Just when I thought Bobby Jindal couldn’t do anything more blatant to pander to the far right ahead of the 2016 Republican primaries, he goes and pulls another stunt. Right after meeting with President Obama along with other governors at the White House, Bobby Jindal got in front of the microphone to proclaim that President Obama is “unfit to be commander in chief.” Gee, if there was ever an award for those most ridiculous case of pointing out the speck in your neighbor’s eye, it looks like my governor would be the runaway winner.
Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his attacks on President Barack Obama, proclaiming just outside the White House Monday (Februrary 23) that Obama is “unfit to be commander in chief” based on his refusal to commit resources needed to defeat and kill radical Islamic terrorists.
“I take no joy in saying that,” Jindal said after he and other governors met with the president for nearly 90 minutes. “I don’t say so for partisan or ideological reasons.”
But he said a president who cannot call the enemy “radical Islamic terrorists,” or is willing to rule out ground troops, except for very limited missions, isn’t leading the United States to victory over a brutal enemy that he says only can be stopped by killing them. (Source)
Bobby Jindal’s remarks are even more ridiculous because it was recently revealed that he spent almost half of 2014 outside of Louisiana on trips that had nothing to do with running the state, and everything to do with trying to get religious conservatives to back him in 2016. In fact, it really just looks like Jindal said “to hell with Louisiana” and decided to govern (if you can call it that) from outside of the state while pandering to religious conservatives, promoting Duck Dynasty and fundraising.
Via The Advocate:
Jindal, who is flirting with a presidential run, spent about 165 days — or 45 percent — of 2014 in places other than Louisiana. In 2013, he was gone about 74 days.
Only one of those trips seems to have been for official state business — an economic development foray to Asia.
What records are available show that for the rest of the excursions, Jindal attended an Army-Navy football game; talked up the reality television show “Duck Dynasty”; raised money and campaigned for more than a dozen GOP candidates; spoke at a couple of conferences sponsored by the Koch brothers and several other political events; tended to America Next, the group he formed to comment on national policies; visited casino magnate and GOP funder Sheldon Adelson; and even attended an event for Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in suburban Detroit. (Source)
He can’t run a state worth a damn, but he has the nerve to criticize a president who has overseen the economic rebound after the Great Recession, killed Osama Bin Laden and managed not to get us involved in any major ground conflicts? Why on this green earth does Bobby Jindal even think he’s qualified to comment on the job President Obama has done when he’s been nothing but a disaster personally as governor?
Bobby Jindal was handed the reins to one of the poorest, sickest and corrupt states in the country which was still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. All he really had to do is not screw up too badly, and he would have been considered one of Louisiana’s better governors in recent history.
Unlike the rest of the country, unemployment has actually increased in Louisiana and Governor Jindal turned down Medicaid expansion for political points with the Republican fringe. He has put his utterly delusional aspirations for a political future in the GOP over the needs of Louisiana residents, even closing or selling hospitals to patch holes in a state budget he’s never been able to balance. Yet he has the gall to call President Obama “unfit to be commander in chief” while he digs Louisiana even deeper toward economic ruin?
I sure hope Bobby Jindal enjoyed his trip to the White House, because he’ll never see the inside of it – except as a visitor.
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