A bad national debut for Jindal. He could do much better. While campaigning for Governor, Jindal was sharp minded and had a command of the issues.
Our stars, Jindal, Palin, and Sanford, need more training on the national scene.
Next time perhaps we should let Romney response to the Messiah. I don’t really like Romney, but if the Messiah continues to be strong in the polls let Romney blow his personal wealth trying to take him down and save - Jindal, Palin, or Sanford - for 2016.
That. Was. Terrible. Rush jinxed him with the whole “next Reagan” thing.
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I like Jindal but that was pretty bad.
Rick Santelli should have given the rebuttal.
I noticed MSNBC ripped off Frank Luntz’s dial-a-meter focus group reactions.
I think it’s important to see him as people who don’t know much about him would see him. I think he started out a little slow. There were some clever shots in there, but is he speaking to an audience that will ‘get’ those?
I like mostly what he had to say and he finished much stronger. Changing the ‘yes, we can’ to ‘Americans can do anything’. But he needs work on his delivery.
Forgive my ignorance, but isn’t this speech usually called the State of the Union!
Lessee how Cantor does in comparison to Jindal.
I was really hoping for something big from Jindal, but his delivery was terrible. He spoke too fast and gave a weird smile at the end. He can recover in time, but it will take some work to un-do that first impression he left with many Americans who had never seen him before.
McConnell’s Response [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tonight Kentuckians and all Americans were proud eyewitnesses to history as an African-American president addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time.
Over the years, there have been many important markers in our nations long journey toward racial equality. Few have been as compelling as seeing President Obama in the Speakers rostrum tonight.
The Presidents message was important and timely: America faces great challenges in the months and years ahead, and I was heartened to hear of his commitment to the millions who are struggling to hold onto homes and jobs and who are worried about what the future holds for themselves and their children.
As we work to address all these concerns, we will have our differences. Republicans believe the road back to prosperity is paved with greater personal freedom, not bigger government, and that in this moment of economic hardship, we should be more vigilant about spending taxpayer dollars, not less.
But one thing is clear: working through the current troubles will require a shared commitment as we address Americas challenges ahead.
Is there a place to see this speech?
I did not watch any of this stuff on TV. But here is the pulse from a non-political forum. Listening to Obama made them sick to their stomach. As far as Jindal was concerned then they compared him to Mr Rogers. And they thought that the GOP blew a really good opportunity. It is far time that conservatives don’t support someone simply because they are GOP. If they do then they will lose more and more power in their government. Most importantly the republicans need to start standing for something.
Oh good grief. Now we’ve got Romney and Giuliani supporters emerging from the woodwork and onto this thread.
MSNBCer Says “Oh God” Before Jindal Reponse
Jindal doesn’t want volcanoes to be monitored? Is he trying to take Palin out early?
Bobby, I remember that press conference you gave when there was a hurricane approaching around the time of the GOP convention, I think it was. Serious business was immediately at hand and I was mightily impressed by your presence and your command of the details when it really counted. Tonight was all about “showbiz”, so be sure to nurture that showbiz gene! Or not. Talk about being under a microscope, oy. Public life looks like a big pain in the arse.
I can’t understand the criticism of Jindal not coming out like gangbusters against zero in this particular speech. His goal was only to raise questions in the mind of the public about the wisdom of the big government direction that the dems in congress are taking us.
His aims were at least threefold:
1. Set the stage for making gains in the 2010 congressional elections, not trying to take down zero in one fell swoop tonight.
2. Be inspiring and non-threatening to particular voter blocks, i.e., women and seniors.
3. Not say anything stupid or incendiary that would focus attention on himself, and end up having the press latch on to and run with.
I think he actually was quite sneakily effective with the subtle gauntlet he laid down.
Now I admit Jindal speech was kind of flat, but it had far more substance and coherence than anything Obama could put out, and Jindal delivered his speech without a teleprompter. Try that Obama! I will also admit Sarah Palin's interview with Katie was less than stellar, that's if you only watched the chopped up version the media showed. If you listened to, or watched the WHOLE interview Sarah did great. For all those FReepers who are ready give up on Pain and Jindal and think they're not ready for prime time because of one interview or speech, just remember Ronald Reagan's first debate with Walter Mondale. Reagan bombed it big time. But he also came back and wiped the floor with Mondale in the second debate. Aren't we glad we didn't give up on Reagan because he under performed in one debate?
Understand I'm not trying to demean or attack anyone here but I'm just so tired of the conservative base having these stupid hissy fits, and carrying on with this constant whining and pouting because some elections don't go our way or we find out a candidate or leader we thought was our "perfect saviour", like Palin and Jindal, turn out to be imperfect and HUMAN as even the great Ronald Reagan was.
It's time for us conservatives to start ACTING like Reagan instead of just talking about him. I understand things are bad under Obama, but things were bad under Carter and I don't ever remember hearing Reagan whine and complain about how bad things were and that things were hopeless. If I remember right Reagan said America's best days were ahead of her. And he said this at the time when most people thought our economy, culture, and military were on a permanent decline never to come back. Reagan always had an unquenchable optimism in America and it's greatness regardless of the difficulties and challenges he faced.
While Palin and Jindal may not be carbon copies of Reagan, they have his conservative values and have the same love for this country that he had, which is more than good enough for me. So I say this to my fellow conservatives. Stop the with the pouting and the pessimism and start expressing some of the real hope and optimism of great leaders like Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, and Bobby Jindal. Our party and our country will be much better because of it.
Wow! How long has it been since we heard that kind of a delivery out of a Republican? Amazing! Very craftily presented.
Kudos to Jindal.