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. to tell the truth

    here we go again.. another foxy-newsy republican fool. Am not surprised.

    December 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Da Professor

    Ah yes, it is Gingrich with his usual right wing extremist BS.
    I hope he runs in 2012 alongside good ole Sarah Palin. Two losers.
    The Republicans are playing their usual "freeze" anything that Obama proposes.
    Republican ideaology in full gallop - Screw the American public - Get elected.

    December 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Turtle52

    Wow!!! Same old story......Newty.....must have forgot Republicans TRICKLE DOW
    ECONOMICS hasn't ever worked but that's what they're preaching now !!!!! or let's start a war as if that will improve the economy!!! Same old Republican party poking everyone except the wealthy!!!!

    December 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Rob in MO

    Crawl back under your rock, Newt, you did enough damage to our nation when you had some power. It's sad when someone with as little substance and morality as Gingrich slanders a strong leader.

    December 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Alan

    The sad part is, despite all of his problems, Newt is still more qualified to be POTUS than what we have now. It doesn't matter what room Obama walks into, even the janitors closet, Obama is the least qualified person there. But don't take my word for it, just look around you!

    December 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. JayG in CT

    Have fun in your 1 term Obama! haha

    December 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Just what the GOP needs, a washed up and worned out politician from the past with old ideas that failed.

    December 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. DrewL

    Gingrich is a disgrace. Any Republican who votes for him is a complete hypocrite. The guy has no personal moral values whatsoever.

    December 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. John

    We got so deep in a foreign policy hole during the Bush administration that Obama had it easy. All it had to do was "Stop Digging" and we were ahead of the game. Now Newt and GOP extras stand by with shovel in hand no doubt to dig the hole deeper again.

    December 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. jim

    well. the us of a is now viewed in a decidedly better way than it was when the last administration was in power. that alone sounds like successful foreign policy.

    December 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. K in Miami

    I don't know who's worse, Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich, they're both a detriment to the Country as a whole, the silly childish immature pathetic person from Alaska has to be at the top of this list of Republicans that think they're qualified to be POTUS.......

    Hey Newt, stick a fork in it, and while your at it, go and fall off the face of the earth and do us all a favor.....Oh and take that pathetic Sarah Palin with you......!

    December 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Emilio

    Just political theater, privately Obama and the Repugs are making plays out of the same book. Newt is just another tool running interference to give this one party nation the appearance of having political opposition.

    December 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Moose

    I wonder if Michelle is proud of her country? So, let's recap:

    We have a militant hater of America as our "Second" Lady and a Community Activist as a President. This is what you get kids. Lots of luck.

    December 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Jason

    This is the guy who taught in a college course that women did not make good soldiers due to their periods. A real genius.

    December 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. U.S. Citizen

    While I criticize Obama from the left, I do believe the stimulus saved jobs and, possibly, created some. It might have done better if the one-third for tax cuts went to direct spending. The class warfare is coming from the wealthy regressives (includes practically all Repubs and a large portion of Dems), like Gingrich, who have pushed voodoo economic policies where, rather than trickle down, the money gets sucked up and taken out of circulation.

    Obama is the great equivocator but the solution is not a Gingrich, Palin, Cheney or other Republican regressive. Obama is the Anti-Bush. He equivocates and tries to accomodate to the point of not standing for anything. While Bush's militaristic, regressive policies have pretty much destroyed this nation, he stood firm on his beliefs, to the point of stubborness and ignoring the people. Unfortunately, Obama has continued (and even expanded) some of these policies.

    My advice to Obama–Make a left turn (for the people) and grow a pair.

    December 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. usualone

    The President has to toughen up outwardly so the public sees this - as it is all about perception and he needs to "shout" out his accomplishments.. I take exception that the Democrats got whipped as much as Gingrich says because the Democrats did RETAIN the Senate, and as usual, the opposition's party voters usually vote in off-year elections more than those in office. The Republicans did not get a mandate, contrary to what they believe or boast. When people see the economy is improving instead of being caught in this fearful atmosphere, things may change around. Also, everyone talks about "jobs" but to date I haven't seen anyone who is in opposition to this current administration say what the jobs should be. I dare them to say what the jobs should be. There are infrastructure jobs already in action because of the present administration. We need more obviously but 90+ percent of those eligible to work are working and with the current population that is no small count.

    December 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Rick

    Gingrich is but another Republican traitor!

    December 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. EddyL

    It's so easy for a fat lying slob who holds no elected office to yap his gums and criticize.... SHUT UP, GINGRICH

    December 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. harry

    Newt your a jerk and fraud go away. Make sure to change your depends.What a jerk!

    December 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Debby

    Newt is bad news for Republicans.

    December 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    Just what we need in a president these days... a Republican who is more than willing to shut down the government.

    December 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. David Scott

    Words from the rip-publicans biggest idiot and liar. What a stupid moron Newt is. Is he tthe newt on those car insurance commercials/ Jerk.

    December 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. billinpa

    Isn't a "newt" some type of reptile that crawls along the ground and lives under rocks? Come to think of it, Newt looks like a newt. Dumber than the reptile though.

    December 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Ken sanders

    We need fresh new faces and ideas. Not these same old jerks. The system is bloated with complacent self-serving politicians. America is fiddling while the Country is going down the drain. Take the monetary system away from the FED and the Banks. These are the ones who run America. NOT the elected politicians.

    December 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. KJ

    Can anyone name his contributions besides his one accomplishment in 1994? It is easy to be a critic much harder to have the courage to make decisions. Newt is simply another arrogant elitist politician. He just happens to be a southern elitist! Stay strong President Obama!

    December 5, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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