(CNN) – President Obama has checked out, Newt Gingrich says.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday, the former House Speaker and likely presidential candidate kept up his criticisms of Obama for appearing on ESPN earlier in the week to reveal his NCAA tournament bracket.
"The administration has just sort of checked out," said Gingrich. "You know, the president has this fixation with the Final Four. Spent time on ESPN giving us his version of what really mattered to him, which is the Final Four."
"What's strange is - with all of these crises - how can you focus that kind of time and attention as President of the United States? Not as a private citizen, not as a spectator, not as a hobby," he added later.
The comments came the same day Gingrich tweeted that Obama is ""hiding from his job behind NCAA picks."
Still, Gingrich didn't shy away from offering his own analysis of the tournament:
"[Obama] may well be right about Kansas, although I must say I have a personal affection for Duke, where my best friend from high school went to school and where they have a great coach, and I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for Duke winning. But Kansas is a great school, so maybe the president is right," he said.
The comments capped off a busy day for Gingrich in the key early-primary state of New Hampshire, where he attended St. Patrick Day-themed events in three separate towns: Nashua, Salem, and Manchester.