April 16th, 2009
09:49 PM ET
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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. Lynda/Minnesota

    While I appreciate the context of what Mr. Jindal is saying, I really do think that he is reacting more to the polls than any other concern. All this backlash against a new President facing extreme difficulties both domestically and abroad has had it's negative effect on the GOP, as it should. Putting the party before the country wasn't as brilliant an ideal as Gingrich thought, was it Mr. Jindal? As for apologizing for our "predecessors", someone has to. Afterall, how many innocent Iraqi people have been killed because of our previous President and his noxious "Axis of Evil" mantra?

    April 16, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. John in Ohio

    I bet this will cost him his wingnut base.

    April 16, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Kelsey

    Yea...I'll bet he said that! Only so he can look better for his presidential campaign in a couple years. This guy is so weird! I heard him speak one time, he sounds so dumb. People think Obama relies too much on the teleprompter?? Just watch this guy...

    April 16, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Shari, NY

    Thanks. I am sure he is saying this from the heart and putting divisiveness aside.

    April 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Out in Idaho

    Thank you, Jindal! It doesn't matter which side of the fence you lean, Obama needs a chance to prove himself. It sure didn't take long for people to begin criticizing but let him get out of his first 100 days so we can see his efforts.

    Yes, I'm a honeymooner, but so sick and tired of many people bashing just to hear their fingers type!

    Thumbs up to Jindal for standing up to the former VEEP. Maybe the US really will get that third party rolling and stomp out the falling apart GOP.

    April 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Obama for showing more flexibility in Iraq? Obie was basically too soft too soon and allowed the hawks to take over his agenda. We dont need 2 wars.

    April 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. chelle

    But Bobby, why do Americans think that admitting that the US did something wrong is such a bad thing. President Obama did not grovel, he merely apologized for appearing arrogant and unwilling to listen. Well NEWSBREAK – the US was arrogant!!! And did you notice he chastised Europe for a sweeping dislike of all things American?? That speech was balanced but you wouldn't know it from the GOP – all they focus on is "oh no – an apology! WE have nothing to apologize for! WE're the US, WE're perfect". That speech did much to win the respect of your allies, all we ask is that you respect us. The US is not automatically right. Sometimes the rest of the world may just have a answer or two.

    April 16, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Kevin

    You switch hit WAY TOO MUCH, Jindal. Your party has put so much spin on this nation that it makes an F-15 going through a flat spin with engine flame out in a Category 5 hurricane while tackling an F-5 tornado while being piloted by an individual with an extreme case of vertigo and motion sickness look like a calm merry go round in Central Park on a Saturday Afternoon.

    April 16, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Robin, I concur with you. Cheney needs to keep a low-profile. Bobby is right about one thing since neither political party should question President Obama's patriotism or his intentions. Therefore, Cheney better take Bobby's advice.

    April 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. proud army navy mom

    after mooonths of criticizing Pres. Obama, all of a sudden Jindal wants to give him a chance.....

    Sounds like the rethugs had a strategy meeting. This is another act. watch them closely. They lie, deny and criticize. Ain't nothing new here.

    April 16, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    If Jindal is serious about wanting see more substantive polices he should get with some of his republicans and come up with some real concrete ideas and present them to the President instead of whining about everything that the President is doing, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with apologizing when you are wrong but it really should have been Bush apologizing .

    April 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Oh shut up, Bobby! If Obama and his administration weren't such screw ups, nobody would have to tone down anything!

    April 16, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Obama 2.0

    To late Jindal Bells, we know where you really stand.

    April 16, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Robin, I concur with you. Cheney needs to keep a low-profile. Bobby is right about one thing since neither political party should question President Obama's patriotism or his intentions. Therefore, Cheney better take Bobby's advice...............

    April 16, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Saw the polling numbers eh Bobby? Your ridiculous argument against the stimulus is readily available on YouTube so don't think you can run away from your history. You are toast as are most of the Republican leadership.

    April 16, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOP palying Good Cop/Bad Cop. Next week Jindal will say something negative.

    April 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. political junkie

    If this guy, and Palin are the best they have to offer – the
    Republican Party is doomed...
    He looked like a bafoon when he made his little speech after
    Obama last month...

    April 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    He's just trying to save his own fanny because he's knows it, and those of the rest of his buddies in the "R" party, is in a sling. The party of Rush, Newt, and Palin ..... has about as much of a future as the National Socialist Party in post-war Germany. Dry up and blow away.

    April 16, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Chris

    Cheney comes across as churlishly indulging in sour grapes in his criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, and he seems to be setting himself up to politically exploit the possible wrongful actions taken by others against the United States.

    April 16, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    Finally a voice of sanity from someone in that party. Hope he stands by his words.

    April 16, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Alex

    wow Jindal a couple months behind... you think almost as slow as you speak

    April 16, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. truthsayer

    Oh, dont worry, he'll be back tomorrow saying something totally idiotic in accordance with Boss Limbaugh's demands.

    April 16, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. prairieguy

    Oh Rushbo will blast him tomorow..since Rushbo wants Obama to fail!!

    April 16, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. truthsayer

    Are you kidding Jindal after we heard for 8 years we will never except George Bush as my President. Being in the military I have already had to salute BO and I almost threw up. We heard plenty hateful things about Bush and I intend to repay the favor when I am out of uniform for BO.

    Liar! you are no soldier. No soldier in his right mind would disrespect their commander in chief.

    April 16, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Gina in Racine Wi

    I see Jindl is starting to smarten up.....I wonder if it will last.

    people voted for change.....and we are getting it with Obama.

    The GOP stands for the same old same.....

    that doesn't give any of them much chance in the next Election.

    April 16, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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