October 9th, 2009
09:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Rollins: Nobel committee cheapens award

Rollins says the committee awarded the Nobel Prize to President Obama prematurely.
Rollins says the committee awarded the Nobel Prize to President Obama prematurely.

(CNN) - Did the Nobel Committee cheapen the Nobel Peace Prize with its choice of President Obama Friday?

CNN Republican strategist Ed Rollins says the award should be based on what someone has done, not what they might do.

"I think this may be way too preliminary," Rollins said on CNN's American Morning. "At the end of four years, maybe he has accomplished something and deserves it. I think it has diminished the award itself."

I think certainly you have to give him an "A" for trying," Rollins also said. But at the end of the day, what has he accomplished? Who on the world stage are his allies at this point in time?"


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October 9th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
5 years ago

Praise and skepticism greet Obama's peace prize

Obama with Israeli President Banjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last month.
Obama with Israeli President Banjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last month.

(CNN) – The surprise decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize elicited swift reaction Friday, with some hailing the choice and others expressing astonishment and skepticism.

Praise came from Afghanistan's president, the Israeli defense minister and even a senior official from Hamas - the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza. Yet an Egyptian human rights activist said he was "shocked" that Obama won. And the Internet hummed with a range of views.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai - whose U.S.-backed government is locked in warfare with Islamic militants - praised the choice.

"We congratulate, wholeheartedly, President Obama on the award of this prestigious award," said Karzai. "We recognize and commend President Obama's vision and leadership with a hope that peace and normalcy will return to Afghanistan and our region."

Yet Hisham Qasim, Egyptian democracy and human rights activist, said he was "shocked" Obama won.

"He has achieved nothing. He's stumbling. He hasn't achieved any of his promises and nothing is working. He promised to close Guantanamo and now that's not going to happen, and the Arab-Israeli conflict looks like it's going to get very nasty."

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."

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October 9th, 2009
09:17 AM ET
5 years ago

'A' for effort before finishing his test?

Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

(CNN) - President Obama got a shocking wake up call…it wasn't at 3 a.m., but shortly before 6. A senior administration official says White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told the president that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, and that Mr. Obama was "humbled to be selected by the committee."

The stunning announcement by the committee caught the White House off guard. One senior administration official said, "we were quite surprised."

As pundits debate the merits of the award, two themes are emerging. That the prize could give President Obama some clout as he pushes for health care reform, forms a strategy for going forward in Afghanistan, and works to engage Iran and North Korea. In fact, another senior administration official told CNN he hopes the White House can "use it for the positive."

On the other hand, getting such a lofty nod just nine months into his presidency will provide fuel for his Republican opponents. A top Republican in the Bush administration says "this will backfire on them for a while," then added that it was "a gift to the right."

President Obama was initially scheduled to make public remarks this afternoon on regulatory reform in the financial sector. But the White House has now added a Rose Garden event at 10:30 a.m., where he will make a statement on receiving the Nobel Prize.


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October 9th, 2009
08:24 AM ET
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Obama to make statement on Nobel prize

(CNN) - President Obama will make a statement on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize award Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET from the White House Rose Garden, two senior administration officials tell CNN.


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October 9th, 2009
07:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

(CNN) – President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The first African-American to win the White House, Obama was praised by the Norweigan Nobel Committee for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

The committee also said Obama has "created a new climate in international politics."

In his short time in office, Obama has acted on a wide range of issues from the economy to terrorism and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This year's peace prize nominees included 172 people and 33 organizations. The committee does not release the names of the nominees.

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October 9th, 2009
05:31 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: October 09, 2009

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CNN: Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
on Friday.

CNN: Clinton trip comes amid debate on Afghanistan
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarks Friday on a six-day trip to Europe and Russia that comes at a crucial time in the Obama administration's decision-making on a strategy for Afghanistan.

CNN: Obama team tries to hash out new plan for Afghanistan
As tensions mount over the best way forward in Afghanistan, top aides say President Obama is adamant about coming up with a new plan before deciding on troop levels.

Wall Street Journal: Top Troop Request Exceeds 60,000
The request for troops sent to President Barack Obama by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan includes three different options, with the largest alternative including a request for more than 60,000 troops, according to a U.S. official familiar with the document.

Washington Post: Emerging Goal for Afghanistan: Weaken, Not Vanquish, Taliban
As it reviews its Afghanistan policy for the second time this year, the Obama administration has concluded that the Taliban cannot be eliminated as a political or military movement, regardless of how many combat forces are sent into battle.

USA TODAY: Congress curbs pet projects - a little
Spending on lawmakers' pet projects is heading down this year, but Congress is still on track to far exceed what President Obama set as an acceptable spending level during the 2008 campaign, a USA TODAY analysis has found.

Washington Post: White House Faces Pressure on Jobs
Eight months after enacting a massive economic stimulus package, the Obama administration is facing rising pressure from some congressional Democrats to move more aggressively to jump-start the moribund job market and try to spur a housing recovery.

CNN: Key health care vote set for next Tuesday
The Senate Finance Committee will vote on its long-awaited health care bill next Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor Thursday.

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