Gingrich hits Obama on tournament picks
March 17th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
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Gingrich hits Obama on tournament picks

(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.

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Aww, Newt, are you having yet another affair and you need to lash out? Gingrich is a moron.

    March 17, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. ps

    Newt's hiding from his immorality by attacking others.

    March 17, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Oliver Dyer

    Here we go again. No matter what President Obama does there will be some one to critize him. The 5 minutes it took for him to make basketball predictions certainly did not hurt the country or worsen any current world crisis. As americans we are often think of our country as being the greatest country on earth. Yet in name of politics we often take every opportunity to tear down the one we have choosen to be our leader. So either our slection process is flawed or we are voting idiots. In 200 plus years of slecting a leader we still do not know how to select one that meets our standards.

    March 17, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. emma

    What a nit picking remark by Gingrich. An example of tearing down instead of building for America. And rather adolescent.

    March 17, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Con me not

    Newt gingridge,You are a pathetic excuse for a man. You are a three time adulterer who led the charge to impeach someone else for doing the same thing. You are so pathetic I am ashamed to be from the same race yourself (The Human race). You are always constantly whining and complaining about the very things you do yourself. I wish the news media would just stop giving you the spotlight and than maybe you would just disappear and go away once and for all.

    March 17, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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