Gingrich's harsh words for Obama
December 5th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich's harsh words for Obama

Washington (CNN) - Sounding more and more like a presidential contender, Newt Gingrich came out swinging Sunday against the Obama administration's foreign policy.

"I've never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic," Gingrich told CNN in reference to Obama's recent trip to Afghanistan. "Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world."

He said there appears to be a gap between "the clarity and focus of that campaign and the confusion of the presidency."

"He just suffered a stunning defeat, and yet he's behaving as though nothing has changed," Gingrich said earlier on "Fox News Sunday."

When asked about the current congressional tax fights, Gingrich said the president "is choosing class warfare and political rhetoric over job creation."

He also said it will be more difficult for Obama post-midterm elections to soothe the left wing of his party than it was for former President Bill Clinton because of the GOP leadership.

Gingrich, who served as House Speaker after the 1994 midterm elections, said he was "too aggressive" and too willing to fight with the former president at the time, adding that his behavior gave Clinton cover because he could always say, "at least I'm not Newt." On the other hand, Gingrich said House Speaker-to-be Rep. John Boehner will be a less polarizing figure.

"He's a disciplined team leader, and that's been his background," Gingrich said. "I think he'll be very effective as speaker."

But it wouldn't be a Gingrich press appearance without talk of the 2012 presidential campaign.

He said Obama will be a one-term president if the economy remains weak, "no matter how articulate he is."

He also moved one step closer to announcing his own run for president.

"I'm much more inclined to run than not to run," Gingrich said.

–CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. jw

    Cmon','ve fumbled and stumbled through how many liaisons and marriages? You even blew the "Contract on America." Now, if you can't control your personal life or your political life-what qualifies you for the presidency?
    Did you know a "newt" is a salamander that sometimes protects it offspring or leaves the little ones to fend for themselves?Newts also emit a mild, irritating toxin. Thanks, for living up to your name, Gingrich!

    December 5, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. intellectual pragmatism

    Routinely chaotic? Probably goes to show that it's difficult to make change. People are naturally lazy and resistant to changing their habits, policies, and lifestyle. Especially when those have power and $.

    December 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. JackT

    Newt Gingrige led the shameful Impeachment of a President because he had sex with Monica Lewinski. While Bush, jr. started an ILLEGAL WAR and euthanized millions of Iraqi's and NOTHING ever happened to him. I am totally DISGUSTED with BOTH parties. Obama is at least just as bad as Bush. Bush should be in prison instead of being on a book tour.

    December 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Geoffrey

    One way to tell when Newt Gingrich is lying is when his lips move. Ever notice how he provides no supporting facts? That's because what he says has no facts. The guy has a PHD in history and is a practicing catholic. His spew on "Cordoba" is completely out of line with well known history or even the Catholic Encyclopedia. The man is a sociopath.

    December 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Gimmeabreak

    Liberals wouldn't know a qualified candidate if it jumped up and kicked you in the tooth you have left, after all, you voted in the most incompetent community organizer known to man.

    December 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Jr in NY

    This guy is a has been. Why anyone cares what he says is a mystery.

    December 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Bob in Illinois

    Sure, go ahead and run. I want to hear how you explain your marital indiscretions to the Christian right.

    December 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Newsfish

    Remember, this is a "man" – and I use the term loosely – who left his wife dying of cancer on her deathbed to marry a newer model wife. Where's the compassion? But so many ignorant members of the U.S. oblivious, they'll probably vote him in. The "majority" today continues to vote for what is not good for them. Also, don't forget to Google Doug Coe. A little research will tell you what is really going on in the the world. A warning: it's worse than being "ready for Freddy" K.

    December 5, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Jeff from Michigan

    Is this the best that Republicans can come up with? This guy is simply a breath of foul wind. Even his fellow Republicans must look at this troll and shudder. He's smart, for sure, but intelligence and morality are indifferent bedfellows. In the end, Gringrich and his fellow travelers can't do anything but attack Obama and the Democrats with simple, simplistic sound bits, block legislation and say "no", because their party is intellectually and morally bankrupt, their noise the hollow sound you hear when tapping an empty box.

    December 5, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Dennis

    And let's not forget, Republicans are ready to "pork" hard-working" middle class Americans just so they can cover for their 2% rich fat-cat friends who made all their money on the backs of the middle class and the tax-payer.

    December 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. KatR

    I'm sure that Newt knows everything about sitting in the presidential hot seat. NOT!

    December 5, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Leslie

    All those old republicans are a bunch of selfish, spoiled rotten, corporatist that don't care about anyone but themselves and their rich buddies! Beware America at what and who you support!

    December 5, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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