February 26th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Did Gov. Jindal help or hurt himself with Republican response?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Republicans trotted out one of their hopefuls for 2012 this week and he pretty much landed with a loud thud. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal got lousy reviews from across the political spectrum after giving the Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night.

Did Gov. Jindal help or hurt himself with Republican response?

Some Republicans say Jindal came off at best off-balance and at worst downright amateur in his national debut.

The criticism even came from conservatives who have been promoting the 36-year-old rising political star as the person to revive the GOP. Some Republicans say Jindal came off at best off-balance and at worst downright amateur in his national debut. They're calling for the person who wrote Jindal's "cheesy" response and coached him to be fired and say Jindal shouldn't be allowed near a teleprompter again. Others point out that Republicans are looking for a "conservative version" of President Obama. Jindal ain't it.

Although some Republicans actually praised the content of his speech, others were left fuming at Jindal's swipe at government spending to monitor volcanoes. The mayor of Vancouver, Washington - which is in the shadow of Mount St. Helens - asks if Jindal has a volcano in his backyard. He points out that Mt. St. Helens is still very active and potentially dangerous.

In all fairness to Jindal, the opposition party's response rarely wins praise and politicians often come back from moments like these. But if Governors Bobby Jindal and Governor Sarah Palin are the great hope for Republicans in 2012, they might want to go back to the drawing board. And my guess is Mitt Romney is sleeping very well these nights.

Here’s my question to you: Did Gov. Bobby Jindal help or hurt himself with his Republican response to Pres. Obama's address this week?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ralph in Corpus Christi, Texas writes:
He hurt himself and his party. Jindal came across like Barney Fife in a tie. And, for him to scold federal funding for volcano monitoring and research is foolish. Would he scold similar funding for proactive research on California earthquakes, Texas tornadoes, or, say Louisiana hurricanes like Katrina that knocked out New Orleans?

Rob in Brooklyn writes:
You mean Mr. Rogers? The man is a male Sarah Palin: dumb, clueless and hopefully the future of the GOP. First of all, if you’re going to make a rebuttal after the kind of speech Mr. Obama just gave, well you better be on top of your game. He sure wasn't. And what was that walking down the hallway about? It was just so poorly thought out – the whole thing. Very forgettable and an absolute joy to watch.

Ron writes:
He sure didn't help himself. But back in 1988, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention gave a long and rambling speech that was widely panned and many pundits said any national ambitions this speaker had were killed. The speaker? Bill Clinton.

Katie in Springfield, Massachusetts writes:
He can't bring the dead back to life. And the GOP is dead right now, and that's where they'll stay unless they change their brand to mean anything other than "rich, white Christian people who say ‘yes’ to guns and ‘no’ to birth control" and won't help anyone less fortunate. Good luck to them – they've got a long way to go.

Tony writes:
I'm a Democrat and I even felt sorry for the guy!

Ruthie writes:
Hurt. He sounds like a cross between Mr. Rogers and Elmo. It was a painful 15 minutes. He was completely pointless. He needs a new speechwriter.

Jim writes:
He came across as another clueless, anti-science George Bush wannabe. And we're still paying the price for the last one.

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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. jim Toronto

    I thought Jindal looked like a 'deer caught in the TV lights'!

    February 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  2. Jane (Minnesota)

    Jack –
    I watched his speech after the President's and in my opinion, he didn't do himself any favors at all–Sarah Palin must have been smilin. I thought he looked like a "deer in the headlights" & not comfortable at all. He's not off to a good start.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Don (Ottawa)

    I would say his Republican response to Pres. Obama's address didn't do him any good. He was hyped as a young Republican hopeful, but came off as an inexperienced newbie.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  4. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I suspect Jindal helped himself. But the vocal America is in love with Obama, and he's a hard act to follow. Jindal could have have said that over the weekend, he single handedly captured Osama Bin Laden, brought down Al Qaeda, brought lasting peace in Israel, and invented a cheap, powerful battery that will usher in plug-in cars. And people would still say "ya, but you're still a Republican."

    February 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Andy, Sun Valley, NV

    I can't help but feel that Governor Jindal has shot himself in the foot. I wonder how Governor Jindal feels about all the money being frittered away on hurricane predictions.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  6. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    He is a Republican. All Republicans are infallible, didn’t you know that?

    February 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    It depends. If he wants to be a comedian, he helped himself. If he wants to be a politician he helped the career of the guy who plays Kenneth the Intern.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas

    He looked ridiculous, Jack. Uninformed, nervous in a situation that called for him to be assured, and altogether a very bad contrast to President Obama. I think he hurt his chances significantly to ever be a major player in the GOP.

    The GOP may think they are fooling people into believing that they are not just the rich, old, white man's club with their selection of Sarah Palin as VP in the last election, and their selection of Jindal to respond to President Obama's speech, but we still know what they are. All you have to do is go back and look at the coverage of the Convention to see that.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Conor in Chicago

    Americans have extremely short attention spans. If everything sucks by 2011, as it likely will, his response to the address will be ancient history. By then if he is as competent and intelligent as everyone says he is he will be a contender.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  10. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    I think he hurt himself a lot. He was difficult to understand, had no personality, was monotonal, and said little that would appeal to a wider audience. His two examples of "misspending" of the Stim Pkg were flat out wrong - one wasn't in the bill and for those in states with volcanoes, such as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, and the Yellowstone region have a completely different expectation of impact if a volcano blows its top.

    I think two things might have helped him - 1) If he'd waited until after Obama's address and made the response the next day; and, 2) If he'd spoken to a live audience.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Alex in Seattle

    Living within sight of Mount Rainier, I'm glad the government is monitoring volcanoes. Using Gov. Jindal's poor logic, I should be against funding the National Hurricane Center since we don't get hurricanes here in Seattle.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Jim


    With that "response" Jindal now takes his place with Spiro Agnew, Dan Quayle, Jack Kemp, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and all of the other bad-joke politicians the GOP has foisted on us over the past several decades.

    Reno, Nevada

    February 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  13. Al, Lawence KS

    If he wants to be a SNL character, it helped. If he wants to be President...not so much.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  14. Tim in Texas

    What in the world are republicans thinking? Seriously. It's dumbfounding. The only thing I can think is that they are living in this incestously crazed nether-world where they listen to eachother and only eachother 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I guess listening to Rush and Palin and Bush and Cheney and the idiot plumber all the time would make anybody nutso, but come on! Who would give a major speech without practicing it first and getting some feedback? If that speech didn't hurt Jindal and the entire republican party, it is only because they are so far deep in the crapper that they can't look any worse.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  15. Ron K

    Hi Jack:

    It is obvious Gov. Jindal was absent the day Mt. St. Helens errupted. Or Kileua in Hawaii. It never dawned on him that many Americans own homes in close proximity to those volcanos. Should a pyroclastic flow go through a city without warning. Thousands would die as a result. And how about the rumblings under Yellowstone National Park. What if that blew in the middle of tourist season? Or Mamouth Mountain in CA. The Geologic Survey needs to update it equipment and enhance it resources. I suggest Gov. Jingle live at the base of Mt. Saint Helens, everytime it rumbles it might change his attitude.

    Ron San Diego

    February 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  16. Rolman Greenville, SC

    I had never heard of Gov Jindal until this election year. Now I've heard more than enough! His speach was poorly prepared and woefully presented. In the craft of public speaking, he demonstrated for all that his toolbox is empty.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  17. NANCY M.- Colorado

    He should not have accepted the honor.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  18. marrig, San Francisco

    I think Bobby Jindal's speech hurt him badly. It was lousy in style and in substance and almost as painful to watch as Sarah Palin's interviews.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Patricia

    Gov. Jindal hurt himself with the response to President Obama. It was a very cynical choice to pick Jindal to do the response to begin with. The Rupubs picked someone "exotic" so they could seem relevant and inclusive to the American public. Hey, if the Democrats could pick a man of color with an exotic name, the Republicans can too!! Also, Jindal reminded me of Barney Fife or Mr. Rogers! He spoke to the American public as if we were all 3rd graders.. "Hello boys and girls... Howdy Do!!" It was just awkward and weird.

