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Obama Earns Positive Reviews; Jindal, Not So Much

By Ben Pershing
In the hours leading up to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last night, most analysts agreed that he needed to serve the nation a heaping helping of hope after a bit too much "straight talk" in the first five weeks of his presidency. Well, hope is what we got, though leavened with a still-stark portrayal of the state of the economy.

Obama's thematic return to campaign form should not have been surprising. The iconic poster, after all, does not say "Dread" or "Fear." Obama spent the evening, as Janet Hook put it, figuring out "how to balance warnings of dire circumstances against the need to inspire confidence." Peter Baker observed that it's a good thing Obama didn't have to say "the state of the union is strong," because it isn't. And the Associated Press linked the speech to Franklin Roosevelt's first fireside chat 66 years ago, an address that also sought to reassure the nation during a banking crisis.

Hope isn't the only campaign relic that made a return last night; we've also got insta-polls! CNN's late-night survey found a whopping 92 percent of respondents reacted positively to the speech, though the network cautioned that the viewing audience skewed more Democratic than the general public because members of the party were especially eager to see the president they supported. And, as CNN's polling director pointed out, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush scored roughly as well in their first addresses to Congress. CBS News' instant survey was similarly positive, showing that approval of Obama's economic plans went up significantly during the speech.

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Posted at 8:18 AM ET on Feb 25, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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That was scary to watch a cross between fire marshall bill and Mr. Rogers.
Gentil 2012

Posted by: largo | February 26, 2009 3:14 PM

I guess not.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 8:14 PM

Does anyone ELSE want to discuss the topic?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 6:38 PM

"I'm sure you won't fault me for NOT answering your questions (is that a double negative?)

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 5:18 PM"
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I try not to base my questions in fantasy, and I do answer your questions that I consider to be productive.
(I'm not sure about the double-negative thing, see, there I answered and didn't answer your question all in the same answer which is probably worse than a double negative)

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 6:26 PM

I'm sure you won't fault me for NOT answering your questions (is that a double negative?)

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 5:18 PM

No, you didn't. Sorry, JRM2: you don't answer my questions (whatever your excuse), so I'm sure you won't fault me answering your questions anymore.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:51 PM

JakeD: I answer all questions that I consider to be rational, I don 't answer your hypothetical questions because they are an exercise in futility. for example: "If they dumped 100b dollars into the Pacific ocean that would be OK with you?" Just where do you expect an argument like that to go? When a person puts the word "IF" in front of a statement they can say anything they want no matter how ridiculous.

So, I'd rather not waste my time. However, if you wish to engage in intelligent, factual discourse I will be happy to, heck, you might even win once in a while.
(You know I burned you on the Jindal shame-name thing)

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 2:45 PM

"I wasn't ashamed of Obama's real name and neither is Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 1:00 PM"
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OK JakeD, if you say so it must be true, never mind the umpteen posts you've put up but hey, tell me this then; why does Piyush use an assumed name, you know, an americanized name?, answer: because he's ashamed of his real name and wants to be "americanized" even though he is a natural born citizen of the United States.

At least Obama isn't afraid to be honest and use his real name instead of making something up like "Mikey" or "Jimmy" or "Bobby".

I DEMAND THAT PIYUSH JINDAL SHOW HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO PROVE HE IS NOT MAKING UP HIS NAME.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 2:34 PM

MOswingvoter:

Jimmy Carter was elected, so anything's possible.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:32 PM

Jindal's response illustrates perfectly the real reason Republicans love Sarah Palin: she's interesting. Whether you like or hate what she says, she would never deliver a speech in the dry, wonky way Jindal did. You've simply got to have charisma in order to lead the American tv generation. So much for Piyush.

Posted by: MOswingvoter | February 25, 2009 2:26 PM

Hi JakeD

You said:

"There are not 92% Democrats (yet ; )"
Agreed.

I was just pointing out the odd way that the news media spun it's own analysis.

HEY...Hey...hey...
There's an ECHO...ECho...Echo...echo
in here!

