October 9th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee warns Republicans on Nobel reaction

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/18/art.mhuckabee.0918.gi.jpg caption=" 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. Samantha

    No one should have to justify President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He did not nominate himself and no one in the United States awarded him that honor. However, I believe it to be justly deserved.

    October 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Shane Walker

    Kudos to Huckabee for balancing being sensible and for thinking through the proper strategic response for his party.

    To answer the proposed question, "What did he (Obama) do the first two weeks of his administration [to warrant the honor]"... It wasn't his administration, but his campaign and his proposals/platform that encouraged the nomination.

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. BRIAN

    The right wing of the GOP must not read Govenor Huckabees blog because the whining is exploding across the web and tv.If the president had lost would they be cheering like they did at the Olympics being awared to another country.WHY do they hate AMERICA SO MUCH ?.

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Kenneth Spicer

    Talk about a no-brainer!!
    What did he accomplished just by entering the office is as obvious as the nose on their face.
    He got Bush and crew out of the White House!!

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    Maybe this will prove to people that the 'CONS' are lying when they say OUR President is NOT respected around the world!!!
    It is obvious that he is very popular!

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Shirley In California

    Oh shut up you hypocrite. Who cares what you want. No one has to explain anything and we won't. For God's sake why can't these people grow up? Its not funny anymore, it's sad. Truly sad.

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. eric

    Obama did more good in two weeks than Bush and the Republicans did in 8 years. Get out of his way and let the President clean up the mess the Republicans made of our beloved country

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Mitchell Martin

    Listen enough is enough. American's need to come together. America come to needs of everyone in the world. We need to come to the needs of America and help American people. Get rid of this he said she said mind set. America the most powerful nation in the world, and we can no get our house in order. Who will step up to the plate and bring the american people out of the stone age and to the times we are living in today.

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. MLH

    No one has to justify the President's Nobel peace prize award. A committee decided to give it to him, they gave their reasons, and the prize is theirs to give. Any criticism of it sounds like whining, because that is exactly what it is.

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. RockyMac

    Huckabee: Why should those on the left explain why the President merited this recognition.?

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Clarence Wiles

    Obama was nominated and received the award because he was a man that had a world vision. Geez Mike did you forget the pre-election pictures in Germany?? It just so happens that while he was doing all those visionary things and talking to the world, he won the Presidency of the United States of America. You see the USA is not the only place where people take notice of humans doing great things.

    It's a Great Day!! Say congratulations and move on to the next Nay Saying Event

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. victim of republican greed

    We have heard nothing but right wing whining since last November.

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Donna G Hamilton

    I don't know about left or right, but I'm an extremely proud American citizen of USA today that our president has won such a distinguished honor. I take pride in my country & in the accomplishments of our leaders, especially those recognized by the entire world.

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Deb

    Maybe those on the commitiee simply saw the same thing most Americans did.. someone who wanted to get away from the warmongering, do as I say not as I do politics American had become known and hated for, someone who recognized that America doesn't own or run the world, someone who believes in talk first shoot later. Of course Americans didn't give this award to Obama but I'm sure the already rabid Republicans will find a way to blame Democrats, African Americans or Obama himself for this newest 'outrage'. I just keep asking myself where all there 'outrage' has been for the last 8yrs?? It's nice to see a Republican polotician being rational.

    October 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    GOP is a Defunct and Dud Party.

    GOP is History.

    All GOPers are Irrelevent and Impotent.

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. BuddhaWest

    These Reblicans sometimes sound as though they aren't proud of America. The American effort to bring the 1016 Olympics to the USA is ridiculed; an American is recognized for his international efforts to promote peace, and both the Prize and the recipient are ridiculed.

    Why is it that Republicans would prefer to bring discredit to their country instead of celebrating the proud accomplishment of an American citizen?

    I'm Canadian, and I just can't understand, with the hope that followed Obama into office and has been felt all around the world, why the right-wing political movement in the US can't be big enough to acknowledge a good thing ...a wonderful honour paid to the American people.

    You have every right to be proud of this man. The world envies you.

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Good for Huckabee...first thing that makes sense to come out of a Republicans mouth since Obama was sworn in. I guess the Repbs would rather have had George win the Nobel War Prize instead?

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Chris

    I don't think the Nobel Prize is treated like the Oscars, where ANYTHING you do after a certain cutoff point cannot be considered for an award.

    No doubt, whomever nominated Obama did so with only his future accomplishments in mind. Since then, he was walked the walk, and he is steadily reasserting the United States' credibility on the world stage. That's a mammoth accomplishment. Isn't North Korea finally opening up, now? Gitmo hasn't closed entirely, but aren't its prisoners shipped out? Hasn't torture, authorized by the previous administration, been summarily denounced and taken out of practice? Can people with family in Cuba finally travel there? Following Obama's lead, just about all the civilized world is hounding Iran on its nuclear program. And nucelar disarmament is moving forward strongly behind Obama.

    Remember, though, that anybody can be nominated for a Nobel prize, with or without their knowledge. I don't know if Obama knew or not at the time.

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Gary

    You tell em Mike, If anyone knows right wing whining it's you.

    October 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Tristan

    Be good now, children. Pathetic.

    October 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Danny

    It doesn't matter what anyone says. The right wing whining will be starting any second now. It's what they do!

    October 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. David P

    Huckabees a clever individual.Hes not jumping on the partisan bandwaggon and thats good to see.
    I dont think Obama did anything to deserve the award,but over the top criticism will indeed seem like "right wing whining"

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. thinker

    How about he's the first black president of these united states. The supposed land of the free and leader of the free world.....

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Alfred E. Neumann

    Mike Huckabee, Democrats fear not when he is the spokesperson for the GOP.

    Who will be the first conservative with a crude remark? Sorry, Limbaugh doesn't count.

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Travis

    I have always been pleasantly surprised by Mike Huckabee's maturity and class when it comes to his Democratic opponents. I have never liked personal attack strategies (including the one from that DNC idiot saying Republicans were aligning themselves with terrorists by criticizing this Nobel win) and I have a lot of respect for a figure who will take debate and take issue with his opponent's platform without resorting to smearing his character.

    October 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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