    Patricia from Nevada

    February 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  20. Terry in Hanover County

    I don't believe Jindal is stupid, but agreeing to be the GOP counterpoint to Obama was a suicide mission. Dumb remarks about volcanoes didn't help him either, especially with anyone who lives in Alaska or Washington state or near Yellowstone National Park. His delivery was not smooth and he came across as creepy. Considering he comes from a party that thinks CREEP is a good acronym for re-electing a president, I'm not surprised, but I was disappointed that he played a role for the GOP instead of being himself like he was on Meet the Press. At the very least, someone should have straightened his tie. Gov. Jindal has my sympathy but not my vote in 2012.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  21. kai

    I think it was more of a case of trail and error in which they missed. They just waltzed out one of the more popular faces of the party. And the result was like the past three years, swing and a miss.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  22. Mike Deist - Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Governor Jindal didn't help himself with his response to the Obama presentation, but as President Obama stated, if the implementation of his stimulus package, his budgets and his administration are able to get our country back on the right path, it won't matter. If not, it will be interesting to watch the bloodshed between Republicans vying for the 2012 nomination.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Kevin - CA

    Governor Jindal's words and demeanor were less than awe inspiring – tending more toward pathetic.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  24. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Gov Jindal was a joke. His idea of the story about him and the Sheriff that was proven to be false. His idea of disliking Government giving out money. Except of course when HIS state was receiving the money after Katrina.

    This is just another chapter of the unending story of the Republicans and the make believe stories. When these stories are proven as lies it will do more damage to the Republican Party than President Obama did.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  25. Mike S., New Orleans

    It isn't Jindal's speech that hurt his political future, it was the hypocrisy of his message of less taxes and smaller government.
    The problem is, he should have given that speech to his colleagues in congress who rubber stamped the Bush agenda.
    Where was his bold speech then?

    February 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  26. Ray in Nashville

    Face it, he had a tough job; selling the Republican brand that is tainted so much by the last 8 years of huge spending. But the Republicans are forging ahead with their plan, shout taxes and spending long and loud and hope the American people forget their actual record. I thought Jindal did a good job, though.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  27. Gerry in Toronto

    No, he just confirmed what America already knew when he said he wouldn't take stimulous money to help his citizens.

    The man's an idiot

    February 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  28. Ken in NC

    "Republican Response?" So that is what it was. It sounded more like a pesky mosquito buzzing around.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  29. shirley thibodeaux


    He is the male version of Sarah Palin. The only difference in the two is that he speaks using complete sentences. The GOP are in trouble!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Let me answer your question in this manner; I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking-–thank you Republicans--It would have been better for Jindal to keep his mouth shut and give the impression that you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. Does that answer the question?

    February 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  31. ladye

    This guy was pitiful! I thought he was supposed to be intelligent until he opened his mouth with that remark!

    February 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  32. Christine Watsky from Ocean City, MD

    I wonder if Michael Steele thinks that Jindal is "off the hook"?

    February 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  33. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The Republican Party should look at itself reflected in the polls and realize it needs a candidate popular with more than ten percent of the voters. Someone who looks people in the eye and speaks from the heart. Someone who has no trace of self interest but is 100% public service. Someone who has a track record of sensible decisions, which means in tune with the voters. That someone is Senator Olympia Snowe. God, I wish she were a Democrat.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  34. Susan from Twn Falls Idaho

    Bobby Jindal hurt the whole GOP on Tuesday night. I had always heard positive remarks about him. Even though I am a democrat and will vote for President Obama if he runs again I feel it is important that we have good politicians on both sides. If that speech was indicative of the brightest and best on the republican side they better go back to the well for a redraw. I realize that no one can out orate President Obama but Governor Jindal made remarks that were foolish and erroneous in content.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  35. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jindal shot himself in the foot and wounded his fellow Republicans without a loaded gun. Jack, just image the damage Jindal could do if you went quail hunting with him.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  36. B. D. in Boise, ID

    He certainly made himself a household name. People won't forget him for a long, long time. But with all that aside, forget about the poor delivery, or the obstructionist view point, his biggest problem is his pettiness. America is facing big challenges and he's talking volcano monitoring and trains to nowhere. Whether you agree with the conservative viewpoint or not, America is not going to elect a president with small ideas.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  37. Terry from North Carolina

    If this is the best the Grand Old Party can come up with, then Obama will be president for the rest of his life. GOP needs young fresh thinkers that can move the party forward not whininers that moan and complain about the past and everyone around them.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  38. Robbie

    Oh help the Republicans. They need to quit trying to pick a person of color because they are looking like bigger fools than what they have allowed themselves to become. Regroup your party and then choose your "right" person either man or woman. The party is like a chicken with its head chopped off not knowing which way to turn and Jindal is not the person who need. You have allowed yourselves to become the Greedy Old Party instead of the Grand Old Party. You guys are doomed for awhile which is good cause you need to suffer like the Democrats have done for so many years.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  39. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Is this all the Republicans have to offer? Sadly, Sarah Palin would make an excellent running mate for Gov. Jindal and I'm not sure which one should be at the top of the ticket!

    February 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  40. Dale

    He definitely hurt himself. Obama has only been in office for a month. He is attempting to correct an economic mess that has grown during the last 8 years of a government run by a majority of Republicans. Does he think that the American public has forgotten this? Jack, you have it right. He is the make counterpart to Sarah Palin.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  41. Bill Davis

    Jindall is an embarrassment to the Republican party. He's oblivious to the damage done to this country by hurricanes, volcanoes, and tax-cuts. CNN keeps pushing him as a "Rising Star" in the GOP. Like Sarah Palin, his star has fizzled. His tired old trickle-down Republican talking points have been proven as failures and Jindall has failed to notice the world moving beneath the feet of the Republican party. If this is the best they can put in front of a camera, the GOP doesn't stand a chance.

    Bill D.
    Champagin, IL

    February 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  42. Sam from Bryan, Tx.

    Jack I think this dude shows we are all still in big trouble.
    Sad that people can`t get the fact that STUPID got us in this mess and that we can`t survive as a nation should we continue to have leaders like this yo yo or the goof ball lady from Alaska.
    Sure sad times for America.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  43. James

    He hurt himself just like his party has hurt this country. They are both jokes and no one cares about either of them.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  44. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Gov. Jindal came out and looked foolish. I would like to know who wrote that stupid speech with all the tired old rhetoric. If Jindal is the best the republicans can come up with they are in for a slow decline into total irrelevancy.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  45. Theresa in Atlanta

    Two thumbs down for Jindal. Among other things, he wants to see funds cut for volcano monitoring. Okay. While we're at it, let's cut government funding for hurricane research.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  46. Andy in Florida

    There is a rift in the Republican party between those who think the party lost its way because they went too moderate and those who think the party appeals too much too the fringe elements of America.

    Compound that with the fact that minorities are becoming the majority, as well as the lack of appeal of so-called traditional values to those minorities and the result doesn't look good for Republicans.

    Changing their PR message and dressing up the party with minority leaders isn't going to change anything. The republican message amounts to nothing more than "We hate government. You should hate government. Can we run your government?"

