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. GaryP

    Perhaps just ousting Buch and Cheney was viewed as enough of a contribution to world peace to warrant the nomination. His actions since then seem to have been sufficient for the committee to vote unanimously in his favor.

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Darren

    Americans. You now have the oppurtunity to show the republicans how irrelavant they really are. They are backwards and extreme just like some religious nut groups like the Taliban.

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Oh, Jimmy Carter also won the Peace Prize, but not as President. So, what's wrong the Republicans?

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Josee Holcomb

    Mike, Democrats do not have to explain why President Obama was given this honor...the Noble Committee made this decision. It has nothing to do with polotics.

    October 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Jim

    I don't agree with Mr. Huckabee on most things, but he's correct to say that much of the GOP criticism directed at Pres. Obama is "right-wing whining."

    The Nobel Committee explained perfectly why it awarded the Peace Prize to Pres. Obama: 1) he has given the world hope for America's leadership, 2) he has set in motion processes to stop nuclear proliferation, and 3) he has opened a new dialogue on the Middle East peace process.

    October 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Not suprised Obama won. It is another beauty contest which he is good at winning.

    October 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. H-Town

    The GOP will never be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action. Period. Trickle-down economics is a failer too. Put that in your country club pipes and smoke it.

    October 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. MH in Michigan

    Well said Mike, I have a question:

    Why does the left need to explain anything to the party of no? The left did not award the President an award. The Nobel Committee did and they have explained it to the world. But to your party this was something good for the President, so it must be bad for the US. I have never seen a party so anti-american.

    October 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Fred the Moderate

    I am amazed how the GOP, "Who wins nothing nobel" at all, can be critical of President Obama? I think it great that we have someone considered important in the world again. GOP, if you did something, anything for the common good of the world you could win too. Your problem is that you are to pre-occupied killing people, threatening people and generally hating people to qualify for a nobel prize. What has an X GOP president done for the common good of the world after office? What humanitarian goals have they set for themselves.

    I would suggest trying to do something good for a change. Values don't include hate, "NO", attacking someone's charater, lies, cover-ups, obviscation, falsification of facts and more hatred.

    October 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Tony Owusu

    The Republicans cheered when Chicago failed to get the Olympics. Last time I checked, the Letters on the uniforms of the athletes say "USA" not Chicago. Wasn't their slogan in the election..Country First?

    Of course they are going to whine about President Obama getting this prize. Anything positive that relates to the President they will react negative to it. Anything negative and they will cheer it.

    The people who cheered with such glee when the Olympics bid failed are a disgrace. Ask yourself why they act this way..in your heart we all know the real answer.

    October 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Kim Larson

    Does Huckabee not realize that it has NOTHING to do with how long Obama has been or even that he's a president at all. Seems he missed the boat again. Those on the left have NOTHING to explain. Obama is the President of our Great Nation and we should all be proud of him. Huckabee is right about one thing though, "sounds like "right-wing whining" to me.Shame on you Huckabee.

    October 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Frank from Gilroy

    The Huck is right on this one. Bush was such a schmuck that this was a "hope and a prayer" vote by the Nobel prize group that Obama can undo some of what Bush and his cronies screwed up. Which is what he ran on and what he is doing.

    Huckabee looks like he has put on about 30lbs since the 08 election.

    October 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Dave In Ohio

    Nice try Mike, but...

    Why should the "left" have to "explain" anything? The left didn't award President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize...the Norwegian Nobel Committee did! And they've already explained *why* they chose our President. Why do Conservatives - either covertly or overtly - despise any glory and honor to our country? The Party of No falling deeper into the abyss of irrelevancy. 20%...and sinking.

    Congratulations President Obama on your award and your humble acceptance of it. It's a proud day to be an American.

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Scott L

    So much for more troops in Afghanistan. McChrystal will be resigning very soon.

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Sandra in Oregon

    We'll see how long their silence lasts. Of course this was a huge step for humanity and American and a complete 180 from "W"s reign of terror on our economy and his baseless wars so one could probably argue that W made O look better and should be commended for his part.

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Fred the Moderate

    I am amazed how the GOP, "Who wins nothing nobel" at all, can be critical of President Obama? I think it's great that we have someone considered important in the world again. GOP, if you did something, anything for the common good of the world you could win too. Your problem is that you are to pre-occupied killing people, threatening people and generally hating people to qualify for a nobel prize. What has an X GOP president done for the common good of the world after office? What humanitarian goals have they set for themselves.

    I would suggest trying to do something good for a change. Values don't include hate, "NO", attacking someone's charater, lies, cover-ups, obviscation, falsification of facts and more hatred.

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Dan, Louisiana

    Like they always say..There is no smoke without fire. If these GOP air-heads have not noticed, the price is not a preserve of a President or a sitting President of any country. President Obama had been working on Nuclear disamourment since he was in the Senate.That was part of his campaign.That tells you the kind of person he is and the kind of leader he is. So asking why he got selected after two weeks in office is .............right-wing whining. Call a spade a spade!

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Len in Washington

    Huckabee is correct in his comments here although his final statement in this article is off. It is not up to the Democrats to explain what Obama did to earn this award. It's up to the Nobel Committee. It was THEIR decision to accept the nomination and it was THEIR vote that awarded the Prize.

    I am a firm supporter of the President but I don't agree that this prize should be awarded on "plans" or "desires"' but should be awarded on performance.
    I certainly hope that this award will PROVE to be deserved but I do think it premature.

    October 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. O Sophist

    Nomination does not stem from actions those first two weeks of Obama's presidency. Huckabee makes it appear Nobel is only applicable to presidential actions. Obama was a leader for peace and diplomacy before he took the oath of office.

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Georgian

    It doesn't sound like whining. It sounds amazingly bitter and totally un-American.

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Dr, Jeannette Benavides, PhD

    Dear CNN:

    I am elated about Obama's Nobel Prize. As the citation said it is because of his efforts for worldwide diplomacy. He did not ask for it, he just humbly accepted it. All of us Americans should be happy. Criticizing him for this Award just reflects badly on republicans. After they applauded when Chicago was not chosen for the Olympic games, their attitude now just shows pettiness and not very smart tactics once more.

    Jeannette

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. RobC

    I'd go with 1) Not starting wars of aggression 2) Engaging in diplomacy and recalling John Bolton as Ambassador to the UN (who appoints someone as UN Ambassador who doesn't think it should exist?) 3) Restarting Peace and Anti-proliferation talks worldwide. 4) Treating other nations as friends or potential friends, not those useful to us and enemies.

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. clifford in New York

    Mike is it o.k. that this is the first Affimative Action Noble Peace prize ever handed out??

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. AKoslik

    What Obama did? He's the first black man to be elected President in this undeniably racist country, that's what he did!

    October 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. George

    See, the right has already spread its talking points.

    Nominations were due in February.

    Obama deserved to be nominated simply because as a candidate and nominee he said he would change the face of American foreign policy from bellicose confrontation ( "if you're not with us, you're against us" ) toward finding mutually beneficial ways for nations to work together.

    As President, he's followed through.

    It isn't what Obama did in "two weeks." It was the willingness to stand against Hillary and McCain and stick to his proposed policy change. It was his follow through after getting elected.

    October 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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