Sometimes you can actually see the feedback loop.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 25, 2009 2:02 PM

At least you FINALLY answered a question ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 1:02 PM

I wasn't ashamed of Obama's real name and neither is Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 1:00 PM

"Yes, PIYUSH "Bobby" Jindal. I'm not ashamed of the largest democracy in the world. Are you?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM"
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You see JakeD, this where you blow it big time. For over a year now you've been posting "Barack HUSSEIN Obama" and in response claiming that you are just using his middle name. As a jab, I posted Bobby Jindal's real first name and you respond with "...I'm not ashamed..." meaning that all along your intent was to shame Obama, or his supporters by using his middle name.

Sorry JakeD, you lose this one.

And to answer your question,
no I am not ashamed of the world's largest Democracy, I think India is country with great culture and beauty but apparently Piyush Jindal is ashamed of his real name.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 12:56 PM

For the record, I would gladly elect a woman, African-American, Muslim, Hindu, whatever as he / she is pro-life.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 12:49 PM

Yes, PIYUSH "Bobby" Jindal. I'm not ashamed of the largest democracy in the world. Are you?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM

BTW JakeD, it's not actually Tim Geithner, it's "Screech" from Saved by the Bell.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 12:41 PM

" thought that Gov. Jindal was better. Did anyone watch MSNBC for the GOP response?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 9:50 AM"
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Do you mean PIYUSH Jindal????? JakeD?

I think you were watching MSLSD and I thought I was watching Mr. Rodgers neighborhood.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 12:38 PM

GWB scored roughly the same in his first joint Congress address. Fate is fickle. Even Obama has admitted he won't be re-elected if the economy doesn't improve.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 12:01 PM

Joyce1:

Were you similarly critical of Tim Geithner?

JohnQuimby:

There are not 92% Democrats (yet ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 11:56 AM

Jindal had an impossible task. That has more to do with the problems of GOP leadership than it does with Jindal himself.

Your reliever can't get the save if your starters have already blown the game.

"...a whopping 92 percent of respondents reacted positively to the speech, though the network cautioned that the viewing audience skewed more Democratic than the general public..."

Odd analysis. The general public skews more Democratic.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 25, 2009 11:45 AM

I doubt if we will hear too much from Gov. Jindal, he blew it last night and I think the Republicans would be more than foolish to try to groom him to run for the Presidency in 2012, his rebuttal will always haunt him. Who is left now, hopefully not Palin as she didn't pay all of her taxes and is not too knowledge about anything except 'drill, baby, drill!' Perhaps they should just ride off into the sunset until they can come up with some real leaders.

Posted by: Joyce1 | February 25, 2009 11:42 AM

Do you even read the news, Jake? The Dow has fallen based on the new housing sales report. It's the top of the front page. You can't miss it.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | February 25, 2009 11:40 AM

Back on topic, is the WaPo trying to blame the Dow Jones off another 200 points on Gov. Jindal? Or, is that what they call a "positive" review?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 11:01 AM

scrivener50:

Did you see that GTMO abuse has increased since Obama took over? You'd better be very careful out there.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 10:38 AM

TO: PRESIDENT OBAMA
RE: ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

ONE GLARING ERROR, MR. PRESIDENT:

We DO torture.

With silent radiation weaponry...

...approved by the Bush Justice Department for covert "use" on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens deemed "undesirables" or "dissidents."

Please read these articles. Then BAN radiation weaponry, the hand-held moral equivalent of the atom bomb. (Start by banning it from your White House detail.)

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted/disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 25, 2009 10:21 AM

Did anyone else see Gov. Jindal on the Today Show?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 10:14 AM

The one gripe with Obama is, as usual, the lack of details for his weeping agenda.

Jindal was just flat-out bad. Never talk directly to a camera...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 25, 2009 10:03 AM

I can only read your comments and laugh, Jake. Please, please run Gov. Jindal against Obama in 2012. Even Republicans didn't like his response. His tone was wrong, his delivery was wrong, and his message was wrong. That guy has no hope if he continues to address the American people that way.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | February 25, 2009 10:00 AM

I thought that Gov. Jindal was better. Did anyone watch MSNBC for the GOP response?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 9:50 AM

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