Jindal Breaches White House Protocol To Take Shots At Obama

Louisiana governor sharply criticized president after governors' meeting, prompting pushback from Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy

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The National Governors Association is supposed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to discuss policy and share ideas for mutual success, but after a meeting at the White House Monday, all pretense at bipartisan comity was shattered as a press conference with lawmakers descended into a partisan fracas.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launched into a repeated assault on President Barack Obama’s leadership in the shadow of the West Wing, in defiance of established bipartisan protocol. Speaking after a meeting of the NGA at the White House, Jindal, the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, said Obama is “waving a white flag” by focusing on executive actions with three years left in his term. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy,” Jindal added.

His remarks were a sharp contrast from the focus on cooperation and carefully watered-down criticism of Obama offered by Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, the chair of the NGA.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy rose to challenge Jindal immediately after he spoke to reporters, calling his remarks on Obama waving a white flag “the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”

Jindal then returned to the microphones to continue his barrage against the Obama administration, saying as Malloy walked off, “I want to make sure he hears a more partisan statement,” and saying Obama should delay the Affordable Care Act mandates. It wasn’t the first time Jindal had used the microphones outside the White House to attack the president, having done the same at last year’s meeting. While a break from protocol, it is a signal to the GOP base that Jindal, a 2016 hopeful, is willing to take a forceful stand against the president.

Afterwards, Jindal said the tenor of the meeting was “respectful,” but that there were serious policy disagreements in the meeting. “The president was respectful of the governors and the governors were respectful of the president,” he said.

Malloy, meanwhile, accused Jindal of political grandstanding. “Here’s a guy who didn’t come to any of the meetings except this one today, and has the nerve to pull that stuff on everyone—ten feet from the West Wing,” the Connecticut governor told TIME. “He doesn’t pay his dues to the organization, he doesn’t come to the meetings of the organization, and then he wants to swing for the fences for obviously political reasons. I didn’t mind pushing back.”

UPDATE 3:02 p.m.: A Jindal spokesman emails that he does, in fact, pay dues to the NGA.

CORRECTION 3:43 p.m.: A subheadline on this article incorrectly listed Gov. Dan Malloy’s given name as Daniel.

120 comments
TerriLyn
TerriLyn

Bobby Jindal Is a disgrace to Louisiana .  His own state cant stand him . He just Grandstanding cause he Thinks he going to be President of the United States..WHAT A JOKE  !!!

jgblearned1
jgblearned1

Can you inject more of your opinion into this story?  "Repeated assault"; "continued barrage"?  How about simply reporting the story rather than provide your editorial?  Doesn't Time have an editorial page? 

swampwiz
swampwiz

I am ashamed that Jindal is my governor.

JasLehman
JasLehman

Republicans are just rude and dishonest...

gribble
gribble

Delay "Obamacare" mandates? In a state that ranks 48th overall in health indicators?

drudown
drudown

Let me get this straight.


The Bush Administration inherited a record surplus and led the Nation to a RECORD DEFICIT. Then VP Cheney himself even asserted "deficits don't matter." The GOP "deregulation" of Wall Street (see, credit default swaps; "The Flaw" documentary) then proximately resulted in Lehman's collapse- requiring the very massive bailouts the GOP puppets like Jindal try to "pin on [President] Obama" due to the Stimulus remedy following the Bush Administration.  


Most egregiously, the Bush Tax Cuts account for roughly a 1/3 of the annual fiscal shortfall.  Does Jindal DENY the Nation needs and is OWED the TRILLIONS IN FEDERAL INCOME TAX REVENUE CORPORATIONS have "shielded, sheltered or parked" in this fictitious world of K Street reality that is allegedly "beyond the rule of law" just like the GOP lives in a "new reality" beyond the reach of Science? 


