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Newt Gingrich: Obama's 'Kenyan, Anti-Colonial' Worldview Rules America

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Newt Gingrich has unleashed some of his most explosive language yet against Barack Obama, telling National Review Online that a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" mindset governs the president's actions, which he blasted as "authentically dishonest" and "factually insane."

Gingrich's comments on the website of the conservative periodical were inspired, he said by a sharp-edged analysis of Obama by the conservative pundit, Dinesh D'Souza, in the latest edition of Forbes. In that article, D'Souza says that in his policies Obama is essentially channeling the soul of his late Kenyan-born father, an African "tribesman of the 1950s."

"This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son," D'Souza writes of Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., who the younger Obama barely knew.

Gingrich tells NRO that D'Souza's article is the "most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama."

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together" his actions? Gingrich said. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

Gingrich added, "This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.

"I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating -- none of which was true. He was authentically dishonest."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs seemed halfway between befuddled and bedeviled by Gingrich's critiques.

"I don't even have, quite frankly, George, the slightest idea what he's talking about," Gibbs told ABC's "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos on Monday. "I think Newt Gingrich knows he's trying to appeal to the fringe of people who don't think the president was born in this country."

"You would normally expect better from someone who held the position of speaker in the House. But look, it's political season. And most people will say anything. And Newt Gingrich does that on a, generally, on a regular basis," said Gibbs.

Gingrich is positioning himself as a potential Republican challenger to Obama in 2012, and in doing so has tended to tone down the unbridled rhetoric that was his hallmark as head of the "Republican revolution" of the 1990s. Gingrich married his third wife in 2000, converted to Catholicism last year, and has been cast as the intellectual heavyweight of the GOP.

But Gingrich retains his penchant for the pungent quotation, and lately has ramped up his visibility and quotability on such issues as the controversial Islamic center proposed near Ground Zero.

Gingrich's latest comments also hit hot buttons about Obama's African heritage (his mother was from Kansas) and whether he is a socialist, and they play to suspicions among many -- especially conservatives -- about whether he was born in the United States (he was) and whether he is a Muslim (he is not) or a Christian, as Obama has been all his adult life.

"I think Obama gets up every morning with a worldview that is fundamentally wrong about reality," Gingrich told NRO. "If you look at the continuous denial of reality, there has got to be a point where someone stands up and says that this is just factually insane."

Gingrich apparently wants to be that guy.

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Although I do not agree with the tone of the message, I must admit to a deep basis of agreement with the intent of said message. From bowing to foreign heads of state to what appears to me as an attempt to dismantle our country, I have come to dislike and not trust our president.

September 13 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ed's comment

Showing respect to foreign heads of state, and trying to move us forward into the realities of the 2ist century is not dismantling our country. We are better and stronger than that. And President Obama knows it.

September 13 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply

Newt the intellectual heavyweight of the GOP? WOW! This is also the man who gave us the Contract with American in 1994 and the Party of Morals and Family Values. This is also the man who led the impeachment of President Clinton for his affair with Monica, while all the time was having his own affair. This is the man who shut down the Government just to prove a point and most importantly, this is the man who singlehandedly brought about the demise of the Republican party with his failed policies and inflamed rhetoric. Intellectual heavyweight of the GOP! WOW! Let's elect him as quickly as we possibly can.

September 13 2010 at 11:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Newt Gingrich is desperately trying to gain some attention for a possible Presidential run. He will say anything no matter how totally wrong, vicious and hate filled so people will notice him.

September 13 2010 at 10:14 AM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
Robert R Hodges

Yes this is a free society where a man can talk about another man and say what is on his mind. But I think that Newt has overstepped the line of civility. Gingrich is a self righteous, pious man with no direction of thought. He should be horse whipped for saying the things about the parents of our president that he said in this article. As for me I would not vote for any man that trys to hurt another by defamation and rhetoric such as this. Newt, I was a follower of yours but now I follow the president!

September 13 2010 at 7:24 AM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Robert R Hodges's comment

Robert, I find it completely disingenuous of you to claim you were once a follower of Newt Gingrich. No one who agrees with New Gingrich on even the most basic principals in now an Obama follower. In response to your first point - Newt Gingrich didn't write this article, it was Dinesh D'Souza, Newt Gingrich was merely agreeing with it, so I guess your feeble attempts to attack Newt were obviously misdirected.

September 13 2010 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

"Factually insane" is how I would describe the putative "intellectual heavyweight of the GOP." For Gingrich to accept as reality D'Sousa's preposterous claim that the president's father "is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son," is the epitome of being "authentically dishonest." Gingrich's egregious blend of ad hominem, unsubtle racial snarks and mystifying mumbo jumbo leads one to believe that he may, in fact, be a closet Hindu. Reincarnation, indeed, Newt. You're a twice-divorced Catholic, remember. Personal attacks, of the sort in which you indulge, are cowardly and unproductive and do nothing to advance honest civil discourse. But then what can one expect from a person who would preside over President Clinton's impeachment proceedings eager to convict him for lying while engaged in an extra-marital affair. As your wife lay in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. You're unbelievable!

September 13 2010 at 4:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Newt never disappoints those of us who expect him to unleash a diatribe of insults and hateful comments against Democrats, in this case, our president. Newt is a misogynist who treats women like property to dump if they are imperfect (have cancer or bad injuries). If he were ever to become president (which will NOT happen), I would move to Canada. He is a big blow gut and a hypocritical creep. If he is the intelligence of the Republican Party, they are in serious trouble (mentally retarded and hopeless).

September 13 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Hoosier Jim

I agree with Newt. Obama is so focused on his OWN ideology and not on that of most Americans. Obama is so intrenched in his beliefs and is unwilling to change nor accommodate. Obama is a skillful lier, to the point where he believes that his lies are true. Obama is the worst president that the U.S. has experienced since our founding. He is trying to profoundly change the U.S. for the worst, not the better. We must have checks/balances on his actions and I wish that more CONSERVATIVES speak out and call for change. Not talking about the mamby pamby Republicans like Mitch McConnell nor John McCain. This "Republican" mindset needs to be ousted. It's the Tea Party movement that will win in November and put a BIG crimp in Obama's style.

September 13 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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