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Jindal Joins the Club; A Response Refresher

By Paul Volpe
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who delivered a widely panned response to President Obama's address to Congress last night, should be comforted to know that his performance likely will not affect his chance for a spot on the GOP ticket in 2012.

While the response traditionally was delivered by a member congress, the recent trend has been to choose a rising star (and often, an outsider) to be the voice of the opposition.

And while these responses tend not to be memorable, they provide a national stage for politicians who have big ambitions.

Below is a glance at the last five responses and how the deliverers have fared since. A response refresher going back to 1997 -- complete with transcripts -- can be found here at the interactive graphic "Past Responses to the Annual Presidential Address to Congress".

2009 Republican Response: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
Although the reception hasn't been favorable, Jindal has a lot of time of make up for it. He will run for reelection in 2010 and likely will remain a face of the GOP.

2008 Democratic Response:Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
Term limited out of office after eight years, Sebelius was on Obama's vice presidential short list and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the open Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.

2007 Democratic Response: Virginia Sen. Jim Webb
An outspoken opponent to the Iraq War with a military background, Webb gained a following after beating popular incumbent George Allen. His name popped up as a potential running mate for Obama before he removed himself from consideration.

2006 Democratic Response: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine
Also on Obama's veep short list, Kaine brought a different face to the Democratic response. A popular Democratic governor in an increasingly purple state, Kaine will be term-limited out after four years and was named chairman of the Democratic National Committee by Obama in January.

2005 Democratic Response: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)
Reid and Pelosi led the Democrats back to the majority in 2006, with Pelosi becoming the first woman to serve as speaker of the house.

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If Jindal had had more time he would have finished his speech, "Since federal funds for volcano monitoring are wrong, I will also say that federal funds for hurricane monitoring are wrong, and it is also wrong for the nationa's taxpayers to fund the repair and reconstruction of New Orleans: that is something the people here will pay for. This shows I am a man of principle."

Posted by: Sutter | February 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Why do you suppose the "democrats" are all breaking out in monkey-bites about the Republican legislators not voting for their pork-laden "stimulus" bill? After all, it passed, didn't it? They GOT what they wanted! The reason IS because they know when the American people see that the bill DIDN'T DO what the democrats promised, learn about all the pork that was in it, and realize that the democrats blew the money that COULD have brought about a recovery, the American people will know which party did it to 'em, because the Republicans are on record as opposing the democrats shameful waste of taxpayer funds. There will be only one party to blame, the democrats can't say "They voted for it, too!", and now they're scared!

Posted by: lightnin001 | February 26, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Jindal's voice sounded like a kindergarten teacher reading to her students. I kept waiting for him to pause and show us the picture for that page.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | February 25, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I like Bobby Jindal. He's like a male version of Sarah Palin, minus the personality.

Posted by: hamishdad | February 25, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Bobby could deliver the line very well "There's no Basement in the Alamo !"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYfjq3ZYZbA

Posted by: aquarius12560 | February 25, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal is an Indian version of Mr. Rogers. LOL No credibility at all!
http://pbskids.org/rogers/player/rogersmessage.html

Posted by: kushka53 | February 25, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal is an Indian version of Mr. Roberts. LOL No credibility at all!
http://pbskids.org/rogers/player/rogersmessage.html

Posted by: kushka53 | February 25, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

that all-American dream girl, Palin.
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Hey, she can drop a Caribou with a 30-06 at 100 yards with a single shot and field dress it. She can gut salmon while drinking long neck Bud's. And, she looks hot in the process.

Who cares if she doesn't know where Russia is or can't name a single paper or magazine she claims to read.

France has a French model for their First Lady? We'll put our all American girl in a snow machine suit that is 2 sizes too small. Is America a great country or what???

Posted by: patrick10 | February 25, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Republicans would have been ahead if they hadn't spoken last night. You could tell it wasn't going well just by watching Sen. McConnell. He sat quietly in his seat like the kid sitting at his school desk on the first day at a new school. Rightfully so. Between he and Boehner they continue dragging their feet every step on the way.

Thanks fellas. Glad to see you're onboard as public servants working to solve our problems. Your Young Republican friends from college would be proud of you two still committed to your hypocritic ideals to uphold GOP philsophy regardless of the dire straits we are all in.

So for Jindal to step up after Obama last night was embarassing even for liberals to watch. Do you really think the GOP message of "We don't know what to do so we aren't going to do anything at all" is really going to fly in 2009?

Why not just stand in front of the camera and jam letter openers in your ears? It would have less painful to watch rather than Jindal's GOP mantra.

You guys can't be for real. You just can't be that stupid. Maybe that fat, engorged, money sucking tick Spambaugh.

But seriously, give it up. Become part of the solution, not continue as part of the problem. Buy a clue.

Posted by: patrick10 | February 25, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Jindal last night reminds me...I just saw two great documentary films about the Republican Party. "DELIVERANCE" and "TITANIC".

Posted by: wilder5121 | February 25, 2009 4:59 PM

wilder5121-

More like "Duck Soup" and the Hindenburg.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 25, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I would gladly vote for Palin and/or Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:45 PM
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The more Palin, Jindal and JakeD say- the better the democrats look.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 25, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for Jindal/Palin in '12! Dumb & Dumber (and Joe the Plumber!)

Posted by: hamishdad | February 25, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Jindal last night reminds me...I just saw two great documentary films about the Republican Party. "DELIVERANCE" and "TITANIC".

Posted by: wilder5121 | February 25, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I would gladly vote for Palin and/or Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

JUAN WILLIAMS (as reported in HuffPo): "[Piyush's speech] came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish."

Look, the endlessly regurgitated Reagan narrative IS "very simplistic and childish", and it's about time our country grew up and stopped believing in republican fairy tales.

Obama, unlike his predecessor, gave an intelligent, thoughtful, and coherent argument for taking charge, and using our heads in repairing the damage of the last eight years.

Bobby Jindal is just one more starry-eyed sychophant to the right wing ring masters of the republican circus. His school girl Reagan-slurping dream speech was bound to sound like the naive idiocy it is, when given so soon after an adult has spoken.

W is gone. The bar has been raised. Thank god.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 25, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

After listening to 'W' struggle with big words, complex ideas and pronunciation, Republicans must be in awe of Bobby Jindal's ability to deliver the spoken word. Problem is, Republicans still like 'W' and there's no reason to disqualify Jindal, Perry, Sanford or, that all-American dream girl, Palin.
Once can only hope they run all four.

Strategery.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | February 25, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

You know how bad his performance was? Bad enough to make him forget about 2012 -- which means if he wants to get re-elected as governor, he'll reverse his stance on the Stimulus money - watch.

Posted by: RollaMO | February 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who delivered a widely panned response to President Obama's address to Congress last night, should be comforted to know that his performance likely will not affect his chance for a spot on the GOP ticket in 2012."
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You're kidding right? Piyush is totally disqualified for 2012. His performance was: F-, please see registrar. When even BHO haters like Juan Williams eviscerate your speech, you are done, finished.

JUAN WILLIAMS (as reported in HuffPo): "[Piyush's speech] came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish."


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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