Race and Republican attacks on Obama
By: Matt Bai
Newt Gingrich did his level best to appear level in his “Meet the Press” interview Sunday, maintaining a mostly subdued, thoughtful tone except for one telling moment — when David Gregory, the host, asked him if his labeling of President Obama as the “food stamp president” might have racist connotations. “Oh, come on,” the former House speaker huffed. “That’s bizarre.” All he meant, Mr. Gingrich went on to explain, was that Mr. Obama’s policies would turn all of America into Detroit, which probably didn’t endear him to Eminem.