February 24th, 2009
11:35 AM ET

Morning Buzz: President Obama and Gov. Jindal hit Primetime

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

President Obama will have his biggest moment yet at 9pet, next to the Inauguration. He will address a joint session of Congress and millions of YOU across the USA, delivering a critical speech to the nation about the economy.

This speech comes on the heels of signing the stimulus bill into law, and a new goal to halve the nation’s trillion dollar deficit. In other words: Spend! Cut!

In his address tonight, he is expected to strike an optimistic tone. Perhaps he is taking Former President Bill Clinton’s advice to sound more upbeat in his speeches. I guess he meant the parts when President Obama said “crisis could turn into catastrophe” and “the road ahead is not an easy one.”

A poll tells us 3 out of 4 Americans are worried about the way things are going in the country. This morning markets fell globally over fears the economy will continue to diminish. This market reaction came on the heels of the Dow’s 250 point drop yesterday, bringing the market to its lowest point since 1997.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been chosen to deliver the Republican’s response to President Obama’s address to Congress tonight. He has been depicted as a rising star for the GOP, and there are hopes he may be the right person to reshape the party. This speech is seen as his coming-out party.

Being chosen to offer this primetime speech is a job normally given to Congressional leaders, so it’s quite a boost for Jindal and sure to raise his profile. Is Sarah Palin eating her heart out somewhere?

Tonight, our panel of political and economic experts will put all of the above into perspective. We have also linked up with Facebook so you can watch our coverage along with your Facebook friends on http://www.cnn.com. We will be taking quick polls which will be termed “Pulses” on the site, asking you questions about how you are faring, and weave the results into the show!

9pET is the President's Address, 10pET (approx) is Jindal's/GOP response, and then Anderson will hash it all out soon after. See u then!°

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  1. Koury V.Thorne

    I am outraged at Bobby Jindal, i thought he had more intellect and sense than that. Jindal are you awear that Universities in Louisiana are having hard times? Well let me name e a few , Louisiana State Univ. , University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southeren University A&M College. All the cut backs and the layoffs, and you ,"Bobby Jindal" of all people had the nerve to turned the stimulus package down. I guess thats what we get for putting you in office. Stop looking at your pocket book and wallet, and start doing whats right for the state of Louisiana and the people of this state .

    Koury V. Thorne
    Paula Leger

    February 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  2. Lisa B

    I feel like Jindal is the 'smart' Palin for the Republicans. I have a feeling this guy is going to run in the next election and the Republicans feel they can 'use' Jindal like they did Palin. I can't understand why the Republicans think the people of the United States of America are so stupid not to see the obvious attempt of early campaigning. I'm not a Republican and I'm not a Democrate, I am an American and I vote. I'm smart enough to know Jindal made the mistake of disrespecting his president by showing rebuttlal on President Obama's ideas. Please be a team member and represent your country not your party. Please show your support for the American people who chose President Obama. I'm tired of the Republicans complaining all the time, please help out, please be respectful and back your President. Can't everyone see the hope we have and how it's bringing us together? Why can't the Republican party see this?

    February 26, 2009 at 1:10 am |
  3. Marcus

    Bobby Jindal didn't come off as much as the next leader of the GOP and definitely not a opposition for President Obama in 2012 right now. The President on the other hand, had a good speech especially showing the American people the ambition that has been lost in this country for quite some time now. Not until I heard this speech did I realize how complacent we have become as a country, even to the point of too cautious with our goals.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Sara

    How could President Obama have spoken to Congress and the Nation for over an hour (or there about) and never mention one word about the actual/specific way in which he is going to approach rebuilding America, with the enemy still right here; still in power.

    This is not an "up with people project". This is not rally around the victims and rebuild the tumbled morter and bricks.

    We were not attacked by Vikings. The people who did this to us are right here, right now, many of them still doing it.

    We do not need another campaign speech about what we can achieve; another platitude about not acting in anger, and various bygones being bygones. We need to hear, what is going to be done about those who took and continue to take the actions that brought us to this state of affairs. Who is going to jail; Who is being fired; Who is giving the stolen money back.

    Our enemy is right here. And all the good will, kind thoughts and compassionate being is not going to get people to go back to work, make money, and pay bills, and "rebuild"as long as they believe that what they've seen is still what they get: Someone will simply steal it again and walk away.

    Don't call on us to repair the damage, and look the other way at the same time. Rid us of the Jackals. THEN we'll be able to rebuild.

