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."

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Dick Cheney
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  1. Jim

    Give him a chance? What? Huh?

    ...Oh, I see! Now that there are some positive signs in the economy you are realizing that banking on his failure means if he succeeds than the GOP might go the way of the dodo.

    April 16, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. William Charlotte, NC

    Try, try again... Jindal failed at being extreme right, so now, he test the waters in the middle. He's a politician, no doubt about it.

    April 16, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. RRR

    If Bobby would keep to this line of rhetoric.....he might actually sound credible! At least we ALL agree Cheney is an megalomaniac idiot.
    Let's hope Steele doesn't withhold funding now because Bobby is trying to play nice......what would Rush say?? What would Newt say?!?!?
    The Republican Code Hate party is gradually turning America against them........you gotta have more than a little tea party guys.

    April 16, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Janine

    I think Jindal can see what's going on in the United States and it's scary. We have people protesting taxes holding up signs calling for revolution and a governor talking about seccession. We have always tried to hold ourselves up to higher standards but if you look at what's happened in other countries, we're on the same path. "United we stand, divided we fall".

    April 16, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. donna

    Is this the same Jindal that was criticizing Obama and pretty much in agreement with everything Cheney had to say?

    No wonder he reminds me of a slick used car dealer...he'll say anything to get ahead...

    April 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    With all due respect governor, Obama has been inept and incompetent for almost 100 days in a row. We have been more than patient.

    April 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Bob the Observer

    I agree with him completely.

    April 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm actually proud of Jindal for saying this. Of course, it remains to be seen what will happen when Rush and Sarah get a hold of him, but if he holds to THIS course, he might actually keep his office come election time. Maybe he has learned from Crist's example, that being a LOYAL opposition is a bit different than a "let's secede from the nation" opposition.

    Again, citizens of the United States, I apologize for the Governor I didn't vote for, but who won anyway. He doesn't reflect the opinion of millions of loyal Americans who are also Texans.

    April 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. t

    WORDS.........playing games, To Jindal we Americans are smarter, and we know why you are saying this. A month ago it was a different
    story......just like a Rep., dont know what direction you want to go.

    April 16, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Jack in Florida

    Finally an intelligent statement..........Bobby if you want to get anywhere in 2012, you need to watch Charlie Crist in FL........he is a smart man and knows how to read the sentiments of his constituents.......you need to be making more middle of the road statements to make it with the voters.......don't cow tow to the GOP higher ups.......it is the people that elect you!

    April 16, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Nick

    So, Jindhal's speaking some sense. Good for him.

    I had this argument with a coworker yesterday, explaining how those of us not in favor of the Bush administration were labeled unpatriotic, and now these same coworkers don't like Obama and are in favor of Norris's idea of Texas succeeding from the Union (yeah, they just heard about it), and they can't see how that's unpatriotic.

    April 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Cali J

    The hypocrisy on this board is just like the CNN reporting yesterday. Think back to 2000 Lib Friends. You started hating and spewing hatred towards Bush then and kept it up for 8 years. You have no room to complain about how people speak of Obama. No matter what you think, he's just another Chicago politician. Oh BTW, they convicted another Chicago politicians husband of tax crimes today. Is there a Dem. out there who has paid their taxes?

    April 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. George Watson

    Jindal is still a prime rib idjit: all he can do is criticize Obama directly or obliquely for the stimulus program. Yet, under Jindal, Louisiana has taken tons more money that any state – far more than was needed for Katrina recovery. In other words, he's been happily taking and spending what he is now criticizing Obama for making available to the likes of him! What a transparent hypocrite.

    April 16, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Jindal almost got it right: Cheney should just SHUT UP and GO AWAY. Does this fool think anyone cares what he thinks? We had 8 rotten years of his LIES and SMARM.

    April 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. MN

    If Jindal runs and apologizes to Rush because Rush slams him on this statement as many of the other Republicans already have... its all a ruse.

    But it would be nice if the true republicans come forward instead of the fringe right aka.. Gov Perry of Texas wanting Texas to secede from the Union.

    April 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Lesley Anne

    A day late and several billion stimulus dollars too short. The American voters already weighed in on Cheney's remarks and gave them a thumbs down. I agree that he's trying to improve his own image after the fuss made about his neighbor Gov. Crist. It looks like every Repub for himself now. They are jumping off the mother ship and going it alone.

    April 16, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Sperry

    Gov. Jindal is practicing the time-tested neo-con technique of saying one thing and doing another. It's also known as a flip-flop. He is clearly trying to position himself as a "moderate" when in reality, he is a hard-core rove-bushie. Anything for a vote, eh, Bobby-boy?

    April 16, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Lucy

    Very nice. Why don't you stop getting diverted and come up with a few new GOP ideas of your own? Don't you think it's time before 2012 smacks you up the head again? On second thought, nevermind, I like what we've got now 🙂

    April 16, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. frombelair

    wow..what a difference 2 weeks make, I think the no so smart things you said about president Obama backfired at you really bad. I have more respect for dick cheney wich I don`t like at all than I have for you.
    he says what he means and doesn`t change it. learn.

    April 16, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    Paiush (not sure how to spell his real first name) anyway, you better decide which side of the fence you want to be on because there is no middle ground. Rush/Hannity/Newt the nut and yes Palin will have you hung by your toes. It is nice to hear that you think we ought to give the present administration a chance, you do realize that as Prez put it walked into the Oval office and found this mess on the desk with a big ribbon tied around it. To say he goes overseas and criticizes the past administration, well guess what Mr Jindal, that goes without saying, the past administration needs no help from the Prez, what he is trying to do is repair the damage the past administration caused. Humility is a great thing Mr Jindal, just can't call him Bobby, I will say for those who don't like our Prez, one thing is for sure he doesn't hide behind an american name like "bobby"

    April 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |

    Cheney should go home and sit in his rocking chair. He believes
    that he can "con" the American people again! as He and Bush did for
    8 years. Enough Already.

    And, I do not believe anything that is stated by Jendal or any Republican! These statements are games, and next week Jendal,
    being controlled by the Republican Party, will say just the opposite.
    Games the Republicans Play!!!!!!

    April 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. SD,Michigan

    Could be Jindal the first one to break the ranks of insanity? Well, good call, but it won't last. Rush will call him to his headquarters tomorrow to apologize and kiss his pinkie.

    April 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. pt

    Let's get this straight: Obama continues to blame others and take credit for good results, but other people are to "just shut up" and be silent? Hypocrite and control freak.

    April 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |

    Everything the Republicans put out there, is a trick.
    Bag of tricks, that is the Republican Party!
    I guess they realize what they have been doing, is not working
    and they are sounding like desperate idiots.

    I hope the American people see thru this Party of NO.

    April 16, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. WM

    This seems to be the same type of doubletalk from Gov. Jindal when he tried to justify Republicans saying they wanted our president to fail. Sorry, but I have a hard time believing Gov. Jindal's newfound sentiment.

    By the way, President Obama never "apologized" overseas. That is another right wing distortion puported by Sean Hannity and continued here by Gov. Jindal. President Obama did extend mutual respect to our global allies through diplomatic understanding of a shared responsibility.

    April 16, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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