GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joins us. Good evening, sir.
NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good to be with you.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it’s pretty amazing when you have ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and even “Time” magazine with the headline, Obama comes to New York for Barbara Walters and sort of U.N.” why isn’t he meeting with anybody?
GINGRICH: I think it’s a comment on the depth of his arrogance. I think this is a person that doesn’t actually care what the world thinks, doesn’t actually care what the American people thinks. And if he gets reelected, he’ll be right and the rest of us will be wrong. I mean, his view his is all about a cynical, calculated approach. “The View” gets him more votes than meeting with 10 or 15 world leaders.
And the fact that he’s not doing his job is irrelevant. You have to divide it into two parts. There’s winning the office and there is actually being president. He’s clearly said, If I can win the office, I don’t care what the rest of you think.
And let me say, what should really deeply bother Americans is how does all this play out in the rest of the world? Imagine you were an ambassador trying to explain to the president of Egypt or the president of China or the president of Germany, the chancellor of Germany, You know, the president can’t meet with you because there’s no time on his schedule because he has to go do “The View.”
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, and actually, as a matter of fact, his schedule is open this week. I mean, he could — he could still — he could still do “The View” and meet with these people. It’s not like that — it’s not like that — his schedule is — is so compressed this week. He does have time.
GINGRICH: Well, but you have to wonder what he’s doing. I mean, I’m assuming there’s some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don’t understand, whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for a while. I don’t, you know, watch ESPN. I mean, I don’t quite know what his rhythms are.
But this is a guy who’s a brilliant performer as an orator, who may well, get reelected at the present date, and who, frankly, happens to be a partial sub — part-time president. I mean, he really is a lot like the substitute referees in the sense that he’s not a real president.
I mean, he doesn’t do any of the things presidents do. He doesn’t worry about any of the things presidents do. But he has the White House. He has enormous power. He’ll go down in history as president. And I suspect he’s pretty contemptuous of the rest of us.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you know, there — there are some women who oftentimes — we oftentimes think that we do the men’s work, and believe it or not. Did you know that? Were you aware of the fact that…
GINGRICH: Callista has actually suggested to me that this model exists.
VAN SUSTEREN: OK. All right. Well, you look at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s schedule this week. She met with the president of Libya. She’s not the president. The president — President Obama is. She met the president of Egypt, the president of Yemen. She is meeting this week — she found in her schedule time for the prime minister, of Netanyahu, and at the same time, she also met with foreign ministers, which are her — are her counterparts in the government. She found time in her busy schedule to meet these people.
GINGRICH: Well, but there’s a huge difference. Hillary Clinton is a serious person. Barack Obama is an ambitious person. They’re very different personalities. Hillary Clinton actually gets up every day thinking about public policy. Barack Obama gets up every day thinking about Barack Obama. I mean, they’re very different approaches to life.
And I think those of us who are his critics need to get over it and understand, this is who is president. This is a man who in the age of false celebrity-hood is sort of the perfect president because he’s a false president. He’s a guy who doesn’t do the president’s job. He’s had 39 percent of the briefings on intelligence, the daily briefings. He goes to Las Vegas while there’s an attack on Benghazi.