    Having Jindal saying it changes nothing. Until they change their methods of governance, nothing is going to make them better as a party.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  47. Earnest T., MN

    Afraid so Jack. I'm fearing that Bobby Jindal just made himself look like the Sara Palin of the Indians.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  48. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Are you kidding? I haven`t heard anything sound so stupid scence Sarah Palin`s last interview.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  49. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    If laughter is the best remedy, he cures a lot of the world's illnesses.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  50. Bud Reese, Louiville

    Jack, . . . Mr. Rogers himself could not have given a better speech. Jindal
    sounded like a cross between a televangelist and a character from the
    old Captain Kangaroo morning show. only with the televangelist being a more exciting speaker.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  51. Deanna R

    So I suppose the Jindal will support the elimination of flood control measures or hurricane monitoring because only a few states benefit from it. Saying that volcano monitoring is useless is as bad as saying that hurricane tracking is just a waste of time and money.

    Hmmm, I doubt his voters would agree to that, and I doubt that any Republican living near a volcano or fault zone is going to vote for anyone who agrees with him. He not only dug himself in deep with his speech, he cut the ropes any supporters may have been holding to pull him out with.

    Deanna R
    Fayetteville NC

    February 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  52. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Hurt himself, helped everybody else. Now we know which Republican is just plain too stupid to be president. When Yellowstone Volcano erupts, even this idiot will be glad we had monitoring. But let's not take a chance on him cutting off the funds that might just save our collective bottoms.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  53. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    I bet he wouldn't be complaining if the government spent money monitoring hurricanes barrelling down on Louisiana and did nothing when...oh, wait. Nevermind.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  54. Arlene, Illinois

    Does anyone see the resemblance between Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
    and Alfred E. Neuman?

    February 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  55. Elariia

    Don't expect to see that response on Jindal's resume. It sounded like he was channeling Mr. Rogers.

    I don't think Tuesday's debacle will hurt Jindal long-term, though. People have short memories, and no one can measure up to President Obama when it comes to public speaking. Jindal was toast before he opened his mouth.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  56. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Dear Jack, I have to admit, my jaw dropped to the floor after Jindal's speech. He was a complete disaster. Why he even brought up Katrina is beyond me. The fact that is, Bush's standing in the eyes of fellow Americans went down the drain after that travesty. And Jindal's odd tone and homesy delivery was painful to watch. Heck, at this point, the Republicans should throw their support behind Sarah Palin. Yikes! The Republican Party glory days are long gone.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  57. Ann in NH

    He didn't do himself any favors.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  58. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    Here in La. he is not well liked. He don't go to meetings,He let his young staff run things in La. While he goes out-of state fund raising, N.C.I hear he is good at starting things But not a good leader. I think he should stay in La, and run this state. Thats a 24/7 job.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  59. Marieth, Chicago

    As a democrat, he made me proud!!

    February 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  60. Ralph Nelson

    I live in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens and the wind blows East on me. I also live in the shadow of Mr. Rainier (now active) and Mt. Baker, and Oregon's Mt. Hood. Jindal don't know volcanos. If he is the future, please, please bring back the Whigs. Die GOP, die! Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  61. Tim, Clemmons NC

    Jack, I'll put it this way. There is an old saying. Better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    Tim, Clemmons NC

    February 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  62. Jay Wardyn Ottawa, Il.

    Gov. Jindal was the sacrificial lamb. The Repub. leadership knows they were in a nearly no win situation following a popular speech like the Pres. was likely to give so they served up

    February 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  63. John

    While Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars, I still feel the Republicans miss the lessons learned. Just putting up a package wrapped in "brown skin" is NOT the answer.

    They have done this 3 times now and it is not working HELLO!

    Sarah Palin did NOT equal Hillary Clinton
    Micheal Steele did NOT equal Barack Obama
    Bobby Jindal did NOT equal an Oscar Performance

    3 strikes you are OUT and looking pretty desperate to me at this point.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Terry in Iowa

    Hello boys & girls, welcome to my neighborhood. Can you say neighborhood? I thought you could. Today were going to put the Republican leadership in the microwave … tick, tick, tick, DING ... pop goes the weasels. I did this, boys and girls, 'cause sooner than later they were simply going to implode anyway.

    Mr. Bobbies delivery was patronizing and his message stale and mostly unrelated to the speech he was responding too. I have to believe SNL will have a field day with this and we saw what that did for Alaska’s governor.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Cori in Denver

    He didn't do himself any justice by making those comments, what a jerk. I don't think he'd like it if our government dismissed Louisiana for it's location and the annual threats of hurricanes they face – – – what a slap in the face.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  66. Ron

    He sure didn't help himself, but back in 1988, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention gave a long and rambling speech that was widely panned and many pundits said any national ambitions this speaker had were killed. The speaker? Bill Clinton.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  67. Ryan

    Jack I gotta be honest......I laughed my head off.

    Hello obama in 2012!!

    Ontario Canada

    February 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  68. Karen - Missouri

    He REALLY hurt his chances! I was interested in hearing him then realized he was just another car salesman. The Republican Party needs to get serious about representing people pretty soon or the only two parties will be the Independent and Democratic.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  69. John R. Higgins, Jr.

    Bobby Jindal looked like a downright amateur, and perhaps that hurt him somewhat. That seems fair to me. Afterall we have a President who looks like a downright amateur, and that's not helping him much either. John R. Higgins, Jr., East Liverpool, Ohio

    February 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  70. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Although he didn't do the Republican Party any favors, Bobby Jindal mostly hurt himself and may have killed his chances for nomination in 2012. Unfortunately for him he lacks Sarah Palin's visual connections–he can't see Mount St. Helens from his home.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  71. Pam C., Memphis

    I actually thought he was okay on Meet the Press on Sunday.

    But he morphed on Tuesday night into this neo-con talking head with the same old tired rhetoric, no real solutions and that horrible tie.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  72. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    First impression is rarely forgotten!

    February 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  73. Matt

    Hurt. His anecdote abotu Katrina was incredibly offensive. The federal gov't hasn't done enough to help the victims of Katrina (and hadn't done enough to help prevent the disaster in the first place by rebuilding and updating the levess to withstand such a hurricane). Yet this punk has the temerity to imply that less gov't involvement would've been better? I don't think he makes it past his current term as governor.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  74. beevee, MIcigan

    Mr. Jindal hurt himself very badly in his television appearance on Tuesday night responding to Obama's address. He walked to the microhone like a nervous nerd and did not exude any confidence. May be he needs to practice more of public speaking and write the speech himself. That one looked like somebodyelse's terribly written speech that he jsut read.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  75. Frank

    Clearly hurt himself, proving once more that the GOP has truly reached the bottom of the barrel.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  76. Griff...... The Truth

    Wharever he said I do not know. So many things are said: soon forgotten. They are Politicians with opinions..

    February 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  77. Franklin of Hackensack,New Jersey

    He clearly hurt himself. His epic failure of a speech was panned by liberals and conservatives alike. Outside of M.C. Michael Steele and Jabba the pill popper...sorry I mean Rush Limbaugh, everyone thought his speech was weak. Coming off as a creepy Mister Rodgers and invoking hurricane Katrina was nothing short of disastrous.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  78. WJ, Phoenix

    I think he hurt himself badly.
    The "volcano monitoring" comment was just the tip of the iceberg.
    I he was poorly prepped and came off as a mediocre public speaker.
    I saw no confidence in him whatsoever.

    As Republican myself, I pray these are not the future leaders of our party.
    Palin, Jindal, Huckabee, etc. scary group indeed.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  79. Tee, Minneapolis, MN

    Neither! This will become a non-event in a few months.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  80. Chris - Denver

    I don't know how it could have helped him to display his utter lack of ideas.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  81. John

    Jindal's tone of voice was appropriate for a storytime session with five year olds. A person who talks down to voters cannot be trusted.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  82. Kett from Dallas

    Bobby is nothing near President Obama and that should be a lesson to Republicans to style up and let everybody be themselves. They never learned from the Palin coaching gone bad and they did again. shame on you republicans be yourselves, it pays.

