Former House majority leader Newt Gingrich, who has become the biggest supporter of Arne Duncan's Race-To-The-Top education reform, told WNYC, Obama's Nobel Prize acceptance speech was "actually very good."
"He clearly understood that he had been given the prize prematurely, but he used it as an occasion to remind people, first of all, as he said: that there is evil in the world ... I thought in some ways it's a very historic speech."In an interview with USA Today, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested the speech could have come from her mouth.
Palin praised President Obama for the speech he gave Thursday to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. She said the president's defense of war to combat evil could have been taken from the pages of her memoirs. Wow, that really sounded familiar," said Palin, a frequent Obama critic. "I talked, too, in my book about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times."A spokesperson for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) added,
"As President Reagan said, Republicans believe in peace through strength, and we were pleased that today President Obama addressed and defended our mission in Afghanistan, where success is the only option."Erick Erickson, the conservative founder of RedState.com, wrote,
"I was surprised by Obama's speech. Parts sounded like full throated support for the Bush doctrine."