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

    Go ahead fat so and keep trying to score political points by bashing President Obama, but I tell you this, Obama has accomplished something you will NEVER be able to accomplish and that is to say he was President of the US. It will never happen for you, it will always be just a dream and a wish!

    December 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Billy

    Yeah! Newt / Palin in 2012! Guarantee President Obama's re-election and probably 8 more years of a Democratic White House!

    December 5, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Manuel

    It never ceases to amaze me how these self-righteous right-wing greedy dirty repubs want to criticize everyone but their own. Newt is as dirty as they come he will never be elected, what a joke....

    December 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Jay

    All of Newt's hot air makes climate change even worse!!!

    December 5, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. teepee

    careful opening up his closet. The bones will crush you to death...

    December 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Dan in Austin

    Oooooh, Burrnnnn! Those same remarks were made about Bush's messes around the world. CNN creates the lamest drama.

    December 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Shecky

    Newt needs to NOT run.
    He cannot win.

    December 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. marvinraab

    He need look back only about three or four years to find the last bumbling administration. I'll take Barry over George anytime...

    December 5, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Jon

    Has never seen an administration so "routinely chaotic"? What about the Bush administration?

    December 5, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. e01938

    Nothing screams "family values" to me quite like the name of "Newt Gingrich" I'm sure he'll be instrumental in re-setting America's moral compass.

    December 5, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Mike D

    All I know is that it would be nice to have some incentive to be successful in life again – instead of weakening everyone by giving handouts all of their lives. Has everyone forgotten that you can't help the chick out of the egg when it's hatching? That's what's happening now. We Americans are getting so reliant on government handouts and protection that we don't know what it is to work for anything anymore, and don't understand the significance. Yes, we need to help the physically disabled, but as far as the epidemic depression that so many people are going through right now – this is what is causing it. We have no more drive! I am a clinical lab scientist who went to school for 6 years, but take home only 60% of my pay. That means that 40% of my day is is spent working for something that I see little benefit from. And if you say I'm being greedy, then so be it. At least I have the ambition to keep getting up every day and work toward something better. The only alternative is to whine and cry about how unfair life is, and to quit my job, lose my benefits and rely on the gov to support me and my loved ones. You all want to give the government that control? The scary thing is that so many of you love and trust Obama so much that you think he feels the same about you. He couldn't care less – isn't this obvious yet? Probably talking to a wall here on CNN.com, but oh well. I hope we can get out of this mess somehow...

    December 5, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. jake

    Gingrich and Palin= Dream Team.......for the Demorcrats Lets hope they team up

    December 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Jay

    Newt is an idiot. Fox "news" is not news at all...it is a propaganda organ for the moronic religious right.

    December 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. kmp

    The audacity of this and those like him claiming Obama and this administration of practicing class warfare. This is coming from the group that claims the Tax breaks for those over 250,000 is good for jobs.

    Take your fear mongering and shove it somewhere else Newt and while you are doing that know that I am still waiting for that trickle down effect. It has been 10 yrs and what have you all have to say for it nothing but millions of jobs lost the economy in the bucket and you fools honestly think most Americans are stupid, unfortunately as of late I am thinking they are if they think the Republicans and you Newt actually care about them.

    December 5, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Paul

    I have some advice for you liberals and democrats...

    Palin is just a red herring. Gingrich will be the Republican nominee in 2012, and will likely win considering the state of the national economy and high unemployment rate. So far, he has raised more money in 2010 than Palin, Romney, and Huckabee combined.

    I'm amused by the sudden liberal outrage regarding Gingrich's infidelity; they didn't seem to mind that Bill Clinton behaved like a horny teengager chasing fat little interns while in the White House. If its OK for Bill, its OK for Newty, you can't have it both ways.

    OUCH!! Damn the truth hurts, doesn't it?

    December 5, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Dale

    Obama has not invaded anyone on false pretenses.

    December 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. brainwashed Libs

    Wow. One of the smartest people in the country, with common sense solutions and ambitious ideas and you shoot him down. Time for a grown up in the Whitehouse. Newt 2012!

    December 5, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Anthony in Maryland

    Why does anyone listen to Newt Gingrich? He is the poster child of hypocracy and really needs to go back to the "Glass" house in which he lives in. He is playing to the cameras and those idiots who listen to him.

    December 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Robrob

    Palin/Ginrich 2012 – Obama's best bet!

    December 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. FastBoat

    Newt, you need to change your nick name to the blob. You and Palin are two of the most greedy, money grubbing individuals I've ever seen air time given to. Please go out into the world and create something worthwhile for a change.

    December 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Another clueless Republican, just like Palin, who would be SO EASY for Obama to beat! Yes, please run, Newtie! We Dems would love to see you squashed flat. Maybe then you would finally go away for good.

    December 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Mom

    Give us a break – This slime has to keep his mouth flapping in hopes we forget all his past. I think he should run–out of the country!!!!

    December 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. PhillyGuy

    You know, it just absolutely KILLS republicans to say ANYTHING good about Obama! Like sunlight to a vampire, they just can't STAND IT! I don't care what President Obama does, you can always count on a republican to point out Obama's flaw, at least from THEIR perspective.

    Even when some good signs in the economy have been surfacing in the past months, not "1" republican anywhere to point those out for encouragement to the public. But they have all the time in the world to spin and talk about things that don't go Obama's way.

    December 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Hey why not Be President of the Tea Party.. the Party of Little girls with imaginary friends ...Yeh That's the ticket..

    December 5, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Former Republican - Now Independent

    If Newt can take on and defeat Sarah Palin in the Tea-Republican Party primaries, then I will pay attention to him.

    Now he is nothing more than a paid shill for Fox News.

    December 5, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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