April 16th, 2009
09:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Jindal: 'Give the new administration a chance'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said neither political party should 'question President Obama's patriotism or his intentions.'
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said neither political party should 'question President Obama's patriotism or his intentions.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that Republicans should "give the new administration a chance" and suggested that former Vice President Dick Cheney should tone down his criticism of President Obama's national security policies.

"I think Democrat or Republican, we should all agree that our current president, our former president would obviously want to do everything they could to keep us safe," the Republican governor said on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday. "I don't think we should question President Obama's patriotism or his intentions."

Cheney has been highly critical of Obama, saying on CNN's State of the Union last month that the president's policies will "raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

Responding to a question about Cheney's remarks, Jindal said it's fine for both parties to have an "honest disagreement" on the best way to handle America's national security and praised Obama for "showing more flexibility when it comes to Iraq than maybe some of the campaign rhetoric suggested."

Jindal, seen as a rising star of the Republican Party, was himself critical of Obama's message during his trip overseas earlier this month and said he would have liked to see the president offer "more substantive policies."

"We need to stop going overseas and apologizing, criticizing our predecessors," Jindal said. "I think it's great that he's certainly well-received in foreign capitals, but I'd like to see more substantive changes from our allies."


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  1. WE Shall Overcome

    WE would love to forget the policies of our previous president. BTW what was "substantive" about Bush's "shoot first and ask questions later" foreign policy. I'm soooo tired of thie bipolar republican strategy. What next? A reinactment of civil war?

    April 16, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Ms. White

    REWIND ....He is catching HELL in his state

    April 16, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Laverne

    The republicans opposition to President Obama is quickly turning into an ugly hatefest and they are the culprit. Whether you agree with his policies or not, he is the POTUS and deserves to be respected as such. Some Americans can be soo mean spirited that it is not funny and it quickly turning into something that his country better be careful about. As soon as things spiral out of control, the republicans will be the first to holler "oh my, what is going on". They are creating the atmophere of hatred, not honest disagreements. If something happens to President Obama because of racism and hatred toward him, there is going to be a war like we have never seen in the US. It is time to stop this mess now before it escalates. People like Jindal know and see what is beginning to happen and I think he is trying to distant himself now.

    April 16, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Brina

    Bobby.....all Presidents have to go out of country at some point. Maybe you need to figure out what the duties of being a President is. Keep trying to be condescending towards him......he's above this silly fighting you guys like to do.

    April 16, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Dominic

    Mr. Jindal definitly want the president of United States of Americal to seat down, listen to each and everybody's views and impliment each and every one of them. What happens to his sperior judgement which American people admirs and love about him?. I thought that is the most important aspect of leadership, to be able to step in when everyone else presents a conflicting ideas, the president should have the wisdom to lead with sperior and sound decision making abilities. Let's admit that this president is a gift to this nation at this time and we all should be very proud of him regardless of how we fill.

    April 16, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. craig from washington

    Jindal finally realized the election is over and Obama's in until 2012? It's a miracle! And who cares what that chickenhawk Cheney has to say about national security? When the going got tough, Cheney always got up and ran.

    April 16, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. RepubliKLANs Are Plain STUPID

    I have one word for you Bobby Dimwit: Posturing!!!

    the audacity of the party of Got 0 Plans, telling president Obama to offer "more substantive policies."?!

    the last time I checked, the president is working hard to curtail this economic crisis created by GW Bush/RepubliKLANs, while the right-wing nuts continue their partisan response of "NO"! and Got 0 Plans!!!

    if Bobby Dimwit wants to break away from the RepubliKLANs Leader Rush Limabugh gang of hatemongers, he should step forward like Charlie Crist of FL and offer full support to the president, and not posture, whine and play girlly politics like a partisan hack!!!

    April 16, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. KLK

    Looks like somebody is trying to make like Gov. Christ and get a better approval rating.

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Soaponarope

    I respectfully disagree with Gov. Jindal regarding our predecessors. I really believe that Dick Cheney should be tried for war crimes. I am disenchanted with the Republican message again. I try to stay open minded but the damage was so deep and without remorse or even thought that I am finding it difficult to forgive those of their crimes.

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Bobby Jindal would like "more substantive CHANGES from our allies." Yes, our allies must change, but not us! Just a toned-down
    version of "my way, or the highway.'

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. KJS

    Finally a Republican talking with semi good sense....if the administration in office fails we all fail...wake up people.....help this administration get from point A to point B...than be ready to WIN and run with the torch in 2012...stop the fighting among ourselves and bond as the United States of America!

    April 16, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Matt

    Thank you Bobby! Way to go. Now let's see you do something constructive with those words.

