October 2nd, 2009
01:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich hits Obama over Olympics

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/02/art.newttwitter.cnn.jpg caption="Gingrich is taking aim at Obama on Twitter."](CNN) - Former House Speak Newt Gingrich is taking aim on Twitter at President Obama over Chicago's loss in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics:

@newtgingrich Somehow charm and oratory dont seem to work in foreign affirs but historians have warned that foreign policy is different than campaigning

@newtgingrich President Eisenhower had a rule that Presidents of the United States went to the meetings after success had been assured

@newtgingrich President Obama fails to get the Olympics while unemployment goes to 9.8% Iran continues nuclear program. America needs focused leadership

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Wow, I didn't even think Gingrich was following the Olympic bid process. I thought he was too busy hosting the porn industry at his fundraiser.

    October 2, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. rick

    I think it simply arrogance....

    the media (earlier before the IOC voting )
    tout that Chicago is the forerunner with Rio...and yet Chicago was the first one was booted out...

    I might say it must be racism...plain and simple....or yet.. it is Bush fault...or Sarah Palin's or the republicans, Newt?

    October 2, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |

    Newt Gringrich a great American, a great Republican, a great person.

    More people should be like him.

    October 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. KP

    Yep, Newt.. why should I trust you?. THe man who cheated on his wife while attacking Prez Clinton and lying to us about it?
    He's just not used to a President that can multi-task successfully and anything Obama did would be cast in a negative light.

    Yet this man keeps popping up his chubby white head.
    It's time for whack-a-mole.

    Keep taking that lobbying money and keep twittering snarky comments – that is sooooo effective and is a great leadership technique.

    October 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    And Newt Gringrich is a pinnacle of credubility and success HOW? Talk about the pot calling the kettle....oh forget it.

    October 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Steve in Denver

    Newt: I didn't hear you last year when W went to the olympics for four days. Now, the country needs focused leadership?

    And how would someone who represents a party that finds so much meaningless crap to cry about blame the other side for not being focused? How is the country served by your garbage about death panels, birthers, tenthers, ACORN, etc. contributing to the focused leadership that you say we need?

    I'll give it to you, the rove tactics worked before. I sure hope the voters are paying attention now.

    October 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Accountability

    Hmm...the kind of leadership Newt gave us as speaker when he was marrying and divoccing at the drop of a hat?

    I thought these guys on the right had the market cornered on Patriotism...seems like they are really starting to love running this country down....nattering nabobs of negativity"....(Thanks Spiro)

    My guess is that they haven't had a Republican president who could do two things at one in quite awhile....sad....

    October 2, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. John in WV

    Newt worked for and still praises Ronald Reagan. The last time unemployment was this high in America was 3 years into the Reagan administration which Newt worked for.

    October 2, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Newt who?

    Why is he even a news story anymore? He's washed up and has nothing better to do than obsess over the President.. that's right, he's obsessed.

    October 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. OneWiseGuy

    Get a life Newt. We can clearly see through your BS. No matter what Obama does you say it is a mistake. If you want your parties followers to be composed of the most gullible, ignorant, rednecks in the land you are doing an incredible job.

    October 2, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Cheryl

    So Gringrich is gloating over the fact the United States lost out on its bid to get an event that would bring money and glory to America. How unpatriotic. These people who put their obsession to see the president fail ahead of their country are disgusting.

    October 2, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Sterve Newman

    On the other hand, when W was informed that Al Qaeda was in the United States and planning to attack, he went for a bike ride! Not to mention that Bush was the most absent president in modern times spending a full 1/3 of his time out of Washington. (Actually, that may have been a benefit–just think of how much more harm he could have done.)

    As far as Newt is concerned, when Clinton attacked Bin Laden, Newt and his colleagues warned the president not to start any foreign entanglements while the Newtster was preparing to impeach him.

    October 2, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. susan

    Other than he cannot spell–it is vicious that Gingrich is gloatingover Americans not getting jobs at a Chicago Olympics just to spite Obama.
    Obviously, he is un-American and enjoys seeing Americans suffer.

    October 2, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. kaleto

    All the naysayers can't change the fact that Newt is RIGHT.

    October 2, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Ken

    More inane noise from the vacuous rightwing. While the rest of us continue to evolve and progress within the real world, the [R] party has played out to the maximum state of entropy, and it is now pure noise with no hope of regaining anything like a real-world signal.

    October 2, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Why is it whenever Newt decides to slither from under whatever rock he's been hiding it is with the sole purpose of taking shots at Obama and the Democrats? I guess if he were a part of any solution he wouldn't spend his time talking about why others are the problem.

    October 2, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. PJ

    And this Newt Gingrich is important because....Sheesh, the man
    can't keep his sphincter shut no matter what. Go away!

    October 2, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. kfc

    Will someone please give Newt and the rest of the GOP a pacifier! All they do is whine and complain like a bunch of two-year olds.

    October 2, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Edward

    Newt why didn't you go????? If you care so much

    October 2, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. John


    IOC Members Voted – WE DID NOT GET ENOUGH VOTES.- It was not politics, but a fair secret ballot voting. Let us accept defeat in true Sportsmanship.


    CHICAGO lost because of the failed foreign policies of the past 8 years.

    GO OBAMA GO – Please Rebuild our Lost Reputation, which has been Ruined by Bush and GOP. 😐

    October 2, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Awestruck

    Just another gig for getting their faces in the media. He should have been a movie star instead of a community organizer.

    October 2, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. johnathan


    Embroiled in 2 wars

    Economy starting to go down the toilet

    Bush goes to the Olympics for 4 days – as a fan!

    Bush is seen hobnobbing with athletes

    Bush pictured slapping the butts of our volleyball gold medalists
    (imagine the right if Obama did that)

    all this – and no republican outrage.

    The only thing shorter than a republicans' male sex organ is their memory .

    What do you expect from corporate butt-kissing knuckle draggers?

    October 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. shelly

    Those who can do and those who can't criticize the doers.

    October 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen John Ensign (R-NV)

    Newt Gingrich is tweeting that "historians have warned that foreign policy is different from campaigning," eh?

    Within 50 years, Newt Gingrich will be remembered by historians as the person who was most individually responsible for having first corrupted polical discourse in the United States. During the 1990s, before he left office in disgrace, he turned debates in a great super power into a circus.

    Americans must reject Gingrich and all those who came after him and who are still introducing so much vileness and sleaziness into our political discourse, and we must do it before they do any more harm to our country and everything that has made it great.

    October 2, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Frozone

    Remember kids, when Obama spends 16 hours trying to get the US the Olympics it's bad. When Bush spent 4 days watching the Olympics, it's all good. The GOP and Newt are nothing but an international joke.

    October 2, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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