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Obama's 'Winning the Future': Gingrich tweets response to SOTU theme

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Less than a half hour ago, Newt Gingrich twittered a link to his response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, in which Obama borrowed a theme first used by Newt Gingrich, in Gingrich's 2005, book titled, "Winning the Future". For those conservatives who hope that Newt will promptly respond, tit-for-tat, by an announcement that Newt's next speech will be "The Audacity of Hope"; unfortunately, that audacity nor hope is yet realized.

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My take on Obama's State of the Union speech is up at Yahoo News:

19minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply By Newt Gingrich

Following are excerpts transcribed from Newt's opinion piece:

When I first heard that President Obama was using "winning the future" as the theme of his state of the union I thought it was ironically funny.

I wrote a book, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America" in 2005. I used the title "Winning the Future" to make the case that the future was not automatically ours, that we Americans were not winning the future with our current policies and that we would have to make real changes to win...

I looked forward to the State of the Union address to see how President Obama would build on this theme of winning. Winning implies a real contest. Winning implies losing is possible...

After telling us government is failing (with a cute story about three different departments dealing with salmon) he then proposed more power and more money for the very institutions he has just suggested were ineffective and inefficient.

However, what was most depressing about President Obama's State of the Union address was not its big government liberalism, its clever maneuvering to keep all the big government of the last two years, or its failure to admit how much liberalism had failed to create jobs.

What really saddened me about the President's State of the Union address was its shallowness and lack of serious dialogue...

Sadly, there is no Obama plan for winning the future.

There is an Obama plan for protecting big government, for pouring more money into broken bureaucracies, for borrowing several trillion more from the Chinese dictatorship.

President Obama is on a path to lose the future while pretending to change things.

The Republican House of Representatives should aggressively move forward and propose a scale of change to genuinely win the future.

Let the American people see the contrast and let the American people decide if they want big government, high taxes, economic decay and dangerous cuts in defense.

I believe the American people want to genuinely win the future and will prefer a future of smaller government, more entrepreneurship, more genuine investment within a free market, more replacement of failing policies and institutions and a lot more honesty about the real change we need.

Let the debate begin.

Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-1999 and is a potential Republican presidential candidate.


  • Mrae 3 years ago

    A real "WIN" in/for America's future would be obama's resignation.

  • Mrae 3 years ago

    A real "WIN" in/for America's future would be obama's resignation.

  • Amy ;-) 3 years ago

    Newt is right, Obama's speech was nothing more than the equivalency of a man whispering sweet nothings into a woman's ear so he can get in her panties, while his fingers are crossed behind his back, and he truly has no intention of proceeding with integrity.

    Nothing but doubletalk....

    He never really "says" anything, he just gives those "super inspirational, I have a dream" speeches, thinking everyone will roll over and wag their tongues.

    This is precisely what I was thinking as I watched the spectacle that was the state of the union address:

    "What really saddened me about the President's State of the Union address was its shallowness and lack of serious dialogue...

    Sadly, there is no Obama plan for winning the future."

    WTF? I don't think so.

  • Amy ;-) 3 years ago

    Hi Mrae!

  • Deni 3 years ago

    Great response and commentary from Newt.

    What I can't understand, is how some people cannot see the two faces of Øbama. His obvious about face in this SOTU address is *purely politically motivated*, for his own political gain. Can anyone actually believe he suddenly woke up a different person?

    For example, his words;
    Jan. 2011 - SOTU
    “What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow....That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties... We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.”

    But a mere four months earlier, Oct. 2010
    “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

    So which is it Obama?

    That is only one of a litany of partisan and divisive rhetoric by this president during the last 2+ years in office. What a crock!

    In 2008, he ran as a the man who would bridge the partisan divide, heal the country, "come together around a common purpose". Instead he has governed as a blatant partisan hack, has divided the country further and his liberal, socialist policies have put the country in peril. The ONLY future he is concerned with is HIS ~ and the ONLY winning he is focused on is another term in 2012.