    February 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |

    I think he kind of hurt himself, but can recover, so Palin don't get too happy. People needs to understand simply put, we have tried redistribution of wealth the Republicans way for eight years, from the top down, now we are going to try it the Democrates way, the bottom up. Everybody needs to take a chill pill and lets see if this works and if it don't then we will do it the independent way.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  84. Sol, Potomac MD

    JIndal came off as a quiet demagogue who left his charisma at home.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  85. carl c in NJ

    I don't think he hurt himself as much as exposed the weaknesses in the Republican parties arguments against the presidents plan. All Americans want to eliminate wasteful spending and republicans would do themselves a big favor by realizing that even monitoring volcanoes is necessary and creates jobs HERE in the good old USA.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  86. Joe (not the Plummer)

    I can't believe that the republicans think of this guy as a rising star. I'm sorry to say this, but the guy does not have IT. If the republicans think that they can win with this guy, they must be really a bunch of IDIOTS.

    Joe (not the plummer)

    February 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  87. Kimberly

    Are you serious??? If that is the best the Republicans have they might as well throw in the towel. They are doomed!

    February 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  88. Stan in Boston

    If he were as smart as has been reported, he would not have taken on the assignment of giving the republican response. It was a no-win. It was likely that Obama's speech would be an impossible act to follow, especially with the Republican policies that the voters had rejected in the last elections. He should have steered clear of the whole thing.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  89. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Gov Jindal is starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to Republican responses. Wonder what he would have said if it was John McCain who came up with this stimulus plan instead of Pres Obama?

    February 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  90. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    The Republican Party put one of their best on display, Governor Jindal. He failed miserably. What a goober.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  91. Julie

    Hurt, because he was too scripted, but in one-on-one interviews I have been very impressed with him.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  92. Donald in CA

    He did every thing wrong. First, you dont go in front of a nation wide
    audience with your suit coat unbottoned. Second, you dont look scared. Third, you have to understand what you are rebutting. Jindal is a smart guy, he just had a terrible outing. He made Palin look good.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  93. Glenn

    When Jon Stewart carves up your speech like a roast then mocks it as a Mister Rodgers episode talking down to the American public as if they were 6 year olds, then I think that's a bad thing.

    Haymarket, VA

    February 26, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  94. Ekwe

    Republicans are jokers and Jindal a big joker. While i watched Jindal "quare up" against Obama with his head bent the whole duration of his speech, all i felt for him was pity.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  95. Steve Haase

    Why would Bobby Jindal even speak about science?

    February 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  96. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    I felt like I was a first-grader being read a scary story. He definitely hurt himself.
    I live in Washington state and we are surrounded by active volcanoes. How would Gov. Jindal like it if hurricane research was denied by the federal government?
    Not to mention a Repulican governor make comparisons to the government's response to Hurricane Katrina... Unbelievable.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  97. Donatella

    I think the timing was all wrong, out comes this creepy acting guy right after the President. He was more comedy than substance, the republicans are going to have to do better than this. As far as I'm concerned this guy is done. Bloomfield NJ

    February 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  98. Greg in Denver

    My grandfather pulled me aside one night after getting my arse kicked in a school yard tussle (my one and only fight) and told me something I've not forgotten over the years. He said "if you're going to get in a pissin' contest with someone, make sure you know the size of his pisser...and most importantly, how much he's had to drink!" I think Mr. Jindal, or any other Republican at this point, is no match for President Obama. They need to take a hefty drink and a good long look in the mirror........Don't send a boy to do a man's job!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  99. Jan from Iowa

    I had such high hopes – he really landed with a thud and a small puff of smoke.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Purnell Kankakee lL.

    Shoulded he be chewing on a bar of soap for all the lies he told the other night, he is starting to look like Palin to me!

    February 26, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  101. Ron from SF

    Who cares? The Republicans are rapidly going the way of the Whigs. Good Riddance.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  102. Craig in Seattle

    He went down in flames....

    February 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  103. Pam

    Gov Jindal certainly didn't help the GOP image. I seriouly had trouble sitting through his response. The GOP is more concerned with putting a person of color or ethnic background out there so they can be young and hip. It ain't working, keep looking.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  104. Green Wave

    Hurt, hurt, hurt. He even lied on poor dead Harry Lee. Piyush Jindal is no different that the other LA politrics player. He does not care about anything but his own pocket. He was exposed the other night for the whole world to see what a bold faced liar looks like. Piyush was in so much shame that he had to run to Disney World to get away from it all. Now, if Piyush would have done well the other night he would have been on every talk show that his oversized cowboy boots could get him to. Piyush Jindal is done and so is the rethuglican party. Thanks be to God.

    February 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  105. bill from Indiana

    Maybe the Gov has ate too much Louisiana hot sauce !!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  106. Justin - NC

    In all fairness to Bobby Jindal, following President Obama is a hard act for even the most charismatic politicians especially when the GOP is still viewed as the party that got us into this economic mess. Still what was the most excruciating part was not his performance but the policies that the GOP laid out in "opposition" to President Obama. They sound depressing in a time of financial hardship and could use a little hope themselves if they want to put a fresh face on their ideas.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  107. Joe M

    While watching the GOP response, I couldn't help but feel like I was being lectured by the town dullard. Furthermore, Bobby needs to remember that his state shares a border with Gulf of Mexico and that there are many active volcanos in the Atlantic that can send a massive tidal wave onto the shores a la Katrina. Wake-up Bobby...science isn't evil..ignorance is.

    San Francisco, CA

    February 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  108. Lura

    Who cares, He is just another self righteous, self serving Republican., that can't serve or save his people.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  109. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Thanks Jack!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  110. Valarie Castro Valley,California

    It was the first time I had heard Gov. Jindal speak and quite frankly, he sounded like Mr. Rogers talking to little children. If this or Palin is all they have to offer as a leader of their party Obama is a shoe in for the 2012 elections. When a governor of a state that is still trying to recover from a hurricane won't take money that would help it citizen surely would not be a good president for the people of the United States.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  111. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    all the rep. frustrations are because they did not have the courage to invest...and to think they are big on business!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  112. Marj - Columbia, South Carolina

    He sure did. I was looking forward to hearing this so called rising star of the Republican Party, eager to hear an intelligent discussion of new ideas that will make me believe that the Republicans do have the best interests of our country in their hearts. Instead, all I heard were tired old party lines that have been proven by our current situation not to work and a man who is putting his own political agenda above that of the citizens of Louisiana and this country. What a disappointment! That star burned out real fast if it even had a chance to shine. If he is the hope of the Republican Party, I am sorry to say that they are simply hopeless!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  113. Ken in NC

    Jack ROCKS. You go Jack. Keep then straight. Seems like you are the only one that is reading it like it was written.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  114. Tamara in Port Orange, Florida

    Jindal's response was obviously written before Obama's address with no revisions. Once again, Republican speech writing is the bastion of the LAZY.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  115. Griff...... The Truth

    Do you eat a lot of "Black Eye'd Peas" Jack? it looks like it____..

    February 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  116. kayla


    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  117. Nick - Kulpsville, PA

    Quite honestly, I thought it was all ignorant babble. Apparently he knows nothing of history, first off. And while I don't agree with most conservative viewpoints, I can usually tolerate them. Quite a bit of what he said last night, however, made me want to smack him upside the head with a rolled up newspaper.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  118. A Minor

    Jindal didn't just shoot himself in the foot, he might as well have blown his head clean off. He came off as oafish at best, naive & condescending at worst.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  119. Catherine

    He was the equivalent of the Mister Roger's of politics without the substance. Ouch! He hurt himself.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  120. Ron Ouellette

    Ron – Fl

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  121. martin wiesler

    It was so sad it was funny–welcome to quicky Mart

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  122. MAO

    He embarrassed himself and the Republican party terribly. His commentary on his life story was entirely beside the point and his presentation was pedantic at best.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |

    hey jack,his speech actually helped, it added more carbon dioxide for
    the plant's in where ever ( building) he spoke after obama's brief,that was on t.v. last night.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  124. Leah,Texas

    Jindal hurt himself, but really helped out Kenneth the Page and Saturday Night Live.

