February 11th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
5 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. AP in Illinois

    I say we call him a Muslim...even if we aren't sure.

    February 11, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    The funniest part of all this? As soon as Obama's out of office, Michael "Blacky McToken" Steele and Bobby "Hey, He's Brown Too!" Jindal are going to get kicked to the curb by the GOP.

    February 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Rick Sutter

    Democrats are such racists.

    February 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Saffron-smelling GOP bowel movement

    Bobby Jindal's BO smells like curry.

    February 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    I have to add, Jindal made an impression long before the thoughts were brought that he is included because of his race....frankly I see him as a responder.

    The other one that I think speaks well for the party is Susan Collins...she has guts, and convictions and sticks with them.

    February 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. robjh1

    That's terrific another person with a questionable background giving us a response on why we should believe him. It doesn't get much better than that. Not so long ago, Jindal as instrumental in helping an Indian billionaire move jobs to India.
    HELLO????

    February 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. tek

    The reality is the Republicans are in trouble because the landscape is changing. The younger generation and the large population of minorities are more aligned as democrats and usually you stay with the same party throughout your lifetime. It's just the way it is with politics. And republicans might disagree but they do have an image problem. Repubs might not be racist and they might not hate immigration but that's what people think.

    February 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Angie in Pa

    Republicans are up too their Old Tricks again they must really think People are stupid PATHETIC

    February 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Pepper Hanrahan

    Good Luck! A response is required but who really cares? The country overwhelmingly voted for change. The Republicans have yet to offer any ideas for change! Hence the reason I left the Republican party this year.

    February 11, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. LOUISIANA TAXPAYER

    This is the biggest pile of crap ever.......and I'll tell you why........Bobby Jindal is down here ruining this state and if you don't believe me, ask someone down here putting up with his B.S. How can you be helping this state when you are never here? The man is spending our money traveling the U.S. raising money for his "hopeful" election rather than running this state and putting his money where his mouth is. He stands behind the podeum and calls out numbers and statistics and does nothing to contribute to the work and effort behind these numbers. And I won't even start on his "ethics" STUNT!!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. kennydarter

    The GOP's three biggest stars are an Idian guy, a blakc guy and a woman (Caribou Barbie). The hate pot stirs...
    http://hateonme.com

    February 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Shirley in California

    Me here in AZ wrote:

    Me here in AZ February 11th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

    I cant WAIT to call this man a Muslim whose parents are terrorist! That is what you nuts on the right deserve!! At Least this time its more probable.

    I totally agree with you and the republicans won't like it. Remember what goes around-comes around.

    And Vincent Petrosino – that was an excellent analogy.

    February 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Matthew, Detroit

    Jindal dont let Barack shuck and jive you. He is quick and lies. You will have to watch out for him.

    But he is a great cheerleader. I love his photo ops. He loves himself a town hall meeting. Cant do his work in his office, but loves to get out and play some ball.

    February 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Nick

    I'm pretty liberal. I'm also a scientist and a very good judge of intelligence. Obama is one of the most thoughtful and intelligent people I've ever seen. This is why you should not underestimate Bobby Jindal. While i don't agree with many of his positions, he IS exceptionally smart and a very good communicator (much like our new president). Don't underestimate his appeal. He's conservative but sounds like a centrist, much like Obama is a liberal but sounded a lot more main stream and pragmatic. I think he'll probably run for president in 2016 (as he'd still be just 45 which is two or three years younger than Obama is now). Unless some major scandal breaks out about him, which I don't think is likely. Basically he is the republican's version of Obama and they know it.

    February 11, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Oh, now the GOP cares about people of color?!?!?!?!?!

    Welcome tothe 21st Century, people. Too bad you missed the same chance in the 20th Century!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Scott the Independent

    Jindal, your party is going to ruin you, your career and your future. These old, deranged men only seek to regain the power that slipped through their greedy rich hands. At this point the GOP generals will sacrifice anyone and anything to get back to redistribution for the rich and corporate welfare for all fortune 500 companies. THEY WILL USE YOU AND SPITE YOU OUT

    February 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Alan

    Notice to anyone trying to bad-mouth President Obama: it's a new game and if you don't believe it just watch the congressional hearings with the bank jackals RIGHT NOW.

