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Obama's Speech: Winners and Losers

By Ed O'Keefe



Which parts of the federal government won praise from Obama? (Post photo by Rich Lipski)

While The Eye's colleagues provide unrivaled political analysis and perspective of President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, we've decided to look at the federal government officials, agencies, departments and programs referenced in the speech. Here's a quick review of the winners and losers as The Eye sees it.

Remember: Words only mean so much, even in Washington. Future actions taken by the administration and Congress will matter much more... and The Eye will be watching. Whether you agree or disagree with the following thoughts, leave your opinions in the comments section below.

WINNERS

Joe Biden: "Nobody messes with Joe," the president said, as the vice president earned the only explicit shout-out given to an administration official. Such an honor is Washington's equivalent of an actor calling out his agent during an Oscars acceptance speech. The VP's new task of overseeing the economic stimulus package is a daunting one however, so perhaps a shout-out is the best Obama can do to say thanks for taking it on.

The Energy Department, EPA and the Energy Industry: "We will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years," Obama said. "We will soon lay down thousands of miles of power lines that can carry new energy to cities and towns across this country. And we will put Americans to work making our homes and buildings more efficient so that we can save billions of dollars on our energy bills." This means Steven Chu, Lisa Jackson and their staffs will have Obama's attention, for better or worse.

The Department of Health and Human Services: Obama admitted the process of reforming health care might make things challenging for folks at 200 Independence Avenue, SW, 9000 Rockville Pike and other government health care-related agencies, but "health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year." The Obama administration shifts focus next to health care. Should efforts succeed, hundreds of thousands of government employees associated with health issues will get the attention and funding they've long desired.

The Education Industry: While congressional reaction may not have been as enthusiastic as he would have liked, Obama's explicit request that Americans "commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training," may spur higher enrollment at colleges, universities and other educational institutions and increase demand for tutors, educational materials, etc. Honorable mention: The Education Department, because if Obama gets the education reforms he wants, then the mandate of Arne Duncan and his colleagues will expand.

Inspectors General: When was the last time a president called out an IG during an address to Congress? Earl Devaney earned an indirect reference during the speech.

The Color Purple: The Eye is no fashion expert (he consults his two sisters and Almost Mrs. Eye), but First Lady Michelle Obama's choice of color tonight and during her recent visits to federal agencies means she prefers the bipartisan hue.

LOSERS

Any government department, agency or office not happy with Obama's budget proposals: We'll have to wait until Thursday for those specific losers, since Obama said his budget "does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue," and that both political parties "will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities." Various corners of the government will frown upon his proposed funding levels, as they might have in years past. Already there's concern about the Census budget, about NASA's Space Shuttle program and plenty of other initiatives. Stay tuned.

The Procurement Process: At least as it exists today. The president's comments about it and suggested reforms from lawmakers mean the government contracting process will come under closer scrutiny. But words mean less than actions: Will Obama and Congress keep focus on an issue that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called "dry" just yesterday?

CEOs: Obama's address reinforced the perception that corporate chiefs of all stripes have earned the general national disgust afforded to lawyers, journalists, the IRS, etc.

As for Bobby Jindal's Republican response, there was one clear loser: the federal government.

"Democratic leaders in Washington place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you -- the American people," the Louisiana governor said. "In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the National Democrats’ view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government." 'Nuf said.

YOUR thoughts? Post them in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 24, 2009; 10:31 PM ET
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Comments

I think the one clear loser was Bobby Jindal. Talk about not ready for prime time! And is he really serious that the reason Democrats can't be trusted in government is because of George Bush's failures during Katrina?

Posted by: havok26 | February 24, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Bobby "Jingle"...looked like a bad foreign impersonation of Bobby Darrin doing "Mack The Knife"...haha....haha....when the shark bites, with his teeth, babe...haha...geez...

Posted by: soonipi6 | February 24, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

What the President said was inspiring, masterful, courageous and full of personal and collective responsibility.
The opposition response, well, not so much. Perhaps allusions to Katrina weren't the best shot for an "R" to make.
A unanimous decision for the President, who was kind enough to speak English.

