In Oprah Interview, Christie Has Praise for ... Obama
Don't underestimate the president, Christie warns
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 6:50 AM CST
In this Oct. 27, 2011 photo released by Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey, right, listens to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter", airing Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 on OWN.   (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc. George Burns)
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(Newser) – Chris Christie had surprisingly positive words for Barack Obama in a recent sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, calling him "very charismatic" and "genuine." Asked about the president's chances for re-election, Christie replied, "I think those who underestimate Barack Obama underestimate him at their own peril. He is as good a politician as I've ever seen. ... I think what he says he believes, he believes. That's a very dangerous politician." The interview airs Sunday at 9pm EST on Oprah's Next Chapter, but the AP has a preview.

Christie did, of course, also have some critiques for Obama: "The only person who can call a truce, when Congress is at war at itself, is the president," he says in a preview clip on Oprah.com, adding that Washington is not showing a willingness to compromise right now, and "the only person who can make that happen is the president." He should have made adversaries like John Boehner his "best friend in the whole world," Christie suggests. Click for more from the interview, in which Christie also discusses why he didn't run for president, his struggle with weight, Facebook, and donuts.