April 12th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich: Focus on Obama puppy 'fairly stupid'

News of the arrival of the new first puppy has already caused a partisan split between Newt Gingrich and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile.
News of the arrival of the new first puppy has already caused a partisan split between Newt Gingrich and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in Sunday on news that the first family has finally settled on a new puppy for daughters Malia and Sasha.

“I hope that the girls love the dog,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I hope the family – and all the pressure they’re going to be in – finds it useful. And I think that this whole thing is fairly stupid.”

The six-month-old puppy is a Portuguese water dog that the Obamas have decided to name Bo. The dog is a gift to the first family from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, a longtime Obama political ally who also owns several dogs of the breed.

“It’s great that they have a dog. It’s great that the kids are adjusting,” Gingrich said. “And where they got it from – who cares? It’s a nice gesture on Senator Kennedy’s part to give it to them but who cares?” Gingrich added.

Perhaps it was a partisan difference, but Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile had kinder words for the new first puppy.

“What’s not to like about this dog?” Brazile said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “He’s cute. He’s adorable. But, I hope he’s potty trained,” she joked

soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    It plain to see that the elected one is not qualified to be in that office.

    April 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. js.....santee ca

    Every Presidential Pet has been welcomed by the American Public since forever......The media has always covered the addition of the new pet
    to the White House. Why should it be any different for the Obamas.
    To see such partisan politics played out by the republican party makes me want to vomit. It's a puppy...it can't vote.

    April 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. BigEd

    Why does Newt have to be such a sourpuss? Can't he let the Obama girls, and the rest of the country have a snippet of fun, if only for a few minutes? Oh, I forgot – this is coming from a man who served divorce papers to his wife in the hospital as she recovered from cancer surgery.

    April 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. BG

    Ah, Mr. Gingrich, for once we agree.

    April 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Cate

    Let's hope the next dog Gingrich meets bites him sharply up the arse, the miserable old sod. Has he never bought his kids a pet? Let the girls enjoy their pup!

    April 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Dee Nichols

    It is quite evident that John King views are overwhelmingly republican. He seems to try to get his guests to criticize Barack Obama. If he could be less obvious it would be more acceptable.

    Thanks.

    April 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Kevin -- Indiana

    No offense Newt, but I think it's fairly stupid that a bunch of washed-up old grouches are sitting on the side-lines, glaring with their arms crossed, making derisive comments about Obama and his family. What a bunch of sore losers.

    April 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Emma, San Jose

    Gingrich's statement clearly defines him as a negative, oppositional guy.

    April 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Susan Enholm

    It would be nice if the media focused on real news and stopped dishing out inconsequential fluff. For me that means no more Palin, Levi Johnson, the guy who ate ten pizzas in five minutes, and Bo. Let everyone feel soft and cuddly, except Newt, for one announcement about the dog. I hope that the media will be able to move on.

    April 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Sammy

    Maybe because the person who gave the kids the puppy more than likely wont be with us anymore? I guess at the very least Newt isnt sentimental about anything... or has a heart.

    April 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. dixie-chik

    One might have the same reaction to "news" that thrice married, twice divorced Gingrich converted to Catholicism.

    April 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Pete from MN

    Oh Newt, What is wrong with you? Why do republicans have so much hatred for anything that has obama's name to it.

    April 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. DB

    This is why the GOP will stay in the wilderness - people want a break once in awhile from all the stress, bad news, drama, etc. and the Obama family provides that for us. Will a daggone dog change the world? NO but it gives us a brief mental rest from all that we are coping with....the grumpy attitude of people like NG and many of the boggers I've seen is just plain sad and certainly doesn't make me want to pay any attention to them even if they did have a good idea. Lighten the heck up.

    April 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. jon,philadelphia

    The Gingrich who stole Christmas. I seem to remember similar hoopla over every presidential pet in my memory. This man is just plain miserable. He needs to sit down and shut up.

    April 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. virginia for obama

    I tell ya!!!!! Some republicans are some unhappy people, not all of them but a lot ot them. That's a very cute doggy I must say.

    April 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Kaitlin

    Oh please, Newt Gingrich. So, it isn't big important news. Who cares? Some people, especially dog lovers are interested. And yeah, they are the first family, so some people are interested in knowing what goes on – especially since they have 2 young girls (which we haven't seen in the White House in quite a while) who were taken out of their comfort zone and moved to DC. Some people do care. That's just the way it is. There isn't anything you can do about that. To each his own. It doesn't have an effect on you, Mr. Gingrich. So, it might be better if you just kept your mouth closed.

    April 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Mitch Goldstein - Greensburg, PA

    This is exactly as I have always perceived Newt: a mistaken solution searching for a problem. What do you suppose the Rethuglicans will do next to undercut Obama? Stay tuned...

    April 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. ChristopherM

    Gingrich really shows who he is here. He can't just say something nice about those kids and the dog. He can't just not say anything at all because he's doing everything he can to stay in the news. No, he has to be a jerk about the whole thing. He has to throw something nasty in there, because that's who he is. Entirely predictable from someone who served one of his three wives with divorce papers while she was in the hospital with cancer.

    April 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. David Long

    What happened to adopting a rescue dog? I’m very disappointed in Obama. He told us it would be a rescue dog. Yet another false hope story from Obama. There are millions of dogs and cats in shelters that need homes. This could have been a very easy way to help promote adoption. Doesn’t Obama realize the world is watching his every move. I see this as yet another mistake. Too bad for all the homeless dogs and cats out there.

    April 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Mira

    hey bo, welcome to the white house ! you are cute and lovely , i love your uneven 'white socks'.

    April 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Michael Hippenhammer

    Why do you even print anything that blowhard has to say. He is not worth listening to. Newt and his fellow Republicans have nothing but, mud to throw and no plan of their own. So why do we have to keep reading about them? As a dog lover, I applaud the Obamas for their choice to have one. I hope they have wonderful experiences with the new member of their family.

    April 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Ananth Ranganathan

    Obviously Newt Gingrich thought this was important enough to speak to the press about it. Ironically, if it was so incredibly stupid according to him, you would think he would just shut up and pay attention to things that he deems more important. Way to try and avoid the relative level of obscurity you have fallen to, Senator.

    April 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. cathy

    I think Obama should stop acting like a celebrity and become a leader. Enough of what the wife wears and what kind of dog they have and what sports he watches and how quickly he can get to the Jay Leno show. Stop bowing to other leaders, no one cares that you have changed the china in your home and that you got tickets to your fav basketball team. Protect your country and your people, be a leader-step up to the plate, if you cant handle the heat-call President Bush!!!

    April 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Isn't about time that al the partisan crap that is being spewed by people like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity stop. ALl they want is for President Obama to fail to makre themselves look better. If President Obama fails this country is in very serious trouble, stop trying to place blame on the opposing party and work together to get us out of this mess - or shut up.

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. etimo

    Gingrich is yet to accept the fact that a black american is his president. He should just come and say it openly that he is a racist and jealous that a black American could be so intelligent enough to defeat all white opposition. Bloody racist that is what he is.

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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