    If you don't want us to use CAPS, maybe you could give us some italics. Emphasis is a useful tool.

    February 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  5. diana, Texas

    If the politicians in Texas truly oppose to receiving any stimulus money then they can expecting me to pay school taxes since I do not have any children.

    February 25, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  6. janette in texas

    i agree with you.Gov Perry resides over a state
    where 400 teachers in dallas alone lost their jobs
    because of lac k of funds which for the most part
    was misused or unaccounted for and the superintendent
    who was accused of being responsible and "Rick" does
    nothing about it yet Gov Rick plans to restore the Gov
    mansion after the"mysterious" fire...And he has the nerve
    to accept the stimulis "under condition". What a jerk!!!

    February 25, 2009 at 3:57 am |
  7. Dorothy

    I am Irish and have been living in Canada for 35 years, as a Canadian citiizan I am concerned about what goes on in the US as it directly affects us. I thought Obama gave a really good speech tonight, he is a very smart man and will do what he sets out to do. Did anyone notice when the president mentioned the war, the camera showed McCains face and everyone stood up and he looked like he was not going to, but he had to and he made a comment out the right side of his mouth to the woman beside he. Jindal is an idiot, I really don't know anything about him, but from listening to him, he does not care about the people of Louisana, he wants to know how long he has to wait to run for president. It is really obious that McCain is behind Jindal talking, and guess who is already on Larry King, I never would have figured. He is another idiot with a bad temper. Nancy Pelosi is smiling she just got back from Italy spending US taxpayers money.

    February 25, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  8. Roteemee

    The Republicans non support for the Stimulus package? I predict big time protest vote against the Republicans in the future elections, they sure are digging their 'grave' fast, and the suffering Americans are staying out of the way of the sands.
    Windsor, Canada.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  9. Roteemee

    What a hope reassuring message given by the President tonight. And Gov. Jindal's response shows the Republicans at their best.. makes me remember this funny movie, the dumb and the dumber... . So how can we describe the Republicans support for the stimulus? It is like lepers who cannot squeeze milk from the cow but can surely, with their numb hand spill the milk. How about that?
    Windsor, Canada.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  10. marcia

    Somebody give Jindal a calendar and a globe because he doesn't seem to have a handle on what year it is or what has been happening around the globe. He is another one of those stupid republican politicians who think they can bamboozle the public by saying the same old baloney over and over again. He and they don't get it. We are done with self-serving rhetoric of politicians that put corporate profit and greed above serving the people. I have a message for you–Jindal–No way, Go away, stop wasting our time. We're not buying it!! And Yes, it is way overdue for healthcare, energy and education reform. Yes way to Obama!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  11. anna

    I am not so tired of the speeches. Why are the corrupt wall street and bank Ceo's not serving jail terms? What about Madoff? why is there no way to raid and imprison these villians..
    what is the use of all these speeches? show us some results !!
    and this ridiculous clapping and standing. Its so irritating.
    The only people deserving the applause were the little girl and the banker.
    Honestly instead of spending so much time on these speeches you guys need to put your resources elsewhere.
    I am a big Obama fan but hey we all know by now he's a great speech giver, how about becoming job giver. I lost mine to outsourcing..:(

    February 24, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  12. Sony

    Bobby Jindal, Where were you for the past 8 years ? What happened to you when the gas prices went up more than $4. What you said tonight looks like you are trying to create a parallel line to Obama. Don't tell stories that republicans are changing.

    If you think you are true american, work with the president who has true vision.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Luka Mizaute

    Fantastic speech by the Prez. If Gov Jindal is what the Repubs have, I'm afraid they are still way off the mark. Tax cut, tax cut, tax cut!! It was on for 6 years. Look at where the economy is right now.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  14. Phil

    Is bobby telling a bedtime story? Not sure he is listening to America but his own parties misguided and incorrect views. Hope there is not another patrons otherwise his constiuents will be sunk even worse.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Daphine

    As a Louisiana citizen, i am thoroughly appalled and disgusted by Jindal's refusal to accept President Obama's assistance for our citizens. I am a high school science teacher who believes that our children deserve better than this. My students deserve to go to college and have the same chance at the American Dream.

    Besides, if the Republicans have had the answer to our nation's woes, why did they not inform former Pres. Bush and his administration of this?

    The faucet that has been "trickling down" has dried up ten times over. I don't understand why we do not see that we are most prosperous when we help everyone.

