Friday, October 26, 2007

Boring, Bobby?

"If I go down as one of the more boring but effective governors, I'll take that as a great compliment. Our people don't want to be amused by our politics anymore. We don't want to be entertained."

--Bobby Jindal at an Oct. 21 news conference, one day after Louisiana voters here made history by electing him, the first Indian-American governor in the nation.

Is it just me, or am I the only one perplexed (and slightly amused) by his comment?

Nothing, and I do mean nothing, about Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is boring. With his name-changing, religion ditching and seemingly race switching, he is far from boring. I could argue that he is entertaining.

Maybe.

I mean I like that he’s vowed to clean up corruption and has embraced his image as a bureaucratic, methodical leader. I admire that he’s only 36 and has already achieved far more than most ever will in a lifetime. Ten lifetimes.

Jindal is setting himself up to be one of our nation’s presidents and I can’t knock him for his tenacity for running for governor twice before he won—outright this time. I can’t say anything bad about his ambition; he’s already served as a congressman and director of health and hospitals for the state. He’s got a young family and seems to have some good ideas about moving the state forward.

But what I can say about Jindal is that his background is storied: converted to Catholicism in college at Brown University. Ditched his given name of Piyush for Bobby (he got that from the Brady Bunch). He is a Republican when most Indian Americans aren’t. It all makes for very interesting conversation. I almost want some type of in-depth look at these things, especially now that he’s the state’s ambassador.

Call me crazy, but maybe Bobby isn’t.

Maybe all that swapping, likening himself to what most politicians are: white and male, is about just that. Maybe he thought he couldn’t win an election, especially in this state, without doing all the things he’s done. Maybe he hasn’t abandoned his culture totally, as some have already suggested, but maybe he was doing what he felt he had to win.

Is that so bad?

Maybe.

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Yes, the answer is yes, that is so bad. Why put your confidence in someone who doesn't exist?

Adam Kealoha Causey said...

Here's some Jindal video I shot earlier in the week:

http://shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=VIDEO

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Adam, great footage!

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why, just because the majority of Indians are democrats, Bobby Jindal should be a democrat. You know, he is an individual and can think for himself. He's conservative and so he fits with the Republican party. So what?

I am continually amused and entertained by the stupid things you say in your blogs.

Ashley Northington said...

Anon,

You know what continually amuses and entertains me? Commentors who only choose to comment on small bits of text and then call it stupid, especially when the commentor has no name!

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

No, seriously. You are right, Anon. B.J. is an individual and he should be allowed to choose which ever party he desires and he can even change his name if he wants. It's just very interesting to me, and to a great deal of others... So please, don't say its stupid. Just say you aren't interested.

ashley said...

I'll say what i want to say, thanks. If you don't like it then you should close comments. I'll leave you a name too since you're so uptight about it.