Politics & Policy

Jindal Pranks N.H. GOP Audience by Sounding Like Hillary, Praising Obama

That sure didn’t sound like Bobby Jindal at first.

While in New Hampshire over the weekend for the Republican Leadership Summit, the Louisiana governor surprised attendees by opening his speech sounding more like a Democratic presidential hopeful than a Republican one.

“I want to talk to you about the need for fairness in our tax-code system,” Jindal began. “I want to talk to you about the need for the successful to pay more in taxes to the government. I want to talk to you about what a great success that President Obama has done in the Middle East, this historic agreement he’s negotiated with Iran.”

Keeping a pretty solid poker face throughout the bit, Jindal seemed to pull off the prank, though a handful in the audience appeared to catch on, laughing along to the uncharacteristic rhetoric. Then came the punchline: A reference to Hillary Clinton’s claim that her grandparents immigrated to the United States, which was recently revealed to be false.

#related#”I want to talk to you about my grandparents who immigrated,” Jindal said before pausing to flip through the pages of his speech. “I’m sorry — I’ve got the wrong notes. This is Hillary Clinton’s speech — I’m sorry — this isn’t my speech.”

“Delete all that, forget all that, never mind all that — let me start over . . . ”

Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.

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