    Leah DiMarco, Houston Texas

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  125. Sam MI

    How can anyone top Obama's speech? After 8 years of Bush, if Jindal is all they've got for 2012 ... they better start planning for 2016 instead.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  126. Rick Pittenger

    Oh my, if that's the future hope of the Republicans then the democrats are in good shape for at least the next 3 elections!

    Looked pretty negative to me!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  127. Tom in Minnesota

    Jindal sounded like Howdy Doody (a much more respectable puppet) spouting the Republican talking points...much like John Boehner and Mitch McConnel do every day. They really need to find a new argument besides "more big government" "tax and spend liberals," and all of their other blather. They need to get the fact that they lost the election big time...and both PUT up and SHUT up.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  128. Delia

    All I could think of was Mr. Roger's neighborhood. Otherwise, it was the same ol', same ol' from the Republicans. Apparently, they haven't figured out that their ideas ruined our country!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  129. Rebecca

    He did not just hurt himself by that speech, but he also effected the public's view of the intelligence of the Republican party..even moreso if possible

    February 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  130. lono


    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  131. chuck


    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  132. Rod of Chicago

    After seeing how his nefarious bidding, for the Republican Party failed on its face, during his day camp like appearance on television the other day. Eric Holder needs to extradite him back to Washington, to stand trial for being a fault. His chances of making it to the White House now, are about as good as Sarah Palin winning geography contest.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  133. Karl from SF, CA

    As I listened to the President I wondered what Governor Jindal could come back with. I knew it would probably be over the edge, but it was more pathetic then I imagined. Do the Republicans think the American people are that stupid? On second thought, I know the answer.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  134. Joe Palen

    Are you kidding? He made Sarah Palin look good!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  135. countryfriedfred

    He was so incredibly condescending! His presentation was akin to Mister Rogers addressing children! It hurt him – OUCH!

    Fred from Chicago

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  136. Mike Reynolds


    I think Bobby Jindal helped his campaign for 2012 as much as he helped right after Hurricane Katrina.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  137. Brodie

    You'd think that coming from Louisiana, Jindal would understand the importance of preparation for natural disasters.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  138. Rick Pittenger

    Oh my, if that’s the future hope of the Republicans then the Democrats are in good shape for at least the next 3 elections!

    Looked pretty negative to me!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  139. Bill Depp, Providence RI

    Jindal looked like a fool...especially when he first walked in. Then when he opened his mouth it got worse. Was that Rush Limbaugh's hand I saw up his backside moving his lips. That Rush is a great ventriloquist and Jindal made the perfect Dummy. If this is the best the GOP can do then bring it on!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  140. Steve

    He made a complete fool of himself. Just another Republican Gimmick!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  141. Art Garland

    No, only Democrats like those talking heads an CNN that are afraid of him. Is a little rough around the edge, but then so were you when you started. Come on, give the man a chance. You will be praying for change by 2012.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  142. Kevin

    Gov. Jindal not only hurt himself in the Republican Response, but he also hurt the Republican Party. The Democratic Party will control DC for a long while until the Republican Party can find someone that can effectively lead their party. As of now, the Republican Party is a big joke.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  143. Madge Bruner Hazen

    Where was "everybody" who were watching? Probably celebrating Obama!

    Madge from Jacksonville, Fla.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  144. Chris, El Salvador, Central America

    This is the best that the GOP has to offer? The last eight years are starting to make a lot more sense.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  145. Linda in Arizona

    CNN calls him, "a rising star in the republican party". Supernova! Bwahahahahahaha.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  146. Jim S

    I had never heard of this guy before, and was laughing my ass off. The presentation was like a filmstrip from 4th grade! I knew it was going to be a joke when I saw how he walked upto the microphone - looked like a puppet - but what's new there with the GOP?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  147. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    He sure did hurt his party.He looked like a mouse with big ears that don't no nothing.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  148. Keith Dash

    As a 19 year old kid, I felt as though he was talking to a group children half my age. Does the republican party not think they can compete in elections again until the current toddlers are old enought to vote?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  149. Mike

    Gov. Jindal embarassed himself on national television in front of tens of millions of viewers. He sounded far too folksy and far too stale in his repetition of conservative talking points for such an important response at such a critical time. The Republicans are wandering in the wilderness and need to turn, I believe, to their more moderate members for guidance.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  150. Tony

    The Governor's response reminded me of someone reading a children's story book.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  151. Karen

    If Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindahl are the secret weapons of Republican hopes for 2012, then 2012 will be another great year for Democrats. Yeah!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  152. Prakash Bhatt


    My response to Gov. Jindal's response is

    (Guttenberg, NJ)

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  153. michael

    govenor jindal sounded like he was talking to grade school kids.i hope he's on the ticked in 2012!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  154. Andrea Garnier

    I wonder how Gov. Jindal would feel if hurricane monitoring was cut? Overall I felt like I was being lectured by a Muppet (with apologies to the late JIm Henson!)

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  155. Bill Moore

    He helped himself – now he won't have to worry about getting stuck with the world's worst job. President.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  156. Kristy C.

    Loved it. Anything against Obama is always slammed.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  157. alice

    Geez, now you're just being a bully. See, we can name call too.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  158. Yolanda

    He sure did not do himself any favors. It was a very poor reflection of the judgement of the Republican party.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  159. Gwen

    I didn't know Mr. Rogers was a republican.

    Gwen in Albuquerque

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  160. Dan

    He helped himself. No long, expensive, agonizing presidential campaign. He has successfully removed himself from the list of 2012 candidates.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  161. Shirley Mesquite

    Jindal sounded just like Sarah Palin. I had no clue what he was speaking about. The Republicans are in "panic mode" just like during the "elections".

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  162. Daniel from Florida

    As a Republican who supports Palin in 2012, I felt that Jindal did an aweful job. The Republicans are looking for our Obama, a non-white, young, charasmatic politician who can help evolve Washington. Bobby Jindal is not that man. While he may be non-white, and a politician who can evolve Washington, he is not a good enough speaker to even win a Primary. I do have hope for the Governor, and I would like to see more of him, but only if he can learn to be a more forceful, powerful, and dynamic speaker.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  163. Kett from Dallas

    He screwed up Jack, he should have gone for advice from Palin on how the GOP made her look foolish with the speeches before taking the over. It will take him time to get such an opportunity again.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  164. John A. Puro

    Jack, He looked like a deer in the headlights of a truck up here in Vermont. Republicans better get there butt in gear. John

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  165. Stephen from Laguna Naguel

    Hi Jack,

    I am and always have been a Republican but I have to admit as you stated, if our hopes are on Jindal and Palin, we're doomed.

    I was hoping the Party would cut everything back and regrow from our original roots up, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.


    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  166. Frank Spiga

    Jindahl did nothing more than emphasize the intellectual wasteland known as the Republican party.

    They are out of ideas, out of energy and out of presentable personalities they can use to fool us.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  167. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    The poor guy. It was like he was reading to his kids from My Pet Goat after tucking them in. The term 'vicarious shame' was appropriate in my case, that's all I felt.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  168. Thelma from Castalia, Ohio

    Response? You call that a response? I call it pathetic.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  169. matthew san berdo,ca

    Ouch I think he needs stitches no band aid for that one.2010,2012 look more promising everyday for the dems

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  170. Sam, New York

    Isn't it ironic that the governor of a state who suffered the United States' greatest natural disaster just a few years ago greatly due to lack of preemptive measures/investment decided to single out "volcano monitoring" as "absurd" wasteful spending.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  171. Focus 247

    Yes but really just made himself look just as stupid as the rest of the GOP has lately. I thought they were trying to better there image. Good job GOP

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  172. Ryan from Tampa, FL

    As a member of a political party that adores the likes of people like Sarah Palin, I very much doubt his standing in the Republican party has been hurt at all....he'll need to redeem himself in the national public spotlight if he wants a shot in 2012 however.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  173. John Arcella

    Gov. Jindal basically made a fool of himself. Honestly all the republicians are making fools of themselves. Just think a few short months ago under the former president, they voted to spend billions every month in Irag,espcially when the majority of the people in America wants us out of that mess. I turns my stomach every time a republician opens his mouth on national television. What has Irag done to help America, any cheap oil? I watched a talk show last night that showed Americans living in tents,kind of like slum dog I would say. Its time to help Americans, let Irag help it self. I think what is needed for a Golbal economy is a global union work force, what do you think?

