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McDonnell "Delighted" Obama Won Nobel

Rosalind Helderman

Don't include Virginia gubernatorial candidate Republican Bob McDonnell among those conservatives who are deriding the Nobel Committee for awarding its Peace Prize to President Obama less than a year after he took office.

"I'm delighted to see the President of the United States bring honor to our country by receiving the Nobel Peace Prize," McDonnell said this afternoon. His Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds issued a statement early this morning praising the committee for its selection.

McDonnell said that he's been on the road and has not extensively read the committee's reasoning for the award, other than that it had to do with Obama's diplomatic efforts. But he said he was pleased with anything that "brings accolades to the United States." And then he repeated, "I'm delighted to see him win the award."

McDonnell's answer stands in stark contrast to others in in his party, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, who said it was "unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."

McDonnell has a habit of offering praise for Obama, a way of signaling that he is a moderate willing to work across party lines. He frequently praises Obama's support for charter schools and the president's work to strengthen fatherhood.

UPDATE: Deeds senior adviser Mo Elleithee responds: "It's nice to see Bob McDonnell join us in celebrating the President's Nobel Prize. I just wonder where this 'delight' was when he said the President shouldn't receive an honorary degree from Notre Dame because he was pro-choice."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 9, 2009; 4:18 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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When the Republicans look back and try and see where they lost the American people they can look to people like this and find the answer. The party has been hijacked by extreme partisans who place their personal agenda above the good of the nation. They rail against our president at every step of the way, pray for his failure and, cheer when they perceive a setback. Their leaders are emotionally challenged media personalities and nut jobs. It is nice to see that some among them have not become blinded by jealousy and hatred.

Posted by: eSPO1 | October 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ya is amazing that a man can get an award of recognition for trying to be peaceful and all the maggots come out of their rotteness to complain. Is there something wrong with peace? Have we become such a hate and war mongering country that to be recognized for trying to bring peace that we have to repel from the very word? Obama is one person...but at least he seeks a peaceful means while the rest of the maggots relish in their hate. Grow up America...get off your hate toilet stool and recognize that peace is a possiblitity. Oh...that's right..without war...who could make money...? Silly me...

Posted by: DevilDoc | October 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I think it is commendable that McDonnell would praise the President. It does show respect for his office and willingness to work accross party lines for solutions we all need. All good qualities for a state Governor!

Posted by: meds | October 10, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It is really disheartening to hear people say they are glad we lost all the jobs the Olympics would have bought to this country or at least the state of IL..As people traveled to Chicago they would have spent money every where.This just tells every one what the republicans stand for and it is not for helping Americans as shown by how joyful they were about the loss of so many jobs and money for a lot of people.I just hope the voters remember that when voting in the 2010 . It is surprising to hear a republican say and sound like her means it when he says congratulations to President Obama.He is right that it brings accolades to our country.And for anyone not familiar.

The Nobel Peace Prize is an award presented to either an individual or an
organization in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s living will. Alfred Nobel, creator of the five Nobel Prizes, was a Swedish inventor and industrialist. He disposed the Nobel Peace Prize in his will to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” The Nobel Peace Prize differs from the Nobel Prizes in literature, physics, chemistry, and medicine or physiology in that it may be presented not only to individuals, but also to organizations that are actively engaged in a process or effort that intends to promote world peace. The prize can be awarded for current efforts, rather than for having accomplished a goal or resolved an issue.

Posted by: bennie1 | October 10, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney has also said supportive things about President Obama. When many Republicans were critical of Obama's trip to Copenhagen to win the 2016 Olympics Romney actually defended the decision. I think McDonnell's renewed momentum is, in part, a result of support from Governor Romney and supporters of Romney all across the country who are now also on team McDonnell!

Posted by: ChrisBriggs | October 11, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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