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Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:41 AM

 

Strange but true: Newt married his high school math teacher when he was 19

http://nationalmemo.com/article/strange-true-newt-gingrich-married-his-high-school-math-teacher-when-was-19



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Newt Gingrich, who has staked his career on defending conservative family values, has been married three times. His struggles with monogamy have been getting him in trouble for decades, most notably the 1980 fight he had with his first wife, Jackie Battley Gingrich, when she was in the hospital getting a tumor removed and he wanted a divorce.

But many forget how they came together in the first place: She was his high school geometry teacher and he was, as his mother put it in a 1995 interview with Vanity Fair, "her little boy." They met in 1960, when Gingrich was 17 and had just arrived to Columbus, Georgia. He was socially awkward and mocked as a "little adult" for the way he dressed, but he was bursting with ambition and already looking beyond high school girls -- he had vowed that he would marry Miss Battley, and they were secretly dating by the time he graduated the next spring.

"He saw a nurturing, mothering kind of person that he needed, and she finished raising him," said Georgia journalist Mary Kahn, who knew the couple and was married to Newt's former campaign manager at the time of the divorce, according to the 1995 Vanity Fair article.

The romance was already on its way out before the fight in the hospital. Gingrich was in the middle of a relationship with Marianne Ginther, who would become his second wife within the year. She was a younger woman, and he was no longer hot for teacher. "I don't think he was capable at the time of loving anybody more than he loved himself," said Kahn.

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I would disagree with the claim that Ms. Battley "finished raising" Newt. That job remains incomplete.

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Reply Strange but true: Newt married his high school math teacher when he was 19 (Original post)
Scuba Dec 2011 OP
tanyev Dec 2011 #1
Major Hogwash Dec 2011 #2
TexasProgresive Dec 2011 #6
Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #3
ChairmanAgnostic Dec 2011 #4
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2011 #5
d_r Dec 2011 #7
WingDinger Dec 2011 #8
Rosa Luxemburg Dec 2011 #9
Botany Dec 2011 #10

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:52 AM

1. 'I don't think he was capable at the time of loving anybody more than he loved himself'

"At the time"? I don't think he's ever been capable of loving anybody more than he loves himself.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:03 AM

2. No shit. That guy stares into a mirror more often than a glass cleaner salesman!

I'll bet Noot hasn't had a day go by where he thinks he screwed up.
He's such an egomaniac that he blames everyone else for his failures.

Like one political pundit said the other day, he was surprised that no one had placed Noot's picture into the definition of "narcissist" over at wikipedia by now.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:38 AM

6. This toon says all you need to know about Newt.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:10 AM

3. Newt's life story is a real selling point for the 'Sanctity' crowd, don't you think?

 

I mean, the President says all straight couples are 'sanctified' and no gay couples can share that state of 'spiritual' elements and all. President has not confirmed exactly how he thinks the 'sanctity' is taken from one Mrs Newt and applied to the next Mrs Newt, we are not sure if God simply follows Newt's orders or if there is an application process, we do know the President says that each of Newt's actual 'marriages' had God in the mix. Does God instantly condemn women Newt dumps to hell? Or are they just now lacking sanctity, like some gay woman?
I'd like to hear the specifics, as it seems to me the Story of Newt is an exemplary Gospel of the straight community's ways of 'marriage'. The Sacramental nature of Newt and Mrs Newt of the Week is apparent to any eye, the holiness, the spirituality, it shines. Sanctity.
One man, one woman, then another woman, one in a car, one in a hotel, then another at the alter, then another alter. Sanctity. It's what's for dinner.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:12 AM

4. He did it for the history lessons.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:21 AM

5. Secretly dating by the time he graduated? So she would have been fired

if it was public knowledge. Nice way to start your love life, Newt - put the woman at risk of losing her job.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:49 AM

7. I agree

but, it was 1960 - even if it was "public knowledge" it was "secret."

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 11:28 AM

8. In my estimation, it means that Newt can be caught up in their mentors thrall.

 

He can blindly follow an ideology, espoused by an authority figure.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 11:32 AM

9. He has many deficits

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:42 PM

10. Boy it is hard to think of this guy being an asshole



BTW I got some good inside gossip on "the Newt"; the faculty of West Georgia University
really didn't like him and he was denied tenure in 1978. They found him to be a pompous
a-hole.

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