WASHINGTON---Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Obama got his "mojo back" with the hiring of Bill Daley as White House chief of staff to replace Rahm Emanuel and with his Tucson speech. But Sarah Palin, who Gingrich called a "formidable" force needs to slow down and think things through more before she speaks out. Palin has been on the defensive over the use of the term "blood libel" in a video she made in the wake of the Tucson shooting spree. She explained her use of the phrase in an interview Monday with Fox's Sean Hannity. Gingrich made his comments during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" with co-host George Stephanopoulos.
Gingrich on Bill Daley and President Obama:
"Well, he certainly got a lot of strength back. I think bringing in Bill Daley will be an enormous asset. I've worked with Bill over the years. He's a very solid, very competent guy who understands the business community and, in the great Chicago tradition, understands getting things done. So that was a good step.
"I thought that his speech in Tucson was very effective. It was what a president should do in a moment like that. I think he deserves the approval that you just showed in your poll, and I join the 71 percent of Republicans who approved of it.
"I thought it was exactly the right tone for him. The audience wasn't always the right tone, but the president was. And I think that that certainly help him."
Gingrich on Sarah Palin:
"Well, I think that she's got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it. There's no question that she's become more controversial, but she is still a phenomenon. I mean, I don't know anybody else in American politics who can put something on Twitter or put something on Facebook and automatically have it become a national story.
"She remains, I think, a very formidable person in her own right."