February 25, 2009

VIDEO: Bobby Jindal Speech - Response to Obama

Not the strongest debut on the big stage, for Jindal?

VIDEO: Bobby Jindal Speech - Republican Response to Obama

...Happy Mardi Gras is how Gov. Jindal started. It got worse from there. Fox's Charles Krauthammer stated it simply: "Jindal didn't have a chance."

Following President Obama's incredible oratory, personal touches and serious content, Jindal's high school bio driven blather, complete with Katrina gaffe that included mentioning the sheriff that stood on the bridge with dogs and guns to keep people from crossing, you had to wonder if Republicans had ever heard the man speak before. Maybe they simply picked him because Michael Steele is the only other guy of color they've got and he was busy.

David Brooks drives in the final nail:

LEHRER: Now that, of course, was Gov. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, making the Republican response. David, how well do you think he did?

BROOKS: Uh, not so well. You know, I think Bobby Jindal is a very promising politician, and I oppose the stimulus because I thought it was poorly drafted. But to come up at this moment in history with a stale "government is the problem," "we can't trust the federal government" - it's just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic right now. They may not like the way the Democrats have passed the stimulus bill, but that idea that we're just gonna - that government is going to have no role, the federal government has no role in this, that - In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say "government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending," it's just a form of nihilism. It's just not where the country is, it's not where the future of the country is. There's an intra-Republican debate. Some people say the Republican Party lost its way because they got too moderate. Some people say they got too weird or too conservative. He thinks they got too moderate, and so he's making that case. I think it's insane, and I just think it's a disaster for the party. I just think it's unfortunate right now.

VIDEO: Bobby Jindal Speech - Republican Response to Obama

Posted at February 25, 2009 1:40 AM

Nothing is worse than a Republican who claims to be a conservative; believes in limited government and individual freedom.

Bobby Jindal is not a conservative he is a Republican.

Want Proof? A conservative's response to the stimulous bill, "No thanks to all of it."

His response "I'll take part of the money to fund my state's pet projects but I'm not taking the money to extend unemployment benefits."

The new high speed rail line is not from L.A. to Disney Land. He's repeated this completely false claim a few times. It's from L.A. to Las Vegas.

Also he's a terrible public speaker and that's not just because he had to follow an Obama speech although that certainly didn't help him last night.

Posted by: Joseph Axenroth at February 25, 2009 1:51 PM

Ya gotta know Sheriff Harry Lee to get the story! He is the MAN and an immigrant himself, which I think Jindal forgot to mention in order to tie this story in with the rest of his speech. America is its PEOPLE! I think he did a fine job, but I'd love to know who coached him because I've never seen him give such a weird speech with seemingly fake enthusiasm.

Posted by: WhereYatYats at February 25, 2009 3:07 PM

What a phony. It's about time the Republicans stop their whining and get on with the business of the people. If this is what the GOP has to offer for a future Presidency, they'd better think again. The idea of giving more money back to everyone because we know what's best to do with our money won't build a bridge or fix a highway. It seems to me that Jindal and the rest of the Republicans are very ready to criticize the Stimulus...but when offered the bucks (like the Federal rebuilding of New Orleans...) they're not refusing a dime. They care not about our country; they only care about their money and are the biggest group of hippocrates our natiom has ever seen.

Posted by: John Richards at February 25, 2009 6:09 PM

Is this the guy from 30 Rock - Kenneth the Page?

Posted by: me at February 25, 2009 6:22 PM

Yikes. Aside from his stale message, Jindal's delivery was terrible. He's no Obama. It was hard to concentrate on what he was saying because of his weird intonations. Can't see him as a contender in 2012.

Posted by: J. Kidd at February 25, 2009 7:06 PM

Hi, I'm Troy McJindal! You may remember me from such films as: Bumper Sticker Politics or Broken Record Rhetoric.

Posted by: Oh God...... at February 25, 2009 7:51 PM

Anyone who follows Obama's incredible oratory skills will pale in comparison. Now let's talk about what Jindal said. HUH? Did he not watch Obama's address? Jindal, we already know who Obama's parents are, why are you bringing up yours? This is not the time for campaigning. And LOL to me at 6:22 - Kenneth the Page! Spot on!

Posted by: libby at February 25, 2009 9:15 PM

I have had a couple of public speaking events during my life. When I reviewed myself on video I felt a bit embarrassed, but after seeing Jindal last night I now know what the meaning of embarrassment really is.

Posted by: Joseph at February 26, 2009 1:25 AM


Posted by: radio at February 26, 2009 9:27 PM