President Obama hit it out of the park last night. And don’t take my word for it–just listen to the American people:
The economic plan Obama outlined tonight: 82% SUPPORT / 17% OPPOSE
Reaction to Obama’s speech: 68% VERY POSITIVE / 24% SOMEWHAT POSITIVE / 8% NEGATIVE
The stimulus is going to help me.
Before Obama’s speech: 62% AGREE
After Obama’s speech: 79% AGREE
As for Bobby Jindal’s response, well, is there a worse word than ‘terrible’?
His delivery was atrocious–Jindal came off as condescending, like he was speaking to a class of elementary school students instead of the American people. It was hard to even focus on what he was saying through the smugness.
More importantly, the content of his speech was abysmal. Democrats and Republicans might disagree on what the federal government should do to fix this economic crisis, but saying that the federal government should nothing is stupid at best and nihilistic at worse.
And the way Jindal invoked Hurricane Katrina was just appalling:
Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us.
Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts.
Who was in charge of the federal government when Hurricane Katrina happened? Republicans. The poor response to Hurricane Katrina wasn’t a bad reflection on governance itself; it was a bad reflection on Republican governance. Invoking one of the GOP’s biggest failures of leadership during a crisis isn’t exactly the best way to restore people’s faith in Republican leadership during a crisis.
Honestly, never have I seen a rising star fall so fast. The GOP built huge amounts of hype up around Bobby Jindal, yet he ended up falling far short of anyone’s expectations.