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. Jeff Fyke

    Why does Obama or the Left have to defend the prize? He didn't ask for it and the Left didn't give it to him.

    This is like the Obama song "controversy." He didn't have anything to do with it! Get real people!

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Jay

    Party of No is the party of negative.

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. wycliffe

    Republicans reaction, " Lets go and strip him the Medal"

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Dem in AZ

    Well I dont think even us Dems can answer this one. However Pres. Obama is changing the landscape on several fronts for the better. It is not an overnite success.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Robert

    "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."

    Nonsense.... as usual.

    We on the left did not nominate him, and many of us feel that while he will likely deserve the award in 3 or 4 years, none of his policies have had time to reach fruition. He hasn't been in office long enough to get the award. He hasn't been in office long enough to get the blame for the continued job losses either, or the deficit either.

    On the other hand, the committee (who are the ones who need to explain the win) has said that, like their award to Gorbachev in the 80s, the award was on expectations that his vision will bring future results. And in awarding it, they are sort of putting some pressure on him to deliver.

    Therefore, there is precedent for prematurely awarding the prize. I'm sure it will dismay conservatives. For most liberals, I think we hope it will prompt him to do the things he promised as a candidate.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Carnell From Detroit, MI USA

    Nice Try Mr. Huckabee, But You're Too Late. The Whining, Bellowing Elephant Is Already Out Of The Zoo! Just Ask That Pathetic Old Mule Ed Rollins.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Logical in Dallas

    It's not up to the American left to explain why President Obama received the Nobel Prize for peace; only the Nobel committee can do that. And they did.

    Once again, the American right is trying to re-decide a vote already cast.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Cyrus

    Mr. Huckabee, the nomination was made in September of last year, even before he was elected. But don't let facts hit you in the face.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Death Panel Sarah

    They ARE whiners. They are big crybabies who, if they can't have their way, will block any progress on any bills!
    They are truly the party of 'NO'.
    If they can't show pride in America when OUR President wins the Nobel, they really do not care about any of us!!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Dave

    If I were to say that Obama doesn't deserve the prize because it's only his first year in office, that would be whining. But I'm not gonna say that. I'm just gonna say that, if I WERE to say that, I would be whining. But I'm not.

    October 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Alex gonzales

    Good advice, but I doubt the negative majority will listen. President Obama began talking of peace during the campaign. He has turned around the negative world opinion against us that the Bush Administration worked so hard to create. He has placed diplomacy as a priority instead of saber rattling. He is the anti-Cheney. He is trying to thoughtfully determine our response in Afghanistan, instead of pouring endless resources into a potentially losing situation. He is treating other nations with respect instead of arrogance and disdain.

    He has done this while attempting to deal with the great recession against a sea of negativity and stupidity. Banking has stabilized, the real estate market is stable, corporate bankruptcies are diminishing, and the stock market has rallied. Jobs are the last to return. This man has been in Office for less than 12 months. What have the Republicans done?? Other than exaggerations, lies, and bile, what have you contributed? Who would you nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize? Rush, Sarah, Steele? The world knows what you are all about and is not fooled by your ignorant attempts to derail any progess, in order to hide your ture impotence.

    October 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. John

    Obama is a Great Man. Obama deserves the Nobel and he has earned it.

    What have the Repubilicans earned in last 8 Years? Disgrace.

    October 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. mjm

    I take it back....Just read Steel's comments...HE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. Couldn't have said it better myself.

    I personally thought Kanye West was going to get it. Maybe Wrght or Ayers....But not Obama.

    October 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Dixon

    Why change the GOP strategy of whining. It works for the wing nuts they represent!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. m jeff

    Stop being jealous and support our President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. johnrj08

    This is one time I agree with Huckabee. While it may be a surprise that Obama won the prize, it is no reason to use that as another means of attacking him. This would be a step beyond criticizing him for going to Copenhagen to get the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. When the President of the United States wins the Nobel Peace Prize, it adds great stature to and enhances the influence of the office, which most Americans should view as a good thing in today's world.

    Let's see... so far, Obama has pulled the country back from the brink of another Great Depression, re-invigorated the quest for world-wide nuclear disarmament, opened lines of communication with hostile governments and won their respect, kept hundreds of thousands of Americans working in the auto industry, and brought the country to the edge of reforming health care, which no previous president has been able to do for the last century. And, now, he's won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Yeah, he's just an awful leader. Unfortunately, Huckabee's admonition will fall upon mostly deaf ears, because the damage has already been done by the extreme right operatives, lobbyists and talkshow hosts. Too many of them will find it too difficult to stop calling Obama a Marxist, communist, socialist, Kenyan, baby-killing Chicago thug who wants to destroy our democracy.

    What a country.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Mike Huckabee Blogged:
    "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."

    FIRST, is this just an award for the first two weeks of his Presidency, or could it be that it is for his thoughts and actions since he came on the Nobel radar?
    Second, why does anyone outside the committee who awarded this honor to him have ANY explaining to do?

    DEMOCRATS, don't take the bait!
    AMERICANS, be proud of your President, be proud of your Country! This is a win for us all.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. bellablue

    This is only a move of a "prospective Presidential Candidate". The GOP Republican conservative right will NEVER support our new President and Huckabee is just playing "nice" for political reasons. I am thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed of the American people who have chosen to be disrespectful of this President. On a day when Americans should be "proud" of President Obama, and AMERICA, once again we only have seen the negative spin by the pundits, the GOP and the Media!!! It is really a sad day in America. The ideals of respect for self and other and their accomplisments, irregardless of whether in fact we agree with them is completely gone! I CONGRATULATE BARACK OBAMA!!! HE DESERVES THIS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE! AND THANK YOU TO THE COMMITTTEE FOR AWARDING HIM THIS HONOR!!

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Patrick Fuchs

    What President Obama has not done is to instill the world with fear and divisiveness. Obama wants the world's countries to act in concert to understand each other, moving away from past actions and towards future good deeds.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Dan

    "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."
    -------------------------------–Exactly. You could make the same argument 10 months in. Other than getting laughed at by the Chinese and told to pound sand by Iran, what exactly has Mr. incompetent achieved in international relations? The prize has, like our federal government, become a complete joke and serves nothing but lazy political correctness and media fraud to spread a false ideology.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Lila

    ...the BEST response is to congratulate the president, and encourage him to continue to earn the title. If he succeeds, we all do.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Independent

    Hey Huck,

    Was it a bunch of Lefties who gave him that award? Nope, didn't think so. So, why should the left explain ANYTHING to you? Go ask the people who gave him the award, you MORON!

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Yossi Gestetner

    Yups. "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what Obama did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition.”

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    That's all we hear is right-wing whining... these are the same morons who cheered when Chicago lost its Olympics bid. Disgusting.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. LLB

    I am not an Obama fan, however, I do like his reaction to winning. He is using it as a "call to action" for world peace. I don't think it's such a bad goal and I think it was an appropriate response to a clearly undeserved award. Now, if we could start by eliminating the hatefulness between Democrats and Republicans. Maybe we could start with things we all agree on.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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