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. AK

    Do yourself a favor, Bobby. Stay home, fix your state with the funds you got coming and shut your pie hole. If you have to open it, it should be to say "Thank you Mr. President for pathing a way out of this mess my party left this country in".

    February 25, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Jim

    Sounds as if the republican machine did not learn from its lesson with Sarah Palin. I suspect if they left him alone to speak as he chose it would of been a much better rebuttal.

    I suspect the governor is in a tough place now, national disgrace and publicily against funds the government wants to give to his state. The people of Louisana I suspect can use the money.

    So the delimina: If the governor accepts the money he possibly will get reelected as governor but loose any chance at a national political life (it would be hypocritical of him to accept any money). If he does not take the money he will probably lose the governorship and lose any national political career as well.

    Way to go Republican party – more evidence of your self destruction, guess you really did not learn from the election.

    February 25, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Movie Buff

    Just another typical Republican. . . . . . blah.

    February 25, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Obama - Nothing Great So Far

    It was first major speech by Jindal and he was able to describe the mistakes made by President Obama. It wasn't a great speech but it shown that Obama's inexperience will not solve our current problem. A country can be successfully govern by knowledge and skills but not the speech. Obama can give good speech but his knowledge and experience is a big question mark.

    February 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. missy

    Promising new star huh? Shabby.

    February 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. dan

    As a Democrat, I was interested in his response. There was something odd about the way he spoke. The story says that he was over-rehearsed and over-coached, and that would account for the speech seeming a bit un-natural. Some in the Republican partysay he is not a good speaker. However, he is supposed to be highly intelligent, and have a good understanding of the issues. If this is true, he can learn to be a good speaker.

    February 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Mike Ford

    I live in Vancouver, Washington home of the Cascades Volcano Observatory less than 50 miles from Mount Saint Helens. Perhaps he doesn't remember that a volcano blew up here less than 30 years ago and volcano's are erupting all the time all over our great nation and they need to be monitored.

    Wait till one of them blows then Jindal will know he's put his foot in his mouth!

    Gee, let's not monitor the levy's in New Orlean's either, there's nothing to worry about. While we're at it, let's not do any more seizmic monitoring in California either, we know the earthquakes are gonna come, why spend money to know when they might happen!

    Real brilliant! Thank god Obama is President and not this guy!

    February 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    If Gov Jindal was hoping to win over the Limbaugh lovers in his party, I think he failed to do it. They may have done better letting Gov palin speak, you betcha! Or RNC Chairman Mike Steele give a hip-hop off the hook response. Better yet maybe "Joe the Plumber" could have given the retort. He's an expert on the economy right? The GOP is in sad shape.

    February 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. IT WON'T WORK GOPers

    Hey Jindal,

    The GOPers are using you. Why didn't they give the response? Because their old, cracked and crooked faces will break the camera. So they picked a little brown baby to stand up to the big, bad Obama. It didn't work, by the way. We know Obama is the right person for the job and you are a carbon copy of a very bad movie.

    Wake me when the nightmare is over.

    I was just about to applaud Obama for doing a fantastic job last night, when out walks this scarecrow with this stupid grin on his face–you. I screamed at the tv and threw my pillow at the screen. What a nightmare.

    February 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Bethie

    Now the Republican Party is just looking foolish.

    February 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Shirley

    This gov has a lot of courage for even attempting to do the rebuttal. he has a long way to go...He is no match stylistically and certainly not on a winning team right now. i hope he doesnt forget about the people in Louisiana. why would he listen to the GOP and say he will turn down money for the people who need it the most. These folks want to rebuild their lives.....not partake in political rhetoric!!!! Louisiana will be voting again one day soon...Maybe he doesnt like his job as governor.

    February 25, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    I think the marks Gov. Jindal got for his response were pretty good considering how bad ha did last night. He is suggesting tax cuts, less regulation, and the free market as a means to bring us out of this mess Republicans put us in. That's like going down hill towards a cliff after a good push off from the top and then half way down the hill, Republicans want to put someone out to push a little harder.

    February 25, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Thanks, But No Thanks GOPers

    Another bedtime story by Bobby Jindal. No thanks, Barack explained the real world to us, and now we're turning in.

    Good night

    February 25, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Margo

    Bobby Jindal should have called in sick.

    February 25, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Sallie

    I thought the Republicans rising new star was Sarah Palin. They can pick em can't they?. . . Morons.

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. LR

    Jindal was not appealing. In my opinion he talked about the same things that republicans always talk about...cutting taxes, small government, blah blah blah. I'm in the 25 – 30 age bracket and if the republicans think that Jindal can "appeal" to me they are so wrong and still out of touch with reality. On to the next great hope for the GOP.

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Priscilla

    It doesn't matter what President Obama does, the Republicans will argue. President Obama wants bipartisanship in the whitehouse but the Republicans won't have it because they don't care about what really counts in this country, IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID! President Obama is doing an excellent job. He cares about what is happening in OUR NATION, WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE, and he is trying to help. The only thing Republicans want is control! Jindal was a disgrace and his speech stinks!

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Dylan from MN

    I felt like I was being read a children's story. The content was ridiculous and Gov. Jindal, there's no such thing as a train from Las Vegas to Disneyland, quit lying to the American people because the fools are going to believe you...but maybe that's what you were going for.

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Curt

    I watched Jindal for a few minutes, but he was so boring I had to switch to the Weather Channel. Better luck next time!

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. GuyInVA

    It was sort of boring. I'm a conservative and like Governor Jindal's politics, but he's got to do better than that. I wouldn't write him off just yet. I remember Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton giving the most long winded, boring and painful speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Convention goers CHEERED when he said, "in closing..." Four years later he was the democratic nominee and eventually president. In his nomination acceptance speech, he joked about finishing the speech he started 4 years before. Governor Jindal will be fine.

    February 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Ved

    This Jindal fellow appeared so stupid on the television yesterday ... he didn't have a single new idea and only tried to represent the "NO" party. The worst part was his Katrina example about bureacracy, which was the full failure of our former dumb president Bushy.

    February 25, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. ez

    lol................................lol...................................................lol

    February 25, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. That's was terrible

    If Gov. Bobby Jindal is the future of the Republican party. hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    I can't stop...hahahahahah

    February 25, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Jackie in Colorado

    I almost feel sorry for this guy...almost.

    February 25, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Linda in MS

    Told you so!

    February 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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