*The White House has responded to the latest controversial comment from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said in a recent interview that the president may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.
Speaking to the National Review, Gingrich mentioned a recent Forbes article by conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza which attempted to trace the origins of Obama’s personal and political philosophies.
“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 asked. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
“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,” Gingrich added.
“I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. … He was authentically dishonest.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to the comments today, saying that it’s a clear sign that Gingrich was working to appeal to the birther “fringe.”
“He’s trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don’t believe the president was born in this country,” Gibbs told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” [See clip below.] “You would normally expect better from somebody who had held the position of Speaker of the House.”