Bobby Jindal Provides Perfect Response To Obama’s Silly Christian Blaming

I’ve said many, many times over the years, and, in particular, over the past few days, that Liberals like to use language designed specifically to deflect from the given subject. They create strawmen, they throw out words and phrases such as “racist!”, “bigot!”, “settled science”, and “Islamophobia”, they attempt to put people on the defense, all which changes the tone of the debate. This is exactly what Obama did with his petty speech at the National Prayer Breakfast regarding past negative actions of Christians. I’ve listened a bit to Beck, Hannity, and Rush fall into this trap. Jonah Goldberg did. Many on Fox News and in the Conservative Blogosphere fell into this same trap. So did many Republican politicians. They started going down all the roads of “wait a minute, this happened hundreds of years to a millennium ago.” Not Bobby Jindal, though

(National Review)  Bobby Jindal on Friday released a statement responding to the president’s remarks on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he cautioned Americans from getting on a “high horse” when taking a stance against radical Islam because people have committed “terrible deeds” in the name of Christianity, too.

“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast,” Jindal said. “Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”

That is an utterly perfect response. In sales, we deal with something similar all the time. Customers try and take off the beaten path, and our job is to get them back to the correct trail, which leads to a sale (or at least to not waste more time than necessary). What Jindal did is much like the basic form of overcoming objections (amazingly, many try to over-complicate this with 5 to 7 steps). Acknowledge the objection. Reiterate the objection. Then provide a solution. This is also sometimes called ARC (Acknowledge the concern, Respond to the concern, Close that part of the conversation, with C being the hard part. Different situations have different closes). If this isn’t done correctly, you get stuck in the quicksand.

Jindal acknowledged the concern, responded to the concern, then closed it and moved on without get stuck in the quicksand of Obama’s intended conversation deflection, and put it back on Obama.

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