October 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
8 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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  1. Sniffit

    Expectations? Huh...that's funny...cuz that's not what the people who gave Obama the award said. Today is fixing to be hilarious...the GOP is mid-conniption-it over this. Which one will say the hands-down stupidest thing about it? Stay tuned...

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. dk

    Thanks for the patriotic comments John!

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    McCain is often a gracious man. Unlike most of his Conservative colleagues, he does have morals and principles by which he tries to live. Republicans lost, but the did nominate a man we could have trusted as president. The last time they did that was when they nominated Gerald Ford.

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. IndyVoter

    This is one of the saddest days in US history when the world sees that Americans can't even rally around its own President when he is awarded by an independent body an award that promotes peace. Who would want this kind of "democracy"? If all we do is tear each other down and hoodwink each other out of our hard earned money, why would anyone want to be like the US? Like I said, it is a sad day.

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Citizen of the USA

    HOORAY for a deserving President! Our President has done so much to improve humanity throughout the world. So who is more deserving than President Obama. Of course, he has many enemies that will crush him no matter what his accomplishmenta are. I say to those persons, be proud of President Obama's accomplishment. HAIL to our chief!

    October 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. No More Incumbents

    OMG. A nobel prize for campaigning. Amazing. Name 1 thing he accomplished that could come deserve this award. I'm not anti Obama. I just wish he would start to do the things he promised on the campaign trail and stop spending my kids money like a drunken sailor.

    October 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Jim

    ummmm, noooooooo.

    "The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it gave the prize to Obama for his "efforts to strengthen international diplomacy," his "vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons" and for inspiring hope and creating "a new climate in international politics.""

    there's NOTHING in there about "expectations"

    when will republicans stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.

    October 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    Well if it has anything in expecting change then they have a long wait, don't they. When the Boss is asleep leaning on his hoe.

    October 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Larry of Norway

    There were 20 second place ties for the Peace prize this year; they were all the Miss America contestants who prayed for World Peace.

    In third place was an 84 year old woman from Lithuania who had a dream about workd peace.

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. sammieb51

    And the alternative "expectation" was McCain/Palin - nothing like having the Clampets in the WH ... come listen to my story about a GAL named ..... give me a break guys - if McCain/Palin were in charge, things would REALLLLLY be BAD!

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. victim of republican greed

    I don't think Fox lies, Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh are very happy today. Maybe tomorrow, something terrible will happen, and then they can rejoice.

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Peter E

    No offense, but even Hillary Clinton has done far more for world peace, even before becoming Obama's Secretary of State, than the president has. And I don't think people nominated her. But what do you expect from a prize committee that gave the much coveted 'peace' prize to Arafat once!

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    What the heck do you know McCain.....your the one who dug up Sarah Palin and shoveled her on to the rest of us.

    Thanks alot for that by the way. Ya...she personifies the Office of the Presidency

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Shellie

    McCain's just jealous.....again.

    October 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Lyle

    Just green with envy!

    October 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Dot

    I applaud Senator McClain for his gracious statement re President Obama's win of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. I have heard a great deal of grumbling nationally and internationally this morning on the news including the gasp when the announcement came in Oslo. Mr. Obama's presidency is indeed early. His hopes were high during his campaign and are still high. Let us sit back and take a deep breath. Let us be proud of our country and of our President. Let us, too, keep our hopes high!

    October 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The prize is not as much Obama's as it is America's at large. Sure, Obama may not have actively been involved in diplomacy for long. But the day he was elected the whole world celebrated. And that's a great accomplishment. For us, America! You can search long through history books, but at no time in history was the election of a US president so widely celebrated! So the prize is well deserved. Not by Obama, but by us!

    October 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. FormerGOP

    Thank you for standing by your country and President,
    Your fellow republican need to follow your lead!

    October 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Lisa

    McCain wanted Tom Delay to win....he's been on Dancing with the Stars and darn it, he's got talent!

    October 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    THATS the John McCain we admire and respect. Where's he been the last several years?

    October 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Allysia

    Just plain jealousy.

    October 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Concerned82nd

    Nonsense! I’ve no idea what’s going on but it sounds like a sham to me. How in the world does one win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing?

    There are sooo many more deserving people of this prize. From global aid workers, who have given their lives to the “meek”, to others who have highlighted the plights and tribulations of the same people.

    Obama will use this money for democratic campaigns, while those truly deserving to be be Nobel laureates would spend it on their humanitarian causes.

    Good job Nobel committee; you just cheapened the value of the prize!

    October 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Susan

    McCain should get ignobel award for introducing us Palin.

    October 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – a Republican that is thinking straight and no one would expect it from McCain... This is the approach all of the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts should take instead of HATING!!!! If President Obama PRIZE is based on EXPECTATIONS – then he will still deserve it!! If he does not in the end DESERVE IT – then the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts can KICK HIM TO THE CURB and say I TOLD YOU SO for the rest of their lives.

    We – as Americans – should embrace this no matter what and let the world see that WE ARE THE WORLD and for once can GET ALONG!!!

    BUT not here – not USA – not the small pockets of AMERICA who feel they are a dying race and don't want to go out QUIETLY!!! It’s a SHAME!!!

    U GO OBAMA!!

    October 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Advocate50

    Kudos to John McCain for taking pleasure in his former opponent and an AMERICAN winning the Nobel Prize. No wonder he has failed to garner whole hearted support from Republicans himself.

    October 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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