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Don’t hate Obama, defeat him: Jindal

world Updated: Jun 19, 2011 01:17 IST

Louisiana’s Indian American Republican governor Bobby Jindal has cautioned his party’s conservative activists against demonising Democratic president Barack Obama in the fashion some liberals did his Republican predecessor president George Bush.

Recalling what he said were the “shrill, absurd and negative rhetoric” employed by the left during the eight years Bush was in office, Jindal said: “We must not mimic their shallow approach.”

In speech in New Orleans on Friday, Jindal, who is widely believed to have national ambitions, invoked the debunked notion that Obama wasn’t born in America, saying: “I don’t question where’s he from, I question where President Obama is going.”

According to Politico, a Washington news site focusing on politics, Jindal also urged conservatives to channel their disdain for the president. “Hating President Obama is foolish, but defeating President Obama is absolutely crucial.”

Criticising Obama’s leadership, Jindal said: “I’ve got no doubt that President Obama loves this country,” but what the president “thinks is best for this country is in reality a complete disaster.”