Interview: Gov. Bobby Jindal

posted at 8:48 am on November 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday evening, I had an opportunity to briefly interview Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss his new book, Leadership and Crisis, which goes on sale today.  In our chat, Jindal discusses many of the political points that the book makes, especially on the topics of health care, immigration, and the proper size and scope of the federal government, as well as the role of governors in restraining that growth.

The book, however, takes a somewhat different tone and approach than the interview.  Jindal’s book takes its time while moving through the agenda, and unlike many of the books written by officeholders, uses a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, which is both disarming and entertaining.  For instance, he takes great delight in calling himself the most boring Governor in Louisiana’s history — and then takes readers on a brief tour of the charming rogues who preceded Jindal in the office.  He tells a touching and heartrending story about the health problems of his son Shaan (who is healthy now), but then follows that up with the story of how he delivered his third child himself and noting that his sense of humor may not always be appreciated.  In these passages, Jindal writes about corruption and the health-care industry by introducing them with these personal stories.

And I don’t even want to discuss the airplane story, since I’m traveling this week and next, but I will say that it’s a pretty good working example of how faith can sustain us.  In the end, this is a political book that lays out Jindal’s agenda as these books are supposed to do, but it’s also good insight into one of the rising stars of the Republican Party — and an entertaining read.


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Heard his interview with Hannity yesterday……apparently the IOTUS is just as smug in private as he is in public.

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PappyD61 on November 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM

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Nearly Nobody on November 16, 2010 at 8:53 AM

sounds very good. I’m looking forward to reading it.

jeanie on November 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM

he takes great delight in calling himself the most boring Governor in Louisiana’s history

How? Staying faithful to his wife, and no corruption scandals? Is that even allowed in Louisiana?

rbj on November 16, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Heard his interview with Hannity yesterday……apparently the IOTUS is just as smug in private as he is in public.

1-20-13.

PappyD61 on November 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Yeah, he’s had some very revealing interviews lately regarding Obama and his cronies. He mentioned a few months ago how when he told Barry that people were losing their jobs because the feds were dragging their feet with their poor handling of the spill that it was no big deal because they could get unemployment checks.

Then yesterday he tells Hannity that Obama didn’t want Jindal or anyone in his administration talking negatively about him to the press. Plus the comment by Valerie Jarrett that the moratorium wouldn’t cost any jobs because the oil would still be there(as if the companies won’t go drill somewhere else instead).

It shows how utterly clueless and dangerous this administration is. I know some folks think their horrible economic policies are deliberate as part of the Cloward-Piven strategery. But what if they’re just so dumb and uneducated that they really don’t get what they’re doing to the private sector?

Doughboy on November 16, 2010 at 9:14 AM

In its endless crusade to prop up the failed ObaMao, Politico ran a nasty “review” of Jindal’s book. In ObaMaoLand it is not politically correct to fault Dear Reader for his ineptness re the Gulf oil spill.

The media were complicit in hiding the failures of this administration and in protecting the far-reaching, economically damaging decisions made by them.

onlineanalyst on November 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

It shows how utterly clueless and dangerous this administration is. I know some folks think their horrible economic policies are deliberate as part of the Cloward-Piven strategery. But what if they’re just so dumb and uneducated that they really don’t get what they’re doing to the private sector?

Doughboy on November 16, 2010 at 9:14 AM

It’s the dumbness & uneducatedness that is going to save us from their dangerousness. This is the gender & ethnic studies generation, who have replaced real education with feel-good courses. It’s their Achilles heel. (and I bet they don’t know why it’s called the Achilles heel.)

rbj on November 16, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Jindal’s just a very impressive guy. He downplayed any Presidential speculation on Hannity yesterday, but he’s definitely contendah material, in my view.

Bugler on November 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I agree, Bugler. Jindal is not a “rock star,” but his low-key, adult style is worth paying attention to.

The thrust of the Politico hit piece was that Jindal wrote the book as a means to toss his hat into the presidential ring. Did the reviewer never consider that Jindal is a thoughtful analyst who brings considerable leadership and experience to his ideas?

onlineanalyst on November 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM

He is still doing well locally, but the RONULANS are out to get him.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

He is still doing well locally, but the RONULANS are out to get him.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Ronulans(and their ‘leader’) are pond scum.
I truly believe that Jindal-rather than Christie or even Palin-will be the first Gen X president.
This Gen X’er would vote for him in a heartbeat.
Btw: Suriya’s no slouch either. Wow!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I like Jindal, but one drawback would be dealing with more birther stuff for another presidential term if he got elected.

AngusMc on November 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I agree, Bugler. Jindal is not a “rock star,” but his low-key, adult style is worth paying attention to.

We got our “rock star” in 2008–remember all the swooning, fainting women and “tingles up the leg” of Chris Matthews? Remember “Yes We Can”, who didn’t tell us WHAT “we” can do, and that it wasn’t about “we” the people but about what “he” can do, which was simply be the first black President?

