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. FORMER Republican

    Unfortunately too late, Huckabee. The actions already from my former GOP have been absolutely disgusting and shameful. It makes me cringe to think I was ever affiliated with their nonsense. Never again!

    The GOP cheering when OUR country did not get the Olympics, and now too many Republicans (and their gross media) somehow complain about OUR country's president humbly receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? Shame on all of you!

    Perhaps the GOP would practice the idea of "Country First" for this great honor? Yeah "right." Oh well, that's my former GOP's problems.

    I will choose to celebrate this great moment with my fellow Americans that can appreciate how proud and grateful we are of OUR country's president.

    October 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Jen

    trying to save face Huckabee???

    October 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. justin

    Why should he have to warn them? Obama is the President of the United States and he won an honorable award that you cannot apply for. Shouldn't Americans be happy and support our elected President. Or are they too UnAmerican?

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. some guy in New Hampshire

    Yes, remember not to behave like adolescent oafs when the leader of your country receives an international award. Do adults really need to be reminded of civil comportment?

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Grog in Ohio

    "two weeks into his presidency"... So Huckabee tells Republicans to not be cynical while he himself is sarcastic.

    You keep on keeping on, GOP!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Babs

    You Republicans are spliting this nation with your hatred. Get a grip as other nations can see it, too. You are pathetic and I think that your attitudes are discusting. You have sold yourselves down the river. I wish that we could abolish your party and move you to Russia or somewhere where we don't have to listen to your now never surprising rhetoric. All you care about and I mean all is to make Obama look bad and bring it to the fore front. Working for and with the people is totally out of the question for Republicans. This is a great country and I believe that you are dividing it. Hatred, jealousy, and lies describe Republicans.

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    The extreme right wing conservatives of the GOP just can't help themselves. They are showing themselves to be extremely poor losers.

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    right wing whining? too lake huckster – your party and the right wing nutsos have been whining since November 4, 2008. Too late to take it back.
    While President Obama might not have done anything yet he has certainly been trying (against the gops odds) and when was the last (or first time really) that a presidential election brought people out of their homes in the US and around the world to celebrate?

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. rtp

    First of all, he was 'nominated' within his first two weeks of office, not selected as the winner of the prize. Also, here's an explanation:

    1) Revocation of the proposed Bush-era nuclear defense shield along the Russian border. This simple act averted further chilling of relationships with Russia and possible resumption of Cold War-like posturing from both countries.
    2) Revocation of the proposed Bush-era nuclear defense shield that garnered favorable gestures from Russian President Medvedev regarding sanctions against Iran.
    3). Uniting of the G-20 leaders against Iran's secret nuclear facility.
    3). Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev's preliminary agreement to cut the American and Russian nuclear arsenals by up to 1/3.
    4). Drawdown of troops faster than expected from Iraq.
    5). Engagement with Pakistan who has now stepped up its effort against the Taliban on the Af-Pak border.
    6). More even-handed approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Namely, no Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.
    7). Efforts to engage the Muslim world, particularly its youth.

    These are very significant accomplishments deserving a Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Huckabee.

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Michael I Hastings Minnesota

    Obama DID not try to get this and his getting this is is no way of his doing – I don't think he should have got it but he did and lets be proud of the US

    October 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. joe bauer

    so what if a kenyan wins the nobel prize?

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. demmie_in_oh

    yassir arafat, an avowed terrorist, got the noble peace prize. Now they nominate a guy 11 days into office. Frankly, this award is meandingless now so who cares – let him accept it gracefully

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

    President Obama did not just received the award for his first 2 weeks in office. Anyone can be nomininated for this award. It has taken 8 months to decide on the winner. So the right wing GOP needs to really look at what the President did in his first 8 months of office. This award as Obama said is a call of action. rather then nit pick and try to justify why he doesnt deserve this honor they should strap up there shoes button their blazers and get out there with Obama to promote talkes with Isreal and Palistine, to deminish talks of neuclear arms with Iran and north korea, open up talks with China on freeing Tibet. which he is does with various envoys. but of course the GOP wants President Obama to fail in hopes of Palin, Romney, Jindal, or Pawlenty will save the day.. I say one thing.. the right person won the election in Nov. 2008 so stop the complaing and do something to help change America and the view of other around the world.

    thank you,
    matthew

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Angela

    No....the right response is simply to say "Congratulations". I do not know how Mr. Huckabee was raised, but I was told that it was not polite and disrespectful to speak badly of another when they have received an award...and I also was raised that if you can not say anything good...like congratulations...then do not say anything at all.

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Hudson

    "The award is premature, he hasn't done anything yet. But he's made clear from the start of his presidency his commitment to promote peace. No doubt the Nobel committee hopes the award will enhance his moral authority to advance the cause of peace while he's still president."
    - Eugene Rogan, director of the Middle East Center at Oxford University in England

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    2 weeks? So Mike can't add either, eh? YIKES!

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Bigskyman

    it is whining, no matter what President Obama does they find fault, trying to bring Olympics to US, being recognized for peace. How else would you describe it. Sort of sad when our elected leader is asked by the GOP to defend something that speaks well for the US.

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. T Gunn

    "...let those on the left explain"? Mike, take a social studies refresher. The Nobel Prize is not awarded by 'those on the left' so they cannot explain the deservedness of the recipient. It is awarded by the Nobel Committee. And they've already given their reasons. Whether you agree with them or not is up to you.

    October 9, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Eric R

    What I don't get is how these critics can hate President Obama no matter if he wins or loses. When he didn't win the bid for the Olympics, they criticized him, when he wins the Nobel Peace Prize they criticize him.

    Rollins, who I respect as a political advisor even though he is on the wrong side, said "You usually get recognized at the end of some major accomplishment."....so revitalizing the American image around the world, bringing hope to more then 50% of America, defeating all odds to get where he is today are not major accomplishments? Come on, you have to see all that he has done.

    Eric R.
    Washington, D.C

    October 9, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Hello?

    Dude..

    The Norwegians gave it to him......Our President didnt ask for it or seek it.

    All our President has done is to deal with the situation graciously.

    (Thank God we finally have a President that can do that)

    So, while your head is stuck up your......errrrrrr ahem scuse me....sorry

    Have a nice day

    October 9, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. tyrone

    what a joke!!!! the only people who actually think he deserves it are african amercians, and only because of the color of his skin. pathetic.

    October 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Steve

    Mike's right on target, as usual...

    October 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Marie, Chicago

    The Democrats have nothing to explain. The Nobel committee chose President as the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, so it is the committee that needs to explain their decision.

    October 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Sean

    God forbid Republicans ever try to see past party lines to celebrate the fact that OUR President – the President of the entire United States, left and right – has been awarded such a prestigious honor. Can't they see this as an advantage for our country first and foremost? Obviously they can't, because Republicans only seem to care about Republicans.

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Wow, a Republican that actually said something intelligent. Hard to believe.

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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