Skip to comments.Bobby Jindal's Response: Full Text
Posted on 02/24/2009 9:05:11 PM PST by AndrewWalden
As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country -- and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: 'Bobby, Americans can do anything.'
...Dillon, South Carolina - a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help...
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Thanks for posting the link to the full text of Jindal’s speech. It is a good read.
I think you hit the salient point: Jindal’s speech reads well, bu he did a poor job delivering it.
Admittedly, anyone delivering the “opposition response” has their work cut out for them; the hallway of a governor’s mansion is no substitute for the House Chamber and all the trappings of the presidency.
Still, I was disappointed in Jindal’s performance. His sing-song delivery sounded like someone who just graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting and is trying to avoid a monotone at all costs.
I actually heard Jindal’s speech on both radio and TV. I was in my car when he started and watched the rest on television, after I got home. It was slightly better on television, but he’s got a long way to go in terms of delivery and style. Sadly, those points count for a lot in today’s political environment.
Clearly, someone in the GOP establishment didn’t bother to “screen” Jindal’s speech skills before tonight’s performance. Instead, we gave the Dims a talking point. All the press covearge will be geared to how “poorly” Jindal performed on the national stage, with no regard for what he actually said.
And that’s a damn shame. I’ve seen Jindal in other TV forums (Meet the Press, addressing his state during hurricane emergencies) and he did just fine. And I still believe he would clean the Annointed One’s clock in a debate. But tonight was not his finest hour.
Au contraire. I watched on FOX and the audio was atrocious, but at least Bobby looked us in the eye; something that the MasterOratorBator never did.
Yes, he has a Loosiana accent which doesn’t quite qo with his Indian IT nerd face, but I thought the delivery was great.
I thought everything sucked. From the faux presidential entrance to his nervous start to his weird smile to his Mr Rogers cadance to his hand moves. It was a disaster.
I could not believe this was the cool calm Jindal I waytcged tear up Gregory on MTP a couple days back. It was ugly.
Palin is smiling tonight.
“...Dillon, South Carolina - a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help...”
Even inner city kids have over $10,000 a year spent on their education.
WE SPEND $100,000 TO EDUCATE THE AVERAGE CHILD IN AMERICA TO GRADE 12, AND WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS GARBAGE?
What a missed opportunity for capitalism and freedom. Bobby Jindal will never be president. Ain’t gonna happen. Nope.
Until we are honest about our weaknesses (and strengths) we will never gain the majority.
Jindal was a train wreck.
Unless, we move along and bring forth the ideas and policies that make the party great, we will be the minority for decades.
We can’t afford to just support someone cuz they’re ‘our guy or gal’
It’s time to fight fire with fire.
BFD, we have socialism to fight and there is a lot bigger thiings to worry about. JMHO.
Jindal’s a great Governor, and I am sure a bad Jindhal speech is more conservative and better than any speech McCain made, and no worse than all the other forgettable ‘response’ speeches that nobody watches.
Really saddens me to read some of the downright NASTY FR swipes at Jindahl! Guess you prefer the teleprompter reading skills of the kenyan?!
Perhaps consillatory McCain will run in 2012 ;(
BTW, kenyan did not fool Wall Street as DOW futures are DOWWWWN,.
I disagree, but Jindal has plenty of time to get better, and I concur with your point—he’s still a better than McCain.
However, the GOP should have done a better job in preparing him for tonight’s speech. When your delivery’s off, it doesn’t matter what you say; people start focusing on the mechanics and not the message. Watching the speech, I wondered how many times Governor Jindal has used a teleprompter before. How ironic; our guy comes across poorly when reading a speech off the ‘prompter, while the POTUS can’t get by without one.
People keep bashing his delivery. Come on, we are not obamabots we don’t care about how it was said, we care about what was said. ie. Did you have a problem with the content of what Jindal said?
Was he delivering a major speech to America or reading a children’s bedtime story?
I didn’t have too much of a problem with the overall speech, but as a recipient of the Catastrophism Ping List here at FR, I was a little distressed at his putting down the money for volcano monitoring. He is very aware of the New Orleans environmental risk, but obviously has no idea what the volcano risks are in this country.
The former residents of the Tootle Valley could tell him a thing or two about volcanic flooding when Mt. St. Helens erupted, only killing between 50 and 100 people. It would have been more, but fortunately it blew before the public got tired of listening to the warnings of the volcano experts. The Armaro lahar in South America killed 23,000 people in a few minutes. We have valleys in our own country that could be equally devastated if a volcano erupted suddently. Signs of old lahars are more than 50 miles long in valleys of the Cascade volcanos. Yellowstone has been acting up a bit in recent months.
When Mt. Pinitubo blew and destroyed our major air base in the Philippines, the volcanologists had a major problem getting enough equipment to adequately monitor the volcano as it was ramping up. They had to borrow from our American monitoring areas leaving them underwatched. One seventh of the world’s population is at risk from volcanos, about the same as those at risk from wind storms, like New Orleans population.
Can you now say either S-A-N-F-O-R-D or ROMNEY
I liked his bringing up of his backgroun “up-bringing” (as a son of immigrant parents) as a response to Obama’s propaganda.
“In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the National Democrats’ view that says — the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, and empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.”
I was taken aback by that as well.. being as the entire SW is potential volcano country and if Yellowstone blows, for instance, we are all toast out here.
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