GOP’s Bobby Jindal: “Americans Can Do Anything” [video]

  • Published on February 24th, 2009

The Republican National Committee released the full Republican address entitled “Americans Can Do Anything,” given by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal after President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress:


“Good evening. I’m Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana.

Tonight, we witnessed a great moment in the history of our Republic. In the very chamber where Congress once voted to abolish slavery, our first African-American President stepped forward to address the state of our union. With his speech tonight, the President completed a redemptive journey that took our nation from Independence Hall … to Gettysburg … to the lunch counter … and now, finally, the Oval Office.

Regardless of party, all Americans are moved by the President’s personal story – the son of an American mother and a Kenyan father, who grew up to become leader of the free world. Like the President’s father, my parents came to this country from a distant land. When they arrived in Baton Rouge, my mother was already 4 ½ months pregnant. I was what folks in the insurance industry now call a ‘pre-existing condition.’ To find work, my dad picked up the yellow pages and started calling local businesses. Even after landing a job, he could still not afford to pay for my delivery – so he worked out an installment plan with the doctor. Fortunately for me, he never missed a payment.

As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country – and they instilled in me an immigrant’s wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: ‘Bobby, Americans can do anything.’ I still believe that to this day. Americans can do anything. When we pull together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

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  • "Wait…look at me! I came from nothing too. I'm like the Republican Obama. Robama!"

    Politics is so disgusting. Why can't the President just give a speech without having "the other side" trying to gather some media attention.

    By the way, cutting taxes isn't going guarantee a new energy future. As soon as we start to talk about plug in hybrids, they'll increase the supply of oil, lowering prices and idiots will run out and by a Ford F150. That might be ok for the short term economy but it continues to make our planet a giant carbon blanket.

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