This FACT that the GOP unlawfully refuses to COLLECT income tax from CORPORATIONS, coupled with a larger UNLAWFUL GOP "contract" with a LOBBYIST to "refuse to follow Article I, Section 8 and RAISE REVENUE" is only dwarfed in imprudent governance by the sheer INEQUITY of the SAME CORPORATIONS that "claim a equal right to speak as a fictitious person" in politics not paying their FAIR SHARE. What, they think they have apparently BRIBED the GOP into believing that the Equal Protection Clause somehow doesn't apply to Corporations that enjoy the same benefits of the US Military, infrastructure and Interstate Commerce that the PEOPLE help subsidize. 


So maybe Jindal can proffer some reason and analysis how THESE FACTS do not conclusively establish the "war are against raising the minimum wage" GOP as anything other than the GOP being against the People, much less trying to THWART the economic recovery its own GOP policies created? How can any reasonable voter NOT easily attribute the FISCAL SHORTFALL to the GOP when its motto is "no new taxes?" That's how hollow these GOP "puff pieces" are. Ok, Jindal "comes out swinging." What exactly did he hit?


By my estimation, where we are now is the "cause and effect" from 2000-2008 + the "the GOP will purposely obstruct everything from President Obama." How is that not more accurate than the article?


"Truth fears no trial." - Thomas Fuller, MD

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Do we have to listen to this clown again?

PatriciaTaylor
PatriciaTaylor

Is this an editorial or a news report?  What is White House protocol?  Lick the President's boots?  I don't think so. 

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Hey it's ok, Jindal can criticize Obama. It's not racist at all. Remember, jindal comes from colored folk hisself! So it's totally legit. Jindal can say whatever the heck he wants. He certainly ain't gettin nowhere near the Oval. Americans want a leader, not some dude who delivers the repug response to sotu in a singsong manner reminiscent of a little girl.

JohnRichter
JohnRichter

Jindal and many others have become a one trick pony.They have to be in order to cover up their total incompetence.

damnedgentlemen
damnedgentlemen

Bobby Jindal doesn't know how to do anything beyond wake up, see what Obama thinks about something, and then immediately adopt the contrarian view. He is a partisan hack and a joke outside his state.

How do you get Republicans to demand a massive economic concession to a foreign country, involving the trampling of the rights of thousands of American landowners, putting hundreds of thousands of acres of American land at risk of contamination by foreign companies, so that other foreign countries can do business together on the backs of American citizens, with no discernible benefit for America whatsoever?
Tell them Obama is against it, that's how.
It is time to reject utterly the rightwing governance strategy which dictates that America must suffer hardship as punishment for not electing their "candidate" president. They are scum who think nothing of ruining the American economy and bringing hardship to it's people, purely to score political points.
Small children have more maturity and common sense than the average Republican.


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Perhaps Jindal needs to worry about doing his own job and STFU.

 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/25/is-jindal-the-least-popular-guv.html


But there is no better argument for tending to your present job than Bobby Jindal. The Republican Governor of Louisiana was heralded as the new face of the party practically since he was first elected in 2007. He flirted with running for president in 2012, and is making all the moves for 2016.

All the moves, that is, except managing his state properly—at least according to Bayou voters. Jindal has a 35/53 approval/disapproval number, putting him 18 points under water, a figure only better than Illinois’ Pat Quinn and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, who are not seeking re-election.   

Back home, Jindal has faced widespread backlash in his own party from lawmakers who either don’t like his tax plans or his education initiatives.

AmericanPlutocracy
AmericanPlutocracy

What compels someone to offer a rebuttal when he/she clearly knows they are wrong? Jindal is truly a petty person who desires to be a bully but time and time again the petty disposition triumphs. If Jindal, who would not make it past the primary, is the best hope for the GOP they're in a world of hurt. I do have to credit his staff though - because there is this endless buzz about the 'wonder boy' Jindal and his Presidential qualities...but, the best staff in the world cannot overcome his nonsense.

