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. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    The Republicans continue to spew their hate for anything and everything President Obama does and says! The jealousy and small minds of these people is downright ....... pathetic.

    Who wants leaders who are green with envy and full of hate? NOT AMERICA!

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. I Support President Obama!

    It is hilarious watching rethuglicans foaming at the mouth. What makes people hate so much? Here at work they are almost dying and good for them! Congratulations President Obama! You deserve a peace prize just putting up with the rethuglicans your first year in office!

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    Huckabee. Stay out of the race this time.
    You only mucked up the waters.
    You are not that bright and you are not fiscally responsible.

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Paul

    Actually its up to the Nobel prize awarders to explain this. Otherwise this guy actually makes some sense.

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Peter

    why should he. Shouldn't they already know that?

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Wow, Huckabee got something correct! All the backlash from the GOP so far, except Senator McCain and now Huckabee, is sour grapes and whining about internal issues that they disagree with (even though the majority of Americans don't). What they neglect to consider is that the PEACE PRIZE is for furthering international cooperation, and that the world recognizes that what our President is trying to do is lead by example instead of with a big stick!

    And where are the Republicans getting this two week limit? Yes, nominations and deliberations STARTED two weeks after President Obama's inauguration, but if you read the Nobel Committee's statement, you will see them mention several activities that happened well after than two weeks that the GOP are so fond of. Deliberations likely continued up until last week.

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. FL for Change

    Hey, Mike – you IDIOT – no one on "the left" has to explain ANYTHING! Americans know this President is working for PEACE, not an unjust, illegal war based on LIES AND GREED. The Nobel committee has explained their reasons for the decision...you just need to shut up about it – you IDIOT!

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Finally!

    A voice of reason! This is why I voted for him in the primaries and why I will vote for him again in a few years. Maybe the US will wise up and join me.

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Why waste our time, Huck? We are quite happy with the results.

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Post always rejected by CNN as well

    Don't hate. Just congratulate.

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. 8 years 4 sure

    Good for you Huckabee! There's only one thing wrong, "those on the left", did not give the award... the Nobel Committee did! So quit trying to make everything about parties, more than the "left" sees the heart of this President!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. sheslovin

    Your missing the point of the award. It's for bringing peace to the world, not fixing America's financial problems. Obama's speeches have helped bring peace talks to the table. We should be proud this president is getting the Nobel Peace Prize and not getting shoes thrown at him.

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    So the republican taliban shows its true colors:

    Time to call the WAAAMBULANCE

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. jim

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    Newsflash: the "Left" didn't have anything to do with his nomination for the award you twit, so why on Earth would Democrats need to "justify" it? What the F? It's an award given out by the Nobel Prize Committee, which isn't based out of America. Get a clue. Wait, you're a Republican, so I suppose that's not possible.
    Jim

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Death Assurance Companies

    What he did, was to replace the fascists,Cheney and Bush,whose motto was "our way or the highway".That,in and of itself,was enough to get the prize.The American people should have gotton the prize for getting rid of the brown shirts.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    1st 2 weeks in office:

    - signed an executive order to shut down Gitmo
    - gave a speech to the Muslim world(which is why I think he was awarded the NPP
    - restored America's reputation in the world

    This is why he was awarded the Nobel.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Thomas

    Trying to minimize the RNC negative response towards an Individual awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Shows the lack of graciousness and integrity , honer that has been lost in the right wing dancing with the Stars party.

    Mike Huckabee should teach his fellow followers the meaning of HUMILITY !

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Joan

    He was nominated two weeks into his administration because of policies to strive for peace that he had been explaining for two years of campaigning. Also, as the first African-American President in the White House he symbolized that maybe the world was looking beyond colour, religion and race and could rise above many of the conflicts. He won the award by a neutral committee nine months after he became President so this shows they feel he has already accomplished so much and deserves it. Who are these arm chair critics to second guess such a hughly qualified panel of judges? Sadly, the rest of the world appreciates what he has done more than many in your own country.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Kim

    Arrogance to think that this is about the republicans... why do they think that they have a say in this. This a foreign group of people who want to inspire our president in much the same way that he, our president, wanted to inspire our children.

    When one compliments you, what do you do... how about when someone compliment your children, what do you do... it's your President you do the same thing as you would have for your children.

    You encourage them, Obama didn't do this him self end of subject.

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Eli

    I am a true DEMOCRAT and I am blown away he won this award. WHAT HAS THIS MAN DONE? I could see and be happy if Bill Clinton won but I do not see how this man won.

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. samilli3@yahoo.com

    The left did not nominate the President. . The world loves him...get over it

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. andrewstl

    yeah go ahead and doit but dont let them know it is whing. orin hatch who cares more about bcs football rankings said this am that a consewrvastive or a republican never gets the nod from the noble committee. what a shock u turd

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    What did he do?

    He inspired an ENTIRE Nation, an entire PLANET. Something no Republican has EVER done!

    He's saved the auto industry

    Pulled the world out of a imminent depression

    Continues to try to save 45,000 lives per year from republican endorsed health care system

    Reached out to enemies, firmly indicating what he expects, rather then starting an immenent third world war (heck, if Bush kept us safe as some morons think even after 3000 people were murdered in his first nine months), then I get to lie about Obama stopping a third world war)

    Hasn't allowed 3000 people to die in new york

    I would say he's doing far better then any republican ever (other then Lincoln).

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Tom Kaye

    Finally a voice of reason . . . but it will be drowned out by the Obama-Haters whose hatred will drown out the honor the President AND American has received.

    October 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. alex african man from congo

    GOD bless you, you are wise. obama deserve to get it. he restored peace in africa

    October 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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