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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was "trying to appeal to the fringe" in his weekend statement that President Obama displayed "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior" and conned the American people.

Gingrich, who is mulling a 2012 GOP presidential bid, talked about the influence of Kenya on Obama's worldview in a story posted Saturday in the National Review Online.

"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 told NRO. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
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He went on to say: "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. In the [Saul] Alinsky tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. . . . He was authentically dishonest."

Gibbs appeared on the NBC, CBS and ABC morning shows mainly to talk about extending the Bush tax cuts to the middle class. On ABC's "Good Morning America," host George Stephanopoulos asked him to respond to Gingrich's provocative comments.

"It is hard to comprehend. I don't even have, quite frankly, George, the slightest idea what he's talking about," Gibbs said.

"No idea what he's talking about?" pressed Stephanopoulos.

"I don't," Gibbs said.

Asked whether the remarks were appropriate, Gibbs said, "You know, I think Newt Gingrich knows that he's trying to -- he's trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don't believe the president was born in this country. You would normally expect better from somebody who had held the position of speaker of 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."

Gingrich seemed to want to play to a segment of America that does not believe Obama was born in the U.S. or is a Christian. The reference to Saul Alinsky, the legendary Chicago community organizer, is a coded way to suggest that Obama is a socialist.

Obama's father was a Kenyan, but Obama never visited the country until he was an adult, visiting family to discover his "roots" and to see his father's homestead and grave. He returned to the country briefly with Michelle before they were married and for a few days in 2006, when he was a senator from Illinois. During that 2006 visit to Nairobi, Obama scolded the Kenyan government for not moving fast enough to clean up corruption.

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clarkncols

Notice that Gibbs does not attempt to discuss the real issue, i.e., what is the President's philosophy as shown through his actions. Does he act more like a socialist who wants to take government control, and like community organizer Saul, and like one who hates colonialist governments like Britain, or is Obama the the moderate political unifier of parties and people as he campaigned? Gibbs is attacking the messenger (Forbes) and not the message. Obama snubbed the British royalty (Queen) and British politicians,, and returned the Winston Churchill statue to the (colonialist?)England, and they are our ally. Obama now pretends that he was not influenced by Muslim heritage if he is with American audiences, and he pretend he is Muslim when he is interacting with other countries. He is white with white audiences, and black with black audiences, and then pretends to unify racial issues. He is totally Democratic, ignores Republicans, and then pretends to be bi-partisan. He is supposed to be so smart because of his grades and education, but he hides all records from all schools. He is supposed to be born in this country, but hides his (public record) birth information. Is Gibbs willing to stop controversy by giving out information (school grades, papers he wrote, etc.) or is Gibbs going to continue to conceal information and criticize the messengers who seek the truth, whatever it is, that Obama so desperately hides. Obama' ability to tell everyone exactly what they want to hear is a wonderful way to get elected (it worked) and his ability to get votes from the many non-racist Americans also worked.Now that he is in office, he shows us what "change" really means. He changed from that unifying image he projected, and he is changing our country from free enterprise to total government control (car industry, energy, banks, housing, stock market, health care, etc.), and only his way, even if majority disagree or disapprove. Now he has Gibbs attacking the press if they do not suck up to Obama like the major TV networks do, or most newspapers and magazines. I challenge Gibbs to give us facts about when Obama was in those other countries, and facts about his parents (not just vague spin). Forbes is giving us a story, based upon verified facts. Gibbs and Obama are not giving many facts. Gibbs is like a child.. (My Daddy is right, na na na na na na, and then he sticks his tongue out at you.") He never approaches the issues directly, with facts, or even maturity. Tell us the correct story if you think Forbes is incorrect. I suggest that Forbes is 90% correct or higher, but Gibbs and Obama are attempting to attack the small errors (to avoid the actual true messages correctly in the story).

September 17 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marlowb

Oh how I yearn for the gold old days when Newt could had a decent affair while his wife had cancer, lie to everyone while he was trying to impeach Clinton, and considered a moderate. I am so glad of family values guys like Newt, without him,,, well I;d just be lost..

September 16 2010 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rhd21

I stand by what I said yesterday: "What passes for "leadership" in today's Republican party leaves me numb. As a life-long registered and voting Republican, its becoming increasingly obvious to me that the GOP is in desperate need of adult supervision." That leadership, rddoggus, can be either more conservative or more moderate, it just doesn't have to be obnoxiuos. I don't know what purpose Newt Gingrich has in mind (getting into the game, staying in the game, or just sewing the seeds of dissent and divisiveness), or if he is just rambling. Eitehr way it's destructive I, one Republican, will be taking my time, talents and treasure elsewhere.