ClaudiaS.McDaniel
ClaudiaS.McDaniel

L'il Bobby Jingles reminds me of Wormzer from a Revenge of the Nerds. Regarding the Presidency, Not a shot L'il Bobby,.....Not a shot.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Anchor baby Piyush Jindal will never be president.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Such stupid headline. Where was the author when Obama criticized the Supreme Court justices in his State of the Union address ? Wasnt that breach of protocol ? When Obama to hide his incompetence keep blaming his predecessor Bush to hide his incompetence and his incapability to do his job, was that not a breach of protocol and etiquette ? BS

jgblearned1
jgblearned1

@drudown yes, blame Bush!!  6 years out of office and the act, although called the Affordable Care Act, is also referred to as Obamacare which name the President embraced during the first debate with Romney.  Oh, and refusing to execute the law that was passed is a violation of the constitution. 

Moniker7
Moniker7

@PatriciaTaylor  This might be too much to handle but the explanation is actually in the first paragraph of this article.  

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91  Stop using those blogs that you already know confirms your opinions, Mantis. Read all and formulate your own. In short, diversify man, diversify. Dont be a libturd. Open that brain to all ideas and stop closing it.

manlyman
manlyman

@AmericanPlutocracy I dunno, Pluto. What compels liberal to flap their jaws when they clearly have their heads up their a$$es? Tell me what Jindal said that was wrong.

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

@ReneDemonteverde Rene,  if you didn't like the headline, why did you even bother to respond.  As far as breach of protocol, I note you found Obama's criticism of the supreme court a breach, but said absolutely nothing about the "You lie!"  comment that was IN THE MIDDLE of Obama's state of the union.  Can you recall any Democrat doing that to President Bush?


Jindal had his day in the sun and he blew it.  He had a chance to respond to one of the President's state of the union and he gave an awful speech.  It was sad, because I actually think Jindal has a bright political future.  However, grandstanding for the lower rungs of the GOP is not the way to get there.


Totally off topic, but I have to get personal Rene.  In a previous posting, your 15 year old daughter was "worried" about Hillary Clinton winning the White House, and she made a point about Obama being elected only because he was Black.  God help your daughter and the people who are raising her if she really believes Barack Obama was elected President of the United States simply because he was an African-American.  It is such beliefs that demonstrate that this country still has a way to go as far as racism . . . . . . .


Your daughter might want to run for president one day, and I would hope she could be elected on her intelligence and character and not simply because she is a woman . . . . . . . .


If you remember, the race was neck-and-neck with McCain when the full weight of the economic crisis hit.  McCain panicked and call for the suspension of the campaigns.  Obama responded in a cool manner.  It was Obama's response to that crisis that got him elected, not the fact he was Black.  After all, it is likely more people DID NOT vote for Obama because he was Black rather than because he was Black.  Blacks vote 90% for the Democratic candidate so the fact he was Black did not make much a  difference in their community.  If you think it was just Liberal guilt, do you think any of those Liberals would have voted for McCain anyway?


Obama has been a far from perfect president, but I have little doubt either President McCain or a President Romney would have done a better job (and I actually like both John McCain and Mitt Romney).


As far as Obama lying or his gaffe of "57 states".  Really the "57 states" is so 2004.  One could write a book on gaffes for each of the last several presidents.


As for lying, if we look deep enough, we can find presidential lies going back to George Washington and Abe Lincoln.  The most honest president in my lifetime was Jimmy Carter, and he was hardly a success as president.

JohnRichter
JohnRichter

@ReneDemonteverde Actually, blaming your predecessor goes back a ways. Read Reagans second state of the union in which he blames the previous administration that there is still a recession and jobs lost.

drudown
drudown

@jgblearned1 @drudown  


You conspicuously refuse to address the issues that I reference by dispensing the same shopworn "yes, blame Bush!" as if the PRESIDENT of the Bush Administration himself doesn't have viracious liability for the NSA PROGRAM HE PUT IN PLACE + THE WAR OVER PHONY WMDs HE STARTED + FAILING TO STOP THE 9/11 ATTACKS HE KNEW ABOUT + CREATING THE MASSIVE DEFICIT we are experiencing on account of the GOP's "no new taxes, ever" policy. So, what part of directly attributing the "cause and effect" back to the leader of the Administration that put the agendas in place is "unfair"? Do tell. 


