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. RT

    Mr. Huckabee-

    What have you done in your entire life. You will NEVER even win your party nomination. So for a change behave like a decent human being and congratulate the President

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. MH

    Congratulations to President Obama!! This is definitely an award for his vision, effort and action to bring peace to the world. Now he has to live up to this and end the war in Afghanistan.

    It's a good day for him, for the American and the whole world.
    MH

    October 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. J Johnson

    The left doesn't need to explain anything. The committee has spoken.

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Garland

    Well, Mr Huckabee, just as the day that Obama won the Presidency, the whole world sighed a hugh relief. Obama is a peaceful man and has given us, execpt the GOP, hope for peace. I can't imagine anyone in the GOP right now that could ever win this honor. You are right to try to tone down your party though!

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. FactCheck

    Too late... the RNC: party first, country last.

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Lisa P

    Actually, Mike, the best response would be "Congratulations, Mr. President." Anything else sounds nitpicky and small-minded - perceptions the Republicans really need to avoid at this point. Let the Left criticize the award if it's premature. They're the ones who actually care about world peace and peacemaking; the Right just pretends to care so they'll have something to whine and complain about until they can start ripping into the President over troop levels (insufficient!) and strategy (more force! more bombs! more violence!) in Afghanistan.

    It's too easy now to paint the Republicans as hypocrites - no need for them to keep on proving it.

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. CW

    Have people in the US forgotten that the Nobel Peace Prize is not a US sanctioned award? If the members of the prestigious committee chose to award President Obama then that is their choice and has nothing to do with the GOP or the DNC or CNN or FOX news. Americans should respond with patriotic applause rather that the vitriol that is serving as a embarrassment the country. With the exception of hostile states (and the GOP) the world is celebrating the award. Congratulations President Barrack Obama!

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Liberals are Hypocrites

    Ah, come on, Huck - Obama doesn't have to explain anything. He's Obamamassiah!

    October 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Chas

    Perhaps there's at least one even-tempered smart Republican.

    October 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Common Sense 09

    He won!!!! The history of the 1st African American and such a dynamic campaign was enough for starts......

    October 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    Well said...and he can really fault the President on this..he wasn't the one to make the decision to award the Prize. But you still have to sit and wonder just what this group of ..what 25...are thinking....it must be disturbing that the world is awake and is not seeing things like they do. Perhaps the drugs they became rich on would alliveate some of their aneixty.

    October 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Blue in NC

    What Republicans don't (or can't) recognize is that, to some degree, this award is as much a repudiation of the bellicose war-mongering, fear tactics, and international bullying that characterized the Cheney-Bush administration as it is an affirmation of President Obama's accomplishments. The very fact that the president has so utterly changed the tone in how we deal with others in the world – including his speech in Egypt – is in itself a significant accomplishment and raises our standing in the world and DOES make us a more trusted partner for peace. To bad that Republicans are so rabidly anti-Obama that they can't even take pride in our country. And it's the Democratic Party that is unpatriotic?!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Mike

    What Obama did in the first two weeks to justify this award is to take away the Presidency from the idiots that were at the helm for the previous 8 years. The American people, by extention, have voted for Obama to win the peace award. This award is a complete, total, un-equivocal slap-in-the-face to the polices of the GOP.

    Once again, the GOP just doesn't get a clue............................

    October 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Doug, New Jersey

    People who hate America and have been wishing for its demise obviously are going to give an award to the man who is making their dreams happen.

    Ahmadenijad will get the peace prize next year if he nukes Israel, these socialists would like nothing more than this to happen, besides destruction to America, but that was covered with this years award.

    October 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Sorry Mike, your fellow Republican wingnuts *are* whiny and petty and very very small. And to top it off, they have the nerve to call themselves Christians. What a joke!

    October 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Well I thought you were leading to a REASONABLE response HUCK-A-BYE when you stated: "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,"

    Then, you MESSED IT UP when you stated: "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."

    NOW, you are talking crazy because OF COURSE President Obama has not accomplished ANYTHING in the first TWO WEEKS of his presidency!!! LOL The LEFT does not need to explain anything!!! The LEFT did not give President Obama an award his FIRST TWO WEEKS in office.

    Where do you get "two weeks"?? President Obama has been in office since January 2009????

    October 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Mickey, NY

    Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize Award sends a messege to the GOP reminding them of their blindly supporting G.W. Bushs' failed policies.

    Evolve or die...

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. ender

    Good luck Mike.

    Unfortunalty this is not the way of the republican party. They will scream in astonished outrage. They will make calims that Obama rigged it somehow. They will dismiss the people at Nobel as a meaningless organization. They will cry foul in any way their handelers at Fox "News" tell them to.

    They will cry about "starpower" or laugh maniacally and claim the people at Nobel are "likely wishing they hadn't made that decision 9 months ago".

    Unfortunatly for you, we have come to ~expect~ "right wing whining" and would be stunned were it not to happen.

    Personally, if they didn't whine about ~everything~ the Democrats, or Obama did I would think they must be hurt or lost somewhere and call for the search to start.

    Their anger and comtempt for anything not republican which started in the Regan administration has reached a frenzied peak and if one of you doesn't take the reins your party WILL shatter and scatter into smaller, weaker parties.

    Unfortunatly I don't see anyone capable of closing the box you folks opened 30 years ago.

    Kudos to you for attempting to speak sence to them.

    But many of us have walked that road before Mike and let me tell you something.

    Not only will they NOT listen. They will NOT control themselves. They may even try to brand you as a coward for not joining them in their attack.

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. yougottobekidding

    Your words are also condescending...Hug-a-bee!

    October 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Wayne

    WOW, President Obama, put the US back on the map as the FREE World Leading country, we were supposed to be for so many decades. It's obvious the RNC is jealous of Obama's leadership capabilities and it's very apparent the RNC doesn't care about anything else, but seeing Obama fail, even at the cost of the country.
    Huckabee, giving advise to fellow republicans about "sounding like right wing whiners", well guess what as of Nov. 8th 2008, the RNC became whiners and sore losers. And now jealousy and envy can be added to their list of unappropiate emotional behavior toward our president. Ironically, the RNC states Obama has been in office for 8 months, how can they disguish his young presidency for the award as premature and then blame him for US troubles( the economy, the quadmire in Afghanistan).

    October 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Gerald Dayton

    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."

    Sounds like whining there Mikey.

    October 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. LATINOS GOP

    WOW where do I start, well the president accomplish NOTHING!!!. We are still at War in two regions, unemployement at 10%, Health Care going nowhere, Latin America still has Problem, What as he done for my belove Puerto Rico NOTHING!!!!!! Only in AMERICA .

    AMERICA Wake up!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. American Airman

    The good governor is 100% correct. I think that whether you like the policies of the current administration or not, you should be happy to have such a distinguished honor bestowed upon our President. Regardless of whether we agree with the man or not, he should be respected as our President and Commander in Chief.

    Did he deserve? Obviously the people that have a say felt that he did. In that case, rather than question their judgement, be a proud American.

    On the other hand, didn't President Carter also win this award? Hmm, just another, of a growing list, similarity with arguably the worst president in the 20th century.

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Buck

    Just one more reason that the former Governor would have made a great President. Common sense response to a passionate subject...

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Duh! When you purge the racist and bigots from the GOP instead of pandering to them you might better understand the collective sigh of relief from the world.

    October 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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