October 9th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
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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. Susie

    Finally a sensible conservative that recognizes that if they "whine" about everything then their message gets lost in the shuffle.

    thank you Mr. Huckabee

    October 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. DennisG

    Several of the right wing comments have been that Pres. Obama hasn't accomplished anything yet. Unfortunately, to a certain extent that's true, BECAUSE OF THEM! What now passes for the Republican party has ,from the day the Obama took office, taken a stance of saying NO to anything and everything he's tried to do. Even those things that would unquestionably benefit to this country are instantly criticized and even demonized through a carefully crafted set of propaganda programs using simple catch phrases the right wing sheep can repeat over and over again (can you say DEATH PANELS?) even though they don't know what them mean. I only hope that real, level headed, clear thinking Republicans will someday wake up and see what they have become, for all of our sakes!

    October 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. unshrub

    If you truly love this country how can you be unhappy when our President wins the Noble Peace Prize? This is a time when Americans should come together in in pride, but yet, there are republicans who are unhappy because a another Democrat has won this award. They are the ones who bring shame to this country.

    October 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Wayne

    Let me guess RNC, President Bush should have won for his committment to go after, WMD's in Iraq. Ah, I'm sorry, I meant, lying about WMD's in Iraq.

    October 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Bubble of Sanity

    Huckabee is right on target. He not only avoids the "right wing whining" he's talking about, but also the hysterical Democratic allegations that anyone who is opposed to this is like the Taliban, a statement which is much more idiotic than anything a right-winger might be saying.

    October 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Lynda

    Evidently Obama did more in his first 2 weeks for the World than Bush/Chaney did in 8 years for the world........they turned every country against us, very few countries had anything good to say about us........and It only took Obama 2 weeks.........maybe he hasn't done enough yet but at least he is trying even though the GOP continues to put up road blocks at every turn.........with all the Radicals on the right continually whinning, complaining, trying to make Obama fail, trying to turn America against him with their lies, and their hate will give Obama another term in office......just like the republicians tryed to do with Clinton, constantly turning on him and not trying to work with him got Clinton another term.........so continue if you want GOP it's your Funeral........

    October 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Eliza

    Correct, Mr. Huckaby. Leave it to history buffs, and the rest who want to se if the Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama was deserved, or not.
    Commentators do themselves a disservice, as you well must know, when they continually give their own opinions - and not uplifting ones, at that.
    Especially, now, don't you think it's wiser to back our USA's President, as he tries to lead our country? How must the other world's citizens view us, when hearing all the attacks on our President? What has he done, really, to deserve such disrespect . . . the Office of the Presidency deserves better than that.
    Much better to be glad, appreciate the Prize, the honor for President Obams . . . the one who was elected by the majority. Anyone with good reasoning powers should know, it's always wiser to keep silent rather than to sound like 'sour grapes' are lurking in the background.
    Hint: Your show, for one, was always so one sided, it's usually passed over by this viewer, and not tapped into. I like more positive approaches, and just want the straight news.
    But I might check in from time to time, now. Might see if you've developed an updated social conscience, away from the presidential campaigns .... and are living in the present. Would be a breath of fresh air to hear only the facts if discussing our country, and what our President is trying to do for us.
    Don't need to hear more Republican rhetoric, with all their negativity. Would be refreshing to watch rational observational powers, to lead the show's content, that is, when discussing the news, political or otherwise.

    October 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Saboth

    Why try and tear it down at all? "allow the left to explain what he did in the first two weeks that merits..." Why? Why should they have to defend it at all? Sounds like sour grapes to me. The committee awarded Obama the title, and that is all there is to it. I'm sorry Bush was such a flop for you guys, and that Obama has done more work in his first 8 months than Bush and the Repubs did in 8 years, but them's the breaks.

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. tr

    I know what he did... he's not BUSH.

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Wheat

    The President should be very proud of this. It is a great honor. Congratulations to him. My question is what are the requirements for qualifying and for winning this award. To me it seems that the award is based on what may happen in the future vs. what has actually been accomplished. I certainly see nothing that the President has accomplished or failed to accomplish during this year that stands out as being Nobel prize worthy.

