February 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. arithmetic is liberal

    I almost feel sorry for the Republicans at this point.

    Almost.

    These were after all, the people who spent and borrowed our country into near bankruptcy.

    February 25, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. The Indian Formerly Known as Piyush

    Please, call me Bobby....

    February 25, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Linda32

    :)

    February 25, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Tesap; Savannah, GA

    His comments seemed a little out f touch with what the President atually said.... the main facts are those who will refuse the money will have to answer to their districts I doubt they will be re-elected...... Making people suffer to help your 2012 Presidential hopes is not exactly smart.

    February 25, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Tyler

    Rising star???....think again.

    February 25, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Chas

    The "new" "forward looking Republicans need to move away from the status quo losers in the party. The 2012 race is apparently on. Score another one for OBAMA ! Hurrah!

    February 25, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Kyle

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

    February 25, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Kevin

    He sounded like an idiot. However, he came after the President (Who I did not Vote for) that talk to people like me in a serious way. I like Obama. He is smart and seems to get the problems we face as a Nation....The United States.

    February 25, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Braces For Lying Faces

    Do they have braces in Louisiana? This guy needs them, and so does his wife.

    February 25, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Jillie

    Poor boy don't know it, but the Republicans are "using" him. They seem to like the color of his skin.

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

    "over-coached and over-rehearsed"

    Hmmm, that sounds familiar. Can CNN spell Sarah Palin version 2?

    February 25, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Ron M. Moneli

    I am a register Republican. However, Jindal is no match for President Obama.
    Ron

    February 25, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. CATHY Y.

    I have a hard time believing anything any Republican says.

    February 25, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Used car salesman anyone? Booby Jingle's got some giant cajones implying that LA would've been better off without the federal gov't intervening to help with Katrina. Hello!!!! IT DIDN'T AND THAT WAS THE PROBLEM!!!

    And let's not forget "something called 'volcano monitoring.'" What, you can't look up the two words and put them together to form a concept? Is it because that crazy whacky science stuff gets you turned all upside down and discombobulated? Should we get rid of the weathermen too? Why bother predicting any catastrophic natural disasters...Amurika is God's favorites and He's watching over us, right?

    February 25, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Ellen

    Not ready for prime time. He and Palin are both wannabes.

    February 25, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. texas teacher

    Bless his heart... one has to be honest.... Gov. Jindal presented an abysmal performance with a poor speech. I felt sorry for him.. and I'm a democrat! :)

    February 25, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Big J

    He looked nervous & not ready for the big time.

    February 25, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Jake the man.

    Jindal, Palin and Romney...now that's scary!

    February 25, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Oregon

    First the GOP try to push a corrupt Alaskan woman on us. Didn't work.
    Then they try a token black chairman. Didn't work.
    Now they're pushing their 'Slumdog" Jindal. Won't work.

    The GOP simply does not get ~IT~

    Here's a hint though: Obama is OUR President.

    February 25, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    This guy is a BIG FAT FLOP!

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

    "..over coached and over rehearsed.." Candy Crowley

    Sounds just like the description of Palin when she "came out."

    The Republicans just can't seem to let go of the leash on anyone who might say something about them. The old "It's OUR way...not yours!"

    Bad performance. Bad proposals. Bad direction for this party.

    February 25, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Kitchen Spoon

    Jindal was completely silent when George Bush and his fellow Republicans were padding their pockets...now he's concern?
    A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING.

    February 25, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Will

    He sounded like he was on the Bush team explaining himself and his views to Bush.

    He was presenting himself as an adult speaking to Children....-.-

    I know GOP is the Grand Old Party but this is ridiculous.

    February 25, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. gdog

    President Obama knock it out of the park...better yet, it was a slam dunk! Bobby who?

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

    Jindal is a typical Republican........BLLLA BLLLA BBLLA BLA BLLAAA

    No message, no substance, no interest, NOTHING...NADA!!!

    February 25, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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