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Potential GOP 2012 Candidate's Response to Obama

The man who has been mentioned as the Republicans' top choice to lead them out of the wilderness in 2012 sure had a laid back reaction to President Obama's televised news conference tonight.

In fact, he had no reaction at all.

"Having a great italian dinner at capri restorante in mclean with callista and her mother bernita bisek," Newt Gingrich posted on Twitter.

His comment came about ten minutes after the president's hour-long nationally televised question-and-answer session with reporters ended in the East Room of the White House. While the former House speaker and potentially future presidential candidate was enjoying his Chianti and osso buco (just a guess), other Twitterers were wildly tweeting their thoughts on Obama's second prime-time press conference.

Personally, we don't think Gingrich missed much.

Obama's second news conference was very subdued compared to his first. And that could have something to do with the glitter having worn off a bit, what with a whirlwind of appearances within just days in venues ranging from Jay Leno's late-night show and "60 Minutes" to ESPN and town hall meetings in California.

Or as Gingrich might say from his table at Capri Restorante... Abbastanza!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 24, 2009; 10:13 PM ET
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The news conference was a bit subdued, but the President was right on point. So sorry I missed Newt Gingrich's tweet -- not one I follow. I'm assuming he did mean "ristorante." So much for the Italian-American vote in 2012, not that he has a chance up against someone endorsed by every Italian from Jon Bon Jovi to Ray Romano. Well, at least he knew enough not to eat at the Olive Garden.

Posted by: pdelponte1 | March 24, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Odd premise for a column. Why would Gingrich's reaction be the of any interest? I do hope he runs against Obama though. Him or Jindal. Old has-been dude or young goofy guy. Or maybe both on the same ticket. Obama is great when he goes right to the public. The media always tries to stir up controversy to the detriment of the country sometimes. They care more about their own ratings that what's best for the country. Sad.

Posted by: bgormley1 | March 24, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich's future is as a talking head. Even if he ran for President it is only a means to garner more media attention that he can cash in on. He's a horrible campaigner. Even when he was the minority/majority leader he barely won his own elections.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | March 24, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

How compelling was President Obama's message to shore up support for his economic agenda?


Posted by: usadblake | March 24, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

newt gingrich - now here's a man the country can look up to. the man to family values ----------don't mean diddly. here's a man who left his wife because she got cancer and only god knows what else. but a few republicans aren't any bargains when it comes to family values. john mccain left his first wife because she became disfigured in some sort of accident. are these really the type of people you want running this country.

Posted by: dibick99 | March 24, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

to miss akers - who really gives a damn just what newt gingrich thinks

Posted by: dibick99 | March 24, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you just needed something to fill your column space today. Next time why don't you ask Jonathan Krohn.

Posted by: raymondw1 | March 25, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Despite Newt's flair for self promotion, he hasn't been relevant to anything for over a decade.

The few times I've read this column, I'm completely puzzled.

Is this some sort of Zen thing where we contemplate the emptiness?

Posted by: BurfordHolly | March 25, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

You got paid for this crap.

Posted by: whocares666 | March 25, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

i am at a loss to understand some of the language being directed at obama's appearances. for instances, it is not clear to me how anyone can conclude that his second press conference was "subdued compared to the first." huh? was there an opening act before the first? well, i guess you've got to write SOMETHING.

and what's this about the "glitter having worn off a bit" because of several public appearances last week, including one on jay leno? do we really expect our president to sparkle like colored confetti?

i for one am glad we have a preisdent who has command of the details of his policies and can explain them, who's taking the time to continue to have town-hall meetings and hold prime-time press conferences to explain himself and his policies to the american people, clearly reminiscent of fdr's fireside chats.

it is ludicrous for the press to repeatedly talk about the president's failure to be "exciting" at every turn. this country does NOT need a song-and-dance man. it needs a leader, and from all indications it has one.

Posted by: jtfloore | March 25, 2009 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Do you know the definition of "vacuous"? Refresh your memory by rereading this post.

Posted by: mikehike | March 25, 2009 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Do you know the definition of "vacuous"? Refresh your memory by rereading this post.

Posted by: mikehike | March 25, 2009 5:06 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate this post. I was wondering if Newt weighed in or not.

Kind of odd to use your mother-in-law's last name in a Tweet, though.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | March 25, 2009 5:34 AM | Report abuse

It's hilarious the Geithner's and Comrade Obama's new solution to the crisis is to give out loans that don't have to be paid back. In other words, it's the same "solution" that got us into this mess. But that's Obama: "Baffle 'em with bullsh-t".