Posted by: molliemouster | February 24, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Jindal tells,

Jindal sells,

Jindal all the way,

oh what fun it is to ride,

on an elephant from Bombay...

Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 24, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Jindal was criticizing the Federal government response during Katrina. Does he remember who was running the Federal government during Katrina?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 24, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal = Droopy Dogg

Posted by: andio76 | February 24, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The biggest loser is the American tax payer, the real tax payer, not the workers who do not pay income tax.
President Obama even said it will cost more money ... more of our money. more of our childresn and grandchildrens money .. and will make things much worse instead of better.

Posted by: markandbeth | February 24, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Jindal. Wow! This is the first time I have seen and
heard him in real life. If you can call that life. He is a truly unattractive looking person to begin with. The walking dead who eat one's brain in Shaun of the Dead comes to mind. Most East Indian people are gorgeous. what happened to him? Guess it's his heartless soul shining through

And as for his speech???? GOPERS are obviously from an alternative reality..

It's true, Jindal. Government doesn't work when crooks and incompetents are running the government. We have decent people running the government now; and I hope they roll right over the likes of you.

Posted by: Barbi520 | February 24, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Watching Governor Jindal's speech, it seemed it had clearly been written before the President's speech, because there was a huge disconnect. But to comment that government can't be trusted because of the screwups of Hurricane Katrina is just plain bold....The Bush Republicans hijacked government, put all the cronies they could in positions of power, with the express intent of castrating government. Their intent was to make government totally incompetent, and they succeeded. For Governor Jindal to use this as a reason to distrust what government SHOULD do for us, is ludicrous.

Posted by: WarriorGrrl | February 24, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Repubs, but Jindal the Indian Guru (sorry, but, I just couldn't resist taking a jab, after seeing all those "Obama Bin Laden" and "Obama Hussein" taunts from his haters) sounded like, well, G.W. Bush responding to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 24, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to understand that a significant reason for the crash of the economy is the deliberate dismantling of the regulatory system built up since the New Deal. Beginning with Nixon and continuing through all his successors--especially Reagan and Shrub Bush--the government has abandoned its oversight of business, leaving us with profiteering drug companies, an empty shell of a banking system and monopoly communications. Therein lies the destruction of the middle class. Jindal and his ilk are mere shills for the capitalists who have wrecked the country with their greed. Let's hope the president puts a halt to the sell-off of America and restores some balance to our society and our economy.

Posted by: stuck_in_Lodi | February 24, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal may be articulate, ethical, and intelligent, but none of that was on display tonight. I really do want the Republicans to raise the level of debate in this country, but to do that, there must be a second quality debater.

And it needs to be somebody on the right. Who wants it?

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 24, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Jindal was the biggest looser...

Posted by: smart_sha | February 24, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

"Bobby" Jindal is a disgrace to his parents and to the nation. He's anglicized his name and thrown both his parents' religion (they're Hindus) and their politics (they're Democrats) in their faces. Then, he refuses to help the poor in his own state. He's turned down help for the unemployed from the feds because the Louisiana might be expected to foot the entire bill somewhere down the road. And the poor of Louisiana will continue to starve. Is this clown the best that the state could come up with for a governor? No wonder some folks call it Lousyana.

Posted by: barnabytwist | February 24, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

This was the greatest speech in our lifetimes. Obama is beyond great.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | February 24, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

There is no longer any doubt that Barack Obama is the leader that our country has hungered for and that he has the gravitas to lead us out of the wilderness of the Cheney/Bush swamp. He not only emulates Lincoln but has learned a great deal from FDR! His confident demeanour and open leadership is just what the country needs to pull us out of the horrible greedy mess he inherited.

There is also no longer any doubt that Bobby J. is not the "Great ##### Hope" of the Repubs. While not one of their "Old White Men" he mouthed their desperate attempt to cling to the past. He'll need at least 6 more years of seasoning if he has any hopes of getting into the ring with Barack. And he really really needs to stop using Katrina and Republickan in the same sentence, speech or even month unless he really wants us to remember Georgie's flyby.

