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. ron in Mo

    OMG someone took over Newts body!
    Joking aside it is nice to hear something positive said by a Republican about our President.

    December 10, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. jr

    i dont see how anyone could actually say anything negative about the speach, it was very good

    December 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Laurie

    Finally a Republican leader with some class. Thank you for showing that adversaries do not always have to operate with hateful rhetoric. It is commendable.

    December 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Ray R

    Newt Gingrich is probably the most intelligent man not serving the American people. His knowledge of history and its triumphs and failings will inventually help to make us a stronger country. I would promote Speaker Gingrich if he should ever decide to run for the Presidency again.

    December 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Man Chris

    Chief Gingrich is begining to see the truth, and he will soon be free from the boundage of unnecessary opposition!

    December 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Chris

    Apparently 'newt' isnt privy to the right wing, party of no playbook. Smear, slime, distort, fear/hate monger, repeat.

    December 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. P Adams Jr

    Is Gingrich looking to being VEEP for Obama?

    December 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. cchris c

    I always respected Newt even though I often disagree with him... he's one of the few class acts the Republican Party still has as evidenced by his thoughtful statement on Obama's speech. I agree with those – apparently including Obama himself – who believe the award was premature – but I do think Obama has struck the right tone in his administration as well as his acceptance speech. A little humility on the part of a politician goes a long way in my book.

    Now, if we could only stifle the likes of Limbaugh, Palin and Cheney, I think I could actually consider voting for a Republican again!

    December 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    wow NEWT on a role .. don't worry he will screw it up soon ..
    he looks as if he is trying to distance himself from the core republican party .. it is said that some animals will turn and eat there own when conered or hungry.. hence the end of the republican party is very near..:)

    December 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Garp

    Newt knows evil exists because he sees it every morning in the mirror.

    December 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Dutch/BadNewz, VA

    Now watch the conservative bandwagon jump aboard.

    December 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Frank

    Who cares what Gingrich thinks.

    December 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. walleye

    I will only be happy when Cheney agrees with Obama.

    December 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Frank, Las Vegas

    Newt may be the only person in the entire GOP that understands that you can't be against everything the President does. He might even understand that the American public soundly rejected the GOP, their ideas and tactics in the last two elections and that the American public has not changed it's mind about the GOP. That's why the GOP is dpwn to 19% of the people. That's not just a number, it's a reality to the GOP that they refuse to accept. I guess the voices in their heads make them think there's a crowd behind them.

    December 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Jim

    What is going on with Newt? Twice praising the President? Doesn't he know that he will never pass the purity test?

    December 10, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Greg Jr.

    I can see clearly through this. They want to agree with Obama only to discredit him. Because if the dirty republicans he kicked out agree with him then that means that he hasn't brought change. They think they are slick but people are dumb so this tactic might work. Having a republican agree with you is a death kiss. Really what democrat wants a newt endorsement. Think about it

    December 10, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. keli

    I agree as well.

    December 10, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Patriot

    Who really cares what the Newt has to say? No one with half a brain.
    This fool shut down the US government and set the stage for the present crop of incompetent and do-nothing Republicons.

    Republicon destroyed the nation's economy, which caused many American suicides. And the destructive Republicons refuse to lift a finger to help fix America. Instead they obstruct America's progress.

    If the newt has something to say, let him prod his 'party of no' into constructive action for desperate Americans.

    Obama have and will continue to be just fine without the newt offering worthless two cents.

    December 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. renaldo

    Well Newt is smarter than the current crop of right wing talkers...

    December 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Mike

    I thought President Obama's speech was short, concise and to the point. Very well executed and he did not take credit for the award at all...

    December 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Warmonger

    "the use of force [is] not only necessary but morally justified";

    This is a line from Obamas speech,,,, and I though he was promoting peace. Not morally justified war.

    I guess that change he said he would give us did not apply to sending more troops to what many call a unneeded war.

    Man, I bet the liberals are sorry now. Thier boy is not all roses. He has a few thorns.

    December 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Virginia

    Boy oh boy, is he right to remind us that there is still evil in the world. How ironic that Obama receive the "Peace" prize. One of the previous recipients of the prize, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta of recent memory, courageously and boldy proclaimed that in our day abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace. Do we anymore understand what consitutes true peace? I just finished reading an address given by Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard entitled, "A World Split Apart." It is brilliant, perceptive, and should be reqired reading. Can someone get a copy to the President?

    December 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Bill Sharpe

    As a liberal Democrat, I find Newt the most acceptable of all the Republicans. He is rational (most of the time) and he is not a member of the party of NO.

    Clinton adopted many of his ideas.
    Back when the economy was not overlooking an abyss, we weren't at war, and when most of the world actually liked us.

    December 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. LIP

    As a conservative Republican I say a job well done. President Obama said what was necessary and did it eloquently. Whether or not he deserved the award matters little. The fact that he addressed that issue and moved on was all that mattered. I was also happy to hear him reference Kuwait and Sadam in the same breath. I suspect he used that comparison because it legitmizes why we ultimately ended up in Iraq. We promised Kuwait protection and George W. Bush gave it to them by way of dismantaling Sadam. People seem to have forgotten that, so it was good that Obama brought it up.
    Kudos to President Obama

    December 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Thebe

    Newt is grooming himself to be the next presidential contender. I have to admit he does distinguish himself as being separate from and better than the pack of radical and scary righties we hear so much from.

    December 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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