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. It is any Wonder?

    President Obama is damed if does and damed if he doesn't...the GOP just isn't going give him a break on anything. They make me so tired.

    October 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Steph

    And Newty doesn't offer a single idea, positive thought or vision for American. Taking cheap shots at The President of The United States for trying to bring an international event to the USA doesn't show much leadership Mr. Gingrich. It shows you are a petty little brat.

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Craig of LA

    The fact is that what Obama tried to do exemplies a quintessential American value we teach our children. That value is that you do not always win in life and that there is no dishonor in losing as long as the cause was good, you competed honorably and you tried your best.

    Men like Gingrich who served as the catalyst during his time in office for ushering in the 'politics of personal destruction' again reveals how contrary and out of touch he is with main stream American values.

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. mjm

    Amen to that!

    Obama blew that olympic bid. He talked about himself the entire time. So did Michellle. Nobody wants to hear about how great Obama thinks he is.

    DEAD LAST. Not good. Here was Obama's chance to actually create some jobs and he Blows it.

    Gingrich 2012! Hope and change!

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Jonita

    And what would he say if the US had gotten them?Republicans are some of the most petty Creatures on Earth...

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. leonard kishore

    Far right doing what they do best, mindless attacks. Thank, old self centered person.

    October 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. JG


    October 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Phil

    He's right...

    October 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Dead on. Obama can't get anything passed right now. And it will not get better. His 8 months of fame are over.

    October 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    Disgusting comment from Mr. Gingrich.

    I wonder if he would have congratulated the American workers if it had gone the way of Chicago?

    I am actually am happy that the Olympics are making their way to South America for the first time ever. However, I am more than happy that our President gave it his very best effort to capture this opportunity (for business) for our country.

    October 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Lila

    It was a DAY TRIP. More time has been wasted by these loudmouths who think they should get to tell the president what to do.

    Republicans have officially lost ALL of my respect. This is way worse than the Bush opposition ever was...

    October 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Sure, Newt, never mind that:

    Republicans fail to pass meaningful, long-range health care reform that works to reduce costs to consumers, removes unfair business practices by insurance companies, and brings all Americans on an even playing ground.

    Republicans do not support equal marriage rights.

    Republicans work to cut taxes for the rich in some imagined hope that the rich will then spend it substantially on the workers that made them rich.

    Republicans started wars that were not needed... gave Americans with the bill... with no clear end or direction, and then turn around and blame President Obama for their mess.

    Republicans hold gun rights holy over all other rights

    The bottom line is it'll take time to fix the problems created by years of a Republican Congress and presidency. These fixes are happening, and no, not even President Obama is perfect, but these fixes are happening.

    It won't be thanks to Republicans, however. Republicans are the only ones still sitting in a depression while the rest of America progresses.

    October 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. stephen

    What did we expect him to say something nice? The olympic was for all of America, surley he would know that . Some would rather see America fall than for Obama to make it rise

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. artc

    What do you do mr. Gingrich, not try anything? Is it better to let the whole country go to hell in a handbasket because there is no assurance of success when you undertake something? You weren't critical of Mr. Bush when he traveled to China during our crisis, but since Mr. Obama is not white nor a Republican he is held to higher standard. mr. Gingrich you have no idea what the average american is going through since you are financially rich in comparison to most americans. Where was the focused leadership during the Bush years and mr. Bush was always going on his vacations on his ranch.

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. kathy

    And the twitter if he didn't go? "Obama doesn't support his own home state, so the U.S. loses bid for Olympics... I guess he doesnt care about jobs!"

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. gh82261

    Getting the Olympics to Chicago would have been helpful to creating jobs and helping that cities economy. Gingrich does not offer any positive comments about anything the Presidet does. So what is new?

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. victim of republican greed

    How's the porn and hooker show going for you, Newtie?

    October 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Kevin Rodgers

    Then why does Newt Gingrich run,and when the presidential election. If its so easy to be president and fix the country,then why doesnt he do it?

    October 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Still Proud!

    Newt should eat a pile of spit and shut up. This fake reality that presidents only show up after the war was won is BS. Its this fake reality is really why we are in the deep doo we are in. We want someone who will roll their sleeves up and have a go at it. In any event this wasn't Obama's campaign, it was Chicago's and it was a sporting event. Obama was asked to help. he wasn't their leader only the talent. BTW, he is doing a good job of leading roughshod over republicans in every piece of legislation, indluing the soon to be public HC option. How much oxycontin did newt have this morning, anti american jackax. Funny, Obama has these guys so ax over alligators the Nascar party now hates sports and loves medicare.

    October 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Sam

    Interesting how critical Gingrich is when he has no skin in the game.

    October 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. cate

    okay, we are going to listen to Gingrich, why? At least our President and First Lady went out and did the bes they could...sorry, Mr. Gingrich, this has nothing to do with charm and oratory....our respect throughout the world has grown by leaps and bounds...I hear from my family in Europe all the time about how respected our President is...so, sir, why don't you just go and worry about giving away awards for $5000 to line your pockets and remember how you were run out of Congress!!! Our First Family has CLASS, something which you have no clue about!!

    October 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Rewhinagin

    Newt, so you're saying Republican presidents don't actually do anything?

    October 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. KidGerry

    The Olympic committee must be madeup of a bunch of racists.

    October 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    ...after success had been assured?

    Kinda like Bush telling us that we defeated the Taliban in 2003, and Mission Accomplished in the Iraq War.

    October 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. tim

    And his point being what? If he had secured the olympic they would have had something to say. I admire this President he saught to bring a major event to his city and this nation. I would rather see a leader who works to bring an event than to see one go to participate for 3-4 days watching on tax payers money.

    Where was Mr. Gingrich and the conserative right when Mr. Bush was enjoying the festivities

    October 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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