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Jindal on the attack in new book

By Stephen Lowman

jindal3.JPGLouisiana governor Bobby Jindal walks with a swagger on the cover of his new book — and comes out swinging on the pages inside.

The book was originally set for a July release with the title “Real Hope, Real Change.” But the release date was pushed back due to this summer’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now it will be released next week with the title “Leadership and Crisis,” with Jindal spending a significant portion of the book disparaging the federal government’s response to the spill. While Jindal isn’t always taking shots — he writes about growing up in Louisiana the son of immigrant parents, his Christian faith, his marriage and children — the book aims a good deal of criticism at Washington institutions. Here’s are five of his targets:

Obama: Jindal accuses the White House of “political posturing” and “making big decisions about an industry [oil] they knew little about.” He recounts being chastised by Obama just moments after the president landed for his first visit to Louisiana during the Gulf oil spill crisis. According to Jindal, Obama was upset because the governor had sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting that the federal government authorize the use of food stamps for those whose jobs disappeared because of the spill. “He was upset,” writes Jindal. “There was not a word about the oil spill. He was concerned about looking bad.” He also criticizes the administration for the moratorium placed on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the White House didn’t care that people could lose their jobs because of it. “They boldly went about making major decisions without really understanding the consequences of what they were doing.”

The Media: To point out that the national media is out of touch with most Americans, Jindal recounts having lunch with “a well-known reporter” from The Washington Post while he was serving at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Before eating, Jindal bowed his head and said grace. “She immediately asked me if everything was okay. She was startled and fascinated by what I had done,” Jindal writes, adding that they later became “good friends.” He also admits that although some national reporters are “condescending,” he actually has “always had a pretty decent relationship with the press.”

Congress: Jindal, who served three years in the House, writes that Congress is kind of “like the Middle East” because it “is plagued by ancient disputes and grievances.” While he acknowledges that members of Congress work hard, he compares them to “little kids” who often “place their own political interests ahead of their constituents.”

Europe: In a chapter titled “Do We Really Want to Be Like Europe?,” Jindal writes that the European Union has become a “tyranny” run by unelected bureaucrats. While EU countries do have “many strengths and positive attributes,” they have become “satisfied managing their declines” and “redistributing instead of creating.”

“Men Behaving Badly”: This group includes a host of familiar, sex scandal-plagued politicians, such as John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, John Edwards and Bill Clinton. “Taking advantage of others, or exploiting powerful positions to enrich ourselves or to feed our own appetites, is the opposite of real leadership,” he writes. Newt Gingrich, who was having his own affair while investigating Bill Clinton’s, is left off the list of “men behaving badly.” Gingrich isn’t absent from the book, however. He provides a back cover blurb. (“Bobby has emerged as one of the most talented, reform minded governors in the nation.”) He also criticizes former New York governor Eliot Spitzer for "getting caught with prostitutes." Notably absent from the list is Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who in 2007 admitted to using the prostitution services of the "D.C. Madam."

By Stephen Lowman  | November 8, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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What a hipocrit!!! Comparing Congress to "little kids" who "place thier own political interests ahead of thier constituents!" Well Bobby..that would certainly be you!! You've spent more time outside of the state of Louisiana then any former governor attending $500 plate dinners so you can run on a national ticket all the while your own state is crumbling with massive budget cuts in healthcare and Education..higher unemployment followed by an exodus of people leaving the state. Did your little book happen to mention how you manipulated the State Ethics Commission for your own advantage, or how you vetoed a series of bills that asked for "transparency" into your administration, or perhaps you could add a chapter on how to give away state contracts to political contributors, all the while "claiming" it will save money in the budget, and the "privatize" industry reaps a hefty reward at our expense. Yes Bobby I'm looking forward to reading your book. I'm sure when I look for it I'll find it in the "Children's" Section..with the rest of the Fairy Tales.

Posted by: blueslpool2sew | November 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

>Did your little book happen to mention ...

