April 12th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
12 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. Had It

    Guess Newt didn't get the word from Limbaugh – this is a far right wing hating point. Rush will need an apology Newt – better get on your knees.

    April 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. alvino

    I have to admit that if anyone is an expert on stupid, it would be Newt.

    April 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Sally

    Of course the story isn't of huge consequence but for criying out loud, a little happy, fun news out of Washington doesn't hurt once in awhile.

    April 12, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Mary

    I thought having Barney (Bush dog) on TV getting a treat when he had bitten a reporter from Bush when all of these problems started to unfold was stupid. That was just like Mr. Bush, giving a reward for bad behavior. Despite what Newt says,"Obama can do more than one thing at a time.

    If Newt have solutions for this country, that he claims he loves so much, let the American people know and if his ideas will get us out of this mess then Newt will be the new president in 2012. After all this is what all the criticizes about the President is all about, isn't it Newt?

    April 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. LW In Texas

    Newt needs to get a life in fact he and all of his right wing pals need to get over the fact the American People voted for a change in the way things are done. and the dog is cute and so newt pick on someone your own size like Rush.......

    April 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. pattyd

    Bah-humbug to Newt! Have some jelly beans or chocolate bunnies

    April 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. CA Senior

    We definitely do not want Newt Gingrich to be a prominent leader for the US. Pet lovers beware! He is showing his shallowness.

    April 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Geeze

    Agreed. Gingrich is 'fairly stupid'
    We talk about the economy all the time; can't we have a little rest from it? It's a little depressing and it's bad for your health.

    April 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Obie is the Prez, so it's his SHOW, so who cares what anyone says...

    April 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. cregis

    Newt should just crawl under the rock he slid out from, maybe he could go back and sit on his ex-wife's hospital bed and scheme up some more ethical violations while he's telling her, Adios, and Sorry you have cancer.

    April 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. CG

    And why do we care about Newt Grinch? A disgraced and unemployed political hack?

    April 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Jacque Bauer

    Who cares, other than the drooling, idol-loving media and liberals who are emotionally invested in everything this unconstitutional president does? Imagine, a committe picked dog (a Kennedy, no less) with a focus group selected name!

    The biggest non-story of the decade.

    April 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Elizabeth

    Newt: It's not the 90's anymore. Obama is not Bill Clinton. Your time has long since passed. The fight you once had as Speaker is over.

    First Obama is anti-religious and then on a day like Easter, you have to insult a simple positive story about the first family.

    To the GOP: RIP.

    April 12, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Bert

    Even with the new White House First Dog, media has to make it a political controversy. Get a life!

    April 12, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Bill

    Captain Richard Phillips has been released!!! God Bless him

    April 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Blake

    The Republicans are such sore losers. Wah, wah.

    April 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. jwdeluca

    About Newt Gingrich, who cares?

    April 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Lynn

    And what Gingrich has to say about the Obama's new puppy matters because... as well as anyone else's opinion?? These are two little girls who are entitled to pick their own pet and to have a puppy to grow up with.

    Their parents have to right to chose the one that will be the healthiest and where they will get it.

    Some Americans should get a life of their own...the constant bashing of the president's personal decisions is pathetic.

    April 12, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Can't stand him

    Whoda thought that Biden's comment about Obama being tested in the first 6 months would be with 5 or 6 pirates in a rubber raft taking on the entire US of A with a few AK-47's and 1 shoulder rocket.

    It's sure great that we have President in the hot seat whose more concerned about the political aspect of the entire situation rather than just taking them out with a few sharpshooters. The last thing we need to do now is go against one of the UN's 50,000 useless resolutions. Huh ... what?

    Where we talking about a dog or something?

    God I miss GWB, a man's man.

    April 12, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. barking republican ankle biters

    Gingrich has no credibility on anything.The dog is a great story for Easter.I hope the kids are happy.Lets ask Newt about the 88 trillion dollars JP Morgan Chase is holding in toxic assets,since he knows so much.

    April 12, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Newt Von Putz

    Should it's name be Grinch Gingrich? Oh, sorry, HIS name. I guess he's a human.

    April 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Wanderer

    I agree with Mr. Gingrich this is ‘fairly stupid’ but based on the ongoing GOP’s attitude toward President Obama, I wonder if his statement came from jealousy or whether it was for a politic reason. If he didn’t really care this ‘fairly stupid’ why he weighed on this news?

    April 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. I Am The Great And Powerful Rush Of Oz

    Obamas: Nice pictures of a loving family with their new dog.

    Newt: Three wives.

    April 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Ron

    Loosen up Newt! Really, is there not a happy moment to be found in this event? Somehow, that word "stupid" seems to outshadow a little joy coming to two sweet little girls who happen to live in the one place in America where all the sadness of not only the country, but the world, seems to land...on the Oval Office desk!
    How can any of us begrudge a little joy in the Obama residence?

    April 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. JonDie

    I agree, Newt, the media's focus on the dog is pretty stupid. But it's not AS stupid as the media's focus on Rush Limbaugh's side kick, Newt Gingrich.

    April 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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