    Thanks, JOhn

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  174. Lisa

    No. He sounded like a nervous grade school student trying to recite an assigned poem. Looks like Palin has competition...for most embarrassing republican.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  175. Ismael San Francisco Ca


    of course he hurt himself and his party of opposition fellows. He trodded out stale ideas while as Jon Stewart mocked jindal accurately as a sort of Mr. Rodgers persona. "Hi boys and girls The Presidents wrong and even though tax-cuts don't work we're asking you to believe as hard as you can, that they will". A poor performance is a light critique of how he performed. Jindal SUCKED!!! looking foolish, disingenious and stooopid. Let him speak for the Party of Obstructionist some more.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  176. Anthony Nappi

    I've always wondered what "Humpty Dumpty" looked like. Now I know. But I never expected him to be so dumpy.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  177. Gary Smith

    I felt like I was listening to Mr. Rodgers. I'm shocked he wasn't wearing a cardigan sweater. It was the typical Republican response that has the Republicans with their backs against the wall. Maybe you really can't teach an old dog new tricks

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  178. Arvind

    Bobby Jindal did himself and his party no good whatsoever. His criticisms were cliched and offered nothing new. I also didn't understand his point about government not being necessary to rebuild new orleans.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  179. Michael Riley

    In the short-term, Governor Jindal definitely hurt himself with his response. However, the publicity, albeit negative has definitely increased his name recognition among the American public. We are likely to forget why we have heard of him, but still remember his name and in the long run, this will help him.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  180. Femi

    I am not sure you watch Gov. Jindal's response, it's like the guy just Jingle to the Barracks' corner and got his tail wipped. The Republican should have known better, you don't send father xmas to deliver a gift!!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  181. Marianne

    Good Grief, what were they thinking letting him loose, he needs seasoningh much like Palin. His jacket was unbottoned, he needed a shave, the hallway background was awful, don't they give him an office. He was cemented to the teleprompter and sounded like he was speaking to children and he really didn't respond to Obama speech, Pathetic........ this is the best they've got, kind of scary...

    February 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  182. Jayson Spokane Washington

    It would seem like everytime a Republican opens their mouth lately, especially Rush Limbaugh and now Bobby Jindl they do more damage than good to their party!?!?.
    Wouldn't it be best that they just sit back and shut up and let the dust storm settle that the Bush administration created.
    My father always used to say, "Isn't it better to be thought of as ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  183. Nimal Fernando

    Jack, if Bobby Jindal is the rising star in the Republican constellation, then their universe seems to be a pretty bleak one. While feeling sorry for Jindal, let's thanks the Republican "wise men" for allowing the Democrats to retain the white house for perhaps the next sixteen years. And that surely will be good for America.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  184. Pat

    If it looks like or smells like a republican, then it probably is! People are in for a shocker....Obama WILL have two terms. Anyone running against him will be wasting not only their money but also their time. People who voted Obama in know this isn't an overnight process. He'll fix it.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  185. Yanick

    Hi Jack, Do you call that a response or a mere speech. He tried too hard and did very little. It´s rather unfortunate people are hurting and he decides not to accept the government´s money for political ambitions, it´s a shame.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  186. Melvin- Pembroke Pines, FL

    Governor Jindal's speech seems to be perceived as superficial, contrived and coerced. It didn't seem as though he understood the context properly. As an old friend of mine put it, Jindal seems to be a more eloquent Bush.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  187. Danny Lunsford

    I am a 21 year old Republican college student in Williamsburg KY and I truly hope that Gov. Jinal is the future of my party. If not him, or someone like him, does not take the reigns of this party, it will not see a win for some time to come and I fear it will not have my support for very long. If we have ever have another neocon as leader of the party, I am joining the Libertarian Party.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  188. Gillian from New Orleans, LA

    As a Louisiana resident, and a Democrat, I can say that Jindal did an excellent job managing Gustav and Ike last year. He calmed the public and disseminated information with poise and sensitivity. However, on Tuesday, Mardi Gras of all days, he sounded more like a condescending Mr. Rogers than the leader we saw during the hurricanes. It seems that he is caving into the pressure to push GOP talking points rather than his own personal agenda. How disappointing.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  189. knmusic from Minneapolis

    I guess it depends if you are a hard core Republican or not. I think he sounded like the poster child for the Republican party of the last 8 years. The hard core elephants should be raising their trunks in appreciation for what he said. However, I would bet that many of the rest of us are unimpressed.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  190. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    You know how the opposition party’s response could get better reviews? If they were on point, informed, and offered a tempered critique rather than party-motivated overt criticism. That goes for BOTH parties, Jack, not just the Republicans.

    “Bobby” needs to go back to the drawing board, resume his real first name, take pride in his ethnic background without playing on it, and come to the realization that anyone of his religious and ethnic background is unlikely to ever win right-wing support, and probably not even general GOP support. He probably ought to go back to his state and figure out why New Orleans is still not even partially back to normal, and why outside forces, such as the much-maligned (by the GOP, anyway) Hollywood “liberals” are doing more than the state is to bring normalcy back to people’s lives there.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  191. Harold

    Hey Jack,

    Jindall made me feel good inside and smile. Reminded of my youth. Remember Howdy Doody? Jindall without the strings, or maybe with?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  192. Mike Reynolds


    I think Bobby Jindal helped his campaign for 2012 as much as he helped right after Hurricane Katrina.

    Atlanta, Ga

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  193. Pedro Hernandez

    He hurt himself with his response. I t was painful to listen to that speech.
    Who wrote it for him? It was a disaster. Thank you.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  194. N.Alim

    Jack, if this is truely the future of the Rep. party, then Obama has another 4 years. This should be plenty of time to recruit another minority to "mold" into a perfect candidate in 2016.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  195. Raymond C. Du Long

    Bobby Jindahl is an idiot just like the rest of the low-life rich rebublican party who think not of the working people of this country. But rather help out the big bank CEO.s and the rest of the rich guys !!

    Wake up middle class America !!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  196. Doug B., Miami, Fl

    I thought I was watching a SNL skit until someone reassured me sure me that it was actually the Governor .

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  197. James From ABQ

    Jack the Republicans would have been better off having a Ronald Reagan Hologram give a rebuttal after that great speech Obama gave. Personally I would have let Rush give the rebuttal than to jeopardize my standing in the rebirth of the Republican party. Better to be thought of as skilled upcoming charismatic fellow than to appear on television and confirm the Republicans have a lot of work to do.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  198. james


    Yes, of course jack.. hurt himself with Republican…we dont know who is Bobby Jindal but he trying to copy of obama’s color skin..

    James, From AC, New Jeresy........

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  199. Sam (Vancouver)

    He seemed to be speaking to mentally challenged children.
    It was painful to watch.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  200. Fran of Huntington, NY

    I say lets pair the two of them up, the outspoken Mama and shy boy, what a team. LOL! Yes, he hurt himself and the GOP, just another nail in the coffin.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  201. Dave Grand Rapids Michigan

    Bobby Jindal sounded just the character "Kenneth", the page on the TV comedy "30 Rock", which I know you won't mention since it is on one of the other networks.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  202. Mike

    Giovernor Jendel gave a response – I thought that it was a campaign speech. This was the first time that I ever saw him, and he reminds me of Ray Romano, only no humor. Oh, and no offense Ray. It will be interesting to see how much money he doesn't want next hurricane season. Is this really the direction that the Republicans have in mind? You betcha, what a maverick.....