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. GoCrazyRepublicans

    Mike Huckabee is smart. You know he is going to run in 2012, he is making sure that he doesn't say thing that will haunt him during his presidential campaign.

    The Republicans need to keep quite this time .. I will be curious what crazy beck and limbaugh has too say.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Dal in CA

    Grapes are sour is the response from the Republicans.
    The International community is seeing OBAMA as a person who is and has been bringing people together to discuss their differences and start to work together as one human race on this planet.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Wayne

    As far as the issue of Afganistan, the President wants to make the most accurate assesment of the war possible. He is not just going to send troops in just to follow of Bush's mistakes. President Obama wants to get to the bottom line and that bottom line is Al-Qeada.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. dee

    The left doesn't need to "explain" anything since we were not on the committee that nominated/awarded Obama...simply READ the citation issued by the committee and that will explain their decision....

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. the weather

    Huckabee has the right idea, but the current crop of Republicans is far too nasty to be that reserved. I'm not sure how many Democrats would respond honestly and say that it's not about those two weeks, but about how awful the eight years of GWB were.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Ex-NC-Pub

    Only a RUSH-BECK-HANNITY-Publican can cheer when America loses the Olympic bid; curse when an American wins a peace prize; fight for insurance companies against the American people; and think they good for America.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. TH - ATL

    Huckelberry just lost all my support. He wants us to support this Obama. Nope, he's not my President. He's an ass!

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. L.A.

    Huckabee at least has some restraint on this. But as to how Obama merited the award, it is not necessary "to allow those on the left to explain..." The Nobel committee already explained that.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. What Now?

    Hey Mike – can you just take it as an honor for America and keep it at that. I used to be a Republican – I actually voted for Bush. I swear I will NEVER vote red again. You people are disgusting, and I am really beginning to see that you do hate America.

    God bless you sir, I hope you can come to terms with your own delusional self righteousness.

    October 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. GOPunk

    Republican Party are HATERS.

    Republican Party are like TERRORISTS who hate America.

    Republican Party are like CRIMINALS who Bankrupted America.

    Republican Party should be OUTLAWED.

    October 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. paula

    Is this the tempering of criticism that Huckabee advised?:

    “The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

    Steele's comments are the beginning of the whining that Huckabee warned against (although his own statements are passive aggressive attacks on Obama). As far as Steele's comments? Obama has achieved the honor of leading the United States out of an economic catastrophe that was brought about primarily from a corrupt and misguided Bush administration. He's been given less than a year to solve a problem that took nearly a decade to make. He has the ideals and moral values that a Nobel winner should have. And anytime he has tried to cement hie beliefs with "concrete action" the whiners on the right have revolted. I find Steele and all of his ilk to be highly offensive. Their denigrating of the Commander in Chief is despicable.

    October 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. David

    Sorry Suckabee. I'm a Dem and I don't agree with it. Since when should it be awarded to someone for effort and not results. I'm just not buying the hype I guess. So now, according to the DNC, I should be lumped in with the terrorists for that kind of thinking. Something is so wrong here. Especially when some of these terrorist groups were started by the CIA. Doesn't everyone know this?

    October 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Crock

    ...and...the award was not given as a reward for 2 weeks of being the American President..it was given for being a decent human being who lives by ideals and makes others feel hopeful...there is a lesson for Republicans if they would just learn it..

    October 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. T Mckinley

    Good advice, Mr. Huckabee, but don't hold your breath. Many of your collegues are so obsessed with destroying our President that they have thrown all caution to the wind and will use every available opportunity to take cheap shots at the him.

    October 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Timothy Cleaveland

    Mike Huckabee's last comment is dishonest. He stated that Republicans should allow "the left to explain what [Obama] did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition." Huckabee knows that while the nomination came in February, the decision of the Nobel committee is much more recent. But what should we expect from Huckabee, who claims that the Earth is about 6,000 years old, despite all the geological evidence to the contrary? We should expect him to judge the world according to conservative dogma rather than on a rational assessment of evidence. Obama's commitment to the latter is what makes the rest of the world so hopeful.

    October 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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