“Every day after school, I’d come home and I’d watch The Brady Bunch. And I identified with Bobby, you know? He was about my age, and ‘Bobby’ stuck.”
Louisiana Governor Piyush ‘Bobby’ Jindal (2009)
Jindal’s nickname dates to his childhood identification with an ABC sitcom character. He has been known by his nickname ever since, though his legal name remains Piyush Jindal. But what does it say about the personality of the politician that he identifies with this fictional character?
According to the website, BradyBunch-Wikia.com, Robert Eric (Bobby)Brady was the youngest boy (and second youngest child) of the Brady Family. Bobby Brady’s life has been steered by his insecurities. He’s sensitive about his short height and is always in competition with one of his older brothers—though he can certainly hold his own. He is better at doing chin-ups than Greg, and is quick enough on his toes to save Peter from being knocked out by a falling flower pot. Bobby’s complexes often get the better of him, making him a bit of a trouble maker. He wants to win so badly, whether it’s being the best pool player or hall monitor, that he often sabotages himself. He dreams of racing cars and lies to his friends about knowing Joe Namath. His personality is usually easy going, fun-loving, and mischievous. He spent much of his time daydreaming about adventurous careers such as being an astronaut, a skiing champion and even a cowboy.
Does it mean he is insecure about his identity? Does it mean he has a Napolean complex due to his height? And given his performance giving the Republican response to the State of the Union in 2009 which was panned, does he subconsciously want to sabotage his own Presidential aspirations?