Jindal is not charismatic, but he’s a brilliant, hands-on, git’er done Governor. A different style than his neighbor Haley Barbour, but the same down-to-earth determination. It took him awhile to break through the good ol’ boy network, but after the disaster of Blanco, Louisianans were willing to give him a try, and he enjoyed a 70%+ job approval throughout the BP oil spill, because he was getting his hands dirty DOING something while Obama was TALKING about kicking @$$.

Jindal is still young, but he has already served admirably in several positions in the state government, served in Congress, and now as Governor, and sometimes a low-key “adult in the room” full of keen analysis and common sense is what people really need in a crisis. He may not be ready to be President by 2012, but definitely by 2016.

Steve Z on November 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Heard a very positive review of his book on talk radio (I think it was Medved’s show). It got me interested to read it. Governor Jindal’s been on my short list of leadership material for the Oval Office for some time now.

theotherone on November 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Jindal/Barbour or vice versa … hehe.
Talk about “git outta our way, while we gitterdun” !!

pambi on November 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Yesterday evening, I had an opportunity to briefly interview Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss his new book, Leadership and Crisis, which goes on sale today.

I’m buying it. It will be next in line to read after finishing W’s.

Jindal/[Insert Name Here] to defeat Obama.

rukiddingme on November 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I like Jindal, but one drawback would be dealing with more birther stuff for another presidential term if he got elected.
AngusMc on November 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I suspect the birthers on the right will conveniently drop their concerns and a few on the left will pick up the cause.

rukiddingme on November 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM

He has managed to gain my respect. The more I read about him, the more I like him.

jeanie on November 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM

A surprisingly entertaining glimpse.

Why “surprisingly”?

Missy on November 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Sharp, articulate. Has done a great job in LA.

bhawknine on November 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I heard him on Hannity yesterday and thought he, Palin and Rubio sound pretty much alike.Great interview.

ohiobabe on November 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM

At first – I dismissed him as a possible candidate for POTUS (by the way – he’s my governor). Clearly, he’s not polished and he’s not ready for prime time. Even many of his speeches end up with a tone that sounds like a Kindergarten teacher. He’s not a very “dynamic” guy – he has no real command of the media.

That said – Bobby Jindal would be a good “compromise” candidate between Palin and whoever the Ruling Class wants. Personally – I suport Palin, or anyone who’s not Ruling Class – but Jindal brings a few things to the table …

The most striking is – he’s the smartest man in the world – he really is – and his “fire control” system can track multiple targets flawlessly. What I mean by that – is he’s a consummate MULTI-TASKER.

And probably his greatest asset – is … he’s LOW PROFILE.

Hang with me here a second – we tend to look at our Presidents as KINGS – and that was not the way it was meant to be. The President is supposed to be the “Chief Executive” and the “CINC” – nothing more. The office should NEVER be viewed as a vehicle from which personal charisma or force of personality can CHANGE the world.

With President Jindal – you’d get a low profile, uniquely competent Chief Executive.

The way it’s supposed to be I think.

HondaV65 on November 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on November 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Yep a small time syndicated talk radio host, Moon Griffon and well as Chad Rogers (www.thedeadpelican.com) have been out to get him for over a year. They are all so disappointed that he could not move the state legislature more than Jindal has actually was able to.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 12:09 PM

HondaV65 on November 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Yup.
Jindal/Pawlenty ’12!

itsnotaboutme on November 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

FYI, per this

annoyinglittletwerp on November 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Yep a small time syndicated talk radio host, Moon Griffon and well as Chad Rogers (www.thedeadpelican.com) have been out to get him for over a year. They are all so disappointed that he could not move the state legislature more than Jindal has actually was able to.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 12:09 PM

It would not surprise me in the least if there was some money involved in these hit job articles they run incessantly.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

HondaV65 on November 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I know I have disagreed a lot with you lately, but I agree with this post 100%!

I think it would be extremely hard for Democrats, from Obama all the way down, to run an effective campaign in 2012 if Jindal is the Republican nominee. He is everything Obama isn’t, and he is everything Sarah Palin isn’t as far as being an easy target in a campaign. Palin scares independent voters, but Jindal wouldn’t.

In my view, Jindal had every opportunity to join the ruling class in Washington and he didn’t. He went back home and is doing a great job, standing up for his state and its people against the ruling class.

rockmom on November 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM

rockmom on November 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Some interesting points. I sure can’t think of any reason to object to Jindal as POTUS offhand. He’s not another overexposed celebrity candidate and his fanbase isn’t a bunch of rabid goofballs, which are two big pluses right there.

Dark-Star on November 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I’m pretty sure this is the guy for 2012, he embodies competence and offers a sharp contrast to Obama.

Daemonocracy on November 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

It would be nice if Ed could pronounce Bobby’s last name properly. It is not pronounced Gin Doll, it is pronounced like Gindle. Ed might take a hint from how Bobby Jindal pronounces his own name.

Kermit on November 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Jindal/Christie 2012.

American Elephant on November 16, 2010 at 8:22 PM