Over at the Washington Examiner, Chris Stirewalt remembers when everyone celebrated Obama’s first speech as president while chiding Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for his response:
It was just that long ago that President Obama gave his first address to a joint session of Congress to thunderous, often bipartisan, cheers. . . .
Jindal [by contrast] bombed. Democrats cackled.
Jindal’s hollow sounding delivery in the darkened main hall of his official residence made him seem like an Audio-Animatronic character on Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. . . .
And now, the president finds himself the captive of a so-far unstoppable oil spill that reinforces Democratic fears that Obama was all talk and gives everyone else reason to doubt his competence.
Seems the contrast between Obama and Jindal helps define the real nature of the president’s appeal and his real failure as an executive. He can talk a good talk, but just can’t walk the walk. The Democrat may be a master of scripted eloquence, but executive competence eludes him.
Meanwhile, Jindal has distinguished himself by the aggressive manner in which he responded to the oil spill, his ability to get things done hampered by the slow response from the White House.