Gingrich says Obama 'has never yet become president'
April 21st, 2011
11:51 AM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich says Obama 'has never yet become president'

(CNN) – Likely GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivered a harsh assessment of President Obama Wednesday, describing him as a "left-wing activist who has never yet become president."

According to the Concord Monitor, the tough remarks came during a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, during which the former House Speaker suggested to a small gathering that the president has eschewed his governing responsibilities and is instead a "permanent candidate."

"He's the only permanent candidate we've ever had in the White House," said Gingrich, who also described Obama as "perfectly fine, extraordinarily brilliant, [and] sadly shallow."

Gingrich, who is an exploratory phase of his possible presidential campaign, said he is "calmly confident" he can win the GOP's presidential nomination but added the final decision could come down to the issue of money.

"We're trying to figure out, can we raise enough money to be competitive?" said Gingrich, known to be among the most prolific fundraisers in the party.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
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  1. ThinkAgain

    Newt and the GOP offer nothing to our country except lies, fear, hatred and division. Newt's sound-bite is the latest in a long line of desperate attacks on President Obama – nothing new here.

    Why does the GOP insist on doing this instead of talking substance, dealing with policy issues in a meaningful way, tackling the serious challenges facing our nation?

    Because all of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies ARE PROVEN FAILURES.


    April 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends: Try actually THINKING instead of just typing up the latest drivel from Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck.

    President Obama's economic policies kept our country from going into a Great Depression; he led the way in passing meaningful health care reform (that matters to folks like me who don't appreciate my insurance premiums going up every year in double digits); he has restored our reputation internationally (which matters to folks like me who are tired of policing the world); he led the way in passing the Lily Ledbetter Law (which matters to women like me who are sick of being paid less than men); he has done his best to reach across the isle, in spite of the fact that the GOP has a stated goal of making him and our country fail.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Dave

    One thing is for sure, Newt will never be President.

    April 21, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Marry

    Ah, Gingrich, mentally challenged, morally corrupt, sick with envy toward President Obama just as he was about President Clinton. Well Gingrich, they just got what you do not: intelligence, smarts, elegance and after all 1000 times higher moral standings and accomplishments than you!

    April 21, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    What newter, you a little jealous that you never had a chance in hell to become presidebt?
    The president shallow? What exactly is a permanent candidate to you? I think you are thinking of congress and they thres you on your butt and in disgrace xo you never became one!
    Please do all of us favor STFU. WHERE ARE THE JOBS???? Oh right, the economy is improving, but it,s not thanks to your party of hell no. Go have a drink or two or ten with orange man. His tan is now from the middle east.

    April 21, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. S. In California - Obama 2012

    @ Lost in Texas Forever

    poor Newt must be looking at his poll numbers sinking because he is still attacking the president and not trying to offer any solutions. Married to the same woman for years, two children by the same woman and for what we know appears to be a solid marriage must irk old Newt to no end. Obama is something Newt will never be..President of the United States.

    Thank you. You said it all. There is NOTHING more to say.

    April 21, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    TRANSLATION: We will never accept this ne-g-r-0 as our President....News Flash Newty boy, The President IS and has been the President of the United States for over 2 years now. He makes decisions that would have you sh##ing bricks DAILY. He has had every possible crisis/obstacle thrown in his way and has managed them admirably and methodically. Is he perfect? No. BUT HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and there is NOTHING you can do about it.! I would say "GET OVER IT!", but I know you won't.

    April 21, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    One more thing about Newt: He makes me wonder about all the the theories on the origin of Mankind:

    Could he really have been a result of intelligent design?

    Has he actually evolved from the apes?

    Is he a creation of God?

    See my quandry?

    April 21, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. ...

    Sour grapes anyone?

    April 21, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. justchekin

    Newt has never become faithful.

    April 21, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Maria P

    ....and Newt Gingrich is insane! The GOP will really have some "winners" running for the ticket!

    April 21, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Ms K.

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society need a "five dollar" girl badly have so much pinned up angry, you can't think straight.

    April 21, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Denise Wise

    No Newt, it's not that "Obama has never yet become president' according to you.


    April 21, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Tired of the nonsense

    Open mouth, Newt - insert foot.

    Bush was an illegitimate president since HE WAS NEVER VOTED IN TO OFFICE!

    April 21, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People


    This from a man in which a gnat would only be knee deep in the diving end of his gene pool?

    This from the Holy Book of Fables follower, turned adulterer, that believes marriage is between a man and women(lots and lots of 'em)? Of course, when confronted with this lack of judicious reasoning, his excuse is that his "partiotism" gives him a hard-on!

    This from the ethically "shallow" toad that was run out of Congress due to his lack of ethics?

    Again, the sunlight glaring off of newt's glass house, is indeed blinding!

    April 21, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. living in america

    Wow Donald and Newt. I thought I was looking at a SNL skit.

    April 21, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. w l jones

    At least the president were not born in Yamasee you bet. Enough said

    April 21, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Tim

    Don't you guys hate it when someone hits the nail on the head?

    April 21, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. BlueDem1

    Newt Gingrich is the one who's never become president, and NEVER WILL thank goodness.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 21, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. The Situation

    Why is the hick running? He's got no chance in hell of winning. Newt, you are trailing among Repubs and against the POTUS, you are getting thump by a 15 pt margin. Just walk away with whatever little self respect you have

    April 21, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Four More For Sure!

    Ahh the lustful patriot opens his pie-hole to spout off more nonsense. Must be looking in the mirror, as far as never becoming president. go chase some skirt, grinch.

    April 21, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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