April 16th, 2009
09:49 PM ET
9 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. J.L.

    It's good to hear someone on the Republican side saying this and not that "Obama is a facist" or "Obama is a communist" or "Obama is a socialist" or "Obama is the antichrist"... although I'm thinking that he's not winning any brownie points with the right-wing nut job portion of the GOP. I do have to question though... how much of this is to increase his appeal to moderates/independents? I mean with all the hate and vitriol being spewed by some in the GOP... they do need something to tone it down a little, else the GOP will just be the party of "No!" and hatred.

    April 16, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Eric B

    I now respect Bobby Jindal. Nothing is driving me more insane than all of this right-wing crap recently. Talks of seceding from the nation, the Tea Party protests, etc. etc. The right wingers are, in my opinion, digging themselves a bigger hole as it gets closer to the 2012 election. It's alright with me, as I'm not having really any problem with Obama, but I think hearing all of this stuff is more annoying than the primary and general election advertisements...and I live in IOWA!!!

    April 16, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. TedM

    Bobby Jindal wants "CHANGES from our allies." Sure, our allies
    have to change, but we don't. That is exactly the problem. What about
    wanting more AGREEMENT with our allies? Does that sound radical
    or un-American?

    April 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Brian Crooks

    So which Bobby Jindal is it: the one who criticizes everything Obama does, refuses stimulus money to help clean up Katrina debris and constantly reminds us that Americans can do aaaaanything? Or is it going to be the Bobby Jindal who turns down a speaking arrangement at the RNC because he has a hurricane to deal with, and who wants to give the new administration a chance?

    If you ask me, he saw the new polls about Charlie Crist and thinks if he looks more supportive of the President it will help him in the long run.

    April 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Jindal, this was not a smart move. No one 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 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Julie

    My guess is that the gop has seen recent polling and realized that being the party of no isn't winning them any favor – in fact it's killing them with average Americans – the wingnut base will follow regardless, but theres more levelheaded thinking people than there are ditto heads. Nonetheless, I don't believe that mr jindal all of a sudden had an epiphany either.

    April 16, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. R in Maine

    Give the Administration a chance? That attitude could get you stoned by the right wing radio assassins. You are supposed to speak in favor of them failing.

    April 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. much better tone

    Much better tone than his address to the nation. Still, he is not going to be motivating republicans with this kind of rhetoric.

    Moreover, this represents a shift in the thinking of the gop: oh no, these programs we rail against are having measureable, positive effects. Better send jindal out there to flip flop for us so we can say jindal was right later instead of obama was right.

    Good luck-- republicans need more serious rebranding than this. Parading pampered, spoiled children of republican senators and congressmen on tv networks also won't work.

    April 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. DT

    Guess he tryin to say he (Kinda) supports Obama so he can get support for his presendential bid...he might be one of the better choices for the Repubs...nobody else really comes to mind. Id rather Palin get the nomination so Obama can destroy her at the polls...

    April 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Hotti4BHO


    You do not have 000000000000000.1% of President Hussein's brain power.

    April 16, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. USCitizen

    I certainly feel less safe under an administration that is concerned about how they define the war of terrorists..

    April 16, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Jill in Cali

    Watch out Bobby – saying anything remotely positive about President Obama and his Administration may cause Rush to run you out of the Republican party.

    April 16, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Ignorance

    Explain to me how do you give substantive changes if the people you are talking to do not trust you?

    That is like a republican trying to persuade a democrat that being a republican is best for all people.

    Simply insane!

    April 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Bonita

    Why doesn't he go away!

    April 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    All we are saying is give B.O. a chance.
    J. Lennon (sort of)

    April 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Susan

    BS=Bobby Speak.

    Did not he slammed Obama presidency more than a month ago on a national TV. Indian elections are on now. He should go and contest there.

    –Former Republican.

    April 16, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. CF

    Let's bet on how long before he is forced to take back his pro-Obama comments and apologize to Rush for dissing the party. Any takers?

    April 16, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    LOL! So predictable. I guess Booby Jingle saw the polls from FL regarding Crist's popularity.

    April 16, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Tim

    Thanks Bobby, it would have been nice if you had said this back in January, you know, before all of the nutcases crawled out of the woodwork.

    April 16, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Jefe

    'atta boy, Bobby. At the risk of losing the votes of the 28% of Americans who hate America (also known as Neocons), he speaks the truth.

    Dick Cheney's comments should be taken as a direct threat against the nation, as I'm fairly certain was his intention.

    April 16, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Harvey Weewax

    Rush isn't gonna like this

    April 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. suresh

    I think after his disatorous response to Obama's state of union, he has understood that RNC talking points are not going help him get ahead. As a highly educated man, he should have his own opinions rather than using talking points given to him. He is still not completely independent of the right wing influence but if he wants to be the nominee in 2012, he better be his own man.

    April 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. bill

    Good for Jindal!.....at least one republican w/some common decency~

    April 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "honest disagreement"?

    There's NOTHING "honest" about the GOP's positions. They can all rot fopr supporting torture, extraordinary rendition, GItmo-style concentration camps and their idiotic make-demands-and-threats diplomacy that hasn't worked for the past century.

    April 16, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Georgia Gal

    Wow. Color me impressed. A Republican taking the high road ... imagine that!

    April 16, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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