As for the refusal to execute the law passed being a violation of the Constitution, how does that analysis not make the ENTIRE GOP CONGRESS lawbreakers for trying to OBSTRUCT the ACA?

jgblearned1
jgblearned1

@Moniker7 @PatriciaTaylor I think if you read the entire article it is an editorial.  It is unfortunate that the days of journalistic integrity are long gone.  There used to be sections of every newspaper that were editorials and the stories were simply that: reported the facts not editorialize them.

damnedgentlemen
damnedgentlemen

@manlyman I'll help you out professor...he said that the President of the United States should trample the rights of thousands of American landowners, take their land, give it to a foreign country so they can build a toxic transport system right through the heart of this country so they can sell their toxic chemicals to other foreign countries for profit.

You are blinded by CONservatard dogma and never have an original opinion on anything, you just say "No!" if Obama says "Yes" and vice versa...no thinking whatsoever.

  Why don't you cram your head back up yourass where you do your best political strategizing, champ?  I'm sure Obama will say something soon so you can adopt the polar opposite stance when your knee jerks accordingly.

  Don't know if you heard, but Obama thinks American kids should be educated and healthy, so yank those tykes out of school and start cramming Cheetos and Mountain Dew down their gullets as soon as you can, you savvy political analyst, you.


ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@JohnRichter @ReneDemonteverde  Not on almost a daily basis, sir, not on a daily basis. At some point you got to stop and accept responsibility and accountability. Not this Obama. He gets by because of many people like you and Mantis. All celebrity worshippers. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Hollywooddeed @ReneDemonteverde  And I see you didnt. Typical libturd response. Instead of addressing the core of the argument go to insults. And friends are asking why being rude to libturds is a good idea. You just hit them first before they do because they will do it whether you are rude or not. Well that is life.

drudown
drudown

@RoLoPolo @drudown @jgblearned1  


Let's review some basic civics and facts to dispassionately assess (1) which branch of government and (2) which political party caused the "shut down", shall we? Just this: the CONGRESS HAS PLENARY POWER AND THEREFORE LEGAL DUTY TO RAISE AND COLLECT TAXES OWED TO THE PEOPLE. The Congress cannot “opt out” of its job function any more than a US Postal Worker or Federal Judge or Navy SEAL can. So why should ANY voter “blame” President Obama for CONGRESS failing to promulgate a commercially reasonable Budget (as required by law) for his signature? Forget the “papers” you referenced. Read Article I, Section 8 and explain how the Congress can allow the government to “shut down” when the express language says RAISE REVENUE? It is called following the law. As such, no amount of “paid for” news or faux criticism you proffer purporting to “blame” President Obama for our fiscal state make any logical sense: the Legislative branch is the SOLE and EXCLUSIVE branch that can affect the debt or spending. Period. Again, all this is in the Constitution and any 1st year lawyer knows this. So why do you, GOP pundits or Faux News even suggest the President doesn’t have a Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law as promulgated by Congress- that is, neither President Obama or ANY President EVER could exercise “discretion” as to “how much to spend”. Why? It’s called the Separation of Powers and the “grid lock” is just ONE branch NOT doing its job: the GOP-controlled part of Congress responsible for promulgating a Budget FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN INTO LAW. 


Duh. 


That is not a “liberal bias” it is just the law, i.e., GOP “supporters” keep bringing up the President’s spending when the CONSTITUTION REQUIRES that Congress exercise PLENARY TAXING AND SPENDING POWER. As such, BECAUSE the issue is thus squarely the REFUSAL of THIS Congress to FOLLOW THE LAW, i.e., the express language of Article I, Section 8 is the controlling legal authority. Period. Speaking of the Constitution, where, pray tell, is the LAW that purportedly supports what Sen. Graham claims, i.e., that he (or any single member of the Senate) can arbitrarily “halt” or “limit” the Founding Fathers’ express Appointment Power reposed in the Executive branch for the People’s benefit because "he wants more answers on Benghazi"? What a joke the GOP has become. Just this: the plain meaning of the Constitution BINDS the Congress. They can't just "make up" their own "new" laws or "refuse to fund" whatever the latest “Congressional Decider” puppet decrees. This Unlawful State Action is NOT anything new- nor is any form of Tyranny, i.e., here, it is cloaked in Legislative Veto power. [see, INS v. Chadha, (1983) 462 U.S. 919]. Just this: Procedural Due Process is required for intentional acts of DEPRIVATION by the State and/or its employees [see, Davidson v. Cannon (1986) 474 U.S. 344]. It defies all credulity for ANY GOP pundit to even intimate Congress is absolved of DUTY to the constituents its serves. THAT is how blinded by greed the GOP is by its own misstatements of applicable law. The Due Process clause's VERY PURPOSE is to provide procedural safeguards against "arbitrary deprivation" by STATE ACTION. [see, 439 U.S. 438] How does cutting Social Security or even denying Medicaid Expansion that BENEFITS the CITIZENS of the Several States not suffice?


