Imagine that! Barack Obama made a fan of Newt GingrichÂ—for the moment. The former Speaker of the House and current Republican presidential candidate lauded killing the American Al Qaeda cleric.
Is the former speaker defecting or changing parties like Rick Perry did, or is he coming over to the light side (dark side if you're a Republican)? The short answer: None of the above, but it makes for great headlines.
While at a town hall meeting at Iowa State University today, Gingrich said this about Barack Obama's kill order: "We're going to take out Al Qaeda, the way they just did it in Yemen, where I do give the president credit."
If you're not a novice of social media, you understand this is a good time to say, "OMG!"
Perhaps the budding GOP nominee realizes that you get more bees with honey. Now's the time to show a sense of bipartisanship (hint, hint: an election year approaches).
Then again, if you can't beat em, join em, right? With Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney both praising Obama in giving the order to kill the American Al Qaeda cleric, it demonstrates the softer side of politics.
But don't count on Gingrich to join forces with President Barack Obama any time soon. In the same town hall meeting, he blasted the incumbent president and called him "anti military," citing his decision to leave 3,000 troops in Iraq, according to CNN.
He believes the small contingency of soldiers are sitting ducks for Iran to come in and essentially kill the skeleton force in place. Now it makes sense. He praised him before driving the dagger deeper.
What do you think about Mr. Gingrich's open praise for his Democratic nemesis? Was it a smokescreen for in-fighting among GOP candidates? Or has politics taken a back seat toÂ—sayÂ—civility?
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