Gingrich would teach online courses from White House
November 21st, 2011
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich would teach online courses from White House

Keene, New Hampshire (CNN) – When Newt Gingrich speaks to crowds, his experience as a history professor is often apparent.

On Monday he said it's a job he would continue to do in the White House.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

"I think I will probably teach a course when I am president," he told a group of students at St. Anselm College. "I think I will finally try to do something that outlines for the whole country what we will try to accomplish."

The former West Georgia College history and environmental studies professor said he would offer the course online through the University of Phoenix or Kaplan so any citizen could easily watch.

"Why wouldn't you want a president who would use social media to regularly and methodically tell you what we're trying to accomplish so those people who want to understand it can understand it," he said.

While giving speeches, Gingrich often adopts a pose more often seen on college campuses - leaning on one bent arm on the side of a podium.

He offers historical stories to illustrate his policy points, such as a frequently-repeated story about the Wright brothers' triumph over the Smithsonian Institution in the race to craft an airplane. The story is meant to speak to the superiority of the private over government in innovation.

One thing Gingrich said he wouldn't do as president? Spend a lot of time giving speeches.

"As president they would like you to only bother them when it really matters," he said of Americans, to audience laughter and applause.


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Good Grief!

    November 21, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think I will probably teach a course when I am president,"
    ------------------------
    And charge you for it. Because I will have so much time on my hands what with Calista with a Tiffany's right down the street shopping to her little heart's content; and my boys in Congress stealing everything that isn't nailed down. I'm also upping the price of the WH tours, and selling all of those old portraits and vases and such.
    Hey, it's the economy ya know?

    November 21, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Why wouldn't you want a president who would use social media to regularly and methodically tell you what we're trying to accomplish so those people who want to understand it can understand it," he said."

    Oh, I dunno, maybe because it only results in conservative ideologues rabidly clinging to their confirmnation bias while screeching like angry baboons that "all he does is make speeches" and "doesn't he have work to do" or "stop talking and start doing" and "all he does is campaign" etc. etc. Maybe that's why.

    November 21, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. whome

    Will he also teach HIS past history.?

    November 21, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    No worries Mr. Gingrinch as you will NEVER get to the White House.

    November 21, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Someone should've told him before they shot that picture that he's got a piece of the baby he was eating earlier stuck on his left cheek.

    November 21, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. TM

    Maybe he can teach an online course in American Revisionist History.

    November 21, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Why would we want our President to use the social media to lie and revise history, Newt? And Perry has the nerve to say President Obama thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, when Newt thinks of himself as the smartest being on the planet. An astonishing display of arrogance and elitism.

    November 21, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Miss Demeanor

    Newt was the most unfairly treated politician I have seen in my life. He has proven in his congressional leadership role that he is sharp, well-informed, concerned about what's best for the US (as apposed to ALL of the inept current leaders in congress and the white house. We have a likeable president in office. That isn't what the country needs now. Newt's career was damaged by shrill feminist zealots screaming 'neuter Newt'. We need Newt back again. Newt and Clinton were the most effective, successful leaders (though Clinton gladly took more of the credit than he deserved) in ages.

    November 21, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. cisco4

    With all this dudes baggage on his back....and people are considering him for president?

    November 21, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Ken

    Too funny even to dignify with a response!!!

    November 21, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. larry

    if he ever got to the White House, he would find every way he could to make a buck while there.

    November 21, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. koalaholik

    First, he said he would need 8 years as President to fix the ess we are in and, now, he wants to work a second job while in the White House (you can bet ole Newt won't be teaching for free). Maybe if he focused on the Presidency alone he could figure out a way to fix our problems in FOUR years. After all, he and the Republicans expected President Obama to fix everything in less than TWO years.

    November 21, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. jay in california

    history? is he going to teach us that the CBO is a socialist group or that the democratic party was started by Stalin perhaps?

    November 21, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. gate

    10am – How to make millions as a lobbyist.
    11am – How to cheat on your wife while she undergoes cancer treatment
    Noon – Champagne lunch with Wall Street criminals
    1 pm – How to flip-flop in abortion
    2pm – How to undermine labor rights by using poor children as slaves

    November 21, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Sae-jin

    Newt is sooooo funny. He should be on late-night comedy TV instead of running for office.

    November 21, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Who would teach him?!? Talk about someone with delusions of grander! Just great, the history according to Newt.

    November 21, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. DarthKtar

    "The former West Georgia College history and environmental studies professor said he would offer the course online through the University of Phoenix or Kaplan so any citizen could easily watch."

    Why am I not surprised you would be offering it through two of the largest for-profit colleges that rip people off and provide useless degrees...

    November 21, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Noodle Nose Johnson

    You'll never be President, Newt. So don't worry about your "teaching".

    November 21, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Nabillion

    wow so many troubles not in the US but worldwide and he'd rather focus on teaching an online course while President.
    #1. Newt will never make the office
    #2. If he does, God help us all

    November 21, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. dan

    I can hardly wait for this icon of the right to lecture us all in his online course. Education has changed greatly, and the old wasy, the Newt way, of the sage on the stage no longer matters. If he translates that simply to his online course, I can't imagine anyone taking more than a cursory look at it. I wonder what his student course evaluations had to say? Give it up, Newt. You're the past generation.

    November 21, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Squigman

    Who in their right mind would listen to what he has to say, or teach?

    November 21, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |