Oil Spill Gives Bobby Jindal a 2nd Chance
By criticizing cleanup, governor regains footing
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 26, 2010 10:29 AM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal displays a stick that he dipped into oil on a land bridge built by the Louisiana National Guard to protect wetlands on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La., May 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Bobby Jindal, last seen spectacularly botching his response to an Obama speech last year, may have resurrected his political career thanks to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. The Louisiana governor has ironically been calling for a bigger government response, and criticizing BP's slow, incompetent efforts to fix the leak. In the process, he's managed to piss off both the White House and some Republicans who think he's being too hard on Big Oil, Politico reports.

Jindal's vigorous response—he's been briefed non-stop on the intricacies of the situation, huddles daily with federal officials, and has toured all the affected areas—may have revived his never-secret national ambitions. But allies say he's actually more worried about avoiding comparisons to his predecessor's woeful response to Hurricane Katrina. “Dealing with this kind of disaster is definitely why he believes he was put in office,” says a Republican Governors Association official.

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allofAmerica
May 27, 2010 1:05 AM CDT
Observe that some of the people who have criticized Obama for not doing enough are now praising Jindal. What exactly is Jindal doing that Obama isn't?
allofAmerica
May 27, 2010 1:05 AM CDT
Observe that some of the people who have criticized Obama for not doing enough are now praising Jindal. What exactly is Jindal doing that Obama isn't?
belledenola
May 26, 2010 6:38 PM CDT
the article is incorrect in describing Jindal's career as 'over" due to his national tv reply to pres. obama speech years ago. In fact, it was not a 'spectacularly botched' job except in the minds of liberals and elites in NY and Calif. who think that is you aren't a 'WASP or "WASP-ilk" like them or part of their inner circle of intelligentsia that hails from only selected ivy league schools, then you are beneath them and entitled to their obligatory derision and mock. The truth is that the rest of the USA outside these inner circles inside the beltway and the areas aforementioned are more diverse, and more tolerant and inclusive than these self-appointed spokespeople for the people. Gov. Jindal's reply speech was replete with excellent content in showing up Obama although his delivery was uncharacteristic of him, since he was 'too influenced and pressured' by national republicans and other anti-obamaites who TOLD Jindal that he HAD to change his normal style of delivery, i.e. fast talker. This did not help Jindal in his delivery and Jindal later acknowledged that had he just been delivered like himself and not the way other national leaders told him to, then the delivery would have been better and not so harshly criticized. It was his first time at bat on the national scene, and any newbie would have listened to their national leaders thinking their sage advice was warranted. Jindal said he learned an imp. lesson in that he only goes with own instincts and is just himself now. That is why he is being 'viewed' now during this gulf oil spill crisis by the same elitists as someone who has potential and deserves a second chance. How condescending and nonsense!