Gingrich says Obama 'has never yet become president'
April 21st, 2011
11:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich says Obama 'has never yet become president'

(CNN) - Likely GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivered a harsh assessment of President Obama Wednesday, describing him as a "left-wing activist who has never yet become president."

According to the Concord Monitor, the tough remarks came during a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, during which the former House Speaker suggested to a small gathering that the president has eschewed his governing responsibilities and is instead a "permanent candidate."

"He's the only permanent candidate we've ever had in the White House," said Gingrich, who also described Obama as "perfectly fine, extraordinarily brilliant, [and] sadly shallow."

Gingrich, who is an exploratory phase of his possible presidential campaign, said he is "calmly confident" he can win the GOP's presidential nomination but added the final decision could come down to the issue of money.

"We're trying to figure out, can we raise enough money to be competitive?" said Gingrich, known to be among the most prolific fundraisers in the party.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. SJC2

    Newt has never yet become a human being, so what else is new?

    April 21, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Max Lowe

    Newt!, I'm sure this type of chicanery plays well in your small crowd of bacward supporters but you should understand you're also insulting more than half of the country with this type of baseless bluster. Please, grow up. You're never ending quest for fame and power has grown quite tiresome..

    April 21, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Alex

    I love how everyone who posts on cnn is a huge liberal that will claim anything against thier party isn't true. YOU are the problem, get over yourselves. Obama hasn't accomplished anything and you are seriously in denial if you claim that Obama has anything over one of the best house speakers ever.

    April 21, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. gg

    Gingrich is a reactionary activiist who never became a Congressman or the Speaker of the House. Instead, he continued, and still thrives, in his successful career as a CLOWN.

    April 21, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Owen

    Why does the media continue to give air time to nut jobs like Newt, Trump, Palin, Bachman, et. al. What happened to the time when we wanted our presidents to be smart? If the founding fathers were to run today they would be called elitists as most of them were very intelligent college graduates. Now we prefer to choose people that barely made it out of community college, let alone places like Harvard or Yale.

    April 21, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Of course he says this. Now that Obama is running for re-election against Newetered (and a host of other GOP morons who think it's clever to pretend they're not running yet so they can justify claims that Obama is starting early), it's clearly time to start the narrative that all he ever did was campaign and run for re-election. His mindless, believe-the-latest-meme automaton followers will latch onto the talking point and repeat it ad nauseum here and everywhere else they find a comment section on the intertubes. It will be their new short-term-memory-failure my-hyppocampus-is-broken mischaracterization they desperately, DESPERATELY want everyone else to take to heart because you know, if Obama is doing something right this moment, it means that's what will be most prominent in everyone's minds and in the "news," so obviously, it means that it's also the only thing he's done and been doing since 2008.

    April 21, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Tan Huynh

    sore loser...plain and simple..he is in the Oval Office and you are not ...bah wah bah wah

    April 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. AC

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha, Jealous, Newt? Obviously!

    April 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    As opposed to a right-wing moron who never actually became an adult.

    April 21, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. TM

    "He's the only permanent candidate we've ever had in the White House" Seriously Newt?! Were you SLEEPING from 2001 through 2009. Bush was the POSTER CHILD for "permanent candidate". Of course he had that bogus "terror alert" scam going to prop up his poll numbers every time the country began to realize that he had neither the ability or the desire to actually DO HIS JOB and govern. For eight years Bush was either on vacation or trying to tell us why he was a great "war president". Newt, if you plan to run for President, you're going to have to learn to PAY ATTENTION!

    April 21, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Newt is not known for shying away from inflaming statements. But certainly his point is that Obama's approach for abdicating leadership to other people is not presidential. Take the Libya military action for instance. Obama decided that the rebels deserved help and that Quadaffi had to go. But after leading the charge and getting it started, we abdicated leadership to NATO and now we all see how that is working out.

    April 21, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Look no further than what Obama has done in Afghanistan and Libya to realize Obama is not Presidential material.

    Afghanistan: Campaigns saying it is the war we must fight and win. Then takes months to decide to send fewer than the number of troops requested, and announces the pull out date! The Taliban and Al Queda are rolling on the ground laughing at this buffoon.

    Libya: People rise up and march on Tripoli. They are at the gates, Khaddafi is reeling. A mild summer breeze from one F-18 and he's GONE. Instead Obama dithers and issues his imperial pronoucement that "Khaddafi must go". Almost a month later, lead by the French, we jump into what is almost a stalemate. Obama commits forces but then pulls them out to let NATO take over. Problem is NATO doesn't have the proper weaponry! Welcome to the Obama Libyan Disaster. No we are sending them $25 MILLION in aid. Khaddafi is rollin gon the ground laughing at Obama the Buffoon.

    April 21, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas Forever

    poor Newt must be looking at his poll numbers sinking because he is still attacking the president and not trying to offer any solutions. Married to the same woman for years, two children by the same woman and for what we know appears to be a solid marriage must irk old Newt to no end. Obama is something Newt will never be..President of the United States.

    April 21, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    More finger pointing and NO SOLUTIONS. With the current crop of candidates, the R's might as well run Dole or McCain again.

    April 21, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    In front of a small gatherng....there's a reason for that Newt! You're irrelevant. And.....he sure has become more of a President than you will ever be. Pretty sad when you're a loser like Newt you have to bad mouth the winners in the world. Sorry butt head, it ain't gonna change the way people feel about you........you loser.

    April 21, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. C. Howe Yulikit

    "Has never yet"? Is he taking diction lessons from Sarah Palin?

    April 21, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. jean2009

    This man is a cheating, greedy, lying, moron and we are to take him seriously....Please! Oh that part about being a permanent candidate....Look who's talking! Newtie has been either running (or thinking about running) since before Clinton. Mostly he talks about running just to run up his speaking fees. President Obama is not only president he is presidential.

    April 21, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt lost his soul long ago, so he has nothing left but to sling dirt. Newt is a living example of a dirt ball that no matter how much you clean it you get the same results, once a dirt ball, always a dirt ball.

    April 21, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Newt Gingrich his buddies doesn’t want to accept the facts

    April 21, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. john

    And Gingrich has never yet become an adult.

    April 21, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    Alex wrote, “…Obama hasn't accomplished anything…
    Let’s see – Credit card reform, health care reform, rescued the economy, two supreme court appointments, managing three world conflicts... and that is just half of his first term.
    As for Gingrich being one of the best SOTH ever… Why exactly did he leave that position? Oh, right he was fired by his own party!

    April 21, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Kenny

    Newt Gingrich thinks the final decisioln is going to come down to "Money". It always does. Newt is now looking for an excuse not to run because he knows he can't win. Newt, all you have to do is just say I'm not going to run because I can't win. Then you can return to your successful career as a CLOWN.

    April 21, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. james Miller

    Neither will the Newt !!!!!

    April 21, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. shoegazer

    This the same Newt Gingrich that was born Newton Mcpherson? The devotee of Isssac Asimov's science fiction? Who once described himself as a savior of civilization from cosmic threats? Sounds like he's still amongst the stars.

    April 21, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. thomas

    Gingrich, who also described Obama as " sadly shallow." ????????????????????????
    Wow , such a statement coming from such a closed minded little angry has been Bozo !
    Has anybody read any of Newt's recreated books on history , don't wast your time !
    He obviously has Daddy and Mommy issues !

    April 21, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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