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. Jack Fl

    It's what he did before taking office that did it! He won the election over the war monger party that thinks war is good economics.

    October 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Crock

    Huckabee just doesn't "get" it...

    October 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Marie Laveaux

    What good would it do to explain anything to a group of people who refuse to listen? He's right in his advice, but for the wrong reason.

    October 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Finally, a Republican with some sense. The Republicans truly look idiotic. I am embarassed for them.

    October 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Norma Labno

    10/09/09

    Mr. Huckabee: it is not for us on the left or the right to explain the
    thinking of the Nobel Committee who made this award. It is
    for them to explain their decision which they have done!

    As a citizen of The United States of America I believe this win brings honor to our Nation as well as our President!

    And as for Ed Rollins, Republican Stragegist, I can say his remarks
    follow a pattern: Bash Obama no matter how badly it might reflect on
    our nation – rather than giving credit to our President – who
    has been honored & has brought honor to our Nation after a period in
    which we lost many allies, under another administration, for reasons
    which have been well documented!

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. jan

    It is sad that the potential leaders of this country ars so shortsighted that they cannot see good in anything that the current president is trying to do. What happened to the philosophy of not cricisng the Pesident in a time of war.

    The worldis watching us. be a bit more charitable to the humanity of all citizens in the USA and around the world

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Beyond Absurd

    Hey Huckajerk, your President won the Nobel Peace Prize. I want you to justify why you feel you have the right to demand that anybody justify it. I think the GOP should publicly justify why it thinks it is acting in the best interests of America by continually tearing down this country. It only aids our enemies abroad.

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Doug - Dallas

    As a country, we should be extremely proud that our President has won the Nobel Prize for Peace. We also need to understand that this is the way many in the rest of the world view him. Complaining about it not only cheapens the award but makes us look bad to the rest of the world. Didn't we have enough of that while Bush/Cheney was President?

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. K2

    Dang, Saturday Night Live jumped the gun. The "do-nothing Obama" skit was awesome already, it would even be funnier with a line like "Some say (long pause) I did not nothing toooooooo deserve this award. To them, (long pause) I say (long pause) who else could host a beer garden with a white cop and a black professor?"

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. An Independent

    The prize is not about being the President; it is about promoting peace and understanding amongst people and nations. This prize is about what Barack Obama the person has promoted. It is sad that we have so much hatred in our hearts that we lose sight of the purpose of the award. We only have to look back at past recipients who were not heads of state or government officials.

    This is a silly debate and a very petty response from those who question the committee’s decision. Each of us should look in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we support promoting the cause of peace? If not, why not?

    People please take a moment and think before you react.

    October 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. JR

    "explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition"

    That's easy, he replaced George Bush.

    October 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm really getting upset with the Republican Party. The honor may be for the President, but ultimately, it is for the COUNTRY!!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. stu

    What a joke. Obama has done nothing but apologize for America. Guess that's what it takes to get the Nobel Prize. Stand up there with Yasser! Obama = Carter and God willing will be a one term failure.

    World peace? No.
    Darfur? No.
    Iraq? No.
    Afghanistan? No.
    Dali Lama? No.

    Mediated the Beer Summit! That must be why he won.
    What a joke.
    CNN won't print this because it is against their Overlord.

    October 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Lisa, MS

    Spoken from a man who will NEVER get the Nobel Peace Prize. Sounds like sour grapes to me. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

    October 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. pavoter

    He provided hope that this great country could once again lead the world toward peace and a security that MH may never understand. A security backed by our strength but built upon the premise of equality and tolerance.

    October 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Matthew

    I agree. It is a surprise that Obama got the Nobel Peace Award without a whole lot of credentials. But, republicans should just shrug and say, way to go, pres. Remember, even Gore got one.

    October 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Arlene

    WOW! I can't believe I actually agree with Huckabee on something. The RNC has become a group of whiners, beginning with Michael Steel. They criticize everything yet offer no solutions. Man up already!

    October 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Former Republican

    Wow! I didn't know the GOP had any members left with functioning brain cells.

    Give this guy an award! He belongs in the equivalent of Mensa for Republicans. That will still place him in the same level as pre-K, but hey, it's a start.

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Tom P

    Huckabee gets that his party has gone off the rails and has alienated moderates, independents and some on the right. Then he goes off the rails by asking the left to justify Obama's award. Only those who nominated him and decided to award him the prize need justify it. The rest of us had nothing to do with it. I am nevertheless happy to see it happen. Lastly, I wish there were no smart republicans like Huckabee to warn the rest of them. I love it when they engage in their Obama bashing gloom and doom/naysaying rhetoric without any filter. It ensures that they will have little to do with goverance in the near future. Keep it up. I Love it!!

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Mike

    How about explaining why the GOP has no solutions on todays problems...........

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Lucie

    If we were to believe that the only thing that the committee used to determine whether or not Barak Obama should win the Nobel Peace Prize was only done during his first two weeks in office, we would also have to believe that the only way you could win this prize is by being the President. Mr. Obama was not born the day he became President. He has done many thing before becoming President. Just maybe those things were considered for this prize.

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. DEB

    Why should people explain what President Obama did to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Isn't it wonderful that our American President received it. Why is everyone picking it apart. Aren't there better things to gripe about, such as the price of health insurance or our dependence on foreign oil or the corruption of our congress perhaps, the very ones that are saying President Obama did not deserve this. I even heard Matt Lauer say something to that effect this morning on the Today show.

    Mike Huckabee is advising the republicans wisely, everything negative I've read this morning sounds like whining children. Where is your pride? Your love for your fellow man. How low hath the mighty fallen!

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. James

    This is no joking matter.

    October 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Mark Anderson

    If an American wins the award, good for America. It shows what the rest of the world thinks of unilateralism versus diplomacy. The response of what Obama did in the period before his nomination is a misleading slur. It is what Obama has done, and is doing, by the time the nominating vote. The Nobel Prize is given to those who have accomplished much or are expected to accomplish much, such as Mikhal Gorbechev when he was about to open the iron curtain.

    October 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. mjm

    Yeah....heaven forbid we criticize the president for his bogus peace prize. We all said the same thing Obama said when we woke up to the news..."Huh?"

    I have been looking and I have not seen one negative comment from Republicans about this.

    I think the DNC jumped the gun. A little defensive...don't you think? Maybe they know he did nothing to deserve it as well.

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