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

Gingrich: Focus on Obama puppy 'fairly stupid'

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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. geoff in Virginia


    Get a clue, the girls earned the puppy – so leave them be!

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Judith F.

    Grouchy Gingrich! Sour grapes, or just sour?

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. JM

    So what he's saying is that the American people are stupid for their interest in the Obama's normalcy in getting a family dog? Is he saying that their "family values" are stupid? Interesting...

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Powell

    There's no benefit to Gingrich for seeming like a grinch

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. John Sturgis, SD

    Americans (most Americans anyway) really love their pets, and animals in general, unless your a republican who seems to want to kill anything they can, with a bazooka according to republican NRAers.
    Newt G(rinch) should lighten up and do something constructive like pulling his head out of his butt. It takes all kinds, I'm sure anyone with the name like Newt can understand. Newt...great name for your pet lizard.

    April 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Johny

    What a bitter old man.

    April 12, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Lando Griffin

    We're Republicans! We hate everybody and everything, except stirring up wars and letting big business run wild. We hate Obama and any positive news story about him. We are like Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life", snarling at the world.

    April 12, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Paulie Vegas

    I'm a bleeding heart liberal and registered Democrat, but for once I agree with Gingrich. We have men and women dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, our economy's in the tank, North Korea test-fired another missile, Somali pirates are taking ships hostage...and the media is focusing on things like this silly puppy and Michelle Obama's fashion sense. Priorities, please!

    April 12, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. LMC in Seattle

    Maybe the public is eager for good news after all of the bad news that Newt's party brought us!

    April 12, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Friend of Puppy!

    sounds like Gingrich is jealous he didn't get a dog from Sen. Kennedy. Will someone get the man a puppy please? He really could use one.

    April 12, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Merrill

    Not only is the GOP the party of "no"; it's also the party of "no fun"!!!

    April 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Gop

    I happen agree who cares. It’s a dog for crying out loud.

    If his girls enjoy it, that is what counts not what the public or media thinks.

    I must say it’s a very cute dog. I do happen to think pet adoption would have been a better way to go.

    But hey I hope all our happy with the choice and how is this a real news story may I ask?

    April 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. bud in NC

    Newt Gingrich- what a shameless hyprocrit. Sure the new dog is no big deal- just a human interest story. But it is the ever excited press that is making a big deal of it.
    On the other hand, Newt could have just kept quiet. Why is he getting involved? He is trying to get his name in the news and voila- it worked. Who cares what Newt thinks about. it? Come you airheads in the press, Newt is using you for his political ends. When is sanity going to return to this country?

    April 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Hopeful Optimist

    I think Newt's neurosis is finally getting out of control. He is certainly not aging with grace - but of course he never had any. Typical conservative; doesn't grow old with class – just grumpiness.

    April 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Baby-T

    Can someone say "Killjoy!!"

    April 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Lynn

    More stupid were Newt's and other naysayers and kneejerk reacters with their whining and criticizing that the president, the state dept.and the military didn't know what they were doing!! Once again President Obama and his team proved them wrong.

    April 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. terry

    Gingrich doesn't want to read about the dog. I don't want to read about Gingrich. Neither is relevant to the national future, and that is what we sould be talking and reading about. Perhaps CNN should quit covering both of them.

    April 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Illinois 2

    For the news to be so hard to find, I have to agree with Newt, which by the way is a rare thing, there are far more important things going on in the world than a dog. I do hope the girls learn to take good care of what is their first dog.

    April 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Robert Marshall

    Newt is part of ancient history. at least the dog is current.

    April 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Dawn

    It's nice to hear the girls got their puppy!! You'll have a lot of fun with Bo.

    Now, if the Republicans would just shut up and mind their own business! Good grief Newt......who cares what YOU think?!?

    April 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. mitch

    newt. what a grinch. the future of the party.

    April 12, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. linda abbott

    gingrich sounds "completey stupid and jealous" of a puppy!!!
    and as far as "who cares"??? who cares what you think anyway mr. gingrich –

    if america and world wants to care – all i can say to you is – YES WE CAN!!!

    linda abbott
    new orleans

    April 12, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Larry

    As far back as I can remember, this media fuss happens whenever anyone in the White House gets a pet. Has Gingrich forgotten this? Just sounds like more whining from Grand Old Party of No.

    For the record, I personally don't care about any presidential family's pets, but I'd bet my savings that if this fuss had been over, say, John & Cindy McCain's new pet in the White House, Gingrich would be singing a different tune...

    April 12, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. amj in tx

    i have to agree, who cares? it's great they got a dog, but there are much more important issues at hand than a new puppy for the kids.

    April 12, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dean Blythe

    Reminds me of a saying: "The dogs bark as the parade slowly passes by."

    Newt – the architect of the Republicans brief tactical victory in 1994, and their demise today.

    April 12, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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