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Jindal says the country must turn Obama’s “American nightmare” back into the American Dream

 

AP Photo/Cliff Owen

AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Fresh off of slamming President Obama in front of the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday.

His remarks this time were no less combative in going after the administration, this time hammering the president for his notion of the American Dream and how it differs from the one Jindal’s parents shared with him.

“Obama is trying to redefine the American Dream so that success is defined by government assistance. That’s not the American Dream, that’s an American nightmare,” Jindal said.

He also had a jab for the president when he quipped about the potential of the nation’s youth to fulfill its dreams.

“How many moms and dads have told their little children that anybody can grow up and become president of the United States? Unfortunately in 2012 we learned how true that is,” he said to laughter from the crowd.

The Louisiana governor went on to talk about how critical it is to the American Dream that every child gets a great education. He described the great strides his state has made in reforming and improving education and the challenges he’s faced from liberals fighting these changes.

“[The unions] came at us and said, ‘Parents don’t have a clue when it comes to making decisions for their children.’ I can’t think of a better summary of the differences between our side and their side,” Jindal said. “This president and his liberal allies don’t trust the American people to make decisions for ourselves.”

Noting how the government is going after Louisiana’s school voucher program, Jindal harkened back to the days of segregation, saying, ”We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand at the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education the chance to go to better schools.”

Despite the Obama administration’s power grabs and abuses, Jindal said he is still optimistic and confident that the nation’s best days are ahead. He called on the American people to renew their resolve to defend the freedoms and opportunities the country provides.

“My dad would always tell my brother and me this: He said, sons I’m not leaving you a famous last name, I’m not leaving an inheritance, but I’m going to make sure you get a great education. He said, if you’re willing to work hard in this great country, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish, no limit to what you can do,” he said. “And that is why we must fight so hard for the poor kids of Louisiana and across the country for school choice. That’s why we must fight so hard for religious liberty, not only for the Robertsons and the Greens, but for you and me, that’s why we gotta fight so hard to restore the American Dream.”

Watch the full speech below:

 

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