    Bush and Republicans: here - take $350 billion even if you don't need it and hopefully use at least some of it to make more loans.

    Obama and the Democrats - we can provide you with funds to loan but you will NOT waste it and you will NOT spend it without authorization any other way or we expect it to be paid back IMMEDIATELY. Some are already scrambling to start paying it BACK.
    :)

    As far as shutting Republicans out of the process - no president in my 57 years on this earth has ever been more open and requested more feedback from the opposition party than Obama in his first three weeks. The fact that the GOP is still spitting in the face of what's being put together is just another nail in the party's coffin. Time is of the essence.

    Bush: You're either on board or ya ain't.

    Obama: I want your feedback, I invite your feedback but, in the end, it's going to be not what everyone wants, even though we could just ram this through.

    I know that makes your stomach acid burn a bit, Republicans but get used to it. Logic. Intelligence. GENIUS. Eight years.

    February 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. carlos

    To TCM, Ray Ray and the other numbskull repugnants, go and read a good book which fits well:

    How to live with an IDIOT by John Hoover

    You'll be a lot smarter.

    February 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP is trying a little too hard to show us its PC side.... Like we've forgotten Buschco? Not bloody likely.

    February 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ TCM, who said "hahaha…he got duped by a plumber! He can't think or speak intelligently, without a prearranged speech writer loading up his teleprompter."

    I love how you rewrite reality for yourself so you can continue to believe things that the facts and evidence contradict. First, Joe the Plumber was proven to be a plant after he came into the spotlight (check the connections to Keating 5...not to mention he wasn't a plumber, jack$$), so your accusations of Obama using plants is completely absurd for that reason. Second, Obama eloquently and clearly answered 13 reporters during his press conference Monday night and provided more information on point to the questions than we've seen from a POTUS in decades. Third, you have no basis for accusing Obama of using plants or knowing their questions...that's just a fabrication, so the accusation is doubley absurd. Grow up man...your precious GOP is dying and you'r ehelping kill it faster.

    February 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Russell Hammond

    "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."

    And STILL McCain picked Palin for the #2 (perhaps #1) spot? Also overlooking Kay Bailey Hutchison. Whoa, McCain never could make a decision to save his life.

    February 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    [Insert GOPers making racist comments so they can blame "liberals"]

    February 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. No Obama = No Hillary

    Seems like the GOP are groping at straws left and right as they try to find their Barack Obama.

    February 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. REG in AZ

    Many who buy into the ‘conservative versus liberal’ propaganda are literally just being manipulated and not at all fairly represented. When not identifying the gross dishonesty, the self-serving focus, the constant neglect and apathy and the arrogant and irresponsible conduct, then it is common to fail to recognize who really is in control, who really is always benefiting and who actually is directing the focus. The Republican Party today is controlled by a wealthy and influential element that, for their own benefit, seeks to have puppets (Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin, Kyl, Graham, Steele, Boehner, Jindal,,) who perform as their strings are pulled, they also intimidate the Party’s representatives to be unified and vote strictly as told (instead of by their conscience) and they use their significant influence to both overtly and covertly manipulate public opinion. Even the rhetoric used to push their subterfuge is obviously scripted and repeated word for word by all. The Republican Party of course is not at fault for every problem but as clearly demonstrated they have come to where they stubbornly, strongly and arrogantly supported the Bush-Cheney administration as they caused many of the problems, contributed to more and condoned even more yet. And now it is apparent that the pressure is on to continue in those same directions. The drastic circumstances that we face today may just be the wake-up call we really need. It would be great to see the Republican Party return to representing the people, the majority instead of just being focused on benefiting the privileged few and giving subterfuge to everyone else. The people can demand that change and demand that they answer to and really represent the people, rejecting the efforts to deceive and manipulate public opinion. The often addressed never achieved real financial reform may need to be the start in order to take control away from the few.

    February 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    Governor Jindal by all accounts you are a smart guy, don't let Republicans use you to say what they are afraid to say against Obama. I recall the did the same thing when Jesse Jackson ran for Pres, They got a black congressman, whose name escapes me, he was a former football player, to talk smack against Jesse. This gentleman was dropped like a hot rock by the Republican party and was not re-elected. There is a reason there are not a lot of people of color in this party Governor. Ditch the Rush approved talking points and think for yourself.

    February 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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