It’s good to see that I was not the only person that thought that Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s speech in front of a joint session of congress last night bombed.
I was sitting at work last night, listening to it on the radio and couldn’t get over how boring and unimaginative it was.
Jindal tried to connect with the listener’s/viewer’s by telling hoakie stories about growing up and how the local sheriff responded to the Feds during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, who didn’t wanted the sheriff to go out in boats to rescue people from the roofs unless they had insurance, by telling them that Congressman Jindal was in the room and that they were going out to rescue people no matter what.
Overall, Jindal didn’t do a very good job at explaining why republicans would do a better job then the President at managing the current economic crisis the nation is facing.
has a very good rundown of the reaction to Jindals comments from the Fox News panelists that puts it all into better perspective, they also point out reactions from NY Times columnist David Brooks and from some in the conservative blogisphere:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) response to President Obama’s speech tonight received a universal thumbs down from the Fox News panelists, who are traditionally conservatives’ most gentle critics:
BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”
NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”
JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”
ThinkProgress has compiled some lowlights of Jindal’s speech, along with the reactions of the Fox panel. Watch it:
On PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks also remarked, “In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say ‘government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,’ it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is.”
Even conservative bloggers are upset with Jindal. Kathryn Jean Lopez writes at the Corner, “E-mails I’m getting are from disappointed conservatives. They wanted a full-throated response to Obama and expected and/or wanted more.” Ramesh Ponnuru called Jindal’s delivery “weak.”