March 25th, 2009
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Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering a spirited defense of Republicans who say they want President Obama to fail.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering a spirited defense of Republicans who say they want President Obama to fail.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - – It's OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he's jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.

Jindal described the premise of the question - "Do you want the president to fail?" - as the "latest gotcha game" being perpetrated by Democrats against Republicans.

"Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, 'Why no sir, I don't want the president to fail,' is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism," Jindal said at a political fundraiser attended by 1,200 people. "This is political correctness run amok."

Since conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that he hoped that Obama would fail, Republicans have been pressed by Democrats and the media about Limbaugh's comments.

Jindal, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told the Republican audience he would "not be brow beaten on this, and I will not kowtow to their correctness."

"My answer to the question is very simple: 'Do you want the president to fail?' It depends on what he is trying to do."

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  1. HJG

    In my humble opinion, wanting the president to succeed, regardless of your political affiliations is not 'political correctness run amok'.

    On the other hand, such a general opinion as wanting the president to fail is definitely competitiveness run amok. These self serving republicans can't stand the thought of someone with opposing views succeeding.

    March 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. val

    The Republican Party need to tell him what they told Chaney, Please go back in Hiding, he sounds stupid, please tell him he will not be the Republicans Barack Obama, he's not even close to being smart enough.

    March 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Americans WANT TRUTH

    If Obama suceeds…the country suceeds….the gop fails
    if Obama fails…the country fails…..the gop looks good…so they suceed?….
    So giving the President contstructive idea's is not an option so let criticize him on EVRYTHING…then the gop can look good in the future………………………..united we stand/divided the fall??

    No sir ... you are not Describing a President
    But that reasoning is something different

    I support my President but this plan is going to make matters worse/

    What has he done to help but sighn his name and give speeches

    March 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. rob

    suck it Jindal

    March 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    For all the republicans who say, "Obama's policies should fail", i ask you this. Will you still wish Obama to fail if he were a REPUBLICAN?

    March 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. ike

    This guy is the governor of one of the worst states in U.S. History. This state which is my state has one the highest teen pregnancy rates, one the highest drop out rates..one of the highest rate of people on welfare... of the unemployed. The literacy rate is in the toilet. He's talking about the President failing ...hell he is already failing his state. He refuse stimulus money that would extend unemploment benefits. Can anyone tell me when this country has not had a trilion dollar plus deficit? Bobby Jindal should focus more on Louisiana. I guarantee you Jindal will not be relected

    March 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Nan

    My goodness, Bobby Jindal is a strange-looking man.

    March 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Sean

    First, I am an independent voter, middle class, educated, and have seen people's lives ruined by the issues facing our Country.

    Rather than sabotaging policy, why don't Republican leaders put forth their ideas – fight for what YOU think is right, rather than be reactionary and be the first to point out (or rejoice in one's) failure. I will NEVER vote for someone (Democrat or Republican) who would demonstrate such failure of leadership.

    Aren't the people of Louisiana upset that their Governor is spending his time with this – did I miss the news story that all of Louisiana's problems have been solved?

    This is the problem with the political system (with both parties...Democrats as well) – too much emphasis has been placed on one's allegiance to a party...and not enough on Character and Leadership. When has the identity of "Democrat" or "Republican" superseded our identity as "American" and "Leader"?

    March 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. sarainfla

    It's funny how some individuals can list how they want this president / country to fail most are patriots if they were asked yet they wait patiently for something for themselves to fall out of the Obama bag that will help them.

    These individuals tend to be on the republican talking points yet those that I know in my working class community are suffering just like the dems. all because they supported GW Bush. So as they talk about the debt that will be passed on to there kids they need to remember there may not be a country left. Because Bush and his administration SOLD it a long time ago. So why would we be attacked again like 911 when those individual already own most of if not all of the country. People talk is cheap but hard work and change take a commitment not the same old rhetoric of years past. We've given every other president a fair chance whiy is it different this time I remember bush being on vacation most of his first term this president has only been in office less than 3 months. That drive through give it to me now and fast will not work this time... Don't tread on me or my president.

    March 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. HJG

    I just realized, if pressure to support Obama's policies is 'political correctness run amok', what was the pressure to support the war in Iraq?

    March 25, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Piyush aka Bobby, go to your corner like a good little GOP and be QUIET. America FIRST, lets hope we succeed because if WE fail we become the Third world. Thats what could happen if you hope Obama policies fail

    March 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Nevada Independant

    When Jindal says that "it depends", as to whether he wishes Obama's policies to fail.
    Which ones does he want to see fail?
    Let him and the others who feel similarly speak plainly to us.
    Please, tell us which policies exactly they would like to see fall apart.

    Is it the idea that all Americans should have some form of healthcare coverage so no one is forced into financial ruin, caused by the inability to pay enormous medical bills?

    Or, maybe it's the plan to encourage private-sector investment into alternative energy production? Does Jindal hope the effort to spur on growth in a very high-tech industry (a job-creating industry) like energy production fails?

    Please, Republicans. Tell us clearly what you oppose. And, then, please tell us what your alternatives to the Obama plans are.
    I am starting to suspect that the Republicans are still trying to convince us that these things are not really problems. At least, not problems the government should intervene in.
    If that is so, please be honest and tell us that it isn't that you all don't have a good alternative plan. It is simply that you don't think these items are problems and therefore, no solution is required.

    March 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Paul Blauer

    Anyone who is rooting for President Obama to fail is rooting for the United States of America to fail. They are also rooting for the entire world economy to fail, and therefore are in favor of millions of people starving to death, a steep rise in crime and homelessness, and a return to the Great Depression era of suffering.

    March 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Americans WANT TRUTH

    "If Obama suceeds…the country suceeds….the gop fails
    if Obama fails…the country fails….."

