February 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Jindal earns bad reviews in national debut

After nearly universal criticism was heaped on Gov. Bobby Jindal's high-profile response to President Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night, the Louisiana Republican may be wishing he had stayed home.
After nearly universal criticism was heaped on Gov. Bobby Jindal's high-profile response to President Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night, the Louisiana Republican may be wishing he had stayed home.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It was billed as a "coming out party" for one of the GOP's most promising young stars.

Gov. Bobby Jindal seemed "over-coached and over-rehearsed," CNN's Candy Crowley said.

But after nearly universal criticism was heaped on Gov. Bobby Jindal's high-profile response to President Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night, the Louisiana Republican may be wishing he had stayed home.

The criticisms came from all sides of the political spectrum, including from those in conservative circles who have promoted the 36-year-old governor as the GOP's most likely advocate to bring the party back from the brink of irrelevance.

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  1. Lisa P

    He really didn't inspire much confidence or trust. Partially it was the delivery, like he thought he was talking to children, partially it was the contradictory messages (we want to work with President Obama, here point-by-point are all the things on which we disagree and refuse to compromise; we like bipartisanship, we just can't stand those slimy corrupt Democrats; we're against spending, but tax cuts? Woohoo, let's go (literally) for broke!). Overall it was like having Mr. Rodgers stand there and lie to me.

    If that's the Republican's rising star they might want to invest in a new telescope.

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Debby

    Bad reviews because he can't orate like Obama. He got his message across and thats all that matters. Obama may turn out to be the biggest liberal windbag if he can't turn the economy around.

    February 25, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. gl, Pittsburgh

    Over-coached and over-rehearsed……….just like Sarah Palin.

    DITTO!

    February 25, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    Gov Jindal, if you really want to become the face of the Republican party, I suggest that you watch the HBO special "right feeling wronged" and see who it is that you may have to win over to do it. You just may change your mind after seeing what I saw!

    February 25, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Big Ed

    He was a poor speaker in contrast to President Obama and his message was jarbled. I really did not know what his point was and after almost five minutes, I really didn't care. I turned off the television.

    February 25, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Georgia Peach

    I bet that if "Dubya" had offered Louisiana money back in the fall, Jindal would have taken it...as would have Sonney Purdue of Ga. AND Haley Barbar (sp) of Miss.

    And, by the way....why doesn't "Bobby" want us to know and use his real name...his Hindu given name? Isn't this the party that made such a big deal of Obama's middle name?

    They are just so shallow...what is sad...they think the American people won't notice..... We do...we have....we will remember again in 2012.

    B' by Bobby!

    February 25, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. AC

    Let's face it. We know this tune by now. If one is in an organized forum, that will be seen by many, to disagree with Obama and attack him on issues, that person will be ripped apart by the media.
    1. Hillary
    2 McCain
    3 Palin
    4. Jindal
    5. ???

    The viciousness of this attack will be directly proportional to how much this person's message is resonating with the people

    February 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. jm for sc

    It is really funny how any republican nerd can step to the stage with any type of out of touch message and people like Jenn will find them engaging.

    We have a president that is working for us and we need to support him rather than engage in trying to groom another candidate to run in 2012. Bobby Jendal looked like a scary rat on last night and the only reason he is talking about denying the stimulus is he knows that decision will be overturned by the state. It's not left up to the governor only to make that decision.

    February 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    He looked like a deer caught in headlights! But that's what he get for running his mouth!

    February 25, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. demo in PA

    give the money to the mexicans in CA
    right will?

    February 25, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. EBJ

    @ Will in Carson City........

    looks like you didn't read the article because it was quite a few CONSERVATIVES that gave him a bad review. But you were right about one thing calling them NUT JOBS!!

    February 25, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Steph

    It had to be the fault of the "gotcha" media!

    February 25, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Ken from missouri

    I'm a proud republican and I will tell you this man will not win the nomination for president besides givihg a terrible response he doesn't have the it factor that Reagan had or that personality that everyones likes and his religious background will never fly in the party.

    February 25, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Len in Washington

    There are tens of millions of people in the Northwest and Inland Northwest who live in fairly close proximity to volcanos. We LIKE the monitoring, Bobby!

    Leave our funding alone...unless, of course. you would like to subtract our monitoring dollars from the money for tracking Hurricanes. HMMMMMM? Whadyasay?

    February 25, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Ravi

    This guy is pathetic. And why do all the journalists have to keep talking about his "ethnic background". This guy is about as Southern, White, Conservative, and Republican as you can get. He's the very embodiment of the word "sell out".

    February 25, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    SANJAYA ....that's all I can say

    February 25, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Justin from New Haven, CT

    I cannot believe Louisiana voted McCain either, they actually became more conservative since the last election. Way to vote against economic self-interest....

    February 25, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Snake eyes

    I CAN SEE WHY THE GOP CALLS HIM A RISING STAR, CONSIDERING HOW LOW THE BAR IS FOR REPUBLICANS....

    HARD CORE CONSERVATISM IS NOT THE WAY OUT OF THIS MESS. MAKE-SENSE POLICIES ARE. JINDAL IS TRYING TO PUT LIPSTICK ON THE SAME PIG THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SELLING FOR THE LAST 20 YRS.

    REAGAN ARTICULATED THE MESSAGE BEST, BUT NO ONE, INCLUDING REAGAN, HAS TRULY FOLLOWED IT.

    BECAUSE IT DOESNT WORK!!!!

    February 25, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Obamacratic

    That was just pitiful. I was so embarrased for Louisiana.

    February 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. JPM

    JINDAL LIED!!! Already he's off to a bad start. He out-and-out lied about that supposed train from Disney-Land.

    LIAR!

    February 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. rose

    He complained about the government's response regarding Katrina....but wait wasn't it your party's administration that botched it!

    February 25, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Cheech&Chong

    Please don't attack the messenger. It's the message that made him look like a dumb fool. GOP will become irrelevant with this type of ideologies.

    February 25, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. TCM

    "....Wall Street sinks as Obama warns of oversight
    Wednesday February 25, 2009, 5:13 pm EST ...."

    Yeah, bash Jindal....but they guy's right about irresponsible behavior coming from Obama and the demcrats...even you fools cannot dispute what Obama's done to the market...how's the average liberal 401k these days? How about since UHbama took office? Down about 20%? Thank your boy for that, idiots.

    February 25, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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