    The middle class needs to be restored. If America wants to come out of this we must save the middle class.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  16. Michelle

    I think the GOP is making a mistake with Jindal.
    If you google Louisiana, it is not a pretty picture.

    February 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  17. Trina

    Bobby Jindal is no "golden boy", I'm a Louisiana State hospital employee of 29 yrs. Awaiting the governor to close or downsize the facility to no more than a band-aid clinic,due to lack of funding. Yet, he is refusing stimulus money. It's quite obvious, that {Bobby's Agenda is a 2012 presidential run, not citizens of the state who need adequate health care}.

    February 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  18. xtina, chicago IL

    Here's why Jindal is against Obama. What has Obama done in 30 days? He has NOT kept his promises. He has provided special interest groups with large sums of taxpayer money. 1/3 of that money is sent back to Democratic politicians' campaign coffers. It's the Chicago way!

    Obama is doing nothing more than money laundering, a means to get at taxpayers' money. THAT's what Bobby Jindal is against.

    Do people attack Bobby Jindal personally because they can't discuss policy?

    February 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  19. KAREN

    Jindel is a fool ,he would allow the people who put him in office to suffer,then to take the money ,whats he hideing ,thats why hes not takeing the money becouse he would have to account for how it would be spent and the man dont have a clue ,well its time for change dont you think,im all for where my money is going ,every body should be.,the president is all for the people,and every one will soon see that.,but hes also got alot of mess to clean up and alot of people dont like change we all have Bush & Chaney to blame for all this hell ,and hopefully one day theyll both be held acountable,this is there war,and they bouth made alot of money.

    February 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  20. chuck


    February 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  21. Terry

    I remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday. The entire country came together as one for the good of all. As far as I am concerned just because you can not watch the horror of what is happening in this country on TV does not make it any less real. We are in serious trouble here and instead of coming together as one and standing behind President Obama as we all did with Bush; we have a bunch children who want to be right!!! If any of you have the answers or solutions to our countries problems please, please stand up and shout them out until you are heard. If you do not have a better plan than the Presidents shut up and get behind him. It seems to me that the Republican’s are concerned with one thing "getting re-elected" I have not heard any ideas coming out of their mouths, just how this will not work! Okay what is your idea? and tell me how it works? I am a republican but at the moment I would fire each and every one of them. I did not agree with the war but once President Bush went in I never once went against him or my country. It is time that as Americans we stand again as one. Let us stop all the fighting, and work together for the good of all Americans. If you do not know how to fix the problem maybe now is the time for you to close your mouth.. Now the Gov.'s want to pick and choose what part of the plan they will take. If you do not want to support this government get out of it. God knows everyone put up with President Bush for eight very long years, and as far as I can see if he wanted to spend the Senate was more than happy to let him. Be a part of the solution not a part of the problem.

    February 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are punking Jindal because he will say and do anything he's told and they know it. If Americans believe Bush was the worst thing that happened to our country, we ain't seen nothing yet if Jindal ever becomes a president. Jindal will divide this country and take us back another 100 years as the Republicans puppet.

    February 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  23. Michelle

    I will be watching the president's speech tonight.
    Someone needs to tell the GOP having new faces
    repeat the same tired old ideas is lame.

    February 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  24. Hans, Dubai

    Be positive in choice of wording is indeed something which may reverse the demoralizing, even paralizing, effect of negative information.

    With regards to Jindal; a governor should serve and protect the people who elected him for office. By raising the abstaining of funds his intentions and motives are out of line with his oath for office.

    But the key interests for Jindal are not driven by, for example,setting an example in buying evironmental friendly cars, stimulating at the same time the auto industry. No, the only drive for Jindal is that, when playing his cards right, in these troubled times for the GOP, he starts his campaign for becoming the next president of the US.

    The mumbeling at the time of his oath can now easily be translated.......To serve and protect(mumbeling: my interests and mine alone...............oooh yeah and those of the GOP)the interests of the people of the great state of Louisiana.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  25. Jonathan

    Being from Louisiana, I resent that Gov. Jindal is using this crisis to advance his own political career at the expense of the citizens of Louisiana. My question to Gov. Jindal is, "Where were you when Bush was saddling us and future generations with huge, unnecessary, unmanageable debt, covering the truth of his sham budgets by excluding billions in known, recurring expenses (e.g. war funding), and acting like an arrogant Texas cowboy who could conquer the world with his six-shooter (creating international resentment)?" Gov. Jindal is speaking for himself. He definitely does not speak for me.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  26. Sharon S

    I would really have to know exactly what Jindal is thinking but from what I heard on the subject, Jindal said he did not want to burden his people with more taxation down the road in the next couple of years by taking this money that they will have to pay back in higher taxes!

