US Elections 2016: First Indian-American Governor Runs For President

US Elections 2016: First Indian-American Governor Runs For President
Bobby Jindal Derek Bridges/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday that he is running for president in 2016. Jindal has become the nation’s first Indian-American governor when he won the seat in Louisiana in 2008.


He described himself as a leader that seeks wisdom from the Almighty and is proud to be a Christian. He criticizes Hillary Clinton for dividing the American people and his co-Republicans for succumbing to the Washington culture.

In his speech, he sold himself as the son of poor parents who boarded a plane 44 years ago to a place they have not been and have not seen even in pictures – America. However, one of his presidential promises is to never allow immigrants to enjoy the freedom that America brings.

First Indian-American governor of Louisiana

Jindal boasts of his achievements in Louisiana as a governor. He said that more people are now moving to Louisiana than out of it. The state is seeing its highest population in history under his leadership.

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He acknowledged that the big government has always criticized his leadership because government budgets are always running low on funds with him in the governor’s office.

“My response to the big government crowd is simply this – yes. I am guilty as charged, and our state is better off for it today,” Jindal said in his speech.

He launched tirade against the present administration, including Hillary Clinton and his co-Republicans.

“It’s time for the folks in Washington to admit the truth — You can’t grow the economy and the government at the same time. It’s an either or choice. Hillary Clinton wants to grow the government in Washington, but we want to grow the real economy out here in America,” he said.

He also said that Democrats evaluate success in terms of the prosperity of government while the real Republicans are defining success in terms of the prosperity of the people.

Hillary Clinton is dividing Americans

Jindal said that Barack Obama and his “apprentice-in-waiting Hillary Clinton” are leading America down the path to destruction – economically, culturally and internationally.

“But the most devastating thing they have tried to do is redefine the American Dream,” he said.

He said it is high time that people put stop to how Obama and Clinton is creating a culture of divide among the Americans.

“Hillary Clinton is already trying to divide us by ethnicity, by gender, and by economic status. As for me, I’m sick and tired of people dividing Americans. And I’m done with all this talk about hyphenated Americans. We are not Indian-Americans, Irish – Americans, African– Americans, rich Americans, or poor Americans – we are all Americans,” Jindal said.

On that note, he injected his future foreign policy if he gets elected as president.

“We cannot allow people to immigrate to this country so that they can use our freedoms to undermine our freedoms. That’s exactly what has happened in Europe, where they have 2nd and 3rd generations of immigrants who refuse to embrace the values and culture of the countries they have moved into. We must not let that happen here,” he said.

In the beginning of his speech, he painted himself as the son of “a young couple who had never been on an airplane before left their home on the other side of the world to come to a place called America.”

Both intellectual and Christian

Jindal criticized political foes who think a president cannot be both intellectual and Christian.

“They can’t fathom the notion that you can be both smart and conservative. But, they need to get out more. There’s a big country out here with millions of Americans who believe in God and are not ashamed to say so. I would be wary of a president who didn’t seek wisdom from the Almighty.”

The liberals have forgotten their history, he said.

“Religious liberty is not some quaint notion from the past. It is fundamental to our freedom. That’s why it is protected in the First Amendment to the Constitution. I’m going to say this slowly so that even Hillary Clinton can understand it. America did not create religious liberty, religious liberty created the United States of America.”

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His promise as president of America

If he gets elected, Jindal summarizes his presidential plans:

“I will secure our borders, I will replace Obamacare with a health care system that focuses on reducing costs and restoring freedom, I will grow the private sector economy by shrinking the size, scope, and reach of the federal government, and I will rebuild America’s defenses and restore our standing on the world stage.”

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