Newt Gingrich on ‘Barack the First’

September 18, 2013

In an interview for Post TV's "In Play", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that President Obama's insistence that he would not negotiate with Congressional Republicans on raising the debt ceiling is "almost unconstitutional" and likened him to a king.


Newt Gingrich, Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich prepares to speak to overflow crowds at a Hilton Hotel on November 25, 2011 in Naples, Florida. (Spencer Platt - GETTY IMAGES)

"This idea that suddenly 'Barack the First' announces to us, as the king, what he's going to do...Well that's not how the Constitution works," said Gingrich, who is now a host of CNN'S "Crossfire". " [Obama's] saying, 'Give me what I want, or else. Well he's not a king, and I think you have to really be careful. He could get sour very fast with the country, if the country concludes he's trying to be a petty dictator."

Gingrich added that past presidents -- including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush -- all "put things on the debt ceiling".

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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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