Gingrich says Obama 'has never yet become president'
April 21st, 2011
11:51 AM ET
7 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. normajean

    We, the people are still waiting for Newt Gingrich to become a MAN!!!!!!

    April 21, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "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."

    Commanders in Chief who are leaders don't simply do what their generals suggest or request, moron.

    "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."

    Not even close to true. Go get some facts instead of just inventing a narrative you think sounds nice. Moreover, trying to make an argument about Libya policy in an article about Newetered, whose positions with respect to Obama's Libya policies flip-flopped so violently that people were wondering if he was in the throes of a gran mal seizure, just sounds really stupid and opens you up the flanking I just gave you.

    April 21, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    The words "has never yet become president." are a clever way to appeal to the birther base. How many times have we heard them say President Obama will never be my President? This is just more of the same cr*p to discredit the Office of the President of the United States.

    The right wing folks better get used to the idea the President Obama is our President and will be through 2016.

    April 21, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    Stand over there with Trump, Bachmann and all the other Republican losers, Mr. Gingrich.

    April 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Good point Anonymous: say it with us..."DOGWHISTLE."

    April 21, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Jake

    and in HIS head, Gingrich thinks he HAS BEEN President!

    April 21, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Newt's new slogan - "If you can't beat 'em, confuse 'em."

    April 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt's raised $34,000.00 at his last fund raising, that's right thirty-four thousand dollars and don't forget that came from his Republican supporters. What they are telling Newt is "go home, we don't need you, don't want your kind around our children and wives. LOL

    April 21, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Obama: A day late and a dollar short to every major event or problem facing this country.

    He's followed or continued more of George Bush's policies than you can shake a stick at.

    He's been lead around by the nose by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and his union bosses.

    The ONLY thing he leads is in the number of golf course outings and celebrity shindings at the Whitehouse in the first 2 years in office.

    April 21, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. tulsa, ok

    to GI Joe,
    Thank you sir. Your comment about fascism coming wearing a flag pin and carrying a cross is spot on.

    April 21, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    A permanent candidate is what I describe republicans as. Ever since they've lost complete power, they've been campaigning. Just look at the U.S. Senate and the minority leader. He stays in campaign mode.

    April 21, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Pam

    Oh Eye of least we all know YOU WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT!

    April 21, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Tony Z

    Obama has led as President. He believes in letting Congress do the job they were elected to do. All the complaining is coming from folks who slept from 2001-2008 under George Bush. Obama has created more jobs, passed health care reform, ending two conflicts while managing to put the US in a better diplomatic position.

    I ask those on the Right- If you campaigned on JOBS- Where are they? You want to cut the budget, but only tackle less than 2% than are we serious? You want to see if he was born in the US. Tell me what other President you asked? The McCarthy era ended- Americans don't want to go back.

    April 21, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Fig Newton is a disgraced ex speaker,.. what qualifies him to judge the President?.. You're a petty, jealous, bitter has been Newt!!!

    April 21, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Vic of New York

    Let's see the "never been but would love to be" disgraced ex-con pathetic wife cheating former Congressman thinks his opinions about the President has cred? You know it may, Conservatives are not known for having much brain matter. They simply follow their leaders like the Zombies from "Resident Evil"!

    April 21, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. George Joseph

    I think the pilsbury dough boy is taking about himself again.

    April 21, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Desert Denizen

    Hey Newt: He's rubber, you're glue..

    "Pathway to Prosperity"? More like "Detour to Disaster"!

    April 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Kim

    Keep steppin' newt, your opinion means nothing. the only way gingrich will get back into the white house is if he takes a tour.

    Are blue-hairs really gullible enough to buy this swill? Oh, I guess there's still the fox "news" minions that will buy whatever the crooks are sellin'.

    April 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. karen

    Sadly shallow? And this from the guy sho screwed around on his wife out of "dedication to his country"? Spare me. Where does the Republican Party FIND these people? Pailin, Trump, the Newter – their hubris is second only to their hypocrisy. I long for the days of RR.

    April 21, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. juliei4

    Oh Newt, you're just too cute
    Commenting on Obama's life.
    Despite all the horns you toot,
    He still has had only one wife.

    April 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Monk

    I don't care much for Newt, but he is spot on.

    April 21, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Julie

    Newt, there was a swearing-in ceremony back in 2009. They had cookies and punch and Aretha sang. Did you miss it?

    April 21, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Linda

    Obama is one of the best presidents of my lifetime. He saved this country from total financial disaster and has been trying to keep us afloat after 8 years of Republican disaster of pre emptive wars and illegal war profiteering and corporate profits based on off shoring labor for the cheapest cost. Shut up Gingrich! You have no ethics, no care for this great nation, only care for himself and his cronies. I love Barack Obama's dedication and love for our great nation and its people.

    April 21, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. ken, AZ

    Alex says:

    "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."

    You're hilarious. Do you have an agent? I can probably get you booked on Comedy Central.

    April 21, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Thankfully Independent

    Gingrich raises and interesting point of discussion. Let's look at George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people had to die before he "became" president. If one choses to remember, before 9/11, Bush was floundering around like a mackeral on a boat's deck.

    April 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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