(CNN) - Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican to pile on the criticism of President Obama over the college basketball fan-in-chief's participation in March Madness bracketology.
In a tweet Thursday, the likely presidential candidate said Obama is "hiding from his job behind NCAA picks."
"We need a commander in chief not a spectator in chief," Gingrich continued.
The comments are the latest in a string of hits against Obama after the president participated in an ESPN segment Wednesday during which he revealed his picks for the NCAA basketball tournament.
Gingrich was even harsher in comment to the Washington Times, saying Obama's NCAA picks are reminiscent of actions taken by former president Jimmy Carter.
"Obama picking basketball teams may come to rival Jimmy Carter scheduling the tennis courts in the White House as a symbol of failing at big stuff and trivializing the presidency," said Gingrich.
Gingrich's comments come the same day he travels to New Hampshire for thee St. Patrick's Day events in Nashua, Nashua, and Manchester.