Posted by: Dennis12 | February 24, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

So, alas, the great hope of the Republican speaks and..wow...this party is really hopeless. Nate Silver said it best: perhaps Jindal's speaking to everyone like they're 4th graders because that's the next generation Republicans have any chance of getting to vote for them.

Posted by: keller1 | February 24, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought the losers were the Germans. The country that really invented the automobile to have President Obama steal the credit from them.

The other winner though would be the maker of the made for TV product the Snuggie, who apparently has Nancy Pelosi as a spokesperson now.

Posted by: kolbkl | February 24, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

i've never heard bobby jindal speak before. aside from an unconvincing argument for the republican side, i was struck by his strong southern drawl. if he has plans for 2012, i wonder if his speech will turn off prospective voters in the northeast, midwest and west who already have a perception of republicans as a party of the south. while it's true that carter, clinton and w are southerners, the demographics of 2012 will make the southern strategy less effective.

Posted by: eohippus | February 25, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama did a great job of reaching out to the folks on both aisles. It was a refreshing change to see the President walk to the opposition and greet them.

Hopefully all plans fall in place.

Posted by: inditoy | February 25, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal has risen from a humble background very quickly and very fast. His ambition & commitment are admirable. In fact he is so ambitious that he realised that being a Hindu is not fashionable in USA and changed his religion to become more acceptable. If a person is capable of changing religion for material gains, imagine what he can do to further his personal goals

Posted by: mkvsarathi | February 25, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

OMG the GOP is worse than bankrupt. If the GOP lemmings continue their trip off the precipice, they will be thumped in 2010, and double thumped in 2012. Their idiotic posturing, and lack of any credible ideas, other than the trickle down mirage of tax cuts for the wealthy, will crack their false veneer. Jindal, WTF??? I thought he was reading "My Pet Goat" aloud.

Posted by: castillomark | February 25, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

BIG, BIG - HUGE Loser - Gov. Bobby Jindal and Republicans who considered him the future of their party.

Shocked is the only word I can find to describe Jindal's "response" speech.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 25, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal's response was a big let down. I expected something better from him. After the nonsensical, politically motivated decision to turn down much needed help for the citizens of his state and using the bogus reason of looking out for the welfare of the next generation, no wonder the GOP continues its move towards irrelevancy.

Posted by: indymax | February 25, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I was absolutely mesmerized and I was truly touched. His speech is not only inspiring, but also reconciling. Who will be the greatest winner? America! Here is one President who understands the meaning of "PROGRESS" for America.

God bless President Obama, and God bless America.

Hey did anyone listen to Jindal? What a dullard. That man wraps up the President's speech with a boring egoistic autobiography of himself and rote-chants the same old Conservative politics and policies he has been repeating like a parrot for the last few days. I'm surprised that nothing he said can be directly referenced to any of the President's speech. Did he really read or listen to the President's speech? The man seriously lacks charisma and is not impressive as a speaker!

Posted by: AmericaMyLove | February 25, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama was good...not his greatest speech, but decent, and he hit all the right marks.

Jindal was AWFUL...HORRIBLE even...didn't rise to the occasion at all...he had so much hype surrounding it, and failed badly...

Posted by: squatty2 | February 25, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Jindal keeps promoting the same points that people soundly rejected at the polls in November. When will these Republican clowns catch on? They attempt to vilify the government, the Democratic Party and anything or anyone else that doesn't feed into continuing to support their failed Republican policies. Granted, the Republican line does carry a certain romanticism of rugged individualism, but the simple truth of the matter is that it has not worked. It ignores the holistic infrastructure needs of the country. The Republicans carry the attitude that you can ignore all the research by all the experts and simply wish the problem away.