The above poster's rantings bear little resemblance to reality. See, for example,,, and

For a greater understanding of the political context of the Jindal book, see

Posted by: jeffsadow | November 8, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I've been a La. Blue Dog Democrat since registering in 1968. I didn't vote
for Jindal the first time, but thank God he was on board when The Recession came crashing in. Y'all say what you will, but this life-long Democrat will be in the front of the precinct line to vote for Bobby next time.

I do agree that he should have left the sex-capades out, or included Republicans.

Posted by: BluePelican | November 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Rantings?" I think I'll leave that to Mr. Sadow, as he's employed at LSU and will 'Rant" quite a bit when he reads the following:

Posted by: blueslpool2sew | November 8, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Alternate title: "Things that Irritate and Annoy Me."

Posted by: Aerowaz | November 8, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

WaPo does a nice, SUBTLE, hit piece.

Go after any possible candidates who might target "THE ONE".


Posted by: beecheery | November 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal: Exorcising the truth!

Posted by: TomCadorette | November 8, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As of 2006 Louisiana receives 37.5% of the royalties from Oil drilling in federal waters explicitly “to preserve and restore coastal habitats” but the Governors Mansion of (Bobby) Piyush Amrit Jindal has spent the money elsewhere, which resulted in additional Oil damage that could have been mitigated had the money been used as contracted.

Since the Billions received from Oil drilling have not been used to “preserve and restore coastal habitats” this agreement with the federal government should be eliminated immediately with the 37.5% in royalties going into the general fund that benefits all states or used by federal agencies “to preserve and restore coastal habitats” as it was intended.

Norway has stricter rules for drilling (requiring relief wells, remote acoustic triggers for shut off valves, frequent inspections etc.,) and has set aside $437 Billion into Wealth generating pensions and sovereign wealth funds while Louisiana has behaved like the worst third world entity in destroying the gulf resources instead of preserving, conserving and restoring the Gulf.

Oil spills. Poverty. Corruption. Why Louisiana is America's petro-state.

Louisiana does less with more (Billions in Oil & Gas revenues), while other states do more with less. Despite Billions in Oil and Gas revenue Louisiana has the highest levels of infant mortality, highest rates of violent crime, lowest in college education, and highest in people living in poverty.

Posted by: Airborne82 | November 8, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Piyush Amrit (I hate my name so call be Bobby) Jindal whining about Obama again??? What a joke. Tell it the Bush and Cheney or maybe Judge Feldman and Joe Barton. Maybe they want to catch your tears. Obama got USA citizens $20 Billion in damages plus $10 Million for Oil industry workers; more than anyone in the GOP and FAUX news made any attempt to do.

FAUX News and Republican Joe Barton Looked Ridiculous in their Defense of BP’s actions and fight against making BP pay any Reparations for their actions that resulted in the Destruction of Hundreds of Billions of USA resources and the Livelihoods of Millions of Americans.

In 2006 then Congressman Bobby Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (H.R. 4761) a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf and allow unsafe oil drilling offshore without requiring Drillers to use relief wells, appropiate Spill/Gusher response equipment and manpower, nor carry 3rd party disaster insurance.

The first few days of the Gulf Coast guyser the Oil companies, Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and GOP allies said it was nothing, don't worry about it, and waited a Week before taking it serious and declaring it a Disaster. Oil companies and State representatives are the first ones on the ground and in the water to try and determine damages, and they always underestimate Spill flow rates so they don't have to pay for the oil wasted. They are always proven wrong. Jindal is the one who waited 8 days before deciding the people of the Gulf Coast needed help.

We all knew different so don't Whine and Cry now. Man up to BP, their lack of Safety Practices, and GOP lack of support for safety regulations that caused the disaster.

Posted by: Airborne82 | November 8, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

He wants to sell the book. He blamed everybody but himself. That's the republican way of life. Go for it.

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Posted by: goodlucky30 | November 8, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

What in the world would this joker know about leadership? The only "leadership" Jindal has displayed in Louisiana involves deconstructing the state's public universities and health care. Unlike in many states, Louisiana had no budget crisis until Jindal came along and bailed out the rich by revoking Stelly (see He and his home schooled wrecking crew are all about looking good and running away from crisis after crisis as they run for president.

