Gingrich: Obama Is Like Jimmy Carter

The former House speaker says that there are "eerie" parallels between the two.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

There have been plenty of parallels drawn between President Barack Obama and former President Ronald Reagan, but Newt Gingrich thinks the current prez is turning out to be more like Reagan's one-term Democratic predecessor, Jimmy Carter. "There are certain parallels that are kind of eerie," said the former House speaker. "When Reagan was running for office, we had a liberal Democratic president who seemed out of touch with reality." Carter favored much larger government, had an economic program that was not succeeding, and was "very confused" on foreign policy, Gingrich explained at today's Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student Conference. "I think in some ways we are back in a similar environment," he contended. So if Obama's the current Carter, who's the next Reagan? It seems that's a role Gingrich is pondering. "It is something that I will look closely at in January 2011," he said.

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