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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  1. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    Bobby Jind-who?

    February 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. steve

    Bobby Jindal ,
    Dump Rush limbaugh your political and spiritual leader if you want a future in politics beyond local and state politics.
    PEACE

    February 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Joe the Schmoe

    Bobby Jindal was so bad he made me yearn for the vocal stylings of Sarah Palin with all her folksy charm and word salad responses.

    The GOP hasn't had an effective communicator since Reagan.

    And with Piyush Jindal being the next big thing the future don't look so bright.

    February 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. SamSunny

    The whole scene was misplayed. The winding Scarlet O'Hara staircase. The sing song story telling presentation. The stories of volcano watchers and Las Vegas trains that aren't in the Stimulus. And the goofy smile and stiff arms. The guy looked out of his league on the set of "Gone with the Wind."

    February 25, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Don in Albuquerque

    And well deserved bad reviews. More republican talking points none of which are based in fact but all on attempts to rewrite history. I would think at this point they would be more concerned about holding on to what they have. The more they become the Party of "No", the more they will lose. Americans are sick to death of their lies.

    February 25, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. James, Redlands, CA

    repubs can't think that by trotting out a couple of minorities(steele and piyush) with palin that people will stop looking at the policies they promote.

    fail for repubs

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

    It was the worst thing I had seen in a long time, I had to turn the channel. The Republicans are trying to use Jindal (and Steele)to appeal to minorities and it just isn't working.

    Why don't they try new ideas that appeal to everyone and not just try new people presenting the same old worn out tired ideas. It is like putting "lipstick on a pig."

    February 25, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Wake Up Republicans

    No suprise at all. Republicans seem to think that the same ol' politics will work. They are out of touch with campaigning, out of touch with americas position now and will soon be out of touch as an establishment all together. The younger generation could care less about what they are saying now and until that changes they will lose election after election. For that much Bobby Jindal may not get re-elected as Gov. of Louisiana let alone having his eyes set on the White House.

    How can you reject stimulus money for a state that experienced the worst american natural disaster in modern history. All those roads, bridges, levies, and unemployed people in his state. His putting politics over his people. Wake up Republicans- America already has for the last 8 years.

    February 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Melissa

    It was clearly created before the actual speach by Obama, it was overrehearsed and once again out of touch. The Republicans don't seem to be learning anything from previous mistakes. Jindal among them. All he did was repeat the same stuff we've been hearing... the same stuff that got us into this mess in the first place.

    February 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Earl

    It was the BUSH administration that mishandled our money! As President Obama said, when we had a surplus, instead of using it wisely, President Bush gave the wealthy tax breaks! We are definitely in this mess because of the Republican party! As for Jindal, I am embarrased for him. Nice try Jindal, but it seems like you put a nail in your own coffin. It is clear to me that what America needs is a President who cares about what Americans care about. Health care, jobs, protection from our enemies, etc. President Obama is definitely on target and I just love him.

    February 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Republican are ankle biters

    He was the sacrificial lamb of the party and will never be seen again.I bet Arnold even got a good laugh and called him a girlyman.hahaha

    February 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Susan

    I was insulted by the childishness of Jindal's comments. First, he tried to presume he was President by walking down that long dark hallway in the Governors mansion, and proceed to speak to American as if we were shildren. I felt like I was watching an old episode of Mr. Rogers! If he is what Republicans are pinning their hopes on, their baloon was burst last night. Everything is no,no,no, with the Republicans. I am an adult, and would prefer to hear ideas, not scolding!

    February 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    it was hard to watch. I felt sorry for the guy

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Christine

    I'm sorry, but I liked what he said. I watched him on Meet the Press last week and thought he was great. Perhaps his oratory doesn't match up to the 'Messiah's', but I liked the message.
    All liberals know how to do is attack and criticize, and try to destroy anyone they see as a threat.
    This is why I am no longer a Democrat.

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Jenn

    I actually found him articulat and engaging. While I personally don't agree with all of his points of view, I think he handled himself very well.

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    It is not his fault. It is the Republican message. Until they change their tune the best delivery in the world will just be a bag o manure

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Lame

    Yeah, he was pretty lame

    But to be fair, he was mouthing all the tired old Republican lines, as instructed by the GOP poobahs – not even Obamian oratory skills could have made that boring long-discredited script work.

    February 25, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Obama 2.0

    Jindal Bells
    Jindall Bells
    Jindal votes no way
    Oh how sad it is to see
    The GOP's disarayay

    Dashing through the slums on another strait talk bus
    his words like bag pipe air
    voting no everywhere

    No NO nO
    No nO No

    That is what he says
    That's ok we don't care
    He will never be the Pre ez!

    February 25, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Eileen

    Hey Wolf,

    For Bobby Jindal to turn down stimulus money for Louisiana is "politics as usual". Jindal has completely abandoned the citizens of Louisiana for the Republican party.
    It is obvious he is being groomed for a presidential run in 2012.
    peace
    Eileen
    New Orleans

    February 25, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Julianna

    I was appalled upon watching another bad Republican when it came to economy... Look at Mr. Bush who sent 10 Billion dollars to Iraq each month...
    Hello...

    February 25, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. republicans hate america

    I have a question for this Muslim Jindal. If nobody read this stimulus bill then how does he know its not good? also if republicans do not believe the government should do anything why do the GOP want to be in power so badly? and finally if he does not believe in federal spending why accept the 3.8 billion the feds gave the state of LA for Katrina?

    February 25, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Mehri youssefian

    I heard the Louisiana Governor speech after the President addressed. I thought he is joking. I want to ask him if he and other republican members are so clever, how came trillions dollars in 8 years from? Now has he the best idea for economy and with the stimulusbpackage ha can produce double high jobs?!! If he is so good and thinking of the american publice why he does not want to help president to fix the economy sooner on track. I believe what he said was just propaganda for him self and open some place for next presidential.
    Mehri

    February 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Simmy

    These stunts will continue to backfire on Republicans, because they are being disingenuous in the selections of their "new" faces. Palin was selected to get the female vote, Steele was selected to woo Blacks to their party, and Jindal, I honestly don't know what their reasoning was with him, other than his skin tone. The public can see through the charades, and are quite frankly, becoming more and more turned off.

    February 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. virginia for obama

    JINDAL! . . . "DON'T YOU EVER, EVER TRY TO GO UP AGAINST OBAMA AGAIN". YOU HEAR ME!!!! . . YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID.

    NOW! "GO TO YOUR ROOM AND DON'T COME OUT UNTIL WE TELL YOU TO" ( IN A COUPLE OF YEARS).

    February 25, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Tidwell

    Boo Hiss!

    February 25, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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