February 26, 2009

Bobby, we hardly knew ye

Obama gave a barn-burner of a non-state of the union state of the union address last night, as you no doubt are aware.

The speech was roundly hailed as a success and follow up polls in its wake showed nearly 80% approval. I think part of its power was simply the fact that here was a man who could actually speak English without coming across as a B-string weekend sports reporter for a station in Wichita. And without all the obvious B.S. delivered with so little conviction that it would be clear to a small dog that the guy wasn't buying it himself.

The speech was a long overdue call to arms directed at all Americans, those who skimmed and rigged and fixed the game their way and then looted with reckless disregard for the country as well as to the millions of Americans who know that to the previous regime, they never existed, let alone had their needs addressed.

Feel free to add your thoughts on Obama's speech, I won't belabor it here.

Because I want to get to Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, who was chosen for the elite position of delivering whatever the hell passes for Republican positions these days immediately following Obama's address.

Jindal has been long touted as a rising star in the post-Bush Republican party, and has clearly shown a desire to run for president. This was indeed a plum opportunity for him to present himself to the nation.

Apparently this fact got to poor Bobby.

He emerged and walked to the podium mincing along like he was trying to hold a dime in his butt cheeks. I could have sworn I heard squeaking noises with each step.

His face looked like a death mask with a plastered on half smile, half grimace, and his entire presentation was uncomfortable at best.

To say he was wooden doesn't do it justice. His first few minutes devoted to "Hey, I'm Obama too!" rhetoric was designed to highlight his son of immigrants story and inspiring rise to power fell as flat as his embarrassingly weak attempts at humor.

I didn't know if I was watching a rebuttal speech or a hostage tape.

It was sing-songy and sounded like you were listening to some guy reading a book to a group of 6 year olds.

The substance was equally lame, bizarre, and utterly free of any concrete proposals or even a hint of any ideas on where the Republicans hope to go in the future.

His primary case against Obama's plans was that the (REPUBLICAN) government failed miserably responding to Hurricane Katrina, drawing comparisons to the current economic "storms", and saying that government can't fix it.

OK... so while your party was leading the government, it screwed up criminally in the wake of Katrina, and so..........

Because it let thousands drown and millions suffer unnecessarily, now that millions more may be out of a home and suffering the effects of the Bush economic collapse, we shouldn't even TRY to help them out..... because.... you guys were so inept after Katrina. I see. You sure that's where you wanna go with this Bobby?

Your gang couldn't shoot straight on Katrina so we should not even dream that any government agencies or programs or say, economic bailout could ever be done right?

OK. So we can't possibly hope for anything but the rampant incompetence and corruption of your parties government. I get it. Why even try?

I'm with you. Screw it! Let everything collapse. Individuals can handle stuff like a near depression and natural disasters. Government is never the answer, even after crisis affecting millions.

Good luck with that Bobby.

Look over there! I think I just saw a falling star!


At 2/26/2009 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least Bobby's star rose. Your star has been dark since the day you were hatched.

At 2/26/2009 12:16 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for your always insightful and intelligent comment.

You must be the wittiest person in your grade school. Rock on!

At 2/26/2009 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The G.O.P. should've hired Billy Mays. Little Bobby Jindal was horrible in that infomercial.

At 2/26/2009 5:31 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 1:12,

You made me do a spit take!

That mental picture is too much! haha

At 2/27/2009 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservative Demo here:

Read Peggy Noonan in today's Wall Street Journal online. The lady as she always does, writes conservatively but with grace and class. You will like her comments about Mr Obama.

At 2/27/2009 3:35 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks, I will make a point to read Ms. Noonan.

Aside from often appearing to be on some sort of drugs, waxing rhapsodic about dolphins saving Elian Gonzalez and other flights of pure fantasy, and putting on an air of choking affectedness at all times, Ms. Noonan has been showing signs of lucidity of late.

I suspect that like many media elites, she's managing to change horses in the middle of the stream in the face of political changes in D.C. and the country.

At 2/28/2009 3:46 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

"sing-song" was exactly the term that the folks I watched with used to describe Bobby's delivery. I have heard the guy speak at a small group and he's gifted. I'm prepared to believe this teleprompter inexperience. While it was not very good in either delivery or substance, we can all name another up-and-coming Southern Governor who recovered from a bad and ill-timed speech to become president.

That the GOP had to rush him up from the minors gives emphasis to the quality of their big league roster.

Continued Success.

At 3/06/2009 9:53 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I didn't watch either speaker, I have lost interest in the whole process. But yes, I had heard that Bobby Jindal was a flop.

But let's be honest, there is nobody that the Republicans could put up there that you would not attack or make fun of.

Maybe you are just attacking Jindal because he is BROWN? How can you deny people of color the exciting and historic opportunity to elect the FIRST Indian-American president? Are you guys racist or something?

At 3/07/2009 4:53 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, as much as you may wish to believe otherwise, there's a buttload of Republicans they could have stood up there that I wouldn't have bothered to comment on.

Would I have agreed with them? Doubt it. But if they managed to pull it off with a grade of C or better, then I doubt I would have thought it worthy of comment.

At 3/07/2009 4:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, as much as you may wish to believe otherwise, there's a buttload of Republicans they could have stood up there that I wouldn't have bothered to comment on.

Would I have agreed with them? Doubt it. But if they managed to pull it off with a grade of C or better, then I doubt I would have thought it worthy of comment.

The fact is that no one would come off well while expounding the patently failed policies which have lead this country into the dumper in so many ways.

ANYONE... George Washington himself with Abe Lincoln next to him, standing there and saying that what we need now is less government regulation and less taxes on the wealthy, would look and sound like buffoons.

At 3/20/2009 9:30 AM, Anonymous Calzro said...

I agree whit that.

At 4/08/2009 10:25 PM, Blogger Ida said...

I hope that you are all right. You should sell this site if you have quit.

At 4/18/2009 6:02 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Is that you Mike? You still itching to buy this place?

Then grow some balls and stop leaving stupid ass comments.

I have at least 25 comments and e-mails wanting to buy this blog for various amounts.

Tell me. Just how am I supposed to "sell" it to you when you don't have the balls to come out in the open?

Just yet another example of the grade school idiocy you've engaged in here until it utterly ruined this project completely.

Be proud.


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