Gingrich on a First Lady Calista — Nancy Reagan + Laura Bush, with a Dash of Jackie Kennedy

Dec 2, 2011 6:41am

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — In our interview, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich discussed what kind of First Lady his wife Calista might be.

Gingrich is quoted in the new e-book “THE RIGHT FIGHTS BACK,” by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, saying she would be in the Nancy Reagan mold. So that’s where we started.

What did he mean by that? I asked.

“First of all she is a very strong personality, which Nancy Reagan was,” Gingrich said. “She actually describes herself as being a cross between Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush with just a slight bit of Jackie Kennedy tossed in and I think there is, somewhere swirling in there, the model Calista would like to live up to.”   Gingrich noted that Calista “is a musician.  She is a trained pianist, she plays the French horn in the Fairfax City band.  She sings in the professional choir at the Church of the Immaculate Conception so she is really into music and I think she would be very musical in the White House and music education orientated.”

He also said she would likely want to focus on cancer awareness, with family members of her having been impacted by the disease.

-Jake Tapper

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