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(CNN) – The architect of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign Monday sharply criticized remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the weekend that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.
"Two words that come to mind are 'sad' and 'reprehensible,'" David Plouffe told CNN's John King on John King USA.
"It makes me think . he's probably pretty sure he's going to run for president," Plouffe added, suggesting Gingrich may have been trying to appease the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.
Gingrich has recently made a number of trips to earlier primary states, fueling speculation that a 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination is on his mind.
The former House speaker made the comments in an interview with the National Review that was published over the weekend on their website.
"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," he said, adding later "I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating – none of which was true. 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."
"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]?" he also said. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
Gingrich said he was basing his comments on a recent column in Forbes Magazine by Dinesh D'Souza that concludes the president's worldview was significantly shaped by that of his Kenyan-born father.
Plouffe said Gingrich is "clearly a very intelligent person" who he sensed, while in Congress, acted based on principle. But his comments, Plouffe added, "are really not the Newt Gingrich I think a lot of us remembered."
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“We’re in a political silly season right now.”
That isn’t our opinion. That’s what President Obama told a group of northern Virginia residents this afternoon.
During his campaign-style, stop in a neighborhood back yard, the president also told the group: “Ultimately, when I get out of Washington and I start talking to families like yours, what I’m struck by is not how divided the country is. What I’m struck by is basically how people have common values, common concerns and common hopes.”
Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:
Happy Monday. Proof positive in our friends' bullet points here the tax cut debate will drive our politics for the next week or so, now that Congress is back. Though the real resolution of this fight might not come until the post-election "lame duck" session of Congress. Mario fires an interesting warning to Dems re not taking Latinos for granted, and Erick's lament about the money going into Delaware will be worth remembering if a conservative elsewhere comes up just short in November. - John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- Did John Boehner actually back away from support for all the Bush tax cuts? It seems he was too nuanced and Republicans intend to make Blue Dogs take a position on keeping them or supporting what would amount to an Obama tax increase.
- O'Donnell v. Castle: I hope O'Donnell wins and realize it will make winning Delaware harder. But it is a good fight to have. The problem? Conservatives are spending resources in Delaware better used elsewhere.
- At the 9/12 rallies there was a lot of criticism of Democrats, but there was a good bit of criticism of Republicans. The GOP has its work cut out for it should it take back Congress.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
- New Deck: Democratic Party operatives are taken by surprise as the GOP spends real money in a serious attempt to grab Latino voters in key swing States.
- Bluffer: Newt Gingrich’s hunger for the Presidency supersedes his facade of intellectualism as he grabs for the birther vote.
- Empty Hand: Boehner was against middle class tax cuts before he was for them and in an a media instant has lost half the GOP economic plan to Obama.