Posted by: birvin9999 | March 25, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

I guess this is essentially a gossip column, which would explain valuing a presidential press conference by the amount of "glitter" it provides.

Posted by: nodebris | March 25, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Why do we need ANY GOP candidates, in 2012 or ever? This party's philosophy is wrongheaded, its policies a disaster, and its record a punitive lie. Wake up, America, before it's too late! Drill, baby, drill, and dump Newt and all his buddies down the hole. They'll be at home down there, amidst all the mud.

Posted by: MouthSore | March 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I managed to watch most of the president's press conference last night. It seemed to me that he was on message and was able to deal successfully with the ball-buster questions that some reporters posed. Well done to the chief.

Posted by: sdexnorva | March 25, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich... where were you these past 8 years of profligate spending with no idea how to pay for it except borrow more? The GOP borrowed trillions from China to provide tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and then started two wars... and never asked us for a dime to pay for any of it.

THIS is the classical Republican economic model. The largest deficits in our history came under GOP administrations. While you can say the Dems are the party of "Tax & Spend", what they spend on is paying the bills.

Now we have an economy stuck in the mud. No entity is big enough to get it started up again except the federal government... and the Republicans and some Democrats want us to slow down first.

If I slow down anymore, I'm going to be dead.

Posted by: MT_Guy | March 25, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

It seems clear to me that Obama doesn't want to be the president, he just wants to play the president on TV.

Posted by: larry51 | March 25, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I am constantly amazed at the utter futiility of any President's attempts to introduce a by-partisan atmosphere in Washington D.C.
The Republican Party has consistently rejected President Obama's attempts to correct the massive problems left to him by the Bush administration.
I often wonder what is their point? Do they intend to launch the entire country into a great depression just so they can win the next election? It seems as though the Democrats are perfectly willing to follow suit.
President Obama's positions that it is going to take massive governmental investments to rectify the mess left by the last administration makes perfect sense.
No one seemed to mind when the massive deficits were being accumulated by Congress and the Bush administration over the last 8 years, why now?
President Clinton had this country moving in the right direction, but the Republicans were more interested in impeaching him for allegedly messing with some tramp.
Now after 60 days in office with wide sweeping attempts to correct the utter malfeasance of Congress and the Bush administration the Republican Party places the stench of partisan politics over the needs of the American voters.
I wondered after last night's news conference, where were those fiscal watchdogs of the press over the last 8 years? Oh yeah, Bush din't allow unscripted news conferences. He didn't want to say anything stupid.
Now they pull Newt Gingrich out of the gutter to try to make him the voice of reason for the future of America? PLEASEEEEEEEE!!!
He couldn't even maintain the support of his own wives much less his party! It is TIME for the AMERICAN VOTERS to stand up and remove most of these DO NOTHING members of Congress out in the NEXT Election.

Posted by: heymansan69 | March 25, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Newt, like John Boehner, is another irrelevant. His best days are way behind him. I don't even know how he's paying his bills these days: a conservative think-tank?

Gingrich has a decent mind--even if his conclusions are wildly different from mine most of time. Like Pres. Obama, he's also articulate and occasionally provocative. However, he's got another organ that's far more provocative than decent, and it's cancelled out any future he might have had in elective office. He's another Bill Clinton, but without the charm--and record.

Hope those right-wing political shows don't pay too well because that's Newt's future. Of course, considering his conservative competition, he'll probably do well.

Posted by: bulldog6 | March 25, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

heymansan69 and others - I would encourage you and others to read the founding documents of this country. The Declaration of Independence spells out the grievances of the time and outlines the general thought with regards to government's role.

The Constitution lays out very well the conscience of the time.

Please see if you can find in any of these documents anything but a very conservative approach to governing this nation.

This is the U.S.A. If you prefer a very liberal approach to government, why attempt to change one that is based on Conservative values? Wouldn't it make more sense to relocate to a nation that embraces your values?