September 14 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
mrscaptndavid

We voted this group into power in hopes of increasing our voice as voters and having our desire to a return of bipartisanship, fiscal responsibility and integrity...all of which the democrats promised we'd have. Our president as head of the executive branch has set the tone unfortunately that all dissent is to be crushed by marginalizing all those who do not follow him blindly through insults and smear tactics. Instead of getting what we were promised, now we have NO voice! If this administration will not even allow a civil discussion with the minority party, what hopes do we have of bipartisanship. The house minority leader offered what was basically an olive branch only to be slapped down by our president, his colleges and the media who have lost all credibility since they have become little more than cheerleaders. This president, his press secretary and many democrats in congress behave worse than my children while at their in the throng of sibiling rivalry! How can we expect them to have any respect for us when they show absolutely no respect for those of the minority party? This president has been a huge disappointment. His arrogance, stubborn tenacity to stick to policies that do not work, to a refusal to compromise and work with others has proven to be his Achilles heel. We are tired of this group in power acting like theirs is the only point of view that matters and anyone who disagrees is intellectually beneath their superior intellegence. I for one am going to vote for those that do not hold the general populace in contempt and will at least remember that they work for us!!!

September 14 2010 at 8:41 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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giganteric

I don't understand how you could interpret the executive branch as being childish, the republicans have voted NO on EVERYTHING and are being contrarians every step of the god damn way. how's that for not being bi-partisan? mrs captain david you need to go back to being a useless as a housewife's degree.

September 28 2010 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
okitori

When the Dems can't explain is how Obama has driven this country to the brink of bankruptcy by frivolous spending and takeovers during his short term in office--they blame everything on the Repubs. The Dems controlled Congress for the last 2 years of the Bush admin. so let's share the blame with the Democratic Congress--basically it was 4 yrs of Congress taking the lead. and now Obama wants us to reach deeper into our pockets for another stimulus bill? I have to laugh when I hear some people talking about the "fringe" of the tea party--I'd like to hear the left talk about the fringe of their party--you know ACORN, SEIU, Black Panther Party, etc.

September 14 2010 at 2:42 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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giganteric

the dems blame republicans BECAUSE IT IS THEIR FAULT. TWO unpaid for wars, costing us BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, the bush tax cuts are a major shield for the rich making them play less of their money than your dumb ass. are you really not able to understand that? seriously.

September 28 2010 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

They say those who go on the attack,like Mr Gingrich had recently, actually project upon others how they truly see there own Self. I do believe the phrase "authentically dishonest" is the best and most genuine assesment of the life and times of Newt Gingrich. He marries his first wife as a teenager...she by the way is one of his teachers....He then chooses to divorce her as she lay in the hospital with cancer. All the while he already had been in the process of marrying the next fool. Who would fall to the same demise in the next chapter of Newts authentic dishonesty.

September 14 2010 at 2:33 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
caban3321

Perhaps Mister Gingrich has confused our President's "Kenyan" anti-colonial behavior with the President's purely "American" anti-colonial heritage, as in those fringe radicals like Thomas Paine, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, George Washington, and John Hancock. Mister Gingrich needs to reflect on his own family heritage before looking at someone else s heritage.

September 13 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
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Jamie

I get what you are saying by calling our founders "radicals" but I certainly hope you aren't comparing President Obama to those heroes of American history. Regardless of political ideology, one has to agree that he has accomplished virtually nothing of substance (aside from signing a health care bill that we won't see go into effect, let alone the long term affect of, until after (conveniently?) he has left office).

September 14 2010 at 8:33 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
JERRY

Newt Gingrich is a politician that will do or say anything to keep his name in the headlines,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 told NRO. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior." What does that mean,who understand what he's saying,who is he politically appealing to,even political Kenyans don't understand what he's saying,by putting together these intellectually sounding statements, that has no logical meaning is not going to help him,the man is moral less and will say anything to advance himself.

September 13 2010 at 8:37 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
eyeforeye42

You think? As Newt's ex states, he is an smart guy but unstable! Isn't that what the majority think of the fringe? Unstable!!

September 13 2010 at 8:36 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
barney2022

ya so... Obama has appealing to the fringe left since he took office.

September 13 2010 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
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John Villanueva

bemoderate, if you think the independants are still on the president's side you need to pull your head out of the sand.

September 14 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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