Posted by: pggift | February 25, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Yet another rah-rah, feel good speech from O-bang-your-mama. All rhetoric. The promises he made to the American people during the presidential campaign are now nothing but empty promises. Oh, and those 2 losers behind him are like puppets, getting their butts up the chairs every 5 seconds. Mind as well just stand there and look pretty. And "Nobody messes with Joe"? Hah, Biden is now responsible for wiping his own behine since his now in charge of overseeing the stimulus plan.

Posted by: mbaorbust | February 25, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal the next greatest hope for GOP's run for the White House? Talk about an obese GOP elephant grasping at the last straw, as it falls off the cliff!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 25, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I concur with the other writers.

Obama's speech was very impressive. I really respect that he spoke like an adult to Congress and the American people. I thought his comments were nuanced, honest, measured, and persuasive, and the stories he told at the end of his address brought me to tears. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that, but they did. Obama just seems like he's big enough for this moment. I feel better about things tonight than I have in several weeks.

I also agree that Jindal was very disappointing. I've seen him on a few morning shows, and I don't remember him speaking with such a strange accent. Following directly the heels of Obama's speech, his message came off as a bit simplistic and a little tone-deaf. His comments were just small. Does he really think Republicans lost their majority simply because they didn't follow their agenda dogmatically enough? That just strikes me as off.

Posted by: irwin4211 | February 25, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it strange that Republican critics of the stimulus bill are essentially favoring rebuilding the infrastructure of Iraq over our very own?! Of course if they were in power, there would be nothing wrong with their version of a stimulus...right? By-the-way...they'd be lying if said they wouldn't have one. It's just convenient contrarian rhetoric.

Posted by: danconx | February 25, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

isn't it a bit early to pick winners and losers?

Just because a particular department gets a windfall in new spending doesn't mean it automaticlally wins. Winning has to be defined as winning for the American people and not your own bureacratic interests. As we have learned all too painfully when it comes to Federal spending all the money in the world often does not produce desired results.

Let's see how this all plays out over the next couple of years befroe we start picking winners. To do it now is akin to selecting a winner in the Super Bowl early in the first quarter.

Posted by: bobfbell | February 25, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

The key to the success of Obama's plans rests in encouraging US industry to remain or to relocate in this country. In the speech, President Obama said "... we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas." That's a start. Let's see more of this kind of policy. According to Paul Craig Roberts, " What free trade "economists" do not factor into their analysis is the diminution of American family incomes and government tax base from the loss of the goods producing jobs to China. Ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled by offshoring," Get rid of offshoring of US jobs and America can recover.

Posted by: DusaGyllensvard | February 25, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Strange. The ten-minute response from Jindal drew more comment, so far, than an hour-long speech by the president!

Posted by: latebloomer | February 25, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Losers?

- Our children and grandchildren, who will have to pay for this astronomical, nonsense "stimulus".

- The GOP. Bobby Jindal was just pathetic!!!

Winners?

- Obama. Tonight, he convinced many fools that the solution to economic problems consists on spending more than Bush.

- Pelosi. She is a disgusting person to look at, but she has power... and she enjoys it.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | February 25, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope that the Republican ticket is Bombay Bobby and Bible Barbie in 2012...a ticket that only their parents and Rush could love.

Posted by: soonipi6 | February 25, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Jindal, Palin and Steele are mere "rabbits" for a Stanford or Romney's run in 2012 and are not the "new face" of the GOP. Their real purpose is to be "attack dogs" against Obama and his policies without the face of those attacks being a group of angry old white men. However, all three will quickly take the rap for the GOP's failure if Obama starts running away from the GOP in his overall popularity which he is well-positioned to do. You can take this one to the "bank" if you can find one.

Posted by: wiseowltoo | February 25, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the comment from Bobfbell that it is "a bit early to pick winners or losers." In fact, I kind of reject the whole notion of that dichotomy. What I think that Obama brings to our nation is a notion of win-win. If we can grow up as a country and get past unproductive bickering that some seem to thrive on, America and the entire world wins!

