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. Mitch

    It's nice to see that Gingrich is still an imbecile after all these years. He's useless, ignorant and fat....and those are his best qualities. Keep entertaining us Newt.

    April 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. ron grubman

    Gosh, what a Scrooge! Newt, take a break and smell the roses for a minute.


    April 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. DC-African in Colorado

    And who cares about Gingrich's take?

    April 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. nancy

    Perhaps Newt has forgotten in his isolated castle in the Beltway, that a lot of people in this country are suffering. Bad news is everyday news.

    The delight of two little girls in a new puppy is simply a 'smile' break from the "Parade of Horribles" that Newt and his grand ole GOP led by GWB and Cheney left us with.

    Let's not forget the Newt who divorced his wife on her deathbed so that he could marry the woman he'd been having an affair with. So much for even moral superiority.

    Good grief.

    April 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Tony Justin

    I guess when Newt Gingrich isn't telling his hospitalized-with-cancer wife that he wants a divorce so he can marry a younger woman, he terrorizes puppy dogs and kittens.

    April 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. jim

    I agree with Newt. The press focuses on the stupidest things.

    April 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Buddy San Diego

    Newt Gingrich– I love that his parents named him after a lizard–they must have foreseen the future–but "I think this (Newt) whole thing is fairly stupid." and "who cares."

    April 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. David S. Robins

    Gingrich is definitely the Grinch who stole Christmas, or in this case, Easter. The man is truly loathsome.

    April 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Right Wing Fringe

    Is anyone surprised by this whacko's comments to a puppy? When you think of the many faces of the GOP...Gingrich, Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, Delay, Hastert....two things come to mind....obese and heartless.

    Only one thing would keep these fringenuts happy....tax cuts for billionaires. that will solve, global warming, nuclear prolfiration, budget deficit, wars, healthcare, education etc etc...

    April 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. DallasTex

    Newt may not care anything about the new White House dog. I've got news for ya Newt... Nobody cares about what you have to say. You are irrelevant. So shut the hell up, and go crawl back under that rock with the other lowlifes, Bush, Cheney, DeLay, and the head of your party, Limbaugh.

    April 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Don

    Newt – The Grinch who would be President.

    April 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Perhaps

    If the G.O.P and their media didn't try to politicize everything the President does, this wouldn't be an issue

    April 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Rick

    It isn't any more stupid than GIngrich, Rove, Cheney et al, from the former Bush administration (or before) saying anything they can to get in the news.
    You know fellas, don't go away mad, just go away. And keep your mouths shut.

    April 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    i guess the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED bull is more appropriate for the rush limbaugh party

    April 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Bill

    C'mon, it's the kids first puppy! I'm sure Newt hasn't been that excited since his first, second or third wife. Or the several other "ladies" he took on test drives while he was still married. Newt probably hasn't made his children so happy since he left their mothers(pl).

    April 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. lori

    Wow Republicans don't even like puppies unless there's a tax cut attached to it.

    April 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Joe the Student

    Obama got a puppy. Yay.

    In other news, we are facing the most dangerous economic crisis in 80 years and the President and the news media find canines more important.

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Its a dog....let's move on

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Turnstyle the II 1/2

    I hope there are some straws left for my kids before these bitter, desperate republicans try to grasp them all.

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    It is so sad to see that the Obama's forgot they said they would get a dog from a shelter. Millions of dogs are killed every year because there are not enough homes and people continue to go to breeders. The Obama's could have helped. I was wrong to believe in the Obamas. Lies!

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Peter

    We love our pets...whether it was LBJ's beagles, Socks, Millie, etc. we are fascinated by our pets. We spend huge dollars on them...we love them and they love us...Bo is in a long line of first dogs...may everyone be happy.

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Jacqui

    Lighten up Newt. The family didn't cause this level of interest. Just be happy for them or is it too much for you?

    April 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Ron Gee

    Have the GOPs (Got 0 Plans) stooped so low as to kick the president's puppy?

    April 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. democrat

    As a democrat, I could not agree more. Get on with real issue CNN.

    April 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. red1952

    You know what I find "fairly stupid"? Newt Gingrich.

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