Posted by: frankDniles | November 8, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should read this book out loud using the same lost Opie voice Jindal used for the Republican rebuttal to Obama's first address to Congress.

Posted by: Bethesdan | November 8, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I was watching Jindal many times on tv during the BP disaster. I got the distinct
impression of an ambitious politician taking advantatge of a tragedy. Posturing instead of actually doing something constructive. The Republicans are completely misreading the American voter. They are pandering hypocrits falling over each other grabbing for power. For what? To actually work with Democrats to solve real problems or to enrich themselves while playing the people for fools.

Posted by: jp1943 | November 8, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Moron. Future generations will wonder why no one had a plan for what happened in the Gulf. Let's just say if Cuba had been so careless we would have nuked them...

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I know that some people lost their jobs (I empathize) as a result of the moratorium but to act as thouugh 11 people did not lose their lives(I sympathize)and the livelyhood of the shrimpers should be continually put at risk is ludicrous. I love Louisiana, our people, it's habitat and marshes. I don't think oil workers and oil companies have a greater claim to Louisiana than we do. If the oil companies are so great for Louisina then why are we not getting rich right along with the oil companies.
Louisina's natural resources belongs to it's PEOPLE. Remember, not just a select few. It is now clear now why the Governor did not endorse David Vitter. I see he has no problem dissing the Clinton but is SILENT on bug on his own nose? Just as I thought. He is on his own unattached lilly pad and don't see how far he is drifting away from Louisiana voters. Like most Republicans he also returns money back to those who are more likely to donate to his campaign, the old quid pro quo(The Stelly tax should have stayed in place) Oh that is really clever? Most undereducated, Fox consuming, tea party members don't even notice. They actually believe that the Republicans have THEIR best intrest at heart. HA, Ha.

Posted by: IHTSS | November 9, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse


you are absolutely wrong. Louisiana does not receive 37.5 percent of offshore oil and gas royalties as of 2006. What it receives, courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, is 37.5 percent of 20 percent of the offshore oil and gas royalties collected on very specific new lease areas in the central Gulf of Mexico. And, that royalty money does not start flowing until 2017. Between 2006-2017, Louisiana gets a very small percentage of the bonus bids paid by the oil companies to have the right to explore those new lease areas. That has amounted to about $1 million or less over the last three years.... to fix a problem that federal officials estimate will take about $100 billion... The GOMESA money will be shared with other Gulf states as well, but Louisiana gets the lion's share because it hosts more production. And, Louisiana voters passed an amendment to its constitution requiring that the money from GOMESA be used to fund coastal resotration because the federal government has been too short sighted and greedy to fund it in any other way. The federal treasury rakes in about $6 billion annually from royalties collected on OCS drilling in the Gulf. Louisiana, to date, has received NONE of that money. The country loves to profit from levees and dredging and navigation on the lower Mississippi. We love to heat our homes and run our cars on the fuels from Louisiana's coast. But, when it comes to paying for the damage, it's run and hide. I'm not going to defend Jindal on every move. But he did dedicate $590 million in state budget surpluses to coastal restoration and hurricane protection work in his first two years in office. I think you need to get the facts straight before you start firing shots.

Posted by: conservationist1 | November 9, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

No one cares what Piyush Jindal thinks about anything.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Note to the rest of the U.S. from Louisiana: Jindal is the worst governor I can remember, and in Louisiana, that is saying a lot!

Posted by: gtinla | November 9, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Note to the rest of the U.S. from Louisiana: Jindal is the worst governor I can remember, and in Louisiana, that is saying a lot!

Posted by: gtinla | November 9, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Jindal is the same person who lied about being at the center of helping Harry Lee after Hurricane Katrina. I wouldn't be surprised if the book is a ghostwritten lie too.

Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False
By Zachary Roth - February 27, 2009, 12:39PM

Posted by: CitizenJay | November 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I am SOOOO sick of this little twit. He's tried to bury his history with a white name and a white religion. He makes me sick to my stomach. Bet his parents are so glad that they moved here.

Posted by: barnabytwist | November 13, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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