Why do we have to keep fighting each other, or be in some kind of competition? His bipartisan mind-set is what so many of us average Americans want, to do what not only works, but is right so that we can live at peace and not be hated in the world. So many of us are so weary of the petty politics that don't accomplish much. I am so glad we finally have an adult at the head of our government, one who is honest about our challenges as a nation but also gives us hope for a better future.

I think that those who worry about the cost of the stimulus package need to remember how much we have spent in Iraq on killing people. Now we will use that money to help people get or keep their jobs, to build up our own infrastructure and I for one am glad about that.

This country likes to boost about its spiritual basis, but the hypocracy of that lie has been so evident to so many for so long, both in this country and in the world. Finally we have a leader whose deep moral bearings are more in line with America's own professed ideals, one who is genuinely interested in helping to solve our problems for the benefit of ALL its citizens, not just the lucky wealthy few.

Posted by: purplequeen | February 25, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Loser: Lockheed Martin. "Cold War-era weapons" is code for the F22, which was designed to face Soviets.

Gates already wanted to kill it and Obama sure isn't going to stand in his way. $339 for one plane - now that's what I call pork.

Hopefully a few other arms dealers will be finding reduced orders from Uncle Sam.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 25, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Did I say $339? I meant $339 million of course.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 25, 2009 3:01 AM | Report abuse

In Texas where I grew up and attended Hawkins Elementary School with President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, there was a ceiling on interest rates banks could charge. Any amount more than ten percent was considered usurious. The idea here was to hold down the number of loan defaults. There was also a law against branch banks in an effort by the state to prevent any one bank from getting "too big to fail." Obama, who last night chided banks for "unscrupulous" lending policies, should take a look at the old Texas populist approach to banking. It worked pretty well. Sterling Greenwood/AspenFreePress

Posted by: AspenFreePress | February 25, 2009 3:30 AM | Report abuse

All I can say about the Republicans and George Bush is that under their tenure, the GINI index moved from 38 during the end of the Clinton Administration to 45. This means that the poor in America have become poorer and the rich in America have become richer. The middle class - well, they moved down too.

Now, if the Republicans can come up with a better plan, why don't they try. Hint, it isn't more tax cuts!!! They've tried it already in during the Bush years - remember??

And as for Katrina and the Federal response?? hahahahahaha

Did Jindal raise that in his speech?? Really?? What a loser.

Posted by: lichan1 | February 25, 2009 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Republicans were the losers. Hollering like pig callers at a carnival when Obama asserted he would cut the deficit in half, the President reminded them he had inherited the deficit from them. This shut them up. Can't wait until 2010 when more of them are sent home.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | February 25, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

America was the winner.
Bobby Jindal was not.

Posted by: freespeak | February 25, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the DNC had its bloggers out in force today to bash Gov. Jindal. Pretty good political move.

Posted by: MikeL4 | February 25, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

The last politician I referred to as "Bobby" was Robert F Kennedy. And you,Mr. Jindal, ain't no "Bobby" Kennedy.

Posted by: cymric | February 25, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe the racist jabs being taken on Jindal in this comments section. Debate him on policy and celebrate the fact that his counterarguments had no teeth in the face of Obama's/Dems policy agenda -- but calling him names and making fun of his ethnicity is beyond the pale, flat out unacceptable, and to be decried--'shame shame.' It is a shame. We as a nation should be beyond this.

Posted by: guest4 | February 25, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how many can, rightfully so, get bent out of shape when someone makes ethnic swipes at President Obama (the Hussein nonsense, the monkey comic, etc), but apparently Governor Jindal is fair game.


I guess we haven't come that far after all.

Posted by: kolbkl | February 25, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I am dismayed at the racist and belittling shots at Mr. Jindal (and one at the President as well) in these posts. Where is the forum moderator? I personally agree that Mr. Jindal's arguments were poor and that he talked to us like we were children. But I don't understand how anyone who believes in Obama's messages could feel that this kind of immature name-calling is useful.

