Bush 41: Gingrich stood me up
December 22nd, 2011
04:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush 41: Gingrich stood me up

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush has joined the ranks of former Republican associates of Newt Gingrich coming out against the White House hopeful.

Bush, who occupied the Oval Office from 1989 until 1993, a time when Gingrich was the House Republican whip, told the Houston Chronicle Thursday he was no promoter of Gingrich.

"I'm not his biggest advocate," Bush said. In the interview with the Texas newspaper, Bush backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Bush relayed an anecdote from his time as president when Gingrich failed to show up at an important White House announcement.

"The plan was, we were all going to walk out into the Rose Garden and announce this deal," Bush said. "Newt was right there. Got ready to go out in the Rose Garden, and I said, 'Where's Gingrich?' Went up to Capitol Hill. He was here a minute ago. Went up there and started lobbying against the thing."

Bush said Gingrich later spoke to him about the incident.

"He told me one time later on, he said, 'This is the most difficult thing I ever had to do.' I said, 'I didn't like it much myself, Newt.'"

With his comments, Bush joins a roster of Republicans who worked with Gingrich during his time in the House who were left with bad impressions.

In early December, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn took issue with Gingrich's leadership style. Coburn served in the House of Representatives while Gingrich was House Speaker.

"I'm not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich's having served under him for four years and personally experiences his leadership," said Coburn said on "Fox News Sunday."

New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who was elected to the House in 1993, told CNN's Erin Burnett Gingrich was "erratic" and "self-centered."

"He'd be a terrible nominee," he said in early December.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President George H.W. Bush
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Anu

    Oh fuey, this is just another example of the lamestream media and Democrats trying to...wait, what? These are Republicans standing against Newt? Do we need any more convincing that he is NOT the one to choose?

    December 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and I said, 'Where's Gingrich?' Went up to Capitol Hill. He was here a minute ago. Went up there and started lobbying against the thing."
    Too funny!! An ex-President is basically telling his base NOT to even consider voting for this flip-flopping, lobbying, liar. But who does that leave if not ANOTHER flip-flopping, job-shipping, liar who happens to be a Mormon?
    Unlike the Mastercard commercial the GOTeatards are running out of possibilities.

    December 22, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. anagram_kid

    Mr. Gingrich, please step over here and accept your parting gift. Yes, that's correct, just behind Mrs. Bachman and Mr. Santorum. Now head home to your current wife and write book about how negative and unproductive American politics have become. As a historian I am sure you will find the source of this very interesting. (hint... he is in your mirror).

    December 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    There are many things I don't like about the Bush's but the one thing that REALLY irks me is how they hold grudges. Normally, men move on unlike women. Having said that – Gingrich is not the kind to have any friends.

    December 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't go find some woman to cheat with. After all, he himself has said that the reason he cheated on two (and probably the third also) wives was because of hisi job and the stress.
    Do we really want a president who is going to have a revolving door of pros, sorry, whatever he finds coming in and out of the WH?

    December 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Traveler7

    Don't forget that Bush did NOTHING to make America better. HW got the lowest % on reelection of any president.
    Complete failure! A Gingrich endorsement!

    December 22, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. RINO Bil

    Maybe is was the "gay" thing.

    December 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. vet in tx

    "the're what we thought they were" – Coach Denny Green

    December 22, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. vet in tx

    They're.......tablets are hard to type on

    December 22, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. A disgusted former Republican

    Gingrich is toast. Good job President Bush.

    December 22, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Remember, this is the President Bush who has a brain!

    December 22, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Ben Dover

    Poor Newts, even Bush 41 doesn't want him.

    December 22, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. DJ in Texas

    Just too funny for me. The GOP seems to daily break President Reagan's 11th commandment. I'm sure he's rolling in his grave looking at the state of today's GOP. By today's standards, President Reagan would be considered a RINO. Let's see, deficit spending. He cut programs, but the debt still went up 189% during his presidency. He cut taxes, but he also raised them 6 of his 8 years (albeit not direct income tax). He talked to our enemies (Soviet Union at the time). I disagreed with him (although I wasn't old enough to vote yet). But I think it is safe to say, NO ONE in the current GOP field is anywhere close to Reagan, no where close.......................

    December 22, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Hammer

    Sounds like Newt would act the same as Obama, backing out on what he says now. Obama has flip flopped (speech against initiation of wars without congressional authority, Guantanamo detention, Patriot act), just like George Bush (humble foreign policy pledge), Mitt Romney (health care mandate). They are all a bunch of crooks....
    America just has one hope.... Ron Paul 2012!

    December 22, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Dar

    Hummmmm, smell that political stew a brewing. Stinks, doesn't it.

    December 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Gemini Girl

    When Newt the Grinch's poll numbers really begin to plummet, it will get ugly. The guy never ever had a positive thought in his fat head. He is the epitomy of negativeness. And so he will begin to thrash out. And that Tiffany revolving account? It wasn't just to buy bling for his spouses, remember he was a LOBBYIST, so often he had to get stuff there to "persuade" people. If he gets anywhere near the White House, it will be a sorry day for this country. He is worse than Trump, if that's even possible.....

    December 22, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Franklin Webb

    Haven't these two men done enough damage?

    December 22, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Bush 41: Gingrich stood me up◄

    Boo, hoo – what a bunch of cry babies! Jeez! Get over it!!

    Obama 2012

    December 22, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. "Gingrich stood me up"

    Hey Bush "41" Newt stood you up for the "Senior Prom"...Time to get over it...Newt did....!

    December 22, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    So he was 'erratic and self-centered' back in 1993?

    Gee, good thing THAT didnt continue...

    December 22, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    At least Bush Sr didn't have a tantrum and shut down the government because he thought he'd been dissed.

    December 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Kman821

    I'll bet Newt's own dog hates him too.

    December 22, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. SaintM

    I just love the political suicide that the Republicans are committing.

    Obama 2.0, 2012.

    December 22, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |

    Most of the people who actually worked with Newt are indeed against him and for good reason. Besides Newt having a hard time telling the truth and always re-writing history, since when is he a self-proclaimed historian!?! Hypocrite maybe, historian, no.

    December 22, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Chuk

    Romney keeps collecting all this endorsements. But his party hates him. He better get all this endorsers to vote for him to have a chance at the nomination.

    December 22, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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