April 12th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Gingrich: Focus on Obama puppy 'fairly stupid'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/12/art.bofam0412.wh.jpg caption="News of the arrival of the new first puppy has already caused a partisan split between Newt Gingrich and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in Sunday on news that the first family has finally settled on a new puppy for daughters Malia and Sasha.

“I hope that the girls love the dog,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I hope the family – and all the pressure they’re going to be in – finds it useful. And I think that this whole thing is fairly stupid.”

The six-month-old puppy is a Portuguese water dog that the Obamas have decided to name Bo. The dog is a gift to the first family from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, a longtime Obama political ally who also owns several dogs of the breed.

“It’s great that they have a dog. It’s great that the kids are adjusting,” Gingrich said. “And where they got it from – who cares? It’s a nice gesture on Senator Kennedy’s part to give it to them but who cares?” Gingrich added.

Perhaps it was a partisan difference, but Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile had kinder words for the new first puppy.

“What’s not to like about this dog?” Brazile said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “He’s cute. He’s adorable. But, I hope he’s potty trained,” she joked

soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Chad

    Leave it to a politician to spoil the fun. Let the girls have there moment.

    April 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Roberta

    I agree with Gingrich. I'm happy for the kids that they got a puppy but it's stupid to put so much "news" focus on it.

    April 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Rob

    Newt....your day is done back off!!! Your right wing nut revisionist historian ideas have been proven wrong and after your side controlled the senate the congress and the white house for the larger part of 30 years we have war and economic crisis to show for it. Your party is wrong and its philosophy is wrong. Who cares about what you think even on something so trivial as a dog for the kids......

    April 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. michael (dallas)

    if you dont care and you think it is stupid, then it was pretty stupid of you to feel the need to comment, newt.

    thanks for your continued elevation of the national debate!

    April 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Steven

    Wonder why the GOP has to say anything about the dog. Maybe they don't have anything more useful to talk about. GOP use to stand for Grand Old Party, but now days it is more likely to me 'Glorious Old-fashion Pessimism'

    April 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Arwa

    Hi mr old gingrich please go retire you dont own for ever political or power.let young american run the country,eventhough you do not like obama family becouse they are black,but never forgot american people they tired divided old white man agenda.America is imigrant land.


    April 12, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Joshua College Station Texas

    I agree with Newt that it isn't really important compared to all that's going on the world, but why the bitter attitude? Why can't Americans just enjoy their president anymore? There always has to be negativity and some partisan-based fight. Why Newt, why?

    Newt is just trying to get his face out there because he sees an opening in the party and thinks there is a chance for him to get back in the game. But if he is the best the Republican party has to offer, all I can say is, good luck!

    Americans want leadership (that means someone who works for them and solves problems and makes positive things happen), and they will follow a middle-of-the-road leader who is focused on solving real problems and not just on party loyalties. Obama is doing that. The Republicans are more fixed on getting back into a position of ultimate and overwhelming power than on using the leadership they do have. Uh, there are hundreds of Republican officials with constituencies of millions of people who were elected to actually serve those constituents, and not just play political games with the other party.

    April 12, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Debra

    Newt is exactly that, a newt. He's a dried up old man who knows nothing but 'tough' words and is just another 'dope for nope' idealogue. He knows nothing about governing as he did a miserable job as Speaker. A perfect negative chatter clown.

    April 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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