Posted by: Adam19 | February 25, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

(falling off chair laughing))))
LOSER:
Any government department, agency or office not happy with Obama's budget proposals:

can you say "all of them".
Let the games begin!!!!!!
Hope Rahm-a-tolla keeps those regs frozen.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that all the comments here are about Jindal and aren't critical of the "Messiah" Obama. Most of the time, only left-wingers post any comments on the Post web site.

Give the euphoria another two months. It too shall pass, and people will remember that tax-and-spend big government liberalism can't solve society's problems. Half the time, it is the problem.

Posted by: Livelongandprosper | February 25, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are wrong - Democrats are wrong - When are we going to wake and understand that we need to sit down TOGETHER AS AMERICANS and solve these problems. This constant bickering and only my ideas are right will not solve anything and the people who keep those blogs going are idiots and the cause of the problems.

Posted by: Govt | February 25, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow! These comments are eye opening. People can be so hypocritical, shallow, and short-sighted. Please take a look at history and learn from it. Please take away your own biases, and consider the ideas that are espoused. I see attacks on a person, Bobby Jindal: how "unattractive", his religion (he is Christian and how can anyone possibly "know" that he converted for material gain; if that is true, what has his conversion earned him but condescending, disparaging remarks), his race(Indian), his accent (Southern drawl). Lets look at what he might have learned from his humble ethnic background. India, shortly after its independance, bought into the communist and socialistic ideas of Russia and watched its economic progress stagnate for many years. It was only after it began to deregulate its market and begin to transform to a more free market economy that it began to progress economically. The poor in India are still poor because of all the government red tape that stymies them from doing anything. 6 months to a year for a permit? Listen to an analogy. The stimulus plan is like unto removing water from the deep end of a pool and depositing it in the shallow end of the same pool. Really, can taking money from some taxpayers and giving it to other taxpayers while taking a percentage for yourself really stimulate the economy. You are taking money from those that are being productive and inventive and giving it to those who are doing nothing but waiting for a rescue plan. I know there are some who genuinely need help getting back on their feet. But there has to be a process that keeps people from becoming dependant couch potatoes. Our family is struggling to make ends meet. It seems the harder we work and the more money we earn, the more is taken away in our taxes. We are part of the middle class. We don't have the money to send our children to college and they can't find a job to earn money to go. We are caught in the middle. In spite of this, I am very concerned with the Socialistic ideas being celebrated in Washington today. There are unintended consequences down the road that will be blamed on someone who did not create the consequences in the first place. Consider educating yourself by going to the Foundation for Economic Education.

Posted by: alisondf | February 25, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

It seems that almost all the support for Obama's speech manifested itself in an attack on Gov Jindal’s race, looks, background. A sure sign that a discussion on the merits of specific ideas are not welcome.

The Democrats plan can be summed up by saying: Take from some and give to others. As long as the number you are taking from is below 49%, they believe it’s a good political strategy. Just don’t call it Socialism, which is exactly what is.

This is still a great country, but unfortunately, too many people have lost the original spirit that made this country what it is. Far too many seem to believe the greatness of the US is measured the number and scope of government entitlements. The satisfaction of personal accomplishment has been replaced with a check delivered by the government paid for by someone else.

Posted by: somewhoworks | February 25, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

well alison:
The ideology of yesterday is dying and republicans can't take it.
Conservatism is gone (we had this conversation yesterday too).
We are realizing the old, died-in-the-wool ideas of "what American life should be"-- fell into a paradox a long time ago.
Within this paradox, we initiated a paradigm shift. Double whammy.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Talkinghead1,

That is a great comparrison, I had OJ coming out my nose after reading your comment. That was great............

Posted by: rharring | February 25, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Winners: Our children for the reinvestment in their education and making them see that college is the ONLY way to go forward. Our seniors with the overhaul of the Medicare/Medicaid system so that that people like my grandmother can afford her necessary medicines. Lastly, the rest of the American people for electing a leader with the gumption to be optimistic and ambitious rather than using the same old contrived lines.

