Pawlenty to Obama: Congratulations

Gov. Pawlenty congratulated President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. During his weekly radio show, Pawlenty said “I think an appropriate response is to say congratulations.”

“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.”

Pawlenty later said on the show “I’m struggling with this” when he talking with Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle about it. Doyle said “I think it’s great” that Obama won the Nobel Prize. Doyle also said he thinks Obama will be president for eight years (Irony alert that Doyle said that on Pawlenty’s show since Pawlenty is a possible 2012 opponent to Obama).

Update:

Later on the show, Pawlenty said this:

“I do think the concern that is it’s more about process and aspiration rather than results is a valid one but I do think overall when someone wins a Nobel Prize the appropriate response is to say ‘Congratulations.”

Here’s the audio of Pawlenty’s two statements:

  • http://www.patrickoden.com Patrick Oden

    Definitely diplomatic of Pawlenty. And Doyle’s comment was pretty funny.