The President of The United States of America, Barack Obama’s speech tonight was as wonderful & applause inviting as I had expected it to be- Come on! this is his forte & he’s just a great, genuine, cool under pressure type of man! Ahhh, it feels good to say that about my President- but then again there are many Republicans, Democrats, Independents who touted the same verbiage for President Bush as he stood on ground zero after 9/11. I’m just saying –we can’t deny that –but I am hopeful that this is the real deal this time around.
What caught me the most tonight was Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition speech afterward-WTF-Are you serious? Where exactly are the solutions in the opposition? I listened to his story about being of Indian immigrant parents who came from nothing, never missed a payment, who believed in the American dream that came from hard work & responsibility, while believing & knowing that government could never be the solution to attaining the dream! Gov. Jindal seems to have forgotten that immigrants all over the world come to America because their own governments refuse to be the solution to give a hand up to their people who only want opportunity & freedom of choice regardless of race, sex, religion, sect or sexual preference. America was a place where immigrants sought out for opportunity & the belief that with hard work, perseverance & sacrifice in a nation with a government that does not leave their citizens in squalor, abandon the most needy & a government that gives, creates & allows opportunity & freedom to attain the dream, the America that the stimulus plan is set to rebuild! It is a shame that we all have the same stories, but we give more voice to our differences instead of building on our commonalities & what we know to be morally right as global citizens.
Governor Bobby Jindal is looking at his political career & his future Barack Obama moment! Just like President Obama , the times are set in his favor! From a marketing point of view the Republicans have got their golden ticket. Michael Steele was too much of an obvious choice to be the face of the Republicans who wanted their own Change, plus Steele could never take President Obama’s shine & bring the Republicans the minority vote –the okie doke was not to be had this time around! I hate to be so cynical in my thinking, but it seems like every aspect of our lives seems to be a marketing ploy with sound bites, a local/global cool of the moment, the next ! The Slumdog Millionaire story being the star of the Oscars , the fact that India is one of the world’s greatest growing emerging markets with a growing national/global population of wealth specifically in the the areas that will drive the global economy : science, technology, finance, ,communication & medicine; all accumulate to set a perfect marketing/PR moment created by timing & opportunity for the rise of the Republican party thru Gov. Jindal. 2012 may set up yet another Barack & Hillary battle of race & sex, but this time for the Republicans with Jindal & Palin. Don’t underestimate the power of an ambitious rising star & overestimate the power of the most popular in her manifest destiny ideal toward the White House. Gov. Jindal is possibly hoping that his non vote “ no” vote for the stimulus will catapult him to the White House, as President Obama’s non vote “No” Vote toward the Iraq war catapulted him to the White House due to its failure & the fact that most of his rivals who had the vote –voted for it. I can see the carefully crafted press moment now as Gov. Jindal ups one on Barack’s son of Kenya/Africa moment, as he walks out of his plane in Mumbai to a full Bollywood set with song, dance, & cheers for the the son of India, as he tours Mumbai & sees its rebuilding progress after their terrorist attack –all in line with fighting the Republican style war on Terror! Is Bobby Jindal (taken from Bobby Brady of the Brady Bunch) going to change back to Piyush Jindal as Barry Obama reverted back to Barack Obama?
Most minorities & immigrant communities, from my personal experience, are fundamentally conservative in many of their views, but it all comes down to how that story of hard work, perseverance & attaining the dream is told & sold! The blueprint of the The Barack Obama Story! Darfur & Africa as a whole was the cause & tourism spot of the day, Obama’s African Roots, George Bush & crew led by Dick Cheney making sure the American people would absolutely have no choice but to have change, the major civil rights anniversaries in relation to the year that change had to come, the Kennedy comparison & endorsement, the talk & conscious evoking recognition of race & relations- The New Era of American family, introducing the new face of America, the American Dream revisited , our global relations – channeling King, channeling Ghandi! In our common humanity we are all cut from one cloth. Let’s create many patterns in our national/global diverse stories woven together for the common good of protecting all of the people from the elements, instead of ripping holes in it which constantly need mending & keeps large sections of people unprotected from the elements! If self interest became less of the focus, imagine how productive the entire world could be or at least our government in its service of the people!
I hope Jazz country of Louisiana & Bollywood heard Governor Jindal loud & clear saying he doesn’t think funding for the National Association for the Arts is necessary in the stimulus plan, especially since The arts thru Slumdog Millionaire is going to make the Bobby Jindal story more desirable for the media attention he will need in his pursuit of his own Obama Story!
(CNN) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. The following is a transcript of the speech as delivered on Tuesday night.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Tonight, we witnessed a great moment in the history of our Republic. In the very chamber where Congress once voted to abolish slavery, our first African-American president stepped forward to address the state of our union. With his speech tonight, the president completed a redemptive journey that took our nation from Independence Hall to Gettysburg to the lunch counter and now, finally, the Oval Office.
Regardless of party, all Americans are moved by the president’s personal story — the son of an American mother and a Kenyan father, who grew up to become leader of the free world. Like the president’s father, my own parents came to this country from a distant land. When they arrived in Baton Rouge, my mother was already 4-½-months pregnant. I was what folks in the insurance industry now call a “pre-existing condition.” To find work, my dad picked up the yellow pages and started calling local businesses. Even after landing a job, he could still not afford to pay for my delivery, so he worked out an installment plan with the doctor. Fortunately for me, he never missed a payment.
As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country, and they instilled in me an immigrant’s wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: “Bobby, Americans can do anything.” I still believe that to this day: Americans can do anything. When we pull together, there is no challenge we can’t overcome.
For the rest of the transcript: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/24/sotn.jindal.transcript/index.html#cnnSTCText
Bobby Jindal is America’s most high-profile Indian politician
Bobby Jindal, the 37-year old governor of Louisiana and the first Indian-American to occupy such a post, is one of the Republican Party’s rising stars, tipped as a likely contender for the White House four years from now.
Piyush Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, the capital of the southern state of Louisiana, to Indian parents who had immigrated from the Punjab. He started calling himself Bobby from an early age and converted from Hinduism to Catholicism as a teenager.
After a spell at Oxford University and with the international consultancy firm, McKinsey, he was hired by Louisiana’s governor to fix the state’s healthcare problems.
He is credited with steering Louisiana’s healthcare system towards a surplus after years of multi-million-dollar budget deficits.
His management skills attracted Washington’s attention – and led President George W Bush to give him a top job in the Health and Human Services Department.
He resigned from that post in 2003 to return to Louisiana and run for governor….. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7907412.stm