Newt Gingrich is drawing some criticism from Bush Chief of Staffer Andy Card, among others, following weekend comments about the president.
“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]?” the former GOP House speaker posited. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
Asked about the comment on Monday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Card first tried to dodge the question before conceding that Gingrich’s rhetoric is harmful to the party.
Gingrich's comments sound a bit less weird when you understand the context - responding to a new book by Dinesh D'Souza that suggests Obama's world view is a handmedown from his Kenyan absentee father, a theory based on the president's memoir "Dreams From My Father."
Gingrich says that [Dinesh] D’Souza has made a “stunning insight” into Obama’s behavior — 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 asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
What is the stunning insight from D'Souza's new book - "The Roots of Obama's Rage?"
What really motivates Barack Obama is an inherited rage, an often masked, but profound rage that comes from his African father; an anticolonialist rage against Western dominance, and most especially against the wealth and power of the very nation Barack Obama now leads. It is this rage that explains the previously inexplicable, and that gives us a startling look at what might lie ahead.
Robert Gibbs, the president's spin man, went after Newt.
Gingrich is an idea guy who seems to be forgetting that in politics one doesn't float new ideas through the media.
The audio of Newt's remarks is here.