October 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain says Nobel award based on expectations

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday the Nobel Committee's decision to award President Obama the Peace Prize was likely based on expectations, not accomplishments.

"I can't divine all their intentions, but I think part of their decision-making was expectations," McCain told CNN's John King. "And I'm sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to."

But Obama's former rival for the White House said he was happy with the decision.

"I think all of us were surprised at the decision," he said. "But I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order."

John King's full interview with McCain will air Sunday on State of Union at 9 a.m. ET.


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Ray

    Don't feel bad, John. No one expected anything out of you. That's why you're not the president.

    October 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Fan of Common Sense

    After Seeing Yessar Arafat and Jimmy Carter win this thing, this should be a surprise to no one. Next year it'll probably go to Hugo Chavez or Ghadaffi.

    October 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. wait a minute

    I disagree with Senator McCain.

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Jackson

    jealosy..you lost John McCain..now please get over it.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Brad

    I don't agree with his politics, but I have nothing but respect for John McCain. He understands you can disagree with someone without disrespecting them. I wish all Republicans, and even all politicians, were more like John McCain.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Joan

    Finally, a Republican with some class who understands what an accomplishment this is and what an honour it is for the United States not just the President.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Michael Moore Rules

    You lost, old man. Get over it, you dried up geezer.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Preco

    Mr McCain what is the world expecting from you?

    What do you think the world is expecting from the likes of you?

    You old farts and the not so old crazies who brought the USA to this sorry path should shut up!

    Mr McCain, I can divine your own intentions and they are NOT GOOD for the USA and much worse for the rest of the world.

    October 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. PK

    The CNN journalist reports that McCain said (in CNN's words) that the Nobel was "based on expectations, not accomplishments."

    But when you read McCain's actual quote, McCain says "part of their decision-making was expectations."

    Did McCain actually say at any point that it was not based on accomplishments? CNN's words indicate that it was "based on" expectations (omitting "partly") and seems to insert its own "not accomplishments."

    October 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Shelly

    One decent response from the GOP. The rest of the GOP is drowned in paranoia, fear and hate.

    October 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Brent

    Hearing that the Republicans are "outraged" over Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize is not surprising. Their party platform these days seems to be "let's just advocate against whatever Obama is for."

    The question of why Obama received the prize is still open, however. If I were to hazzard a guess, I would say that it is because of how Obama has changed the way the US deals with the rest of the world. He has come out and denounced the torture that was allowed by Bush and has made changes to eliminate that sort of thing happening again. He has backed away from unilateral actions and pushed for more diplomatic and effetive means of solving conflicts. He has dropped the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive strikes against tiny third-world nations that really do not threaten us.

    Overall, Obama has done quite a lot to restore America's image in the world, and has pulled the US away from actions that increase hostilities and make resolving things peacefullt very difficult. Since the US is the most powerful nation in the world, our stance vis a vis our neighbors and cohorts is going to have a lot to do with how peaceful a world we have, and this is why Obama has actually accomplished something worthy of this prize.

    October 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Billy J..Texas..

    Although he is too hawkish for me, I was really rooting for this guy when he ran against the nimrod in the 2000 primaries. He has proven to be a standup guy when compared to most other politicians and way smarter than a lot of the competition on both sides of the aisles. Too bad his chance for the presidency had to be cut off by a lazy fratboy from Midland, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.

    October 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. katiec

    One thing you can know that if Mccain had gotten elected that he most certainly would not have received such a prestigious award as we would no doubt have three wars going now,
    Never forget, Bomb, "Bomb Iran.
    Diplomacy, meeting with and listening to other countries are not merits the republicans subscribe to.

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. liz

    Congratulation Mr. President. You deserve it. You've brought HOPE to the world. Your peace talk have brought Europe and America together again. The world look up to you.

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. KenB

    Wow...what a sore loser. Give it up old man.

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Jose from Tampa

    Nice to hear something like this from McCain. If only he were the McCain of 2000.

    October 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. GI Joe

    The inept, songbird pilot warmonger knows he will NEVER get anything like this.

    Jealous you sore loser?

    October 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Certainly not on ACTUAL RESULTS!!!

    (What a laughable joke this award has become. They should just rename it the "Disdain-for-America Award." Poor Teddy Roosevelt is probably rolling over in his grave.)

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Beth

    McCain and his fellow Republicans are sooooooojealous!!!! And it shows!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. The black Spider

    Alfred Nobel stipulated in his 1895 Will – the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."
    Who do think Alfred Nobel would have vote for if he was still alive? The rest is jealousy.

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Allen

    Who cares what that old foggy says. He has never been right about anything. That's why he'll never lead thsi great nation.

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Bob in Pa

    Oh come on John, it was because the leftists involved knew Obama needed a boost. But the Peace Prize no longer carries the meaning that it once held. They have awarded it to to many who never accomplished anything. They award it based on intent, but not accomplishment.

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. lila

    Indeed, Obama woke up with the weight of great expectations just a bit more heavy. lol
    But it also was an award given to him because he inspired the entire world. Granted not bitter hateful republicans or Bin Laden, but everyone else. That's not an easy thing to do. For a moment in history we all heard the voice of our better angels. That voice was a call for basic human decency. Shocking that basic decency has become so rare as to prize, but it has, and for that fact alone, we must treasure it, now more than ever. Just read the republican blogs and it is clear why this award to Obama is so fitting.

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Jayne

    SLAMMER! The Republicans can't stand it... They are so jealous!

    October 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. HouseDiva

    why wait till a person is long gone before you give him his flowers.

    the sour grapes of wrath are coming on strong today.

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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