WTF with WTF
May 12th, 2011
02:41 PM ET
12 years ago

WTF with WTF

Washington (CNN) - The battle between Newt Gingrich and President Obama over the "Winning the Future" slogan continues.

It was a Gingrich line, then an Obama line, then a Sarah Palin joke and point and now the headline for the former House speaker's presidential campaign.

"Winning the Future" was the title of a book published by Gingrich in 2005. It outlined his solutions for terrorism, godlessness and national spending with the subtitle "A 21st Century Contract With America."

President Obama adopted the saying in this year's State of the Union address challenging the country to "win the future" by; "encouraging American innovation," "rebuilding America" and making sure "we aren't buried under a mountain of debt."

"We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our agenda," Obama said. "That's how our people will prosper. That's how we'll win the future."

The theme of the president's address prompted former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to say the address "was the 'WTF.'"

"There were a lot of 'WTF' moments throughout that speech," Palin said on Fox News at the time.

And now, the newly declared presidential candidate Gingrich has "Together We Will Win the Future" displayed across the top of his new campaign website.

"There's a much better American future ahead: with more jobs, more prosperity, a better health system, longer lives, greater independent living," Gingrich said in his campaign video announcement.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Jo Jo

    I agree, we can "win the future" just as long as Newt doesn't control it. Here we go again with another trash-talking republican. It’s time for the Koch brothers to re-write their talking points because “president-bashing” is beyond old and worn out by now! How can this guy even stand in front of a podium, period? Let alone have the gumption to bad mouth someone with his horrible record. What a typical hypocritical republican in action. When your offense is weak, your only defense is to attack and hope your nasty little antics infect gullible people. I'm telling you, the republican line-up of candidates is down-right pitiful. Why would anyone want any of these characters as a president is beyond me?

    May 12, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. cerr

    WTF with this pinnacle of FAMILY VALUES Newton Leroy Gingrich?

    May 12, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Joe

    I really hope Newt is running as a joke, because everyone else is laughing.

    May 12, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    I agree there are better days ahead. Thank you President Obama for your considerable leadership.
    No thanks to the Newt, he's not the man with answers, he's just another Republican with low moral standards who like to think he's superior.

    May 12, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Ms. Palin [ Queen R ] America need you to put a stop to all this they know not what they are durn. Bless.

    May 12, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    I imagine that Newt's ex-wives are also saying "WTF"

    May 12, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. cindy

    You and Palin for candidates, That would be "Perfect" for an Obama second term" I can,t tell you Palin for prez,Newt for vp. Shoe-in for Obama. Dumb against Smart? LOL

    May 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Texas Doc

    Gingrich is a shameless hack. Typical GOTea crybaby. He tweeted his presidential intentions? Just oges to show how serious Republicans are about serving our country. He and Palin should share ideas. They think we are stupid and it is pretty obvious they have no honor.

    May 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Peggy - TX

    The GOP is falling apart,

    Only voices left are comedic.

    Even the GOP leaning commenter on these blogs have diminished to just a few die-hard, schizophrenic, nonsensical rants.

    FOX news reported that the latest polls show the President at a two year high and while one guest challenged the integrity of the poll giving a false explanation for her position a reporter stated that the poll number was a high that would only go down. She was obviously just expressing her personal bias but made the assertion like as she was real reporter and objectively reporting the news with her clairvoyant incite. Clearly Fox is trying to let its following know that President Obama was not going to be beat this time around.

    So when the previous GOP Vice Presidential nominee and thus the defacto leader of the GOP, Ms Plain attempts to say something negative about the President, she can only come up with a silly comment that is just a play on words for a little comic relief.

    Next, I expect the GOP to end out coupons for Tylenol to its very disappointed followers.

    May 12, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Every two days another GOP nut shows up

    Let's recap shall we. Gingrich has a recycled slogan from a winning democrat (who is now President who he hopes to unseat) and also has been used by a totally removed from reality, bat crap crazy former vice presidential nominee who lost in 2008. How do you think this is going to play in the long run? So much for original thinking. Politicians are like sports figures; it is really, really sad to see them try to do something when they are past their prime and don't want to admit it. Newt might want to ask Bob Dole about the previous sentence and how that turned out for him.

    May 12, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that Gingrich hasn't kept up with the times. I would think that many people have the WTF attitude toward Gingrich and I'm not talking about the future. If it had been Winning Our Future, that would have been better. Texting has been around a bit longer than 2005.

    May 12, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Shows us some real proposals, and keep the slogans, which are totally meaningless.

    May 12, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. SayWhat

    "There's a much better American future ahead: with more jobs, more prosperity, a better health system, longer lives, greater independent living," Gingrich said in his campaign video announcement.

    And that future does not include Gingrich or the GOP.

    May 12, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Scott F

    The Republican circus is on the way to town. The first of the many " Clowns" are now announcing: Gingrich, Romney" the dept store manikin",, Paul, and then we will have Palin, Bachman, Huckabee, Louie Gomer, Steve King, Pawlenty, Bozo,etc, Get out the popcorn and watch the clown circus coming soon to your city.

    May 12, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Jilli

    Gingrich is only putting out this phony campaign so he can continue to stiff the rubes for money. There's no chance he'll win – he just needs to keep his name out there so he can get the lemmings to keep his income steady.

    May 12, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "What school of economics did you go to which taught that invested cash does not create jobs?!?! "

    The question is HOW it was invested. That person was 100% correct if s/he was referring to the proliferation of derivatives and hedge funds and other obtuse and arcane permutations of investment that are merely gambling vehicles invented to give the very wealthy something to play with so their money stays hoarded and consolidated and never really has to re-enter the opposed to direct investments that provide capital to businesses for operations, growh and expansion. It's also created an overriding incentive that permeates the financial industry to overcomplicate and turn ever financial instrument and transaction into a tangled mess the effect of which on the market has no reasonable means of being quantified, measured or discerned. In the 80's under Reagan and the GOP, people theorized that we could turn from manufacturing to financial services and make that our country's greatest industry. We accomplished it...with bells on...and it's precisely why we are in the mess we're in.

    May 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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