    I don't know the whole situation there in his state? Maybe he feels that in the long run it would hurt his people more than this quick fix will do good?

    I did see the numbers crunched on the tax cuts and as usual it appears people who don't work or do very little work will again be getting the most tax cuts and the most perks, free college?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  27. StevG

    The elections results, and the polls show, that the people want our elected officals to work together, and step away from the normal party guide lines, to help solve all of are pressing problems today.
    In the speechs tonight, they should put away their idealestic beliefs and to consentrate on the tasks at hand. I believe that Obama is trying
    to do just that. But the republicans, with their bragging about their
    "goose eggs" and being terrorist to Obama and the democrats, and
    total rejection of the simulus plan by most of the G.O.P. govenors, is
    basically trying to set their selfs up for the 2010 election. They are hopping that the stimulus has not helped us out in time, so they can say i told you so, and you should have voted for us. It is a shame that
    the republicans are so worried about gaining seats back in both
    houses and not working at solving the problems we face today.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  28. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Is there live blog tonight after the speech on 360?
    michelle D.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  29. Rahma Jama

    In my opinion, I think Pres. Barack Obama will do an outstanding job regrading this speech and for right now all we as a country can do is wait and see what he has in store.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  30. earle,florida

    I personally thought Clinton's comments about chilling-out were condescending,and a bit unnerving! Nowhere in time has a young President been saddled with so many historical problems! A war in Iraq,while simultaneously another skirmish flaring up between Pakistan ,and India,not to mention having to send more troops to Afghanistan to quell the uprising of the Taliban! Oh, did I forget to mention the middle east with the Jews,and Hamas at each others throat with Syria,and Iran in the shadows! Now let's branch out a bit to China,Japan,S. Korea,and other Asians countries to plea for financial help,and argue for them not to stop buying our debt! Finally were at home ,and the republicans are basically giving/handing back Obama's plans to get our country back on it's feet,and making his job unbearable! Obama's Treasury Secretary Geithner is doing a great job, but his captains,and lieutenants haven't been cleared thru the various vetting committee's! Thus he doesn't have the manpower to implement his programs just yet,but believe me ,were in good hands with Obama ,and if he appears to be stern so be it! I'd rather a genuine person over a lying smiling thief,... Go President Obama(: ,and take your sweet time, getting it right!

    February 24, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  31. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The prime time adress is not going to ease the fears among the people .The plan is not being effective the dow and world markets are sinking and there is no qwuick fix. It's so scary and sad to see the rapid job losess and people in the United States waiting for food supoplies and other provissions due to the chain reaction of job loss. I hope that this stimlulus plan will evenutally work but it better now than ever.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  32. Gary Anderson

    Anderson- I was quite dismayed by Ali V's comments regarding the economy on your show last night. He said that the national debt of 10 Trillion dollars was the result of the cost of the two wars in the Middle East. Actually they were responsible for only 1/10th of the 10 Trillion.
    He needs to look at the accumulation of the debt year by year, starting with 1981.
    Reagan accepted the advice of a U. of Chicago economist named Laffer who argued that if you cut taxes on the wealthy, they would invest and produce enought in new taxes to pay for the tax cut. His ideas came from the French economist Baptiste Say, who wrote in the 1820s that if the government boosted supply, demand would be created to consume new goods. France was a mostly agricultural country at the time and the idea was a good one –for France in 1820.
    Reagan then borrowed 2.4 trillion dollars, starting our massive federal debt. GHW Bush followed by borrowing over a trillion more dollars. Bill Clinton inherited a budget heavily in debt but then balanced it at the end of his presidency.
    then came George "W" who borrowed another 5 trillion. All this borrowing occurred during relatively good times and made no sense from an economic perspective.
    So Ali, to say that the war caused this mess is simply wrong. Please put a chart–like the ones you are famous for–showing the borrowing year by year starting in 1981. The American people have the right to know who destroyed the country! It wa stupid Republicans, not the wars, although the latter did not help
    An Historians view -

    February 24, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  33. elisa

    How can anyone especially Louisiana turn down money to help their State........hello! It's true that this is nothing but a circus like stage for the Rep.

