BRAZILE: And he -- yes. Yes. It's a proposal, and he has to work with members of Congress and states to get it finally closed.
BRAZILE: He closed secret prisons, CIA prisons across the globe. And he reversed the global gag rule. So, yes, in 11 days, he committed a great deal...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Nicolle, Donna went even farther than the president...
BRAZILE: He was humbled and surprised. I was shocked and -- and excited.
WALLACE: I love Donna Brazile.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But he did, I think, take out some of the sting of whatever embarrassment might have been felt by coming right out on -- on Friday and saying, "I don't think I deserve this."
WALLACE: "I didn't deserve it." Right, there wasn't a debate in this country about whether he deserved it or not because he came out and said he did not.
But, look, I think Republicans have to resist the irresistible temptation to be too snarky with this, because I think it is often an outside event that a White House -- you know, White House staffers work hundreds -- you know, over 100 hours a week, but it is often that outside event that you never saw coming that crystallizes a narrative that undermines a president.
And I think, in this case, you know, the ads that the McCain campaign ran against the one who would part the seas and heal the waters and the air, you know, this is really an affirmation of that caricature. And I think, no matter what they do, I don't know that they'll ever be able to get beyond the image of Obama, the one -- style over substance.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, they -- but they clearly seemed aware of that, which is, I think, what drove the president's statement on Friday. But, Arianna, it does lead to the question of what kind of impact this has on the president's agenda going forward. And, clearly, the Nobel committee wanted to encourage the kinds of decisions that Donna was citing there.
HUFFINGTON: But, you know, my first reaction was actually to cringe on the grounds that this wasn't hubris, this wasn't egos flying too close to the sun. This was another theme in Greek mythology, George, which is, when there's too much good fortune piled on someone, the gods get jealous and they want revenge. And so it really...
STEPHANOPOULOS: And the revenge is the Nobel Peace Prize here?
HUFFINGTON: And the revenge is whatever is going to happen next. And the -- and the revenge could be in the form of Afghanistan, because if the president makes the wrong decision in Afghanistan and escalates, this could be a bloodshed, an attack on civilians inevitably that will make giving Henry Kissinger the Nobel Prize in '73 seem OK.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me -- let me press you on that -- on the -- on the politics of that, we don't know. But if that idea were lurking somewhere in the minds of those in the Nobel committee, I don't think they understand the country. I mean, if anything -- I don't there's going to be political impact here at all. I think the president will be disciplined about making a decision for non-political reasons. But if anything, this would drive him into the arms of General McChrystal, wouldn't it?
HUFFINGTON: Well, I hope it doesn't. I mean, I hope that he is going to make a decision based on the best interests of this country rather than on what the Nobel Prize committee did.