December 10th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
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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. Bill

    Newt Gingrich is one of the few Republican leaders that actually thinks before he speaks and gives due credit where it is earned.

    If he could get the rest of his party to do this just SOME OF THE TIME it would be a major accomplishment.

    Gingrich actually thinks and considers policy and actions regarding the opposition before shooting his mouth off. The other people in his party should learn to do the same.

    December 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. mjm

    CNN didn't tell the whole story.

    Republicans liked the seech because it sounded more like Bush and Reagan and less like Obama.

    Only Obama can give a war speech while getting a peace prize.

    December 10, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Tania

    Nothing like a backhanded compliment, eh?

    December 10, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    Too bad more of his party of NO cannot get past the racism and bigotry for the President, otherwise, they may find out that yes it was a great speech,

    It is obvious others in this world can see past the color of his skin and see what is in his heart and that he aspires for peace and with President Obama at the helm of this great country, we will give peace a chance.

    That is why President Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 10, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. walleye

    If Obama had NOT sent 30000 troops the RepubliKlans would have criticized that at well. The man just can’t win with these GOP idiots.

    December 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. greenliz

    It was a great speech. I am proud of our President. He mad have been awarded this a little prematurely but I believe speeches like this and his actions in the future will prove that he is more than worthy of it. I am glad that even righties like Newt can agree.

    December 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. tarheel

    Who would better deserve the Peace Prize than the man who has (1) shut down Guantanamo, (2) withdrew our forces from Iraq (3) stabilized the Middle East and (4) brought Afghanistan to the brink of Democracy. All this while solving global warming and passing a Health Care package that will provide affordable health insurance for everybody in America. OK, so maybe he's not accomplished any of these things, but he wants too, and that should be worth at least a Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Jeff B.

    Even Limbaugh had some good things to say about this speech. Next thing you know, cats and dogs will be hanging out together.

    December 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. dan

    Wow, how Orwellian! The speech was not good at all! It was filled with hypocracy, lies, and phony rhetoric! And Gingrich thinks it was a good speech... hahahahaha!!!

    December 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Chris D.

    The speech was genious. It showed American exceptionalism at it's best.

    December 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    At first glance, Gingrich seems to be displaying some integrity. It is something you never see in our Conservative leadership and Gingrich was one of the last I had expected it from. It is my hope that Gingrich has decided that it is better to be right than to be president. It would be nice if other Conservative leaders decided that toeing the party line is not what they want to be remembered for.

    Obama is clearly trying to do the right thing, and he is clearly listening to the advice of a broad spectrum of very intelligent and experienced people. If his administration is not successful, the next one will have even more problems to deal with.

    December 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Stacie

    To the people posting all the mean, hateful statements about a man who just won a peace prize, how do you sleep at night? I hope you realize that much blind hate isn't good for your health. If you are nothing but selfish, you should tone it down a bit for your own good.

    December 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. lila

    I agree Newt... however, Obama not only said "that there is evil in the world." he in addition spoke of our nations responsibility when facing it.

    "Where force is necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in binding ourselves to certain rules of conduct. And even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe that the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength. That is why I prohibited torture. That is why I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America's commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not just when it is easy, but when it is hard." Obama – War and Peace

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. " – Nietzsche

    December 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Hazen

    I'm not a big fan of Newt...never have been. However, I will agree with him on why he agreed with Obama's speech. That speech was both uplifting, and yet realistic at the same time. The problem with too many partisans on both sides is that the world is extremely complex and the achievement of peace often involves tools that we would rather not use. Obama used the opportunity to both remind us of the visions that we pursue, as well as the extremely hard work we need to achieve.

    December 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Mark in Atlanta

    Obama is doing a great job- making considerable progress in a short time on the economy, the wars, healthcare, education, environment, and global diplomacy. Newt’s a nasty piece of work, but he’s not crazy. Even he can see that we have an extraordinary guy in the WH right now.

    It takes a huge effort to paint Obama as an extremist or as incompetent, but talk radio and Fox have lots of time on their hands and nothing better to do then rile up the gullible, uneducated, and angry Tea Bagger fringe. Glad that we have the President we need in these hard times and not President so many of these bitter flat-earthers disserve.

    December 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Playtoe

    If you can, you might try to catch the entire problem on CSPAN2, it includes the remarks by the Chairman on why they awarded this to Obama...and I thought he definitely made the case. And, it includes 2 very fine performances 1)an Asian man played a piece by Chopin, and 2)a jazz trio did a very good song, the lady played bass violin while she sang, quite beautifully I might add. It's worth your time...

    December 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Visions like were outlined in this speech, make me proud I voted for President Obama and support him fully.

    We may not always agree(Afghanistan) but I always know where he is coming from and know that in his heart he is doing what he thinks is correct after giving it deliberate thought and analysis.

    December 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. ProudLib

    Evidently Newt didn't get the RNC/GOP working memo: You MUST disagree with ANYTHING Obama says as a "radical" departure from what Americans really want."

    Keep it up Newt ... you'll make the Limbaugh/Beck/RedState/Malkin Impurity list yet.

    December 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Marie Laveaux

    Thanks, Newt, it's nice to hear a little praise from the right once in a while. Yes, the speech was very good, and the man who gave it is a good man, and doing a hell of a good job. Too bad some of you are so blinded by hate, bigotry and jealously that you cannot say one positive thing about the President. Any decent, fair person would give someone the credit they deserve when they deserve it, instead of nit-picking every little thing to death.

    December 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Kate

    I am so proud to have our President of the U.S. be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This tells us what the rest of the world thinks of us. Finally a president that is working and doing something and the rest of the world sees it. He deserves every bit of the Peace Prize, as he is working for peace through strength. The rest of the world sees President Obama as a man whom they can work with.

    December 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. former republican

    wow...very nice!

    December 10, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. S Callahan ..make your life better read Psalm 51

    I totally WAS a good speech....and he clearly understands this is not just a war of the flesh....Nice job!

    December 10, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. vrc

    Way to go Newt! we "Americans" are sick of partisan garbage on both sides. I listened to the Presidents speech and it was humbling and honest. In regards to the evil comments the President is correct you don't come on someones front lawn and leave a hot steamin pile of mess in regards to N.Y., Wash and Penn. and proclaim victory over the evil West! We lost lives in an unprovoked attack, but hey, you know what they say about us americans "They have the attention span of a nat while waiting for the next America Idol to be crowned". Apparently this President doesn't want to forget and I don't blame him!

    December 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Gary

    Gingrich is right, the speech was good. Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel prize yet but maybe some day will earn it.....war sucks but sometimes is necessary to bring peace and stop oppression. I'm behind Obama 100% in his Iraq and Afghan war policies. I wish he'd keep Gitmo open and use the military tribunals but overall he is doing okay at war!

    December 10, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    A modicum of civility and it is news? Every republican should be praising Obama, it should not be an oddity.

    December 10, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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