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Jindal on Obama: I'm 'not nearly as good of a speaker'
CNN ^ | Tue March 3, 2009

Posted on 03/03/2009 2:13:17 PM PST by presidio9

CNN's Larry King talked with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in a prime-time exclusive interview Monday night.

Jindal gave the Republican response after President Obama's address to Congress last week. Jindal received negative reviews after the speech, and Larry asked him how he felt about that. They also talked about the war of words in the Republican Party centered around Rush Limbaugh.

The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity:

Larry King: Governor, you took a lot of flak for that speech. Were you surprised that you did?

Gov. Bobby Jindal: Let's be clear, the president is a great speaker -- probably the greatest we've seen in a generation. I'm certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as he is. And I'm not the only one that's got that opinion.

I hope people look at the content of the speech, not just the delivery. You know, for years, I've been told I speak too quickly. Now I'm told I speak too slowly.

What's more important is I was outlining a philosophical difference with the stimulus package, with the leadership in Congress, with the administration. I was outlining a philosophical disagreement that says we need to get businesses hiring again. We need to put more money in the private sector. Watch Larry King's interview with Gov. Bobby Jindal »

Let's cut taxes. Let's get rid of the wasteful spending. That's the debate. That's the discussion we need to be having.

King: But governor, to say that the federal government apparently has no voice in this crisis, when in some cases, they are the only answer, that pointed to a lot of the criticism, didn't it?

Jindal: If the president had actually delivered the targeted temporary stimulus

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhospeech; gopresponse; jindal

1 posted on 03/03/2009 2:13:17 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Sorry Bobby, nobody’s listening. The masses will always take style over substance.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 2:17:01 PM PST by antiRepublicrat (Sacred cows make the best hamburger.)
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To: presidio9

From the transcript, looks like Jindal held his own against Larry King Alive. Every time the Governor gave a solid answer, King immediately switched topics.


3 posted on 03/03/2009 2:18:05 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck, with McCain as his Kowakian)
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To: presidio9

Can we PLEASE stop calling Obama a great speaker? HE IS NOT! He makes gaffes all the time, he says, um, ah, um, ah, he lies constantly (that makes him a great propagandist, not a speaker), everything is written for him by other people, whereas Ronald Reagan wrote many of his own speeches. He even had to introduce his HHR secretary with a teleprompter!


4 posted on 03/03/2009 2:18:38 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: antiRepublicrat

Jindal should be himself. A competent, nerdy Indian guy who just does his job is going to look really good in four years.

But if Jindal tries to be hip, he’ll just be an another oaf like Al Gore.


5 posted on 03/03/2009 2:19:07 PM PST by JHBowden (Keep the Change!)
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To: JHBowden

you said it.


6 posted on 03/03/2009 2:21:30 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: deannadurbin

now, Jonathan Krohn is a good speaker


7 posted on 03/03/2009 2:25:20 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

“... The masses will always take style over substance.”

Hitler gave great speeches too.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 2:25:46 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Jindal on Obama: I'm 'not nearly as good of a speaker'

I don't employ my president because he speaks well. I employ him so he'll keep me safe so I can continue to pursue happiness.

9 posted on 03/03/2009 2:26:02 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: presidio9

I tend to distrust “good speakers” because they can get away with more than the average person and usually do. It’s sort of like really good looking guys...never trusted them all that much either for the same reason - they end up with a character deficit.


10 posted on 03/03/2009 2:29:34 PM PST by Aria ("An America that could elect Sarah Palin might still save itself." Vin Suprynowicz)
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To: antiRepublicrat

“The masses will always take style over substance.”

Unfortunately, true. I thought the content of his speech was excellent. He would easily beat Obama in a debate. But I have already heard talk radio hosts comparing him to nerdy Kenneth from 30 Rock. I would bet SNL is already preparing a skit for Tina Fey and Kenneth to play Palin and Jindal. To people who don’t pay attention to their government or politics, they learn about it from places like SNL. And as long as libs control what impressions they want to give people about conservatives, it won’t matter who runs against Obama.


11 posted on 03/03/2009 2:32:31 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: deannadurbin

OK, I’ll say he has a good “voice”, but he’s almost incompetent from the brain to the mouth.


12 posted on 03/03/2009 2:36:25 PM PST by fishtank (Until the GOP repents of supporting Bush, people will think they're just "bashing 0bama".)
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To: deannadurbin

I agree - Obama is NOT a great speaker. He uses teleprompters and when he doesn’t his speech is full of hesitations, pauses and filler (ah, umm, ahh).

That said, Jindal did well with Larry King, not letting Larry sidetrack him from the main issues of overspending. It was a good idea to go on LKL (although the man makes me puke) to address the issues with his previous speech and show people that he CAN and DOES manage to speak well and has a great grasp of the issues.


13 posted on 03/03/2009 2:41:25 PM PST by leapfrog0202
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To: Puppage

Seems to me that Moses wasn’t a very good speaker either.


14 posted on 03/03/2009 2:42:39 PM PST by Lilyjuslan
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To: presidio9

Oh geeze Jindal, don’t you know politics is a great big stage, and no one really cares what you say, but how you say it. Obviously, How else can you explain Obama being elected. But I never really thought Obama’s delivery was that great, more hype than greatness.


15 posted on 03/03/2009 2:42:58 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Sarah Palin is a great speaker.


16 posted on 03/03/2009 2:52:16 PM PST by techno
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To: deannadurbin

I had a liberal tell me the other day that he sees B.O.’s constant uh, uh, uh as a sign that he is actually thinking about his responses rather than just spouting party lines.
Sometimes you just can’t win. At least when arguing with a liberal.


17 posted on 03/03/2009 2:58:12 PM PST by Clink (The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.)
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To: presidio9
Let's be clear, the president is a great speaker -- probably the greatest we've seen in a generation.

Cluepon

Attention Bobby Jindal: GET A CLUE! OBAMA is NOT even close to being a "great" speaker. He can read an Obamaprompter! He no longer appears in public without one because of his fumbling and stumbling of ah, uh, and duhs! Watch Obama as he speaks with his Obamaprompter please. He is petrified to each of the two screens, he is robotic and speaks like he is in a trance.

18 posted on 03/03/2009 3:00:40 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: missnry
He can read requires an Obamaprompter!


19 posted on 03/03/2009 3:10:29 PM PST by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: presidio9

Jindal was chosen to give the response for the same reason that Steele was chosen to head RNC, sending the message to Dems: Look, we wanna be just like you!!!

Doesn’t work.


20 posted on 03/03/2009 3:41:03 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Good as Gold)
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To: ari-freedom

Amen.


21 posted on 03/03/2009 4:28:36 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: paulycy

LOL! So true, so true!


22 posted on 03/03/2009 4:29:15 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: Puppage

I think the ability to speak well, coherently, and with inspiration, IS a leadership skill that is a positive thing, overall. However that is not Obama. Just because the media doesn’t cover his gaffes like ‘fifty seven states’ or Joe Biden’s “that three letter word, JOBS” doesn’t mean they are great speakers, it just means CNN and MSNBC aren’t doing their jobs adequately by showing him as he is, warts and all.

Look at Reagan, a great speaker, and a great leader. Obama has no leadership qualities at all. He’s a puppet. Honestly, I don’t understand why there aren’t mass resignations in the US military with this Marxist at the helm, giving them orders. That’s like taking military orders from Benedict Arnold.


23 posted on 03/03/2009 4:34:17 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: paulycy

Exactly! A picture is worth a thousand words.


24 posted on 03/03/2009 5:30:11 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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