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Gingrich, considering a run for the presidency in 2012, joined other Republicans in criticizing the president, accusing him of sitting back too much in his response to major crisis situations, The Hill reported Wednesday.

"Well, I think what is increasingly clear is that we have a spectator in chief instead of a commander in chief," Gingrich said on Fox News.

"It is maybe the most passive and out-of-touch presidency in modern American history," he said, accusing the president of "avoiding his job right now."

Passive and out-of-touch?  Mr. Gingrich, you are the one that's out-of-touch with reality.  This president has taken on more issues during his first 2 years in office than any other United States President has, accept maybe FDR, during a full eight years in office.

I'm going to list off a few of the issues this president has faced in just 2 years:

A world economy on the brink of collapse.

A U.S. Economay on the brink of another Great Depression.

Highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

Wall Street corruption.

Failing housing market.

Bailing out large corporations to keep unemployment as low as possible.

A war in Iraq that should never have been.

A war in Afghanistan that was never a victory as we were told.

A war on terror.

Palestine and Israel conflict.

North Korea continues to threaten South Korea.

Iran continues to threaten the use of nukes.

Iran uprising

Numerous spoiled terrorist attacks across the nation/world.

The BP oil spill - largest in history.

The death of Edward Kennedy.

Out of control health care costs.

All of the above was just in the first few months in office and continues.

The State Department listed 14,971 fatalities from terrorist attacks and the world witnessed 10,999 terrorist attacks in 2009 alone and the trend continued through out 2010.

Read a four-page report, "Evolving Threats to the Homeland," prepared by the Office of Infrastructure Protection, says that "the number and pace of attempted attacks in the U.S. over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period."

The shooting in Arizona of a U.S. Representative.  More attacks similar to this one.

The attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day in Detroit.

Governors trying to abolish Union bargaining in their states.

Egypt government falls.

Libya government about to fall.

Getting a coalition of nations to agree to attack Libya.

Oil prices increase over Middle East conflicts.

Other nations that have dictatorships having same difficulties.

Unusual snow and rain storms, flooding and earth quakes across the world.

The death of Richard Holbrooke.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell appeal.

Appoint two Supreme Court Justices.

Millions about to lose their unemployment checks.

Fight and win a Start Treaty.

Try and finish repairing Louisiana after hurricane Katrina

The killings in Mexico (Ciudad Juarez) that were killed.

These are just a few issues this president has faced since January 20, 2009.  I'm sure I've missed a few.

Let me also remind you that beyond just what any president may have had to face during 2009-2010, he's also taken on issues that no other president has attempted and successfully done (whether liked or not), such as the health care bill, massive infrastructure repairs, stem cell and the DADT bill.

All the above doesn't include the normal business of running the office of the President.

So Mr Gingrich -- you called him passive, do the above actions REALLY sound like a president that lacks in energy or will or tends to not take an active part in today's issues?  Let's take a vote on that.


Does President Obama seem passive and out of touch to you?

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  •  Pure projection... n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 04:02:42 PM PDT

  •  Lets not forget that Newts a corrupt Dickhead... (5+ / 0-)
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    Hillbilly Dem, karmsy, JeffW, tmo, tennegirl

    and has no credibility judging anyone on anything.

    When Republicans Win You Lose

    by workinguy on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 04:07:58 PM PDT

  •  Air Force One Envy...a disease rampant in the GOP. (9+ / 0-)
  •  Gingrich is just nibbling on the crumbs (4+ / 0-)

    left by The Party of No.

    The Boehner House is in session two weeks on and has one week off.  Strenuous legislative lifting ensues...attacks on Planned Parenthood, emergency meetings to defund NPR, funding horse contraception, threats to impeach Obama over DOMA...

    The GOP In Action.

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 04:18:50 PM PDT

  •  Did they come up with that by themselves? (2+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY, Lucy Montrose

    Or did some on the left help them out?

  •  Amazing how "true progressives" say... (6+ / 0-)

    the EXACT same things.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 04:27:32 PM PDT

  •  Newt's Desperation Is Showing..... (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, BarackStarObama, samddobermann

    He couldn't even manage to roll out his fake run for the Presidency properly.  His exploratory committee to explore something or other was a dud & a tag line on late night TV.

