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. a in austin

    Newt, you only have the cajones to say these things on faux news. Had you been invited to any other network they would call you out – probably why faux is your only stop these days.

    December 5, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. bobden

    Newt, a hero and presidential candidate in his own mind.
    Which is a tight fit, considering how small his mind is.

    December 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Please go away

    Wow CNN- different day, different fool. Is this the newt gingrich that called Sonia Sotomayer a racist and then tries to reach out to Hispanics? Great, newt gingrich got run out of Washington for his corrupt behavior and is now threatening to run for president?

    He is no different than that other republican grifter. He should just do the country a great service and go back to what ever hole he's been in since he was drummed out of congress.

    December 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. drew d

    disgusting little troll of a man, lie after lie what a web of brilliant ignorane.

    December 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Dustybear

    Typical uneducated liberals, can't fight with fact so just throw ugly namecalling to divert the real problem. Why can't you face the fact that you voted in an incompentant president?

    December 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Indy

    Newty is so out of touch with reality he is starting to sound like Palin. He obviously only watches Fox Fake News or he would know that Obama stepped up like a man and took full ownership of his shortcomings. He has been the up front and honest far beyond Newts lie filled life. The problem with idiots from Fox is that they actually believe all the lies their peers spout with their hate filled shows

    December 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Pat in IL

    Why anybody would listen to this low-life is a mystery. He just spews stuff like "chaotic foreign policy" without explaining what he means, offering another solution, or even knowing everything that those who are being briefed daily know. What an idiot. Newt, getting kicked out means forever....not just until you think people have forgotten.

    December 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Hazel in Seattle

    So sick of people criticizing Obama - what the hell have you done lately Newt? If Obama took a crap, repubs would say "he should hold it in cause the people are fed up" - well when you are fed up, you do take a crap!!!

    December 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. tony

    Give me fumbles over starting two Trilion Dollar , decade long, effectively civil wars in other countries, and bankrupting America any day.

    December 5, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Mentalflossed

    lol at newt,.. over job creation ,.. i dunno there newt, they have had the tax breaks for the top tier for 10 years and they pocketed the cash and reduced the numbers they employ,.... lol job creation.

    December 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    The ginGRINCH who is trying to STEAL an ELECTION – it will NEVER happen.

    "Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world."

    And it's NOT OKAY for the Commander in Chief to visit TROOPS??? And it's NOT OKAY for a President to go around the country to BRING BACK what BUSH lost as "dignity"???

    Please RUN, RUN, RUN along with your sidekick the PA'IN in the NECK because neither one of you will WIN!!!

    December 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Midwestmatt

    I had the distinct pleasure, as a Republican, of voting against this puke in the district he was running for in Georgia.

    He smelled then, he smells worse now and he is an adulterer, is immoral, has no ethics, no history of bright ideas and makes baseless claims, as a private citizen, against a sitting President so he can score points and sell more books to his ignorant and ill informed followers.

    Go away now, Newt, before the veil is pulled away from your hypocrisies and outright lies and you are exposed for the piece of trash you are. Better yet, run so we can finally put an end to you and your bull.

    December 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Mark

    Here is one the persons we have the IT-10-T form for (IDIOT). Why does the media even talk to him? Maybe the media person also needs to fill out a IT-10-T form. The rest of the folks that need the IT-10-T form for are the Republicans.

    December 5, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Mike S.

    What Newt Gingrich is speaks so loudly I can't hear what he's saying.

    December 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. steven harnack

    Why do you have to repeat everything these spoiled children have to say ad nauseam? All you have to say is that the Newt spoke and the rest is as predictable as sunrise.

    December 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. ralph Petrillo

    Very few people take Newt seriously ever since he was fooling around while married. he has tried desperately to gain attention. Newt is synonymous for nothing in American language right now. He might get 3% of the vote. Please run Newt , waiting for yo u at the debates. Please run Please run!

    December 5, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Proud Grandma

    Please stop publishing Newt's comments. They are not news. He is not news worthy!

    December 5, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. JC in MA

    Why can't people understand one important thing?: If employers won't hire people, what the heck do you expect the President to do? Order them to? There was a recent article here on CNN (I believe) that said employer's aren't hiring because they had to figure out a way to still get their production numbers without the same amount of staff when the economy went south and they were able to do it. Now that the economy is starting to come back a little bit, employers are hesitant to hire more people, especially as they have been able to make their production numbers with less people. Obama gave them tax benefits for hiring and they still aren't hiring so I ask again...what do the American people expect him to do?

    December 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. jokerster

    Newt is the joke....the mouth that roars and no one listens...WHY do the news people bother us with him...he is taking up my O2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Go ahead and bash Jimmy Carter, you pompous, corrupt windbag....let's see. During the Carter administration, not a SINGLE SHOT of aggression was fired by this country. Not a SINGLE FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENT was initiated by this country. And you can bash Carter over the helicopter crash in the desert all you want, you can criticize his handling of the Iran hostages crisis all you want. But history still reads the same. Every one came home alive, even if the Iranians rubbed Carter's face in it by waiting until minutes after Reagan was sworn in. Carter also cut our consumption of Arab oil IN HALF. And the Ga. peanut farmer's advice on green/alternative energy look pretty damned smart now don't they? Go ahead and run, Newt. It will be fun to watch you spin your withdrawing from the race after you fail to win 10 percent of a vote in a primary.

    December 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. keeth in cali

    Opinions are not facts, Newt.

    December 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Joe

    Oh, yeah, like Gingrich would do better as president. Has anyone looked at the track record of his personal life? If he can't sort that out, how could he handle the presidency?

    December 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. John

    OK, nothing to see here, move along, move along ....

    December 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. deadheadkenny

    I've heard that the main cause of global warming is all the hot air coming from these right-wing nut jobs

    December 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. John in Cal

    Oh good, another run at the mouth know nothing Republican. They screw things up so bad,and haven't the honesty to say sorry to us, but are more then happy to say what everyone else is doing wrong. What does the bible say about this? swallowing nats and spitting our camels? ho well something to that affect. Oh wait–camels. Oh my God they're terrorest.

    December 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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