October 9th, 2009
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Huckabee warns Republicans on Nobel reaction

 Mike Huckabee is advising his fellow Republicans to temper their criticism of President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award.
Mike Huckabee is advising his fellow Republicans to temper their criticism of President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award.

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee is advising his fellow Republicans to temper their criticism of President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award.

In a posting on his blog, the former GOP presidential candidate writes that members of his party must be careful their comments don't sound like "right-wing whining."

"There will be an outcry from those on the right who will say that Obama's nomination, made two weeks into his presidency, is impossible to justify, but I think such an outcry will sound like right-wing whining," Huckabee wrote. "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition."


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  1. Bill In Texas

    I am so glad that he has now joined the ranks of Adolf Hitler, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. This really puts him in his rightful place. I bet that you liberals will celebrate his joining other world leaders of his kind.

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. H Hadley

    Why does anyone need to explain anything? A panel of mostly europeans made the decision, not the Obama administration. Let's work to get the US fixed and stop the bickering...

    October 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. RockyMac

    Why should the "left" have to explain why President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Dar

    Kepp em line Huck

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    I fully agree with the Governor as I stated elsewhere! The GOP is doing harm to itself with this foolishness. Norway owns the prize and can give it to whomever they desire! I will say a nomination after only 2 weeks in office is suspect but like I said, the prize belongs to Norway. Time to move on! Time now to focus on the work at hand and bounce some dems out of office!

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Ron Abfalter

    Showing the world a thoughtful and rational approach to international issues needs no explanation. The world breathed a collective sigh of relief when we Americans finally elected a person that is actually capable of speaking in connected sentences.

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Peter Glynn

    Full disclosure: I used to be a Republican and voted for Bush. I am now an Independent. The Republicans have lost their minds and have become a party of selfish, greedy cranks and fanatics. This article is perfect evidence. What on earth does this have to do with right or left wing politics? The Nobel Committee made the choice, not the American people and certainly not the DNC. Whether Obama "deserves" it is not really relevant. There is nothing more to say. The choice was made and no one asked Obama or Democrats to voter on it. So Republicans should take a breath and shut up before they make themselves look even more foolish than they already are..

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Tina

    "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition."

    I am waiting for the left to explain this, their convoluted explanation ought to be a good one.

    Bottom line, he doesn't deserve this award because he hadn't done anything in his first two weeks as President. Nor has he done anything in his first 10 months as President to merit such an award.

    I will be so glad when 2012 gets here and BHO can be one and done.

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Cat Carden

    This is a wise path to take at this time. Thank You for encourage of peace while making some real sense of award to Obama.

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. explain what??

    Why does anyone on the left have to explain anything?? We didn't give him the award. Once again, this is a manufactured controversy started by the right. If you don't think he deserved it, I can understand your point. But to say that the left needs to explain why he received it is absurd. Why didn't Mr. Huckabee say that the people who are in charge of granting the award should explain it. Why does everything have to become a conflict between the left and the right?? OUR President won the award, and WE should all think that it is a pretty cool award for OUR country.

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Those who chose President Obama did so because of how our President has repeatedly reached out around the world; restoring our badly damaged image; reaching out to the Muslim world; standing tall against Iran; putting diplomacy back in our resume while dealing with the mess of the last 8 years. Those who yell he doesn't deserve it judging by no legislation passed-YET-are grabbing for any excuse they can. President Obama will be successful in passing legislation-but the long hard journey to that end result is not an easy one-but this President is equipped to do so. Those who chose Barack Obama are visionaries as is the President himself. Congratulations President Obama! Very well-deserved!

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. independent

    Easy answer. Mr. Obama replaced Mr. Bush.

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Gwen

    Why should anyone on the left have to explain anything? The ones on the left are not the ones who awarded him this honor.

    While I do think that it was a bit premature I am very pleased that the world recognizes that this president really does want peace and is willing to reach out to all. The days of "your either with us or you're against us" are over (thank God).

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Aviate

    "Right-wing whining?" Sounds redundant to me.

    Good advice, Mr. Huckabee, unfortunately, the leopard can't change its spots. You might as well as Glenn Beck to stop crying.

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Wow CNN can't believe how you screen out thoughtful comments

    The previous article on Political ticker was open for comment for only 5 min. and when I submitted my comment none were yet posted. I got a reply that "sorry comments have been closed" after only 18 comments in 5 min. Is that because I was affirming of our President and country as a 3rd generation Republican, white, middleaged Christian from Kansas. Maybe I did not fit the mold of spewing hate.

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. bob in LA

    Mike can say what he wants- Glenn will cry- uber-conservatives will say the Nowegian are communists and the partisan politics will go on.
    What is sad is that this means there was no one more appropriate to recieve this award this year. What does that say about the state of the world?

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. zap01

    The desicion goes back way before the election. You don't have to be president to win it. Our president is one of only 3 presidents awarded. Also, no republican has ever won one.

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Scottsdale Jack

    I gotta hand it to Huckabee, he has more common sense in his little finger than most conservatives have in their entire brains.

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. MattSD

    It's not up to our politicians, or any American to explain why President Obama received this award. The award is presented by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, it is theirs to decide and bestow. How could an American winning a prestigious prize be construed as negative?

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. JEEZ!

    Hmm....Spoken like a true Republican...Laced with some passive aggressive "right wing whining." What a backhanded comment. Huckabee is stuck in the Christian "mud." He has something preachy to say, and then he immediately contradicts it with w statement like this: "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition."

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. BDB

    No Mike, the better response is to congratulate the President on receiving such a prestigious honor. It is a point of pride that her President had been found worthy of the Prize.

    Also, It is not the left's job to defend the reward. They did not give it out. If anyone has a problem with the decision needs to take it up with the Nobel Prize Committee, not the Left, not the Democrats, not the President.

    October 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Bob

    A wise decision being as Republican Bush should have won the "War" prize.

    October 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Ethan

    "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition."

    This isnt the responsibility of the people on the left, it is the responsibility of the Norwegian Nobel Committee who nominated him. Why should people on the left have to justify an award he wasnt actively seeking?

    October 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Breal

    Only a Judeo-Fascist like Huckabee would be mad that a sitting US president got a Nobel Prize. I was under the assumption that the Nobel committee were the ones deciding who won the prize, not "leftists" in the US. I for one am tired of anyone who calls themselves a Liberal being tarred as some kind of bomb throwing anarchist. Liberals are the ones who got everyone a 40 hour work week. Liberals are the ones who advocated for the end of slavery. What a joke...

    October 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Dave, the Truthteller

    Yes, how dare anyone disagree with Obama – lest he/she be labeled a racist, terrorist, yada, yada. You lib monkeys that have already filled the other tickers with your chattering are such funny little things.

    October 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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