On his weekly radio show today, a caller asked Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) about his reaction to President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Pawlenty departed from his fellow Republicans and replied that the “appropriate response” is to say “congratulations” to Obama:
I would say regardless of the circumstances, congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize. I know there will be some people who are saying “Was it based on good intentions and thoughts or is it going to be based on good results?” But I think the appropriate response is when anybody wins a Nobel Prize that is a very noteworthy development and designation and I think the appropriate response is to say “Congratulations.”
He later added that while concerns about the “process” process of how the award was given out are valid, he still thinks anyone who wins the Nobel Prize deserves commendation. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (R) also said that he thought it was “great” Obama won.
“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but a recognition of the role of American leadership” in the world, Obama said in remarks moments ago. “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures” who won in the past, he added. “I will accept this award as a call to action, a call to all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century.”
,Former Nobel recipients President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Al Gore offered their congratulations to Obama today as well.