    April 16, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. obama/mama

    Don't jump on the bandwagon now....Republicans are so wishy washy

    April 16, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. CPO Ricker

    Let the Liberal Democrates hate speech begin, now.

    April 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yea, right! Nice about face Gov. It is called: positioning yourself. In the South Bronx, where we call things by their proper name, we'd call you a two-face liar, the calling card of your party.

    We suffered at least 8 years of mismanagement, greed, and theft under the previous administration, but I cannot recall Democrats being so totally hateful of then Pres. Bush as Republicans are of Pre. Obama. You have'nt give this man a chance, you have'nt given his policies or efforts a chance. He has'nt even been in office100 days and all your ilk can do is tear him down. It is embarrassing, it is shameful, and it is self-serving at the expense of our coutry. A country I might add that MY Pres. Obama is trying so hard to save.

    Screw you and your fake, convenient, bi-partisanship Jindal. Pres. Obama may be too classy to say it, but I'm not.

    April 16, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. fernando

    God, i'm so sick of this republican whiner.........

    April 16, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Yisehak, CT

    I think Mr. Jindal is coming to his senses and it is a good thing. Probably he is getting it that republicans will not get any where by acting the way they acting now.

    April 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Nick

    OMG a Republican that can speak with some intelligence.

    April 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. yeah right

    when you have wronged "anyone", person OR nation, you should apoligze...simple as that, but, keep thinking Jindal, if you think enough, long enough, you might find even more to agree with Pres Obama on....

    April 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Mississippi Mike

    "We need to stop going overseas and apologizing, criticizing our predecessors," Jindal said. "I think it's great that he's certainly well-received in foreign capitals, but I'd like to see more substantive changes from our allies."

    Well-put. Obama is acting Immature by criticizing Bush, complaining about the mess he was left and apologizing for our country. Is he really that ashamed and disappointed with our nation?

    While Obama has received a warm welcome internationally he isn't being taken seriously. Russia is taking the liberty of doing everything it wanted to do with Bush in office but didn't dare. France's president wrote him off as a lightweight. Spain tried to prosecute former Bush staffers in their criminal courts. Iran has sent a pretty clear message that they will continue to enrich uranium and send rockets into space. North Korea is stepping up its weapons programs. Pirates have begun capturing US ships again for the first time in recent history. In short, he may get a nice standing ovation but he isn't getting respect from heads of state.

    Welcome to Jimmy Carter's second term.

    April 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Expat American

    Jindal, this was not a smart move. No one was else from your side is willing to give President Obama any kind of chance. This is the party who impeached Clinton over a personal matter, then turns around and invades and occupies another country.

    Rush is going ridicule you. Palin and her Brownshirt Collaborators are going to accuse you of 'not being one of us'. Cheney is going to invite you to go quail hunting before eats your children.

    And now you can forget the V.P. nod for when Sarah' Peggy Hill' Palin runs for President.

    April 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Alimi

    Gov. Jindal, welcome to reality and to Gov. Frist's world. Gradually you guys are beginning to see the reward of objectivity in your relationahip with the President. As recent opinion poll shows, Gov. Frist of Florida has exceptionally high approval rating from all spectrums of the political divide: Republicans, Democrats and independents. This is not accidental as Gov. Frist, even though a Republican has shown decorum and respect in his dealing with the President, and is one of the least critical republican governors of the President and his policies. He even appeared with the President at a recent public event. Not all Republicans subscribe to the slash and burn politics being canvassed by the conservative wing of the party. When reality hits home harder, we will see further moderation in tone by the President's most ardent critics. Then the dye in wool arm of the Republic party will pay the political price.

    April 16, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Myassis Dragon

    And I'd like to see more gifts under my tree but that's not going to happen. Gov. Jindal is the "good cop" in the Republican plan...but remember they all have the same goal...FAILURE!!! Funny that the Republicans failed while in office then wish failure upon the successor.

    April 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Dutc/Bad Newz, VA

    Here goes the GOP playing Good Cop/Bad Cop. Give it a break Bobby.

    April 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Alimi

    Gov. Jindal, welcome to reality and to Gov. Frist's world. Gradually you guys are beginning to see the reward of objectivity in your relationship with the President. As recent opinion poll shows, Gov. Frist of Florida has exceptionally high approval rating from all spectrums of the political divide: Republicans, Democrats and independents. This is not accidental as Gov. Frist, even though a Republican has shown decorum and respect in his dealing with the President, and is one of the Republican Governors least critical of the President and his policies. He even appeared with the President at a recent public event. Not all Republicans subscribe to the slash and burn politics being canvassed by the conservative wing of the party and when reality hits home harder, I guess we will see further moderation in tone by the President's most ardent critics. Then the dye in wool arm of the Republic party will pay the political price.

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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