BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal officially launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 elections, he donned a “white face” make-up to mimic that of a clown.
Jindal is the 13th Republican to announce a presidential bid.
The governor was made up as a clown to convey a message to his supporters that the Republican race for nomination is like a circus, with everyone trying to throw his hat into the ring, even without the necessary qualifications (read: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush).
“I represent true statesmanship, fiscal accountability, leadership, management expertise and have the presidential qualities that none of my Republican opponents possess,” Jindal said.
While Jindal drew cheers from his supporters, a group of professional clowns gathered in front of the state capitol to protest Jindal’s clowning gimmick, saying that the governor’s antics were distasteful and was a big insult to them.
Clowns are supposed to be funny, smart and endearing. “Jindal is none of those,” the clowns said.
“He didn’t even do a good make-up job,” they added.
The incident reminded Americans about the 1992 presidential campaign in which then Vice President George H. Bush called Bill Clinton and Al Gore “bozos.”