Loser: Sorry, but Gov. Jindal could quite possibly have been the worst choice for the GOP. As an independent, I look to the opposing party to see what ideals of theirs align with my own. This speech, however, did not seem to correspond to what was said in the speech. Gov. Jindal contradicted himself several times including saying how great it was to have a revitalized New Orleans after Katrina but wasn't his party in power during that time. Hasn't FEDERAL aid been used to rebuild the city? He also mentioned how they use bi-partisanship to get things done--hasn't the president been more than gracious in asking for their support.

Posted by: rom920 | February 25, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

As a longtime debate coach, had this speech occurred at a tournament, I would have dropped Jindal immediately and talked to his coach! This was a "canned" speech. It was not a response to Obama's speech. It was what we called a non-debate debate speech. It was clearly prepared long in advance and the delay was likely Jindal's indecision as to deliver it or not. It was a new low point for Republicans' ability to show their communication skills.

Posted by: abode | February 25, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

oh puleeze.....our childrens' generation will inherit debt...
lame excuse. Greatest generationsERS (from FDR to Reagan) did not care one IOTA if they put MY generation in debt.
Trying to find a reason to bash HR1 again and using "oh poor babies, you will all be in debt by what we do today".
They never carried in our entire history, so why now. And like typical Americans, everyone climbs aboard the "bandwagon" that our "children will suffer debt".
If they live folks.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

typo

cared.....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I was so turned off by Jindal's sneered crooked smile as he walked in that I only could listen to a bit of his speech. If the Republicans want to be heard they better pick a better speaker who, sorry to say, puts on a better face.

Posted by: Ranger-Phx | February 25, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Re Jindal --- wtf does the Louisiana Purchase have to do with government spending now?! And to throw in Katrina when his state actually would have (still would) benefit from a lot more spending than they got? Jindal needs to stop drinking the Republican koolaid and actually read what he's being asked to parrot. I'd heard such great things about him and was interested in finally hearing him speak...what a disappointment.

Posted by: baddabing1 | February 25, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The Presidents Speech??? Buy Gold, and lots of it. Within two years the dollar will go down in flames.

Posted by: hasitalldoneitall | February 25, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Having read most of the comments it seems that the general sentiment is as follows:

Obama can now, after only a month in office, be labeled a "great" president by virtue of the fact that he is able to read from a teleprompter with great emotion,

Jindal is an unintelligent opportunist, as is evidenced by his less impressive visage, (one poster called him "truly unattractive" while noting in the same post that "most East Indian people are gorgeous", another poster suggested he return to Bombay to ride on an elephant! So, am I to understand that democrats consider it appropriate behavior to make racist remarks about someone provided they are conservative in their politics? One individual mentioned that Jindal had "anglicized" his name for political gain. I seem to recall a young law student named Barry Obama who did something quite similar.

Ultimately, I am disappointed in what I have read here today with regard to Governor Jindal. It seems that democrats feel empowered to use racism as a tool for personal ideaological advancement. This is a dangerous, wrong-minded position.

Posted by: michaelellis29 | February 25, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The few times I've seen Bobby Jindal on news programs, he seemed to be a moderate, intelligent and independent thinker.

Last night's performance resembled no more than a less sour-faced version of John Boehner, complete with all the misconceptions, deceptions, spin and lack of originality which have characterized most Republican members of Congress since the Democrats gained a majority.

If this is what they are pinning their hopes on for 2012, let's save some more money by just calling off the election and certifying Obama for a second term now.

Posted by: Judgito | February 25, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Poor Nancy...she looked like a battery powered Jack-In-The Box....Up...clap clap...look sparkly...big smile...Down Then start the process over again.

I have a thought: Maybe she can't sit down since the Pope took out his giant paddle last week and left some tingly spots. Nance...Martin Luther uncovered the whole selling of indulgences thing centuries ago. Don't think you can buy your way into getting "Pro-Abortion" onto the Vatican Council agenda.

Posted by: dollarsforgoofs | February 25, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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