It wasn’t a fair fight. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a nice boy. But President Barack Obama is a full grown man.
Even conservatives describe Jindal as coming across like a high school senior at the podium. And, in fairness, that’s part of the problem. The loyal opposition’s response is in a room filled with lights, cameras, and staff. Not much audience bounce-back there. Regardless, Jindal is no Sarah Palin. She may not know much, but she can sure deliver a speech.
It is painfully more obvious each passing day that Republicans need to re-think their brand. Shake hands. Stop the politics of hate, the politics of fear. For eight years too many people played dumb alongside George Bush. No more.
Besides, President Obama has more important things to deal with than just politics. To be sure, politics underscores everything in Washington. The president has to rein in the lobby for the Four Horsemen: the economy, education, energy and health care. And his speech was a good start. One of the better budget speeches ever.
Equally important, the President gave the nation a little lift. These are tough, tough times and we need a little hope.
Even after the president’s speech, America is still angry. Mad as hell about the bail-outs for banks and squat for the people.
I’m still mad. But not as mad. Thank you, Mr. President.