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  203. Nadene

    The howdy-doody approach that Jindal went with in no way inspired confidence that the GOP knows what they are doing. What a joke it was! It was very painful to try and listen to his oration.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  204. Tabitha Williams - Boulder Co

    It was actually quite sad Jack. I found it quite amusing that although LA recieves quite a large amount of money for the observation of hurricanes, he found it necessary to make light of others potential natural disasters. If this is all the GOP has got ( hip hop? no answers), then it will be another sad loss in the next election.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  205. Latese

    We're (Americans) going to put him in the Oval Office?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  206. Sharon

    Jack! can you say it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood, Mr. Rogers is what he reminded me of. I think the GOP needs to reach into a new bag of tricks, we had Mcain with Palin, and Joe the Plummber, and now the GOP with Jindal if this is the best that they have we can all rest assured that Obama will sail to the White House in 2012.
    Moreno Valley, California

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  207. Chuck Sabin

    If anyone would have tuned in at that moment late to hear the presidential address, they might have thought that they had dialed ahead to 2012... this was not a response at all to what our president elect had to say that night, it was a mock presidential speech from an Obama wantabe

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  208. jeffrey vassar


    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  209. Jermika, TX

    The first couple seconds reminded of the Palin/Couric interviews. It's like he was trying to be cutesy b/c he had nothing better to offer. I was waiting for him to give us a wink! I know it's been said before, but if this is all the GOP has to offer, let's just skip the whole 2010/12 election cycle and leave things the way they are.

    Who's the next hail mary for the GOP? The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy??

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  210. Joel of Minnesota

    Was he speaking to that massive amount of folks President Obama said didn't even have a high school education? Gumdrops? Republicans and Katrina ? Sheesh! Repubs', give the Democrats a chance. You'll still get more than your fare share of revenues, but just modest profits rather than gouging. Jindal apepared young and inexperienced. Okay, he is. A ticket of him and Sarah palin in 2012? Dream Team?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  211. Art L

    Jindal hurt himself. It's official! He's as clueless as his partymates. Criticizing volcano monitoring in a state (my home state) that is still recovering from a natural disaster is just plain dumb.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  212. Greg - North Carolina


    Every time you ask a question for the "Cafferty File", you prejudice the responses by virtue of the comments you make prior to asking the question.

    Why don't you just ask the question and let people send you their answers without benefit of your personal opinion.


    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  213. Del

    Well Mr. Cafferty....can you say , "Mr. Rodgers, the guy talked like he was running a third grade class. Who are the people in Mr. Jindal's neighborhood???

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  214. Tugarwugar

    Jindal and the Republicans are imploding...they need to quit while they are behind. They still don't get it...this was the party stating that "the fundamentals of our economy were sound" right up to the eleventh hour. Actually instead of campaigning and dismissing Obama for the next 4 years and implying they will win the WH in 2012 they should have presented "specifics/details" on part of the stimulus package that they found offensive. But follow it up with an alternative to be considered. This is how it works in Fortune 500 companies..After 2 years of campaigning and now this, the Republicans can only offer a tax credit for first time home buyers but can't detail how to get a person hired and provide job security in order to maintain their homes. They are pathetic!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  215. leroy matthews

    thats guys a joke, if he's what the republicans have on deck for the next election the president has nothing to worry about. come to think about it, that whole party is a joke.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  216. Fordy - Jamaica

    Sanjaya from American idol?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  217. Linda - Santa Fe NM

    Jack, he definitely hurt himself. When you have to follow up to rebutt an excellent speaker like our President Obama, the least the GOP could have done was to make sure the Governor was up to the task. Like many bungles lately, I guess they didn't bother to find out – so much for vetting!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  218. Femi

    I am not sure you watch Gov. Jindal’s response, it’s like the guy just Jingle his way to President Obama's corner to have his tail wipped by Barrack. The Republican should have known better, you don’t send father xmas to deliver a serious gift!!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  219. Howard Bochnek

    Two nights after the Academy Awards, the American Slum Dog Governor got his chance to shine. In the process he revealed the self serving nature of all Republicans who follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, the man who took the party over the edge and launched it on a path to oblivion and irrelevance. If Governor Jindal wants to save money on Volcano detection systems in Northern states, maybe we should just tell the National Hurricane System to forget to warn New Orleans of the next disaster....oh I forgot......George Bush already pulled that stunt.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  220. Bob Watts

    Jack, my condolences to Jindal and all the Rich Republicans and their big business cronies who FINALLY may have to pay their fair share. I know they will suffer having to do without more toys and I am sure they will suffer with one house or car or boat less. I will cry for them in 2011 when it occurs meanwhile I am crying for the millions of Americans who are suffering because the rich and Bush ruined our economy.

    An independent.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  221. Paige

    To accpect 92% of the stimulus plan and rail against President Obama so vehemently about the evils of it is yet another prime example of the contradictions of the 'Grand' Old Party. If this is truly the future for the Republican party, then we should all be frightened of the great ignorance that will soon be unleashed on the American people.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  222. David

    Well, he certainly didn't help himself. He's my governor unfortunately and I feel like he looked totally out of place. I also feel like he is concentrating on positioning himself for his presidential run rather than taking care of this poor state. I'm glad he had that "wonderful" speech as a coming out party. If he's the messiah of the Republican party, I say let the Repubs lay in the bed they make.....

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  223. Tanya Kujath

    I can't but wonder if Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin are aware that they were nothing but Show Horses. I also can't help but wonder if the republican party might be aware of the fact that Sarah is no Hillary, and Bobby is no President Obama.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  224. Teri from slc

    The more important question- Who cares

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  225. Justin

    As one of his constituents, I was appalled at his speech. I have seen him speak several times in person and in press conferences and the GOP failed to tap his experience in public speaking. It seems the GOP is wishing to take a safe approach with his introduction: likable, rounded, diverse. For me, I believed the GOP chose him because of his presence at press conferences and his oratory skills; however, their speechwriter coached him in the wrong direction. Jindal hurt himself by appearing in that manner, but how many will remember this in 2012?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  226. martin wiesler

    Shows the desperation of both L0uisiana and the gop what a joke–I couldn't understand most of it because I was laughing so hard

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  227. French-Wilson

    The Louisiana governor fell short. While he may be a smart man, that does not necessarily equate with a wise man. If he can not handle the issues in New Orleans (the Katrina mess lingers on) how can he attempt to throw stones at Obama when his administration is still new and, he is dealing with what he inherited – Democratic and Republican problems from years ago.

    Also, why is he the "new" face of the Republican? Please tell me it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  228. Bradley

    Obviously, Mr. Cafferty, he hurt himself. Not only did he reveal that he has absolutely no charm, but he proved that a smile was the most unnatural facial contortion of which he was capable. I'm a Republican of sorts, and, just as in the presidential debates, I would have loved to see a real reason to avoid the pull of "Big Government," but if monitoring volcanoes and silly anecdotes is all he has, I have no other recourse but to support Mr. Obama's plan.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  229. Annlin

    He did not appear to be all he was built up to.
    He failed to comfort me, only convincing me that the GOP is the party of NO!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  230. Debby VA

    Jindal came accross to me as a Obama "wannabee" that failed desperately. The GOP has made some very bad choices in those that should represent them lately. To answer your question: Yes.....Jindal hurt himself by making an absolute fool of himself.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  231. independent c

    First of all he said some of the things Obama was saying. Tax cuts for small business and so on. He really looks like a joke. Repubs are crazy.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  232. Joel T. Terranova


    As a life-long resident of Louisiana, I have to say that Governor Jindal has just added himself to the long list of embarrassing governors that this state has become accustomed to. I know several people who had houses destroyed in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; do you know how angry people down here would be if some out-of-state jerk suggested taking funds away from hurricane forecasting? I completely understand those who are angry at Jindal’s comments over the volcanoes; it is idiotic, pure and simple. This is a guy who, after all, is considering cutting our education budget by 23%.

