One speech raises Bobby Jindal stock, brings him in limelight


If one speech in 2009 put a big question mark on his role and ability in American politics, another speech - laced with humour four years later has put the young Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in national limelight.

More than two days after Jindal delivered it on Saturday,the national media is still abuzz with his impressive speech,which even his sharpest critics are saying was far better that of President Barack Obama, who shared the same dais with him.

The Washington Post, in a rare move, yesterday posted the entire speech of 41-year-old Jindal on its website."Judging from Twitter, the general consensus was that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal brought the house down with his speech. So, we asked the Jindal folks to pass along thespeech, which they did," the daily wrote.

'Jindal Big Hit At Gridiron Club And Foundation Dinner',read The Chicago Sun Times. "On a roll, Jindal went on to compare himself with Obama and mock his own party. He said earnestly that Obama and he had the 'exact same campaign slogan years ago but unfortunately UPS sued both of us and made us stop using it.You remember our slogan, 'What can Brown do for you?'," it wrote.

"Though Obama may look calm, Jindal zinged, 'He is terrified that I will upstage him again, just like I did with that State of the Union response a few years ago.' Jindal is widely seen as a potential 2016 contender and Jindal did nothing to douse that talk," The Chicago Sun Times wrote.

Even the Twitter is a buzz with Jindal's impressive speech at annual dinner of Gridiron Club and Foundation on Saturday night in Washington DC. Founded in 1885, it is the oldest and one of the most prestigious journalistic organizations in Washington, DC.

Its 65 active members represent major newspapers, news services, news magazines and broadcast networks. Its membership is by invitation only and has traditionally been offered almost exclusively to Washington newspaper bureau chiefs. "Jindal Killing It At Gridiron - says he's talking to Senator Elizabeth Warren 'as one Indian politician to another'," wrote Ed Henry, of the Fox News in Twitter.

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