Video: Jindal, take 2; Update: AOL Hot Seat Poll added

posted at 12:00 pm on February 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Bobby Jindal bounced back this morning from a generally-panned performance to an energetic performance on Today. He gives Meredith Viera a slew of specifics, arguing with more intensity about the pitfalls of Porkulus:

I didn’t think he did that bad of a job last night, but this certainly seems more assertive and less “robotic”, as many critics concluded about his performance last night. Michael Kraskin at AOL says the expectations are out of line:

The President, Bush or Obama, arrives behind Washington luminaries like the Supreme Court justices and cabinet members. The applause goes on for upwards of 10 minutes. Then they get to deliver a speech in which nearly every sentence gets a reaction from thousand or so assembled audience members. There are cheers, there is anger. Every person in the room is keenly aware that they could be on camera. …

Then, abruptly, cut to the response. The pascal lamb chosen to deliver the opposition response is alone in a mansion. What could be more alienating to the American people?

He or she speaks directly to the camera. There is no chance to make eye contact with a real person. There are no applause, there is no booing. The only people in the room are instructed to stay as quiet as humanly possible. If there are journalists, they are likely projecting an air of skepticism, or even worse, neutrality.

I have a solution for next year’s SOTU speech. Rent a hall and have the speaker ready to deliver his or her remarks to a room full of voters. Frankly, I’m surprised no one has thought to this already.

Update: Sound off about Jindal’s performance last night in our Hot Seat poll:



Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4

Who can even remember who gave the response to Bush a year ago? I don’t remember, but I do remember someone saying he was lame.

It is the nature of the beast. Yes, a hall and some real live people would help.

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Jindal:
Great in interviews, not so good at speeches.
Palin:
Great in speeches, not so good at interviews.

jgapinoy on February 25, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Monkei on February 25, 2009 at 6:04 PM

= red herring, strawman

Monkei on February 25, 2009 at 6:05 PM

= ad hominem

Monkei on February 25, 2009 at 6:10 PM

= red herring

Monkei = @sshat troll, go play in the sandbox over at the huff

cryptojunkie on February 25, 2009 at 6:56 PM

getalife:

It is just amazing the ferocity with which liberals will attack any conservative that they believe might be a threat some day. They will go after their families, their backgrounds, their religions, their school transcripts, their neighbors, their mothers…it does not matter. In this post partisan age it is simply unheard of to disagree with the Messiah.

It is true that the liar and the flim flam man, the smooth talker and the liar are more naturally at home in the Democratic party. Just look at the history of the party. Therefore the slick Willies are always more likely to be on the left.

Conservatives like Jindal are known to be smart, not charismatic.

That is why to this day Obama has not released his transcripts from school. He does not have to, it was not his smarts that got him elected, it was his personality.

That will only go so far.

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Monkei:

I can still remember Bill Clinton telling us that Saddam Hussein not only had wmd, Bill gauranteed us he would use them. If Bush had just known how completely incompetent the Clinton administration and its intel was, history might have been very different.

BTW, what do you think Saddam would have done with those mothballed wmd programs and that 550 metric tons of enriched uranium?

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

SoldiersMom on February 25, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Nothing they say stands up to scrutiny.

Hope your soldier is somewhere safe tonight!

hawkdriver on February 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Uh, did Meredith Veira ever begin an interview with a Democrat during the Bush years, “So tell me something you liked about what Bush said?”

Wow. Just wow.

terryannonline on February 25, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Jindal is the antithesis to Obama. Take away his teleprompter and he’s dynamite. Stick him in front of a teleprompter and he’s horrible….

Luckedout on February 25, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Yeah, 8 years then making millions giving speeches.

getalife on February 25, 2009 at 7:26 PM

getalife:

I don’t even know what you are talking about.

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 7:43 PM

The speech last night got better as it went along, but the first half or so was not very good.

Mattpat11 on February 25, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I don’t even know what you are talking about.

Terrye on February 25, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I think he is talking about the rapist Bill Clinton who is taking millions from our enemies to influence American foreign policy through his wife…err…partner.

ClassicCon on February 25, 2009 at 8:05 PM

She kept saying his last name as “Jindel” … was that on purpose? Hey “sweetheart” … it’s Jindal.

ORrighty on February 25, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Y’know, rebuttals to SOTU speeches always suck.
No matter who does them, they are just inherently weak, on either side.

silverfox on February 25, 2009 at 8:55 PM

I have a solution for next year’s SOTU speech. Rent a hall and have the speaker ready to deliver his or her remarks to a room full of voters. Frankly, I’m surprised no one has thought to this already.

Brilliant, actually.

Midas on February 25, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Note to Jindal: Never use a teleprompter again. Memorize it!

goldeagle11 on February 25, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Too much of that over-comforting Huckabee-Mr Rogers tone.

Buttercup on February 25, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Too much of that over-comforting Huckabee-Mr Rogers tone.

Buttercup on February 25, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Agree. What’s amazing (and fortunate) is how much of that melts away when he’s actually talking to somebody.

(Instead of reading a speech into a camera lens…?)

RD on February 25, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Agreed RD. And I think it’s small potatoes.
If he’s going to be weak at one I’d rather it be at the teleprompter, it’s much easier to improve upon.
We already know he can speak well off the cuff.

Buttercup on February 25, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Palin and Jindal…going on and on about how well they’ve run their states and how true Republican values work in the real world.

Forget that…give me that FREE government money!

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 26, 2009 at 2:29 AM

Jindal:
Great in interviews, not so good at speeches.
Palin:
Great in speeches, not so good at interviews.

jgapinoy on February 25, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Romney:

Fantastic at both.

iamse7en on February 26, 2009 at 3:46 AM

It is apparent that Jindal should have dumped the teleprompter and prepared speech. He should have just watched precedent Obama’s speech and then let fly with impassioned conservatism. We should also get him on children’s TV channeling Mr. Rogers since he seams to do that well. To give the next generation a clue on what is really wrong with this country.

darktood on February 26, 2009 at 9:18 AM

It is apparent that Jindal should have dumped the teleprompter and prepared speech. He should have just watched precedent Obama’s speech and then let fly with impassioned conservatism.

Whew! He is a tour-de-force when he is speeking “on-the-fly”. I’ve heard him interviewed several times and he is always great. And no er’s and uh’s either! (When you’re lying all the time, you have to speak slowly because your brain is constantly checking its own memory – hence the er’s and uh’s.)

Look, Jindal can probably learn to read prepared speeches better than he did the other night. I think the over-reaction was because people were taken back after hearing so many great interviews. I think enough people have spoken up in favor of him that it won’t hurt him in the long run. After all, we live in a what have you done for me lately society and we have a long way to go to 2012.

Mr_Magoo on February 26, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Romney:

Fantastic at both.

iamse7en on February 26, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Not a real Conservative… FAIL!

Mark Garnett on February 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Just saw the video. MUCH better delivery! Love everything he said!

jusgottabeme on February 26, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I like the hall full of people idea. I am sure will work.

We need to give him a chance.

OneConservative on February 26, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Bobby did so well Tuesday night that Obama and his ilk spent the entire next day repeating their lies to/through their golems.

Bad news. America gets it, and does not like it, Mr. President [in training].

DannoJyd on February 26, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4