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. Skokie Il

    Go ahead and run you cannot win.

    December 5, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Frozone

    Is Newt on wife number four or five now?

    December 5, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Bill in Florida

    Newt Gingrich is a disgrace to our nation.

    December 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Marge

    Gee it is such a shame that the average American can't get a chance to tell the blow hard republicans who screw up everything they touch what the country really really thinks of them. This pompous blow hard doesn't have the faintest idea what is going on in the world.

    Oh Gee maybe he ought to go back to scamming money out of the charities and college kids that he had to resign from the House for doing. But then the republicans praise crooks, the more corrupt you are the more the republicans kiss your butt.

    December 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Gingrich wouldn't know a foreign policy if it jumped up and kicked him in the teeth. Next to Palin, he is the most ignorant candidate trying to become president. The public has seemingly forgotten that when he was in congress he should have been censured, but was only reprimanded because his fellow republicans couldn't stand any more shame at the time. Now he wants to take his corruption to the White House???

    December 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Jonesy

    Why do people treat pundits and ex politicians as statesman. Newt has been absolutely nothing in the government and civic space..nothing except talking and making money. His tenure as Speaker was mixed. His tenure as a Congressman was mixed. He got out of Vietnam, divorced his wife while she was cancer stricken..Does he have a full time job? Should we extend him welfare benefits. Oh, for heaven sake, this is news?

    December 5, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Payback is a female dog

    Oh please Newt. You aren't running for President. You are running for a show on Fox News. You'll never be President of anything. Do shut up.

    December 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. therealmarie

    At this point and beyond the focus is not on President Obama, it is on the fools, political criminals, and feces throwing zoo creatures that provide the mic and camera. Advertisers will stop paying for this type of tv coverage when we as consumers stop buying their products. Enough already, who cares what this man or any asigned republican flame thrower has to say. Everyone has heard it before.

    December 5, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Kathy in Ind

    Oh yes Newty baby... Please run. Great commercial material- while your wife was in the hosptl fighting for her life, you're in the parking lot, porking some young chick.... Oh yes... Do run sweetheart.

    December 5, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. JC

    Gingrich is a fool who's worn out his welcome on the political scene. He needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Oh and Newt, please take Sarah Palin with you.

    December 5, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Zach

    Whatever he says about the Obama administration – and I have no idea what the heck he's talking about here – he's got as much of a chance of becoming President as Sarah Palin does.

    December 5, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Brown

    This guy thinks the presidency is like changing wives. Hey Newt, you can run all you want but you will not win. I will be surprise if he does not divorce and married by the time he runs.

    December 5, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Marcus

    'When asked about the current congressional tax fights, Gingrich said the president "is choosing class warfare and political rhetoric over job creation."'
    Pot calling kettle, the pot is calling the ketle!!!!

    'Gingrich said House Speaker-to-be Rep. John Boehner will be a less polarizing figure.' (when compared to himself)
    As if it's necessary more polarization from the GOP!

    December 5, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. wow

    he pretty much just missed the entire failed bush presidency! wowwww i mean that was pretty ridiculous.

    December 5, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    To Gingrich and the GOP: You're nothing but a bunch of hypocrites who only want to coddle the rich, all the while paying lip service to "average Americans."

    YOU are the ones creating "class warfare" by doing NOTHING to create jobs except continue to promote the LIE that tax cuts for the wealthy results in job creation here in the US.

    I've always despised you, Newt, for the mean, egocentric horse's behind you always were and always will be!

    December 5, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. katiec

    I just hope everyone remembers what ALL the republicans stand for, who they represent and what they are doing to middle class America.
    With their goals, activities they are well on the path to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    December 5, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. sleepytime

    "Choosing class warfare and political rhetoric over job creation" sounds a heck of a lot like your GOP cronies, Newt.

    December 5, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. David Miller

    "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." Hilarity ensues! Was Newt asleep from 2000 to 2008? Talk about an administration in chaos... waging exorbinantly expensive wars of occupation, turning a budget balanced by the Clinton administration into a trillion dollar deficit, and suffering ROUTINE resignations from cabinet members such as Rumsfeld, Powell, etc., and even having the VP offer to resign because things were going so badly.

    Myopic, ignorant, imbecilic partisan statements like this are shameful. Some Americans are poorly educated enough to believe such bile... as evidenced by the midterm elections...

    December 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Freeman

    Can't stand to even look at this hypocrite. President Newt? Heaven help us all!

    December 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. GL

    CNN WHAT IS NEW ABOUT A REPUBLICANS SLAMMING OBAMA. THIS IS SO OLD SCHOOL. I do not plan on spending the next two years reading CNN stupid reports on the republicans slamming the President becasue two years where enough. CNN YOU NEED TO STOP ALL YOU HATE ARTICLES FROM THE REPUBLICANS.

    December 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. King

    Hey Gingrich how about some specifics, what is Obama doing around the world that chaotic that your party didn't cause, when you guys going to get off those empty talking points and come up with substance. You only going to get the gudible and diehard who will go down with the repug ship. You and fox entertainment news lied about when the re pugs win the congress the stock market and the unemployment will go up. But it seem things are going backward. America has about half the world economy. When the dems lost power that will effect America and the world tremendously, but instead of a positive effect you lyers promised it was a negative effect. This economy runs off demand. All you guys talk about cutting demand and progams which strenghtens demand, Where the hell will they get their customers newt when you take the customers demand money. This country does not run off taxes as you are trying to make your brain dead followers think. DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND, how your going to strengthen demand to get these business customers newt.

    December 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. David

    Just another Republican blow-hard.

    December 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. patnamm

    Newt knows what he is doing. He is latching onto something that Americans have in abundance – SHORT TERM MEMORY.

    December 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. jay in denver

    "Sounding more and more like a presidential contender, Newt Gingrich came out swinging Sunday against the Obama administration's foreign policy."

    Actually, he's sounding more and more like a total loser. The only Speaker of the House ever to resign the office in disgrace, and he wants to become President? Well, dreams are cheap, Newt. Indulge yourself!

    December 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. johnRJ08

    NOTHING that Gingrich says in this article is true or accurate. The suggestion John Boehner won't be "polarizing" is the most ridiculous comment of all.

    December 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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