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. New Yorker

    He doesn't have to do anything. The fact that he's not willing to defend this country but willing to apologize for it is good enough for those who believe this will bring peace to the world. What a joke

    October 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Al

    Why does the "left" have to justify Obama's winning the Nobel Peace prize? It's Alfred Nobel's prize that the Norwegians hand out. The Nobel committee in Norway voted unanimously. Game over.

    October 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Turnabout is Fair Play

    SHHH!!!! Shut up Huckabee!!! I want the Rethugnicans to shoot themselves in the foot and then dig themselves into a deeper hole of depression and frustration that signifies their hatred of our excellent president. I can't wait to see what that moronic tool Hannity has to say about this today. I don't watch or like Faux Noise often at all but ever so often, I like to hear the whining and complaining by the tabloid bunch at that station and it makes me smile. :-)

    God Bless you Prez. Obama (I know him like that. :-) It's not up to the Republicans or talking heads on the right to decide whether you deserve it or not. Someone that matters thought you did and I agree with them.

    October 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. nolapearl

    Mr. Huckabee – the left doesn't have to explain anything. And we are all unaware that there was a rule you even have to be President to win the award. Your comments congratulating a fellow American are just as petty as the ones complaining.

    October 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Bob of Lompoc

    At least one of those dumbheads in the RNC has some sense. He's still Gomer Pyle, but it appears he has some concept of when to stop being a jerk, unlike the whole remaining Republican Thugs. Oh please, where is Palin on this. She'll have nice things to say. Do ya think?

    October 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. greenliz

    Its just possible that they thought he did something before becoming president. Maybe knowing that someone was going to be willing to work towards peace and meet with leader of others countries to try and solve things in a peaceful manner was enough.

    October 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Craig

    Nothing surprises me anymore. We have a "non citizen" muslim huggen president that received a noble peace prize after being in office for a whopping 18 days that doesn't listen to his hand picked general in Afghanistan to help our troops but does go out on a campaign trail to push his home town Chicago, probably another place that needs troops to alter the violence taking place there, for the olympics. The only positive thing I've seen him do so far is swat a fly. I DON"T LIKE FLIES.

    October 9, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. msfox2000

    too late...repugs just can't help hating on america which is why they are losing members so quickly. the party of "no" stands for exactly that...no hope, no vision, no help, no pride, no no no. we and the world had eight years of negatives so now we celebrate the change that has come. congrats to the usa and to the president!

    October 9, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Phoebe

    He was nominated 2 weeks in, but the decision to award him the prize was just made. Regardless, the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is an international validation of his integrity, stated goals, and honorable persona.

    There will be whining about every little bitty thing this president says, does, or is recognized for. Yawn.

    October 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Ray

    I think it was the grueling, challenging second grade classroom that taught me how to respond to people winning awards....hmm...let's see...how did they...

    Oh I know! Congratulations Mr. President on receiving this incredible honor!

    October 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Good luck Huckabee. Steele has already shown himself to be a petty human being. I am sure the usual right wing whiners (phoenix86, Doug New Jersey, WillyBrown, etc) will be on here whining as usual. Calling it a conspiracy, blah, blah, blah.

    Complaining that he was only in office two weeks before nominations closed. Hey folks, you don't have to be President to win the prize. He was mending fences last summer in Europe and the Middle East before he even won the election. Oh, but you chose to scream at him for daring to go overseas and talk to those "terrorists".

    Complain all you want. This country is finally going forward.

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. ken anderson

    what a dumb commit what did (What did He do in his first two weeks as Precedent) The selection was made not on what He had done in two weeks But what He had shown in His life's efforts up to that time.

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. manhandler

    So much for the integrity of the Nobel Prize. I always thought it was for things that have been accomplished not for things someone was thinking and speaking about being accomplished. Who are these people who decide these things and what could they possibly have been thinking? Bill Clinton would have been a way better choice for his tireless relief efforts around the world. Obama was supposedly nominated two weeks after the inauguration. WHAT?

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. ED from Canada

    I send kudos to the Nobel Committee and congrats from Canada to President Obama...
    He totally deserves the award... it is refreshing to see a leader with calmness and intelligence that has been lacking for time before he was elected...

