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. Kaur

    I am of Indian heritage and I am ASHAMED of how Jindal let the GOP use and abuse him.

    He sounded like a third rate actor overdoing a monolog...it was pitiful to watch.

    If Jindal is going to be the voice of the GOP, he needs to take better acting lessons or put forth better ideas...either of which would be an improvement.

    February 25, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Will in Carson City

    No surprise here. All the liberal nut jobs give him a bad review.

    February 25, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Will

    Jandal Must not be seeing the same money mess I am, Give The money he does not want to Ca. It sure can use it,

    February 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Ignorant Repugnicans, they just never learn...keep it up Piyash "Bobby" Jindal..you just earned your way right out of a chance in 2012 for your sorry, arrogant, and irrevelant party. Thank you, idiot. :-)

    February 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Had It

    I think Bobby does a good job as governor. He needs to stay there at least one more full term before he allows the republiCAN'Ts to lure him into the national scene. LA needs a lot of work.

    February 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Palin here, Jindal there, Mittens not so much

    Rising star? More like once in a blue moon.

    February 25, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Mari

    I REALLY feel sorry for Jindal! The GOP led him like a sheep to the slaughter. The speech was terrible, to mention Katrina! Dear God.... one of the biggest failures of GOP-Bush, was insane!

    And his comment about "asking our children for a loan"! REALLY? That's exactly what Bush has done fore EIGHT years.

    Poor Jindal! Dude, you need to go back into the private sector, after last night Louisiana wont reelect you, plus refusing to take money for your state's unemployed! Crazy.

    February 25, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. MZ

    That's the price to be paid for telling the truth in the Obama Dictatorship !!! If you support King Barack you're a HERO. If you don't, you're a RACIST COWARD ( even if you're Indian-American ) !!!
    Thank God Obama got a dog, though....
    I know I'll sleep easier tonight !!!

    February 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Where's the criticism coming from? The Left? He did a good job.

    February 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Frost/Tennessee

    if we could cut out the republicans.. that would save us some money.. How much did that waste of time cost from the GOP?

    February 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Sebastian

    Come on Republicans, it was your party in power for the last eight years. Obama is cleaning up your mess.

    Any rhetoric ideas, or notions you have about solving the problems the same way you did for the last eight years is a clear sign you folks don't have a clue.

    All I see is Republicans being Repudiators, completely against everything Obama says and does, just because you truly are "repudiators".

    Your actions are clearly seen as trying to distract the world away from the fact you folks messed up – big time. But everyone see through this.

    February 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Angie

    sad,sad,sad. that is the gop's rising star???????? the gop is lost for sure. nothing or no repub can help them at this point. they screwed this country up so bad in the last 8 years I don't think there is a repub that has been born yet that can save them. they talk the same old talk, no new ideas. they can only critize the Dems. they don't even understand the word change. they stink big time. 1st their rising star was sarah "the pitbull in lipstick" palin when that didn't work they turned to jindal, he is dry as sand. plzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. girlyman

    I thought he had a chance,till he opened his mouth and inserted his foot.

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. AJ from Austin TX

    So let me get this straight. If you oppose all of the pork in the bill and want the stimulus bill to actually focus on creating jobs, balancing the budget, being fiscally responsible without the thousands of earmarks, then you are against helping people?! Bobby Jindal is only expressing the concern that many Americans have. We all want our president to be successful but we especially want our senators and representatives to be accountable with our tax dollars.

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    OK ok, I can be nice...Booby Jingle did an excellent job of articulately and soft-spokenly delivering a buttload of nonsense.

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Carmen

    Another reason why the speech was so horrible: he offered no real ideas to get us out of this recession! Reduce taxes, tax incentives, tax breaks, etc. Nothing innovative there. What happened to being the party of ideas? It's pathetic, especially after Obama offered up such a great speech.

    February 25, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. darko

    He's the opposite of Obama as he shines when he's NOT in front of a teleprompter or with an over-planned speech to read from.

    You won't hear a 1/100th of the 'uhh's' that Obama puts out when off the prompter.

    I didn't care for his delivery either, as I've heard him speak many other times and this was not his best by far, but I approve 100% of the content of his speech.

    February 25, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Obama-mama

    you poor liberal idiots...so far up Obama's backside that you cannot, and refuse to deal with reality. Jindal must have struck a cord; because anytime anyone that's not a democrat says anything....you liberal pukes get up in arms...like someone's going to take your binky away...especially Sniffit, Arithmetic...and a few others who obviously are very short on education.

    February 25, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. gl, Pittsburgh

    The republicans just don't get it. I can not believe they sent this kid out their to make a fool out of himself. First, Palin to steal Hillary's voters, then Steel to steal the blacks vote, and now Bobby to take away the minority voters. Sad, Sad, and Sader!

    February 25, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. jeff @ MA

    So he's got the poorest state in the country that desperately needs stimulus money and he, the governor, is snubbing his nose at it? Is this guy an absolute idiot or just under the Republican spell of self-destruction?

    February 25, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Joe Terrogano

    As a resident of Louisiana, I am really turned off by Jindal's posturing, at the possible expense of the citizens of our State. Louisiana taxpayers will still have to help pay for the stimulus package, whether he takes certain funds or not. This state has revenue shortages from the low price of oil, retail closures, and an outflow of residents. New Orleans is nowhere near rebuilt and tourism is surely down. So before he postures for the Presidency, he needs to take care of business at home.

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. J

    @arithmetic is liberal

    Get your strory straight...this is a mortgage lead crisis...it was Frank and the rest of the Democrats that started this mess. Instead of blaming the Republicans why don't you do a little research and actually find out what lead to the mortgage crisis...you will have to do it on your own because CNN won't report it.

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Jr.

    Is this statement the best the GOP can do. Please Grand Old Party help this man and his people to put our country back together again. After what the last 8 years has done to it. Come on Love your country and go to work . Ours lives depend on it. Remember we VOTE you just found that out.

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Joy

    To Arithmatic is liberal...
    Think again my friend, this country's mess was a group effort!! I feel sorry for no one but the people in this country who work for a living(or are trying) and about to get taxed to death for the next 3 generations. We the people are represented by they the congress who, no matter what side of the aisle they profress to be on, have no clue what it is like to be in the trenches!

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Georgia Girl

    I was hoping that Gov. Jindal would not fall for the republican's 3rd attempt at tokenism. I thought he was smater than that given what i have read and heard about him. As a minority I hate when people are used as tokens and although I am a democrat, I possibly would have voted for him if he would have ran after President Obama's two terms were over. But if he is not smart enough to see when he is being used, then i no longer have any faith that he could run the country without influence from his party.

    February 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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