You know, people have been very congratulatory, which is good.
With a touch of cynicism he recalled the congratulatory messages -- the very first it had carried.
The governor's remarks came hours after President Barack Obama made what the White House described as a congratulatory call to Quinn for winning the close Democratic primary.
Don't worry, it will be less 'congratulatory' and more religious we promise.
I figure their chances, without people caring, are 'an ice cube's chance in hell.'which aligns the narrator in a way with the reader, but doesn't dislocate the meaning, nor offer a kind of congratulatory "aha" moment.