is considered, literally, not "bright" enough?

    By the way, did Doughboy Limbaugh approve this? You know he is the real "fluff" over the GOP.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Mel from California

    What RESPONSE? FROM WHO?

    FROM A REGIONAL PARTY WITH A BUNCH OF OLD IDEAS (e.g. tax cut fixes all, or govenment should not intervene when people are loosing their live-saving). A PARTY THAT DISTORTS THE TRUTH, and THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN CAUSE AT TIME OF CRISIS.

    THE PARTY OF NO SAYER, JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING TO RE-UNIT THEIR BASE.

    THIS 21st CENTURY. WE WANT NEW IDEAS & COOPERATIVE ATTITUDE.

    IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO HAVE ANY FUTURE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY NEED TO SHOW THEMSELVES AS A COOPERATOR WITH FRESH AND NEW IDEAS, NOT OLD Regan's ideas.

    February 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Richard

    As we watch the democratic party turn into parasites of AMERICA.

    February 11, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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