    He's doing & saying anything he can to stay in the mix.  He just donated a big wad of cash to an anti-gay group to appeal to the Tea Party & the evangelicals.  Attacking the President is what he does on a daily basis.  

    He's got a lot in common w/ Huckabee these days.  Their main occupation is selling books at Barnes & Noble.    

    But they're both still old, overweight, white guys trying to be a fresh wind, a cool breeze, & a new face.  Hard to do when you've been around town forever.   Even George Will said he wouldn't let Newt run a lemonade stand.  

  •  While Gingrich's comment is extreme (0+ / 0-)

    I think it is wrong in degree but not substance. Increasingly, he does seem out of touch and passive. I wouldn't have thought so but for the comments I hear from others who are less politically engaged but had high hopes.
    You're right he has faced a lot of issues, but as I go down the list, I have to say, yes in fact, he has not really dealt with the issue.  Where he has addressed issues, it's been ineffectual. Going down your list - those are problems indeed, he has not done anything about most of them, certainly has not solved them. Some are business as usual, exactly the same.

    Clinton is very frustrated in his dithering about LIbya but powerless to do more than she is. The Republicans have hijacked the messaging wars with screaming about the budget, but because the voters are not consumed with this as a priority and he doesn't want to risk his reelection chances , Obama has taken a back seat letting Congress work this out. Fine, but he has not seized any other issues to wrest control of the messaging from them, therefore he appears PASSIVE and that he is not doing anything. Win the future? Sorry, that just doesn't cut it.

    "I've taken up sculpting recently. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 06:11:14 PM PDT

    •  Nonsense. He submitted his budget for 2011 (1+ / 0-)
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      ages ago. And he has recently submitted his budget for 2012. He has spoken about the need to invest, to create new industries and to improve infrastructure.

      Obama also showed his priorities within the stimulus bill, more funding for green energy, weatherization and retrofitting than ever before, more money for Community Health Centers to provide excellent low cost health care. More funds to education than before, infrastructure repair,  etc... Oh and high speed trains. He couldn't realize that Repubs so wanted him to fail that they would shoot themselves in the foot over help.

      Clinton is frustrated? Where did you get that? A PUMA mind reader? She and Obama play good cop, bad cop a lot. She is much more hawkish than Obama — but if she was really frustrated she go back to DC and try to pressure him there. And if she is so what? People voted for him, not her, because he was cooler and more deliberate and not all over the map as she was in the campaign.

      You must not pay attention to the news, his dithering is raining down on Gadaffi as we sit here. That all took planning  — not dithering. You want Bush running around screaming like a banshee, threatening then providing "shock and awe" which was totally militarily ineffective but caused the civilian population a lot of pain. None of his targeted bombing got a single named target. But he was the decider..

      There is such a thing as timing. Egypt worked out well and the Egyptians have immense pride and self confidence for having done it themselves. The sophisticated know he was working in the background. But they know they did the hard work and no one will take it away from them.

      In Libya some people were holding signs saying no intervention wanted. Others especially in the more recent days asked for help. Obama has to be damned careful that it doesn't look like we are trying to rescue the oil.  If you are not the president you can push all you want about getting in. If you are President you have to worry about getting out. And costs. And all the other missions and their needs. Taking time to weigh all the consequences is what Presidents (besides GWBush) do.

      Damn right he is letting congress work it out. They are supposed to. He is not supposed to run the entire government. And he is giving the Republicans enough rope to hang themselves.

      He got the new Health Care law through. That really is a big fucking deal. Presidents have tried since Teddy Roosevelt. None could. And don't kid yourself, most of it was worked out by his team before the election.

      He is not a control the message guy. I think he is weak on taking credit for what has been done but he goes on to the next task.

      The focus needs to be on the future — building it. New industries, new power sources, and new power grid. He is going around and talking it up. That is the only way we can win a better life than this treadmill people are on now.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 09:58:40 PM PDT

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  •  Failed the first rule of framing. (0+ / 0-)

    A laundry list to refute an emotive argument.