Posted by: larry51 | March 25, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich would be perfect for the R party. While his wife was having cancer surgery he tried to get her to sign devorce papers so he could marry his aid which was 26 years younger than him. This was at the same time he was trying to impeach Clinton for doing his thing with Monica. Yes! please run him.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | March 25, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I remember, this was the man that while after Bill Clinton was himself having an affair with a page. Hmm this was the man that has been married 3 times. Hmm this is the man whose 2nd wife was in the hospital being treated for cancer when he walked into her room to tell her he was leaving her for a YOUNG page in DC. Yep this is the guy alright, he is as good a role model as say hmm Sarah "with the great family" Palin is... Hey what a pair for the religious right to get behind...Go for it guys, give us a few more seats in the Senate & a few dozen more in the house...

Posted by: MrReal | March 25, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think that the Italian-American vote would be lost if Newt Gingrich on Twitter misspelled ristorante? How condescending to the Italians who are an independent and quite discerning group of voters. No, Italian-Americans would be proud and happy that Mr. Gingrich has the good taste to be a fan of Italian cuisine and wine, and that he frequents Italian restaurants (that's the way we spell in the USA).

Comments on this article are much ado about nothing but true to mainstream journalism, I see the demonizing attempts beginning just in case Mr. Gingrich decides to be a candidate.

Posted by: liberti | March 26, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Having read all those comments Mary Ann all I can say from my hill top in the real Italy, Umbria is that if Newt Gingrich said 'abbastanza' then he had better come here and find out how real Italians say it - Basta! Keep up the good work and keep us informed.

Not a bad article anyway, having just watched a replay, since I was asleep when it went live, i think Obama's 'show' was good, measured but still good. He talks to real people not Haliburton shareholders; and if your detractors/readers think that a Brit in Italy has no right to comment can you remind them for me that illiterate Bush and his moronic gang were the root cause of your (our) current problems which affect everyone. They lost the States the worlds leadership of the World so we are all interested to see if and when you can get it back and hope Obama pulls off a slow but secure recovery.

Posted by: clubdelborgo | March 26, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like typically GOP hater writer to me. You GOPers are used to stupid people and people you can rollover. The Dems were scared for a long time under Bush and you guys are used to the GOP being the party that counts. New day, honey chile. The GOP under every president since Reagan raped and robbed the american people for the rich and you, the MSM helped all you could because you were benefitting too. Now, almost everythiny you print about the Obama administration is snide and negative. Grow up. Even God has proclaimed thst he would put balance in the world. Bush and company including the MSM during his reign was BAD. God has given the US an underserved break, and with a man and woman of style and substance. Say, "thank you, God" and shutup. McCain had no ideas or practicable principles and Palin is a petty thief, stealing nonimal sums over the long term from the people of her state. What a weinie - stealing in 60 dollar increments and blithely ordering plans for her children at Alaskans expense. Sounds like standard GOP behavior. Arrogant and unprinicipled. Who cares what Gingrich thought? He is a sleaze bag in his personal life but you GOPers never care about things like that unless you can embaress a Democrat or Independent. Why don't you write about that sleaze bag governor in Minn. who has said he won't certify Franken if he wins. What a despicable wuss. You, MSM are so used to people without principle, you think that is the way people should be. I suggest the Democrat get uuuugly with the GOP in Congress and jack you folks in the MSM. You never write anything good about them anyway.

Posted by: avvorio | March 26, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that anyone could even give Newt the time of day. Remember, this is the guy who messed around and even served his cancerous wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital. What a charming guy just full of moral standing, eh? Amazing the guy has the nerve to show his face after the drubbing that his party took lately. The most disgusting was his supposed moral outrage at Bill Clinton who was actually fairly saintly in comparison to Newt. But of course, that does not stop Newt from his "so much better than thou" bleating. The guy is just sick, sick, sick and surely no self-respecting Republican would vote for him!!!

Posted by: mari2JJ | March 27, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Not being a financial guru myself, or a political perfectionist I have to wonder. Why have so many pulled out of the stock market unless they are worried about where it is or was heading. Would you honestly, if it was your money directly, invest in ANY of the companies our President and Congress are in such a hurry to 'bail-out'? We are being told that we 'own' these companies now. I have yet to see any legal documents that tell me I own anything but the responsibility to pay the taxes for unwise spending my government has done without my approval. This was supposed to be a country built on the rule of law, NOT majority rule. Last I heard and read this is a REPUBLIC, not a DEMOCRACY. I am not at all impressed by this administration or any since Ronald Reagan actually got us going in the right direction by lowering taxes, not raising them. Especially in a recession. Have we all forgotten double digit inflation that Carter blessed us with for the same reasons Obama is doing now? Your ball.

Posted by: rdlang | March 29, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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