Rich Galen

Watching from the Gallery just above the Floor of the House, I saw the Democrats squirm uncomfortably. The evil genius, Newt Gingrich, in the SECOND PARAGRAPH of his first speech as Speaker complimenting FDR?


Also in that speech, Newt recounted an incident I had forgotten about, but which I had also witnessed: A group of journalists had come to the Capitol visiting from what was still the Soviet Union.

He walked them into the House Chamber and asked who was senior. They pointed to an older gentleman whom Newt invited to sit in the Speaker's Chair. The man demurred, unsure that it was (a) legal, or even (b) safe.

Newt assured him and he ascended to the Speaker's Chair. As Newt recounted in his inaugural speech:

When he came out of the chair, he was physically trembling. He was almost in tears. He said, "I have to tell you, I did not think in my life that I would be able to sit at the center of freedom."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) now sits at the "center of freedom."

With God's blessing, and the goodwill of her colleagues, the final words of Newt Gingrich's speech from January 4, 1995 will be fulfilled describing his vision for the US House of Representatives:

"Here America comes to work, and here we are preparing for [our] children, a better future."

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at