Duh.


As for "what Bush knew about 9/11"…please watch "9/11: Loose Change" and we'll discuss the evidence presented by the documentary.

RoLoPolo
RoLoPolo

@drudown @jgblearned1  If you don't have anything else to do go back to med school and study medicine some more and get out of politics.   OR study what is happening with our government and inform yourself a little better.  What Obama is doing with the ACA is BREAKING the law (EXISTING LAW) that has already been passed and established.  What Congress is doing is their JOB, dealing with PROPOSED legislation trying to protect the overall long term wellbeing of the country and its people.  A national debt of $25,000,000,000.00 before this president leaves office is not in the best interest of the country or people, and since you apparently haven't noticed that is exactly where it is headed unless the Congress can unify and just say NO a lot more! Study hard...see if you can learn

1. What was the deficit when Obama took office when he was   going to eliminate it during his first term in the presidency?

2. What is the deficit now?


You think Bush knew about the 9/11 attack before the fact? Really? Well you are so brilunt that must be right then.  I bet he got the military involved and was working right along with Osama (not the same as Obama) and helped with all the intricate planning and preparation. If you say so.....

drudown
drudown

@jgblearned1 @Moniker7 @PatriciaTaylor  


So do you agree the Fairness Act (killed via Reagan "deregulation") should be reinstated to ensure journalistic integrity or (as we can all guess) you are just paying lip service to bolstering the Free Press?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde @mantisdragon91Of course there is a slight difference between us. People seem to like and find value in my posts, while yours serve merely as a cautionary tale on why one shouldn't home school their kids.

StamfordYankee
StamfordYankee

@ReneDemonteverde @StamfordYankee@mantisdragon91 You have a keen sense of the obvious ... kudos.


I give more way more credence to the ACA decision as it is encompassed in the commerce clause of the Constitution than saying that "We the People" really means "We the Andrew Jackson's & Benjamin Franklin's and Verizon et als" ...

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde  You just cant answer a simple question Mantis without resorting to lies and avoidance. You create another front to confuse. Obama did blame the SCOTUS where Judge Alito mouthed you lie. You know it. You know how to read, right ? So give it a rest and continue your trolling. If it will give you any satisfaction, I troll too.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde And it is your inability to provide a factual framework to support your idiocy which brands you as a troll, and a rather incompetent one at that.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde  What ? You are going to give me work now Do your own research Mantis, do your own research. Entitlements does not extend to comment sections.



ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde  You are my role model. I see your success in the comment section so I decided to emulate you. The way your present false ideas as facts.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde  Be honest, Mantis. Be honest. It is the hall mark of a man. Dont push your head deeper into your behind. You lose sight of reality. Yes or no Mantis, yes or no. That will haunt you throughout your professional life as a troller.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91  Good, Mantis very good. Now let us go to the point to discussion. See if you can answer a simple yes or no. Did Obama not criticize the Supreme Court in his SOTU address breaking protocol ? Does Obama not show incompetence by continuing to criticize his predecessor five years after his election for every mistake and incompetence he shows ? Very simple question needs just a simple answer. And most of all honesty. 


















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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde 


And I see you didnt. Typical libturd response. Instead of addressing the core of the argument go to insults

Irony and Rene, perfect together.