Gingrich: Obama has monumental tasks ahead

Feb. 2, 2009 at 10:17 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The United States faces a bevy of very complex domestic and international challenges, said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Georgia Republican, noting the souring economy and terrorist threats, said newly sworn in U.S. President Barack Obama faces arduous tasks, The Hill reported Monday.

"The world is much more difficult than any American realizes, and it's likely to get worse before it gets better," Gingrich said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

He said the nation will require "changes on a scale that is going to drive the establishment crazy."

On the economic stimulus package pending in the Senate, Gingrich said he is disappointed in the plan, noting that the focus should be on boosting small businesses rather than on corporate bailouts.

"What they're trying to do now is bail out the guys who failed, and I think that's very dangerous," Gingrich said. "That's not change you can believe in. That's more of the same."

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