Bobby Jindal's learning experience.
Tuesday night I watched about fifteen minutes of Obama lying through his teeth. I couldn't watch his full speech to congress, because I probably would have become ill in disgust. I only tuned into to watch parts of little Barry's speech, because I didn't want to miss Governor Jindal's response. Eventually Obama finally finished. I felt almost blessed just knowing that he finally stopped talking. After that torture was over, the so called political experts preceeded to kiss Obama's rear end on his speech. The speech was really nothing to write home about. The only noticeable difference in the speech was how he tried to channel the optimism of Ronald Reagan in his delivery. I guess his handlers told little Barry that he was depressing the hell out of people with his doom and gloom rhetoric. After about five minutes of Obama butt kissing by the pundits, Governor Jindal made his way to the mic and delivered the Republican response.
Governor Jindal covered several topics during his speech. Some people said that he was too optimistic. Can a person be too optimistic? I thought he established a good tone. The few negatives I saw came in the delivery of the speech. Bobby Jindal is an extremely smart and educated person. He's very articulate and extremely analytical. In many ways be reminds me of a younger more dynamic Newt Gingrich. I have a strong feeling that the "powers that be" told Jindal to "dumb down" his response. He may have dumbed it down a little too much. Obama is the master of reading off teleprompters. I can't deny it or dispute that. The teleprompter is his friend and his element. When Obama is engaged in real time response to questions that aren't given too him ahead of time, he pauses a long while and stutters his way through questions. In many ways Obama sounds like Bush. Bobby Jindal is the opposite clearly. He's a real time reactionary thinker. Watch the video of Jindal on the Today show the day after his speech. You'll notice that it's like listening to two completely different people. Some so called conservatives are saying that he didn't have his best showing Tuesday night. In question to Jindal's delivery of his speech, that point could be debated. I believe people are completely overlooking the content of what he said. I don't believe Jindal's performance will damage him in the long run. Bill Clinton is heralded as being one of the best speech givers in modern political history, but he gave one of the worst campaign speeches in political history back in 92 when he was running for President. Most people know that I'm a top supporter of a Jindal run in 2012. I read from a teleprompter a long time ago. It was extremely odd and uncomfortable. It's very hard to display the proper emotions and facial expression while giving a canned speech. I can give a 30 minute speech easily in real time with nothing memorized or written down. Former President Ronald Reagan wasn't a great speech giver just for the sake of it. He was called the "great communicator, because he was able to articulate the message of conservatism to the average person. Jindal should just be himself going forward. When a person tries to "act" differently then their true nature, it rarely comes off in a good fashion. Jindal is the perfect contrast to Obama in every way. I don't expect the neoconservative crowd to embrace Jindal. Their ideal candidates are people like Governor Charlie Crist of Florida and Governor Paul Pawlenty of Minnesota. That's why I wasn't surprised that the neoconservative crowd pulled their knives out on Jindal. It won't work though. The inside the beltway crowd need to face reality. True conservatives will back candidates that share their views. As long as Jindal stays true to himself, he'll be just fine from here on out.
Now listen to how Jindal interacts in an interview on the Today show the following day.