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. Clay

    Huckabee's remarks will fall upon nothing but deaf and ignorant ears in the nightmare known as the republican party. All of America saw them cheering when, not Obama, but America, lost the Olympic bid. But just like Rush, they would rather see our country go completely down the tubes rather than see Obama, and America succeed. Truly pathetic people.

    October 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. The TRUTH will set you free!

    Mr. Huckabee being as though you are a man of God, perhaps you could council your party and have bible study with them and let them know that God is a God of order and that everything we do should be done decently. They would also benefit from knowing that when God is for, NO ONE can be against you!

    God Bless & Peace

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. DJ

    Too late...the damage caused by the right-wing uneducated nuts is beyond repair.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Oh, Mike quit your whining

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. wasabe kid

    There are a couple of decent human beings among the Conservative leadership. McCain is one. Huckabee is another. I can't think of any others at the moment, but I could probably list four or five more given time to think.

    The strategy of Republican Party is to oppose everything Obama does every day, starting with his choice of breakfast food and extending through the color of pajamas that night. Their determination to make the American government fail so they can do well in upcoming elections has no boundaries. There is no line they will not cross. They stir up racist reactions to Obama. They flood town meetings and tea parties with rowdy and intimidating protesters. (I agree that it is the right of any American to be an obnoxious anal aperture and Republicans take full advantage of their rights.)

    If you are a Conservative, then that means that non-Conservatives have no meaning, value or purpose, whether it is the Nobel Prize Committee, an expert in any scientific field, a respected scholar, or anyone else who does not salute the Conservative flag.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Jack

    Who expects anything from the republicans?

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Doug

    Republicans you are the only people with the problems, you want everyone to fail. Mr. Huckabee you forgot to say NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. sick and tired

    The Republicans and all Americans need to realize that the world is looking to the United States for responsible leadership in these times. Pres. Obama is being recognized as being a leader who is trying to change the direction that the United States has been going which has ultimately alienated a lot of other countries. They did not want to deal with the United States. We had become a bully. We literally have been saying "do what the United States says do or else." Pres. Obama is saying lets try to find some common ground where we can and then work towards reaching an agreement in other areas. The other countries feel like they now see someone in office that will listen to them even if we as a nation do not agree with them. I think his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is the worlds way of saying we think you're headed in the right direction. He's our President whether you agree with him or not. President Bush was my President and I certainly did not agree with a lot of what he said and did.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. shmeckel

    Holy cow, today’s "first thought-out statement of the day" award goes to Mr. Huckabee. Didn’t see that coming.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. john

    Nominees for the Hall of Jerks, republican party!

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Larry M. Garner

    It shouldn't have taken 2 weeks to see the contrast between the policies of Obama and Bush/Chaney!!! I should say, the peace prize is full recognition of that difference. It could have been given even before he became President!!

    October 9, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Bob in Pa

    In his first two weeks he officially got communists through the front door in Washington. Something no others have been able to do.

    October 9, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Nonnie

    He may have been nominated only 2 weeks into his presidency, but the committee has had nine months to observe his actions before deciding a winner. It wasn't what he did during the first 2 weeks in office Mr. Huckabee, but what he's done in the past 9 months to encourage world peace and push for nuclear disarmament that has won him this prestigious award.

    October 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Mike

    So in other words, it's okay to whiine about it, as long as you don't make it sound like you're whining...Hmmm. First of all, why would the left have to explain what the president did to deserve this award. They are not the ones that gave him the award. It was Nobel Peace Prize committe. In any case, our current president has already accomplished more,at least for the lower & middle class, than GWB... who by this time, would've been "vacationing" down in Crawford. Give me a break. And the Republicans are quick to question someone's patriotism. You all need to look in the mirror everytime you cheer and celebrate what should be an American victory...shame on you all. You should be living in a cave sipping coffee and planning the next attack with Bin Laden.

    October 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Edward Veidt

    The Nobel prize has nothing to do with tenure in office. You don't even have to be a president to win.

    Obama won the election, and apparently this prize, by leading an effort to re-establish America as the world leader in peacetime, not just in war.

    Huck took a swing and almost hit the ball, but not quite. Focusing on the "two weeks" angle is just lame, and is indeed just a different method of right-wing whining.

    October 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. GI Joe

    We're watching the juvenile actions of the GOP, and (as an independent actively involved with others in this country) we will make darn sure the GOP will lose even more in the future.

    We need adults that work together for our country, not a bunch of spoiled egotistical brats.

    October 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. j

    HOPE, dummy !! -- It`s HOPE. Bush= No hope; Obama= Hope

    October 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Preco

    He was nominated in the first two weeks....

    The award came six months later... So ?

    The Republican whinners do not think before the speak not even one of their former presidential candidates in the general elections... That old..?

    The Nobel peace price award committee judges unanimously had this to say:

    "to promote what he stands for and the positive processes that have started now." It lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change.

    The peace prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts ......"

    The Republican party have lost all decency in public discuss, last week they jubilated...Chicago lost its bid to host..? so Obama lost..

    This week President Obama won the prestigious Nobel peace price .. Whinning, belly aching..Frothing in the mouth and tears from the usual old farts, illiterate talk host (both radio and unfortunately TV) arm chair political analysists..deadbeats etc who constitute the leadership of the modern RNC...God help The United States of America!!

    October 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. IB

    at least someone on the right is thinking with the top half....

    October 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. too bad the republiklans lack ideas

    I hope republiklans listen to him; but it's rather too late...the G"NO"P and the right wing NUTS are already out the gate whining!

    sucks for them that this was not the olympic bidding where the USA lost; these "patriotic" bunch of right wing hatemongers would have been fondling themselves with glee and excitement!!!

    republiklans are just glad the USA fails as long as president Obama is steering the ship out of troubled waters!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Pasquale

    I don't understand - why does anybody on the left, or the right for that matter, have to "explain" anything? Why does everything, including the US's great achievements, have to be turned into a partisan matter these days? Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Communists and Anarchists alike should all be joining hands in celebration of this profound recognition of our great nation by the world.

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Tom in FL

    It's interesting that Mr. Huckabee is only concerned about how things might "sound". Republicans have already gone on record as being opposed to anything good that happens to the country, whether it's the Olympics or economic recovery or a Nobel Prize. Their all-consuming hatred of the country that voted them out of office will know no bounds. How much worse can they "sound"?

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Proud American

    Wow, whatever happened to America? Are Republicans this hateful?

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Cliff

    Huckabee is right. President Obama deserves the Prize for running the Republicans out of the White House.

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. david

    Nice job of back-handed white-wing whining huckabee

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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