    In all fairness, Jindal’s speech is an excellent representation of the current state of the GOP. Crippled, embittered, and leaderless. The last thing this party needs is to embrace yet another Bush crony.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  233. Kaycee

    Bobby Jindal hurt himself with his Republican response to Pres. Obama’s address this week because if he say the money budgeted for monitoring of volcanic eruption is bad and dose not create jobs is not true, that means from the state where he is a governor should also not get money for hurricane monitoring.
    I think people from Louisiana will ask him to resign as gov.


    From Luxembourg Europe.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  234. sally

    Regarding Jindal's speech-I was waiting for him to take his jacket off , go to his closet and put his button down sweater on. Mr. Roger's is back! Even his voice had the same monotone quality and was as if he really was talking to children. Egaaads.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  235. Randall

    Admittedly Gov.Jindal could have done a better job.HOWEVER, he remains a a true representative of conservative values that even many misguided Republicans are denigrating along with their Democrat colleagues.The fact remains that Obama`s policies are Socialist in nature and even Fascist-leaning at base.Hey!Morever,the truth is that CNN and Mr.Cafferty are merely a part of Obama`s huge propaganda machine.Wake up CNN and do some objective reporting for a change!
    Point is: Jindal has the RIGHT idea! YOU don`t!
    -Randall (US citizen residing in TOKYO)

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  236. Gerold Atlanta, Georgia

    I really feel sorry for the republican party. They are coming across so desperate since they didn't get their guy ( McCain) into the Presidency.
    I think Jindal should really look at the role that he's being thrust into playing. He's not ready!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  237. John Metro

    Hi Jack,
    I know, going by the photos on CNN, that the two of them don't appear to be related, but has anyone there done a genealogical search to see if Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal share an ancestor?


    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  238. Dan

    Jindal seriously hurt himself, besides the fact he had very little substance in his speech. he had absoulety zero charisma. If the GOP is looking for a conservative version of Obama, they better look elsewhere.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  239. R. Georgeieva, PA

    He sounded like a 3 A.M – Infomercial. Much respect though for the courage to follow the President's address.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  240. teacheng

    Well, I would say not. He was terrible. And the worst part was not his lame duck speech style, but the content. Is this really the best Republicans can come up with? More of the same old nonsense? The cry of "lower taxes" is a cry finally being heard...but heard by those making less than 250,000, which is most of us.

    It's my feeling that the GOP will tank even further in 2010 and possibly 2012 with this approach.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  241. Dawn - New York City

    Jindal's speech was his introduction to the American public and it was a major flop. Bobby and Sarah have a lot of work to do if they're even thinking about a run in 2012. At this point a Palin/Jindal ticket would be a gift to Democrats and comedians alike.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  242. D. Holmes

    Admittedly, I am not someone to consult when it comes to politics or speech delivery. Having said that, I started to watch the Governors response and had to change the channel in the first two minutes. I try to educate myself on different views and opinions but this speech caused me physical pain. Forget water boarding, send this to Gitmo!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  243. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Can you say Sarah Palin? Here we go again with Republicans blaming their candidate's failure to communicate on anything BUT the GOP message and the speaker’s lack of skills!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  244. Keith Harley

    I hope that Govenor Jindal does not represent the future of the Republican Party just because he is a minority. The Republican Party is trying to rejuvenate itself by boosting minority front men and women to compete against the President, this tactic will not work. I can not believe that this guy would be critical of the President and his stimulus plan. Last time I checked the 9th Ward in New Orleans is still a mess and Governor Jindal does not want stimulus money? The bureaucrat he talked about in his speech was a State official not a federal official so that says a lot about him and his state.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  245. Val Myers

    Jindal must be a Loyal Republican - he went like a good little lamb to the slaughter. At least he's getting his name recognizable if he can grow to open his eyes and see his way forward without following the same path as "The Boring Old Guys", (as a famous NPR commentator once called certain members of the GOP. )
    Val Myers, Gardiner, MT

    February 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  246. Eric Bracke, Fort Collins, CO

    I think this one falls into the category of "time will tell". Most folks are just criticizing the messenger and not the message. If all of this wild and crazy spending party in Washington makes the economic situation worse, which many believe it will, people will look back on Jindal more favorably. If the spending works, then Jindal was no more than a flash in the pan which people will quickly forget. All things considered, it probably doesn't matter in the grand scheme of american politics.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  247. Ramblin`

    Jindal sounded and looked like an amateur. He had no appeal and nor validy to anything he said with his phony sing-song speech effect. The Repubs trotted him out like a sacrificial lamb to play "political gong show". Guess what GOP the gong was heard from coast to coast. Whats next Michael Steele doing a hiphop number?

    February 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  248. Rich- Houston

    I would hate to have to follow President Obama. It was a first round knock out.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  249. Steve, Allen, Tx

    I still remember Clintons first speech. How funny was that...We will a forget about this speech including CNN come election time. I can't wait to see President Obama not use the prompter again. Even Cnn has to admit that was really funny........

    February 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  250. Bill McConkey

    He made Huckabee look modern and Romney open minded and now joins Palin as a "flash in the pan." He was correct about New Orleans being "back." Seven people were shot at Mardi Gras, including an infant. Just like the good old days. He was terrible.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  251. Greg Arkansas

    Cut Jindal some slack. He was another GOP sacrifice for the failure to enter the 21st century ideas and comprehensive thought. Palin was the first..Jindal just hopped along. The GOP should cut to the chase. Prop up their braintrust ...that gas bag misogynist, drug addict Rush Limbaugh! As Socrates said: "If what you have does not improve silence then be silent. " The GOP would be welll advised to heed those ancient words until their archaic collective thought process embraces today.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  252. Jasmine in Germany

    By accepting the duty of the Republican response, he has made himself and his name more visible and known. His speech seemed to have targeted the uneducated; he spoke in a very simplistic manner as if he were speaking to a child. He hurt himself and his image nationally with the response; his words mirrored partisan puppet politics and some statements were not well researched. He probably should not have accepted the honor of giving the response, it has done more harm than good.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  253. Greg Arkansas


    Jack,..Cut Jindal some slack. He was another GOP sacrifice for the failure to enter the 21st century ideas and comprehensive thought. Palin was the first..Jindal just hopped along. The GOP should cut to the chase. Prop up their braintrust …that gas bag misogynist, drug addict Rush Limbaugh! As Socrates said: “If what you have to say does not improve silence then be silent. ” The GOP would be welll advised to heed those ancient words until their archaic collective thought process embraces today.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  254. Mrs. Weidenbach

    It's great! At least a few comedians, writers, and late night talk show hosts will stay out of the unemployment line!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  255. Kevin M. O'Brien


    One sure way to guarantee Obama's reelection would be to put two Republican "Superstars" up against him in 2012. Jindal & Palin in 2012!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  256. marie

    I watched President Obama and then turned the channel when I turned back and saw Jindal on T.V after watching I thought Saturday NIght was doing a special night time version. After watching it for a while I thought this must be a GEICO commercial and thought I would see the Gecko coming across the screen. Then I realized this is real. I could not believe this man was talking like he was. I feel really sorry for him and his family. I think he should forget about 2012. How dare he say that Volcano's should not be monitored after everyone helped with the big price tag that Hurricane Katrina had. It makes you wonder what would happen if he was in office.

    February 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm |