September 13th, 2010
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Gibbs hits back at Gingrich for Kenya comment

 Robert Gibbs hit back at Newt Gingrich for saying Obama follows a 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' worldview.

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. charlie from the North

    Newt is saying, for those of you who cannot read between the racist lines. "He ain't one of us. He's a ferner (foreigner for those who can't speak red-neck).

    Newt is of course wrong. That is no big surprise is is about most things.

    September 13, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. MR AMERICA

    Obama met his father one or two times. I know it's hard to fathom that his "world view" wouldn't be shaped by someone you met a few times as a child....but hey....Newt will say anything.

    September 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. katiec

    Gingrich has gone totally along the path of no creditibility, honor or integrity. Have to chuckle at his appearances at religious gatherings as this man, who has commited almost every sin out there, spreads his usual propaganda.

    September 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Ted

    Gingrich is a delusional idiot, just like the other right wing wack jobs including Palin, Limbarf, and Beck. It is all politics and he will say he was taken out of context and he will apologize and all that bs. But the thing is that if he really wants to be taken seriously, he needs to cut the crap. But I doubt he will. He is desparate and is a loser.

    September 13, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Nobody knows what Newt is talking about because the only thing that comes out of his mouth is word salad.

    September 13, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. save america, vote out republicans

    Newt has really gone off the deep end. I know he was disappointed that he did not get to completely shut down government when he was speaker, but he was busy trying to keep all his girlfriends happy. Now, his only chance of getting his fat face on TV is to talk like an idiot on Fox.

    September 13, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. barry

    The person out of touch unfortunately is our President. He does not have ideas of a American. He has ideas of a Elite socialist racist bigot divider. Call it like it is and call it what it is.

    September 13, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. markiejoe

    Gingrich and D'Souza are just plain nuts. But in an evil sort of way. Like the Scarecrow in Batman.

    September 13, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. A. Goodwin

    Republican's are nothing short of a sham. People – wake up. Gingrich is a liar...always has been one and unfortunately looks like he'll aways be one. While you can be angry with Obama's policies...I find it humorous that Gingrich is blasting a man he has never met personally and if he has is not close to. Gingrich is disgusting...and unfortunately there are too many dumb Republican's that believe him.

    September 13, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. save america, vote out republicans

    How did the Bush doctrine work out, Newt?

    September 13, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. jim

    Gibbs last comment says it all"But it's political season,and most people'll say anything " including his boss Obama.And other than that comment he doesn't understand much of anything,just repeats talking points.

    September 13, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Oh look the Republicans and the Democrats are calling each other names.
    Go figure!
    Meantime 25 million Americans are either unemployed or under employed, the middle class is getting taxed out of existence, Wall Street, banking and insurance industries are getting away with an 8 trillion dollar scam that caused the collapse of the US economy (no one arrested yet?) and the only thing these two political parties can do to get elected is call each other names.
    How about actually serving the people of the USA? Stop serving your party and start to serve "We the People" for a change?
    IMHO what needs to happen is for both of these Political parties to just fade away and make room for true public service.

    September 13, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Refudiation

    There's nothing racist about Newt trying to associate Obama with Kenya. Nothing racist at all, not intended, totally coincidental. It was just an expression, innocent, totally uncalculated, off the cuff, not planned. Any fuel this might give to the birther whack jobs is just coincidence.

    Oh, and Newt, you're a failed congressman. Disappear, please.

    September 13, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Duck Fallas

    Who are these women that are attracted to Newt the philanderer? What is it about this guy? Fat, doughey, Nazi, hypocrite... all qualities that appeal to right wing skanks.

    September 13, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. balitr@toronto.ca

    Empyt vessels makes the most noise...Gingrich and all the Republicans...empty and uneducated!!!

    September 13, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Russ

    OMG, is this man for real? How delusional must Newt be? If he even runs for the nomination beware America. Talk about someone hiding who they really are. Does anyone remember why this idiot has been outside of politics for so long? Ah, yeah, because he's a total idiot.

    September 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    Gibbs you are NO better than your lieing crooked illegal boss, the wanna be obama, Gibbs you need to go stick your head back in the sand.

    September 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that Obama hasn't been in Kenya for more than a month or two in total time, I have no idea where Gingrich is getting his idea. How many people around Obama have some kind of "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview. If this is based on previous actions and policies, then why doesn't Gingrich predict what Obama will do next?

    September 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Djinn

    Old sad Newtie is desperate to steal some spotlight from Palin, Brewer, and Angle so he will say the moon is green cheese if it will get him some press. He is like a fifty-year-old baseball pitcher who cannot be told that a little-leaguer can hit his best fast ball. Get over yourself, dolt, America has had enough crap for one election cycle.

    September 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Pat

    "You would normally expect better from somebody who held the position of speaker of the House,"

    Maybe at one time, but not anymore!

    September 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Diane

    Gingrick is a very sick person.
    People really believe the sick stuff he says.
    Some people really need to think for themselfs.

    September 13, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Newt. Please play politics but do not insult Kenyans. You would not even understand living under the brutality of colonialism, now would you.

    September 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. chelle

    Gingrich has lost what ever small piece of his mind he had left. Even if you disagree with the President, to disrespect him in this fashion, just to appeal to the basest members of the voting public, is beyond redemption. If Mr. Gingrich would pay any attention to President Obama's life history, he would realize that his biological father had nothing to do with his upbringing. He was brought up by ordinary people from Kansas...how very scary

    September 13, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Bob in PA

    "I don't even have – quite frankly – the slightest idea what he's talking about"
    Finally, Gibbs tells the truth. But it isn't that he is "anti-" He is a straight African Colonial.

    September 13, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    I agree with Mr. Gibbs completely. When will our country stop playing petty politics and get behind President Obama? We have a country that is diverse, wealthy, educated, and beautiful. Mr. Obama is our elected president, and no matter what people like Newt Gingrich say, I think we have the smartest, most dedicated president since JFK.

    September 13, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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