December 10th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich praises Obama's speech

Gingrich praises Obama's speech.

Gingrich praises Obama's speech.

(CNN) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich praised President Obama's acceptance speech Thursday before the Nobel Committee in Oslo.

"I thought the speech was actually very good," Gingrich told NPR's The Takeaway. "He clearly understood that he had been given the prize prematurely, but he used it as an occasion to remind people, first of all, as he said: that there is evil in the world."

The comments mark the second time in a month that Gingrich has given President Obama's performance a positive nod. Following the president's speech at West Point, Gingrich said the decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan "took considerable courage."

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  1. Zach K

    For once, I actually agree with Newt.

    December 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Former Republican now proud Dem! Obama 2 Termer!

    Newt trust me, we who voted for Obama are still proud of our pick last November given the crappy tools you guys put forth!

    December 10, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Joe

    You know you're doing a bad job when Newt thinks it's good!

    December 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Bubble of Sanity

    I think I'm dreaming. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich have both come out in favor of the President's speeches this week. Strangely, when Democrats are asked about it, all we hear are crickets chirping.

    What's going on here?

    December 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Carlos Averhoff

    Wow Mr Gingrich praising Obama, he beter be careful because party boss Rush Limbaugh might take him out and spank him! Worse yet he might get banned from 'FOX Television'........

    December 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    If Obama had any integrity at all, he would have given it to someone that deserved it.

    December 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Dave

    Why not, like in Iraq, he is doing the same thing as Bush did: stay and finish it. The only difference is
    1. Obama's people felt the need to appease the far left and they didn't send enough troops to finish it quickly
    2. They also wanted to appease the far left by setting a timeline which is utterly ridiculous.

    Seriously, throughout history, generals and presidents have a timeline in mind, they just keep it BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. They don't announce it to the enemy. Simply retarded.

    December 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Kirkland WA

    Who cares what Newt thinks.

    December 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Stephen

    Wow....Newt actually said something that made sense....who knew???

    December 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Debra

    I Think he still up to no good.

    December 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Marty Singer

    Glad Newt had something positive to say. Now if Palin & Cheny would just close thier mouths.

    December 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Newt' sucking up for a job in the Obama administration.

    December 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Independent_me

    Newt must be trying to separate himself from the lunatic extremists that he helped to create...
    Too late... you have already destroyed the country, Newt. Your attempt at fairness comes waaaay too late...

    December 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. A.E.

    Is rational thought and discourse returning to the Republican party? I certainly hope so. The last 8 years have been a disaster for them.

    December 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. MiMi

    That is why Mr G will not be win the nomination.

    December 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. digger

    Either obama was just lieing again or he sure does have his facts mixed up.

    December 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Ryan

    I missed the speech but it must have been impressive if Newt endorsed it.... he usually hates everything.

    December 10, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Phil

    If people could get past the conservative hate they have, they might actually realize that Newt is a very smart man who speaks the truth. Some people just don't have the ability to be objective and let their "party" hate interfere with rational thinking.

    December 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Lisa in AZ

    That's very commendable and a true example of non-partisan politics.

    December 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Gordo

    It's nice to see at least one Republican who doesn't reflexively criticize every single word out of the President's mouth. I sometimes think Obama could run every policy from Ronald Reagan's playbook, and he'd still be attacked at every turn. What ever happened to civility in politics? I miss it.

    December 10, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    For once a reasonable opinion. Still, no redemption for this blowhard. Newtered is a bloated gas bag ideologue who would throw his mother under a bus if she voted Dem. I have nothing but scorn for him.

    December 10, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Newt, your fifteen minutes were up the day you said you were going to "slate" Bill Clinton. He managed to serve out his term, while you were forced into the woods.

    By the way, any comments on your dead-beat tendencies or how's that "Contract With America" coming along?

    But, please run, Newt, we have oh, so many more questions for ya, babe!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Sandra

    Can the country get behind this president who is really trying to deal with issues on all fronts? I hope so.

    December 10, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Analyze That

    WOW, That is refreshing, to hear positive comments that makes sense. Newt, you have the burden to bring changes to GOP, changes that make sense and bring GOP to 21st century. If you run, I may even vote for you. Remember, it's not about your party, it's about your country. We desperately need to move forward as ONE US of A.

    December 10, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Mark

    He didn't deserve the election either. The media stepped on Hillary just to make history.

    December 10, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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