September 13th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
13 years ago

Gibbs hits back at Gingrich for Kenya comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Robert Gibbs hit back at Newt Gingrich for saying Obama follows a 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' worldview."]
(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he doesn't have the slightest idea what Newt Gingrich is talking about.

Gibbs' comments come a day after the former House Speaker told the National Review that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview that in turn supports his policy positions on a range of issues.

"I don't even have – quite frankly - the slightest idea what he's talking about," an amused Gibbs told ABC News Monday morning. "I think Newt Gingrich knows that he's trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don't believe the president was born in this country."

"You would normally expect better from somebody who held the position of speaker of the House," Gibbs added. "But, look, it's political season. And most people'll say anything. And Newt Gingrich does that … on a regular basis."

In his comments to the National Review – published on the conservative publication's Web site over the weekend - Gingrich also said Obama had conned his way into the Oval Office by painting himself as a mainstream American.

"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president," he said, adding later "I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating – none of which was true. In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve . . . He was authentically dishonest."

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" he also said. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

Gingrich, who is currently campaigning for fellow Repubicans running in this year's midterm elections and who is considering a possible run for the White House in 2012, said he was basing his comments on a recent column in Forbes Magazine by Dinesh D'Souza that concludes the president's worldview was significantly shaped by that of his Kenyan-born father.

"The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost," writes D'Souza in Forbes.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Peter

    the funny thing is if you just read the first part of his qoute he could just as easily be talking about GWB

    September 13, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Dennis

    Gibbs is a thin-skined whiny weasal.

    September 13, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Carrotroot

    I guess Newt is more interested in fantasy stories about the President than coming up with a plan to help fix the economy.

    September 13, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. AEK

    So now Newt is portraying himself, of all people, as mainstream America? The lying, cheating, philanderer removed by his own party from Congress? Really...? I think every time CNN reports on something this idiot says, they should be required to publish some of his exwife's comments on life with Newt. She is the one who seems to know him best and is perfectly willing to counter some of his mind boggling comments.

    September 13, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Guess Who

    Everyone has a smart side and a stupid side in their personalities. Naturally, these two sides work in unison and a person’s ego and id do a dance to make it right. It appears with Newt Ginrigch, one part of him is a genius and the other part a complete idiot. The poor guy lacks the ability to dance the two in unison. One day he will say the most brilliant and the next day something absolutely stupid. It is agreed he should never be a President.

    September 13, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Debbie from Arizona

    Every time Gingrich opens his mouth more and more nonsense pours out. I'm with Gibbs. What does Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior mean? I'd be willing to bet that Gingrich has no idea either. It just sounded good to him since it was a put down of our President.

    September 13, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. William Jefferson

    Newt – a small slimy creature with a brain smaller than the head of a pin that lives under rocks and eats worms and pond scum.

    Yep. That is about right on the money.

    September 13, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. The Unsub

    in a word "amazing"

    September 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. steve

    now i have seen it all . i know in newts eyes obama can do nothing right but to use this nonsense from a forbes article about obamas father who had no influence on obama ( remember his white grandparents raised him ) this takes the cake . as gibbs said a former speaker of the house and someone who wants to be president stoops this low for headlines .

    September 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Ferret out the BS

    Mr. Gingrich has already been convicted of ethics violations and thrown out of congress once, why would anyone believe he's changed. Mr Gingrigh will be what he needs to be to get what he wants, sounds a bit pathological to me.

    September 13, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. True Conservative

    Go Newt: we need to stop Obozo, no matter what. If Newt goes over the top, so what? Anything to get the black man out of the White House.

    September 13, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Mtukufu Kijana

    God bless man!

    September 13, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. harold

    Gingrich's comments are directed at the stupid. A lot of dumb people will believe this crap. It never ceases to amaze me what someone will say to get elected to office.

    September 13, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. RG

    Why would anyone expect anything different from Newt. Newt (another name for a lizard) is also the evil muck raker that started the Muslim community center non-issue controversy. Lives have been lost over this already, I sure hope Newt won't lose any sleep over this. Newt send ot his rays to all the lock step tin'foil hat wearers, and they respond like little hate filled automatons.

    September 13, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. The reality is...

    Of course Gibbs doesn't understand what Gingrich is talking about; that's why Obama picked him. He has no clue what Obama's goals are – if he did, he would have resigned by now. Oh, wait, I forgot, Obama is not the only one who has problems with our Constitution.

    September 13, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Rickster

    newt, i never had a wife i could not cheat on, gingrich is the lowest of the low. he is a racist and a liar who has no prosepects for any political future other than ranting on faux news and at right wing gatherings.

    September 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. DIANA

    Gingrich has really lost it. How much money did you make Newt from your video that went on sale of all days Sept 11th.? What are the procedes going to? Not the victims or rescuers?

    September 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Gerald

    "I don't even have – quite frankly – the slightest idea what he's talking about," which is exactly why you and all the current socialist liberals need to go away.

    September 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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