Newt Gingrich Spent Valentine’s Night at the Museum


Former speaker of the House and sometime political lightning rod Newt Gingrich took to Twitter and Instagram to tell the public about his romantic “Night at the Museum,” an overnight on Valentine’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History with his third wife, Calista. His tweets and posts found an eager audience and a lively exchange of comments on topics ranging to dinosaurs to museum founder Teddy Roosevelt to Gingrich’s failed presidential run attempt in 2012.


On Friday, one day before Valentine’s Day, Gingrich tweeted that wife Calista was taking him to spend the night at the Natural History Museum, his “favorite,” adding that he was excited and it’s a “Great Valentine gift.” He also tweeted pictures from an airport boarding gate, noting “sleeping bags ready,” followed by a tweet that he and Calista were standing under the museum’s famous blue whale (which prompted numerous requests for pictures) and then a pic in front of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

Most of the comments steered toward complimentary or lighthearted fun about the trip (“Happy Valentine’s Day and I don’t think I’m a dinosaur, lol.”) to one commenter with the Twitter handle “Kane Is Able” who advised Gingrich: “If you’d had listened to me instead of Hannity, you’d might be President…the Zone is never wrong.”

There were no actual pictures of Gingrich and his wife sleeping or in their pj’s or sleeping bags. By Sunday night Gingrich had moved on—as flocks of others had—to watching the hilarious marathon three-and-a-half-hour run of Saturday Night Live’s star-studded 40th anniversary special on television. His tweets included pictures of the late Chris Farley’s portrayal of him as Speaker of the House during the comedian’s SNL run  in the 1990s, and even a shot of the two together.


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