    That is not democracy but something else.

    READ WHAT it is... do your own THINKING.. go do research on what you are saying. there sir.

    March 25, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. street smart

    shooky– no one ever said they hope bush fails. what they did say regarding bush was that he would definitely fail and then gave their reasons why he would fail. if obama succeeds on fixing the mistakes of the republican party then the republicans will fail to convince anyone they are qualified to lead. thank god for dubya, he has shown this country and the world what the republicans are capable of when they are the majority. he and the republican party would be hysterically funny if they werent so pathetic.

    March 25, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Laina

    Of course these guys want Obama, and/or his poicies to fail. They re not about America. They are about personal power and about being right.

    They have just inflicted 8 years of being spectacularly WRONG about pretty much everything – consequently tanking the country – and their only path to any sort of credibility is for the other party to be wrong, too.
    This is not hard to figure out.

    One sadly notes that, these are people who can AFFORD to have the president fail – which means America fails – because they dwell safely in the economy no matter what. Sure, they wll lose some wealth, but they will not suffer. Many Americsans are genuinely suffering at this time. That the lust for power would be greater that the awareness and responsibility for the good of one's countrymen, is contemptible.

    To hope further failure upon America is beyond even treason – it is beyond the most fundamental human compassion.

    March 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. J.P.

    Jim Jones' flock, er uh, I mean Obama's supporters are so blindly devoted and emotionally invested in Obama that they would literally injust cyanide if Obama asked them.

    Sorry folks, when our president says the nation should consume economic cyanide because it will make our economy well again, I for one, am going to reject his suggestion, and will advise others to do the same.

    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
    - Theodore Roosevelt

    "The great masses of the people, at the very bottom of their hearts, tend to be corrupted rather than consciously evil ... they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one."
    - Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

    "Hope and change."
    - Barack Obama

    March 25, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    After Jindal "failed" with his response speech to Omama a few weeks back, I guess he wants now everyone else to fail too. So sad where these Repugs have ended up and surpisingly, they keep digging.

    March 25, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. shucks

    Look at New Orleans Mr. JIndal and then talk to us about failure. It is apparent that you have abandoned the city and all those who once called New Orleans home. Your comment just shows the country how evil and distasteful the republican party really is. The divide in this country will continue until this rhetoric stops. If the GOP thinks this is the way to win back the integrity of the party, they are truely lost, as the country and by that I mean the number of people that want the President to succeed outweighs those who don't, and we will remember this during the next election cycle. You forget how bad you got your clock beat Nov, 4th. It will be worse in 2010 if this rancor doesn't stop. I will send $thousands to the democratic party if this continues and I urge other democrats to do the same to assure that change continues.

    March 25, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Discusted Dem

    Republican should have no say in anything at this point. Between Bush and his Republican cronies they managed to take down the US Financial System when the 911 attacks failed. The republican should be put in jail along with all the other terrorists. Perhaps Osama Bin Laden, Cheney and Bush could share a cell.

    March 25, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. piyush who??

    Somebody get that camote a real job – he's presiding over the biggest welfare state in the nation and has the nerve to talk about wanting our President's economic recovery policies to fail.

    Where does he think his next hand out is going to come from – Limbaugh??? These people are self-serving, ignorant and irrelevant.

    Adios, Piyush.

    March 25, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. u

    All these Republicans who want President Obama to fail are certainly NOT interested in America. Their party put us in a mess that Mr. Obama has to try to get us out of. I find it striking that these folk talk like they do. How greedy are they? I don't even have the right words to express how sad our country has become if it can produce only leaders like these so called prominent Republicans. We will never ever succeed as a united country when they continue down this path. Mr. Bush and his team did not fail because others wanted them to fail; they did it on their own. And with all these nay sayers, not one of them has come up with alternative plans. Bah humbug on these people who wish bad things on others.

    March 25, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. flsarahinfla

    It's funny how some individuals can list how they want this president / country to fail most are patriots if they were asked yet they wait patiently for something for themselves to fall out of the Obama bag that will help them.

    These individuals tend to be on the republican talking points and swear they are patriots yet those that I know in my working class community are suffering just like the dems and everyone else. All because they supported GW Bush. So as they talk about the debt that will be passed on to there kids they need to remember there may not be a country left. Because Bush and his administration SOLD it a long time ago. So why would we be attacked again like 911 when those individual already own most of if not all of the country. People talk is cheap but hard work and change take a commitment not the same old rhetoric of years past. this is not a drive through windows so let give this president the time he needs. Don't tread on me or my president.

    Atleast he's working and not on vacations as our former Prez.

    Call us taxpayers or consumers either way we will pay for the wallstreet greed so either way we get the bill.

    March 25, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Lorton, Va

    Odd how the people who comment that they too "want Obama to fail all keep repeating these crazy lies and decptions you hear coming from Fox media minions and ditto heads?
    Drible about socialism, weakening our "Homeland security", and much more incindery jabber. All from the right-wing-nut jobs who use free speach to keep "their" public ignorrant, arrogant, and afraid.
    A very dangerous way to make a buck.

    March 25, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. greg in jacksonville florida

    @Wake-me-when-it's-over

    are you so naive to think that president george w bush is a fiscal conservative.. he is a neo-con.. someone who thinks you have to spend money to make money.. someone who believes in war for profit.. W. was not and is not a social conservative, nor a fiscal conservative... even after this has been pointed out many times by people on both sides of the isle, you still dont seem to understand the reality of what was the past eight years... and you wonder why your party lost control, you dont even know who or what the leaders of the republican party are.. here is a clue, the past eight years, social and fiscal conservatives have been nothing but a tool of the rovian and bush neo-cons... get a clue, and then come back and join the conversation...

    March 25, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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