September 13th, 2010
08:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Plouffe on Gingrich: 'Sad and reprehensible'

(CNN) - The architect of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign Monday sharply criticized remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the weekend that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.

"Two words that come to mind are 'sad' and 'reprehensible,'" David Plouffe told CNN's John King on John King USA.

"It makes me think . he's probably pretty sure he's going to run for president," Plouffe added, suggesting Gingrich may have been trying to appease the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.

Gingrich has recently made a number of trips to earlier primary states, fueling speculation that a 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination is on his mind.

The former House speaker made the comments in an interview with the National Review that was published over the weekend on their website.

"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 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.

Plouffe said Gingrich is "clearly a very intelligent person" who he sensed, while in Congress, acted based on principle. But his comments, Plouffe added, "are really not the Newt Gingrich I think a lot of us remembered."

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Newtie has been a nut job for years. Why is the media just figuring this out now?

    September 14, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Gingrich spoke the truth. He even described the con by which Mr. Obama became president as a "wonderful" con.
    The only thing "sad" about that is Plouffe's being sad that Gingrich spoke the truth.

    September 14, 2010 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  3. Jim

    Ginrich really thinks he will be president some day and this kind of defamation shows he is willing to do anything to get there. He will never get past the fact that he cheated on his cancer stricken wife and left her while she was in the hospital.

    September 14, 2010 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  4. santos torres-retired

    THis country is currently seeing the extreme right wing conservatives in their true natures manifesting. We see them among the ranks of the gop, as well as the so call tea party movement. Let us be honest on the matters of most things current in this country. If our president was'nt half black/african american we wouldnt be seeing the levels of hate and distrust that we currently are expriencing. White americans among these rank and file parties who claim the holy name of the christ.. Jesus, and christianity, need to be honest with themself, and repent. God is love. Not the god of muslins, but the. God of christians, and. Jews, he is love, this is. His country, and if you continue to confess the faith, than repent, and get over your racist ways, and prayerfully and honestly, help restore america to her true calling as. God's world leader,and example of freedom.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
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