December 10th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
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Gingrich praises Obama's speech

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(CNN) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich praised President Obama's acceptance speech Thursday before the Nobel Committee in Oslo.

"I thought the speech was actually very good," Gingrich told NPR's The Takeaway. "He clearly understood that he had been given the prize prematurely, but he used it as an occasion to remind people, first of all, as he said: that there is evil in the world."

The comments mark the second time in a month that Gingrich has given President Obama's performance a positive nod. Following the president's speech at West Point, Gingrich said the decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan "took considerable courage."

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  1. Otto

    Key word "actually", he could not find it in himself to say the speach was great. Well at least you seem to have more sense than Palin.

    December 10, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Big deal, Gingrich liked President Obama's speech. He's just pretending to be reasonable.

    I don't like Gingrich, not because he's a Republican, but because he shut down the Federal government in 1995 because he had to sit at the back of Air Force One on his way to Yitzhak Rabin's funeral.

    The man is a spoiled child, more concerned with the GOP's success than our country's.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    December 10, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. W l Jones

    Newts say a lot of thing but he still know the dept of our political system when matter count. I may say it make one proud to see one our own speak to the world so elope defining who we as a people and nation.

    December 10, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    BUT, under your BREATH you're calling him all kinds of NAMES!!! The REPUBLI-CAN'Ts love the speech but not all of the speech!! Tomorrow, ginGRINCH will talk about what he DOES NOT like about it!

    REPUBLI-CAN'Ts NEVER wholeheartedly agree with President Obama!!

    December 10, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Sly

    Newt, that's too easy, don't you think? Trying to give some credit to an almost flawless speech by the PRESIDENT in Norway and in turn expecting you'd get a disproportionate applause and some credit for your stance in praise for the speech is simply the quintessential definition of intellectual dishonesty on your part. Common Newt, you can do better than that, you’re losing it …. try again.... get some advice from Cheney & Co... did you really think we were going to play into that and with you in that field???? No N E ver, no W ay, no T elling, Sir!!!

    December 10, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Jasmine in Germany

    Obama wasn't given the prize prematurely. The Nobel Committee justified their decision very clearly.

    December 10, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Keith in Austin

    I'm proud of Newt for praising Obama's speech! Far be it for most Liberals to ever praise a conservatve!

    December 10, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Lisa, IO

    I guess I would accept the GOP's criticism if it were real, but it's not. They are so phony and so fake. They will never compliment the president because they are green with envy. Gingrich will NEVER get a Peace Prize, not in a million, trillion years. So he has to trash the president because he is just plain jealous.

    I love the way he said that Obama got the prize "prematurely", as if he and the universe knew it would have been inevitable anyway.

    On a sadder note, Bush brought this country to the brink of failure, so I don't trust the Repugs and never will. They are determined to ruin the country by gouging the taxpayers for their own personal wars and oil, and pretending we're all in this together, when really it's all about one or two people in power.

    Dick Cheney is a prime example. If he's going to be greedy and mean, he should just be greedy and mean. Why try to clean up his legacy now? He's rotten to core and he should realize that his legacy will say he's rotten to the core.

    December 10, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Ruty

    Be very careful. Be very, very careful. Newt is being too nice. He is up to no good.

    December 10, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. JMikey54

    Well even Newt can get it right sometimes.

    December 10, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. freda

    Yes there is evil in this world. To name a few – Gingrich, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity Glen Beck.

    December 10, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. charlie in Maine

    This carries more weight than Palin's comments since Newt (who i don't usually agree with) was at least elected to Congress and had the support of his party. And he writes his own books.

    December 10, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. David

    Whew. I'm so relieved to know that Newt liked the President's speech. Now, as a registered Republican, I can know that I can like it too!

    December 10, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. marcus2

    Newt Gingrich can't help but show a disrespectful attitude, even when he praises President Obama. That's disgusting.

    December 10, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Curtis

    It seems the GOP only agrees with Pres. Obama when he's talking about going to war.

    December 10, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Daniel P Harris

    The President is a symbol of the people of the United States. He is our voice. Today we as a people were honored by the world for our ability to grow and develope beyond our history of hate and ignorance. The election of our President was evidence of our growth as a society. Unfortunately the bashing our President has incurred is evidence that we still need more growth. We missed the point completely. Our President was honored in our behalf for our social developement represented by President Obama"s election. Still, President Obama represented us with dignity.

    December 10, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. WoW

    All I can say is a lot of you on the left side have no idea about politics.

    December 10, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Terry

    Yet another GOP setup for Pres Obama when Newt and Sarah gives him a compliment. Thanks but no thanks..not falling for the banna in the tailpipe! Are we finally see the course change from the party of no to yes? If you can't bet 'em...join 'em? I smell rats....

    December 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Trevor

    Dems and Lefties, come on...while Newt has often been a lightning rod for criticism, he is nevertheless an extremely clear thinker when it comes to our Constitution and the principles upon which the nation depends upon to endure. Moreso, he has proven to be a political strategist without peer when he was Speaker, and his lectures on history and our founding fathers are neither left nor right, they are simply plain spoken, articulate, and informative. Remember, he is working with the President and an odd bedfellow in Rev. Sharpton to raise our educational performance, and his candidness is always refreshing. It would be a breakthrough indeed if the President were able to find some meaningful and critical role for Speaker Gingrich in his current administration, and would sure lift the lingering fog of partisanship a little bit.

    December 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Alberta gal

    Congratulations U.S.A! – on having a man of class, intelligence and
    emphathy representing you on the world stage. Can you imagine the
    state of the world if all leaders were of Obama's caliber?
    Cool to be your neighbor.

    December 10, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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