    Americans....let's get to the heart of the problems we have with the way our government is set up. The Senate and Congress and how long these people have been in office. Some of these guys have been around forever. This would also help with this great divide we have with the parties. There should be a cap on how long a term they can be in office. Even the President can only be in office 8 years why is it they can stay a lifetime.....some are in wheel chairs.........old I tell ya. And did most of these people have their money invested in AIG? The first to receive bailout money? Is this true?

    I think it is time for a wide investigation of the people in the Senate and Congress............let's clean house......CNN.....help.

    I'm tired of hearing about Pres. Barack birth cert.....is he a US citizen.....we have much to much bigger fish to fry right now.

    The real power lies with Congress and the Senate......CNN please investigate.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  34. Soomi Kim

    I am shocked and appalled that Governor Jindal could act so recklessly. I understand the Republican's idealogical difference. For most part, it is a good check on our current government of one-party rule.

    This behavior is anologous to the head of the family refusing to use credit card to feed his family because the interest rates are too high.

    I do not see anything unreasonable about the conditions that the federal government put on the money for the unemployment insurance extension. This is certainly less stringent than the strings that we put on Wall-Street or Auto workers for their bailout. It is normal for federal government to put strings on federal funds. What do you think Social Security Act is?

    I find it very ironic that the Governors from Missouri and Louisianna would turn down the money. Even in good economy, these states are not the wealthiest of the nation.

    I hope that the constituents of these states will know that their governors would rather advance their own political careers than provide relief to families. It is outrageous.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  35. Kim

    Nationalize the banks ? Not hearing the details or specifics concerning. Is that just talk or a direction needed for short term or what ? How soon will Public Education see the results of the stimulus package ? Where can we read exactly how this money will be spent and view the transparancy ?

    February 24, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  36. Bruce

    I'm from Texas and we have the other idot governor who thinks more about his politicial future than the people of Texas. These guys need to wake up and be americians, not obstructionist. I agree with the first two comments, if this is the best the republicians can do, they just need to get out of the way. As the old saying goes "You are either part of the solution or part of the problem". So far republicians in Washington and Governors like Jindal and Perry are part of the problem this county faces.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  37. Rahni, Connecticut

    People of Louisana will rise up against Governor Jindal! He don't have the interest of his people but grandstanding. No! Governor Jindal don't want to assist his people in a time of need but increase his own interest as a Republican.

    In time this will all back fire on the Republicans.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  38. Cindy

    No matter how much Obama sugar coats the mess that we are in tonight in his address it won't change peoples thoughts on what is going on right now. We are not blind!! We can see that this country is in dire straights! His speech is not going to miraculously make people not worry and start spending again. Nothing will except seeing things getting better. As long as we are in a down slide people will continue to be pessimistic.

    And to those on the blog that want to know why the Rep governors are turning down the stimulus money...it's because in order to get the money and to be able to give it out for unemployment each state has to write new laws to be able to give the money out appropriately. well this stimulus money will run out in at least three years. When that happens these states will still have those laws that they will have to abide by. Then what they will have to do is raise taxes on everyone to be able to have enough money to pay out because of these laws. That is why they aren't accepting the money. Because they do not want to have to raise taxes in the long run. Would you want to pay higher taxes!? I don't!!


    February 24, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  39. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I normally skip these things because the speakers usually say whatever they think the voters want to hear to make them feel better (God forbid we get out of our delusions and face reality that the economy sucks and will continue to be that way for a while no matter what magic wand Obama raises), the response is what their party wants to hear (while I respect and like Jindal I do expect him to follow party guidelines for his first national response), and the analysts afterwards just get paid to hash it out (although I think some find it to be blood sport the way they go after each other). This year I think I'll watch it anyway. You can't make up stuff this potentially entertaining.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  40. Brigitte Perez

    The Republican party is heading the wrong way by choosing Jindal. Governor Jindal, has rejected federal money to help the people from Louisana. On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, I expected Jindal to give a clear idea why he was rejecting the money, he offer NONE. He just wants the goverment " to get this economy going today". He offers no solutions but it's given more problems. I don't see in any way possible the Republicans are at least trying to work with the govertment at ALL! I'm an independent voter and by the recent "circus" run in the Congress and Senate, I'm beginning to think the Republicans are seeing these crisis more of a political opportunity then to offer REAL solutions. There needs to be more coverage of the States Governors and REAL reasons why they are rejecting the stimulus money.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  41. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    If Bobby Jindal is the Republican hope of the future--they would be better off purchasing a "radio."

    February 24, 2009 at 9:16 am |

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