    I am just waiting for the Republicans to be negative and once again prove how petty and critical of this award...

    Wait until next week when the health care bill is pushed through...

    The majority of comments just reek of racism towards Obama and I expect many comments to prove that...

    Once again from up here in Calgary, Alberta Canada... Congrats to President Obama and I truly envy you guys for a having a real truly awesome leader...

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Tim

    Ok so why should the left, right, or President Obama have to explain anythinig? Did the president ask for the award? No! did the left ask for the award? No! Let not question the wrong people about their motivations. Question the judges.

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. mike

    I am sorry to say the republicans always are whining they have no independents in there thinking from each other and if they do they become outcast that to me is not freedom they are like a heard of cattle going to be killed I guess thats what it takes to be conservative

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Too little, too late. And I wish they sounded like right wing whiners. From what I've read so far they sound more like right wing terrorists. I didn't agree with anything Bush did for this country, but I certainly never wished him harm. This is way out of control. Is there no one on the right who is man or woman enough to step up and stop it? The right wing seems willing to tear us apart because their guy didn't win. I've never been as afraid for us as I am now.

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. bobster

    just like the gop, get over it people! neo-nazies,haters

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. francine

    I am not American and quite frankly I am at a loss to explain the reaction to Pres. Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. If nothing else he has had a positive effect on World relations. I would think that Americans, after having such an inept president that had the whole world snickering, would be proud to be recognized as the great nation it once was. People are so critical of a President who inherited, quite frankly, a disastrous state of affairs( financial, a war in Iraq that was unnecessary and lied about,). I guess they expect a quick fix..8 months to fix 8 years of turmoil. And Republicans are so Partisan that they don't deserve to be called Americans !

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Nils

    There is no period of time whether the two weeks of his presidency before nomination or the campaign or since his inauguration that Obama has done anything worthy of such recognition. To John Roberts: NO, giving eloquent speeches is no justification for winning a Peace prize unless the prize should really be called The Nobel Peace Speeches Prize. Obama has done nothing but talk. Did he get the award for being an American apologist? I am sure that was a hit with the liberal Nobel committee. Enough said, I agree with Huckaby. The best thing said about this award is really nothing since it means nothing.

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Anthony

    Its not a matter of what he did in his first two weeks as PRESIDENT, but more so, how he carried himself, his message of unity and change, and his grace under all of the Right Wing fire leading up to the elections...
    This is just as substantial as leading a march in the south in the 60's.
    The bravery it takes for a (not to pull a race card here BUT this ones true...) BLACK MAN to stand up in this political and RACIAL American climate, all the while, those flames of hate and divisiveness being fanned by Palin, the Right, and the SOUTH. That takes a world of courage, and if you think differently youre either an idiot and obviously NOT BLACK. Most of you dont know what it takes to not only attempt, but to succeed at such a feat. The fact that this man could unite a country, and attempt to mend years of soured foreign relations, all the while, the right doing everything it can to prevent any progress, is definitely worthy of the award.

    At this point, people are looking for any little thing to criticize Obama about. I for one, will congratulate him on this award. You all can keep the hate and jealousy to yourselves.

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. floridian

    First, congratulations to our President. Second, who cares what Huckabee says. He is probably upset that there is no Nobel Bigot Prize, as he would win it hands down. Why doesn't he just go away?

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Proud to be Independent

    Now THATS what I call .. talking like a leader ....
    Let the Bamabots explain .. what HE has done to deserve this award and how the body that awards the Nobel's has not diluted the honor that goes with it .. by awarding it to someone who has accomplished nothing .. at least nothing worthy of being recognized at the world stage as a winner of the Nobel prize

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Steve

    "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."

    Sorry – this is not a foorball came or right vs. left issue.

    The issue is about 'Peace"

    Peace Out!

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Accountability

    Huckaby...

    He didn't win it in the first two weeks of his Presidency...that's when he was nominated...

    He was awarded the prize for the first 11 months of his administration in which he quickly regained the confidence and admiration of the world after 8 years of the Cowboy Diplomacy of Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney.

    It's telling that the only Republican to be so honored was Teddy Roosevelt over 100 years ago.

    Between this criticism and the cheering when we lost the Olympics, Republicans are proving that they are the anti-American Party.

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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