May 12, 2008


Bobby Jindal for Vice-President? (T P Sreenivasan, May 12, 2008, Rediff)

Till a few years ago, the greatest dream of every immigrant Indian mother in the United States was that her son should become a doctor, not of philosophy, but of medicine. After all, PHD stood for "poor and hungry doctor", while MD stood for "moneyed doctor".

A joke in the community was about an Indian mother, who was invited to witness the swearing in of her son as the President of the United States. She was happy, but not too excited. As she sat in the front row of VIPs, she was asked how she felt, now that her son was going to be the President of the United States. Did she expect her son to rise so high? She just could not understand the fuss. "Look," she said, "his brother is already a doctor, a medical doctor."

Bobby Jindal's parents had the same hope. They expected him to be a doctor and the only leeway they gave him was that he could choose any specialty. But Jindal broke the glass ceiling to become a Congressman first and a governor afterwards, at one time the preserves of lily white people in the United States. [...]

To see Jindal just a heartbeat away from the US Presidency should gladden our hearts. If he makes it, it will be a jewel in the crown for Indian Americans. His loyalty will be to his country of adoption, but it will be a dream come true for Indian Americans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2008 6:13 AM

Funny, but not gonna happen. He just got elected to his dream job, he's already foreclosed the option, and he didn't come out early and often for Maverick.

When McCain is ready to retire in 2012, that may be Bobby's hour.

Posted by: Chris at May 12, 2008 7:55 AM

At his age, what's the hurry? He'd be limited by the 22nd before he turned 50, although I do believe he'd do a better job as ex-President than have Slick or the Nuclear Peanut Engineer.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 12, 2008 10:18 AM

The next vice-president

Posted by: h-man at May 12, 2008 10:18 AM

It is ridiculous to suggest for VP someone who's only had high elective office for 18 months (and who has to find a way to take care of a Down's Syndrome baby). It is unfair to Louisiana to ask then to part with arguably their most consequential governor since Huey Long. And this discussion is incredibly silly, especially when the main qualification for most VP nominees is the ability to rev up your base.

176 days until GOP Doomsday.

Posted by: Brad S at May 12, 2008 12:28 PM

I hate to tell you this, but the main duty of the vice-president is to wait for the president to die. She can take care of her kids while performing that task.

Posted by: h-man at May 12, 2008 2:01 PM

He's already more qualified than Obama by that standard, who's never held high office.

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2008 2:29 PM

Let Jindal make a silk purse out of Louisiana first, then serve as VP for Jeb Bush and then in 2020, still under 50, he'll be elected president.

No reason to rush to process.

Posted by: erp at May 12, 2008 4:40 PM