    I'd say it's going to stick, especially if Democrats decide to counter a gut punch with a laundry list in terms of messaging.

    Letting the hostage takers leave with the ransom, the hostages and the guns is pretty easy to paint as passive.

    So is letting a corrupt and corporate sponsored congress lead on protecting America from corporate fraud, exploitation and abuse.

    I think that argument will totally stick, actually.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 06:34:26 PM PDT

    •  Republican Wrecking Crew Sabotages America. (0+ / 0-)

      Is there is nothing they won't say or do to protect Robber Baron Profits.

      They will tell you the President of the United States is an Alien!

      They sabotage science and create doubt to protect the corporate sponsors.

      They talk free trade but all they want is cheap labor for their corporate sponsors.

      The real story here is that Obama and the Democrats have not been able to stop Republican sabotage. Is there any issue the Republicans have not sabotaged to make our government look bad?

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 06:45:17 PM PDT

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      •  Hey Screw you Newt! (0+ / 0-)

        Progressive Successful American Language Matrix - PSALMM

        Republican Words Progressive Words
        Sabotage Protect
        Disposable Serve
        Exploit Community
        Fraud General Welfare
        Extract Save
        Take Defend
        More for Less Ensure
        Demolish Regulate
        Squander Ours
        Burn Service
        Wreck Duty
        Wrecking Ball Common
        Monkey Wrench Work
        Crush Peace
        Use Global Problem Solver
        Waste Opportunity
        Exclusive Live
        Consume Prosper
        Buy Provide
        Markets Clean
        Bribe Healthy
        Hide Sunlight
        Extort Daylight
        Sponsor Main Street
        Outsource Mom and Pop
        War Local
        Privatize People
        De-Regulate Citizens
        Cartel Civics
        Global Cop Justice
        Sick Social
        Dirty Working Class
        Shady Public Safety
        Shadows Sustainability
        Slavery - Wage Slavery Livelihood
        Interest Equity
        Consumers Worker
        Wall Street Labor
        Investor Class Customers
        Corporate Create

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 07:47:50 PM PDT

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  •  This is the shit I freaking hate. (1+ / 0-)
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    "spectator in chief"

    Aside from the absurdity of the claim, how long did it take your little focus group to come up with that? (Hint: Watch for the phrase to be used again).

    Do you have any thoughts that are, I don't know, your own maybe? At what point are you going to decide to hold an honest discussion? Of course, these are rhetorical questions because we all know the answers.

    Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the making of this post, but millions of electrons may have been severely inconvenienced.

    by USArmyParatrooper on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 06:35:08 PM PDT

    •  Don't get yer knickers in a twist, trooper! (0+ / 0-)

      The absurdity of

      "It is maybe the most passive and out-of-touch presidency in modern American history," he said, accusing the president of "avoiding his job right now."

      Most Passive?

      How will that go over when most Republicans are whining that he is doing too much. He needs to be stopped, they say, before he takes over everything!  Congress is saying No, No, No — to the passive President?

      What Gingrich is saying contradicts the main Repub message: that he is too active and has to be slowed down.

      Passive? Now? When he just went into Libya with both guns blazing!   Good timing, Ginggreen.

      By the way, coonsey, your #3 is wrong. Reagan had over 10.0% unemployment (U#)  for some 6 or 7 months straight.  He stopped that by the stimulus of raising defense spending by 10%.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 10:38:54 PM PDT

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      •  Can you cite that about Reagan? (0+ / 0-)

        Not because I don't believe you, but because I want to use it against a couple guys at work.

        Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the making of this post, but millions of electrons may have been severely inconvenienced.

        by USArmyParatrooper on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 11:10:59 PM PDT

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        •  sure! but I was wrong. It was 10 straight (0+ / 0-)

          months with over 10% in 1982-83, starting a year and a half under Reagan. And there was 7 months surrounding that that were at 9.0% or above.

          That is 17 months at over 9.0% unemployment!

          This source is as good as it gets.

          If if doesn't work just go to the statistics and etc. lots of stats there.

          Another good source with visuals is

          They have others.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 03:28:18 PM PDT

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