October 9th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
5 years ago

RNC slams Obama award

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is slamming the Nobel Committee's decision to award Presdient Obama the Nobel Peace Prize:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

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  1. Barbara- a Canadian Perspective

    Way to go Republicans.... not a surprise at the reaction to the news that YOUR President has been honoured.... same old... same old. Shame on you Mr. Steele.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. I am American

    He's done more than you selfish, and I gag on the word, Americans. He has given the world hope. You have tried road block after road block to stop doing what is best for Americans. I wish we could vote all of you out of office.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. MATT

    What did you expect Republican Steele to say?. . . . congratulations?

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    That would make sense. Slamming our President and showing the World how GOP leadership can bring the nation together (and the WORLD) as one is just SO valuable. You selfish devisive idiots. Guess that is why you folks are out of power. Here's the World giving the USA an opportunity to regain the ADMIRATION and ENVY as truely a Global Leader of PEACE and you folks have the COURAGE and FORESIGHTEDNESS to find fault. WHY TO GO GOP. This is the absolute lowest . Please be Americans firstly and Politicians secondly thats whay we told you in the last election and thats where the majority of Americans stand today.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Jim

    "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.""

    clearly Obama HAS done what the Nobel Committee says. the world as a whole HAS moved towards peace, and yes, there still are trouble spots and some of them have gotten worse, but the world as a whole is better. why are the republicans so negative. why, why, why? How can the republicans be so incredibly out of it?

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

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Rob R

    What would he have ALREADY accomplished if not for stonewalling, distracting, misleading attempts by the RNC.....Mr. Steele, What have YOU accomplished?

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Former Republican

    Sour grapes from the party of 'No.' I would expect nothing less.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. JimiJam

    It's kind of pathetic when the GOP takes their talking points from Saturday Night Live. Maybe they don't recognize Obama's accomplishments because the things he's done have actually been improvements. I suppose after 8 years of Bush's "accomplishments", one might be confused as to the actual definition of the word.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Will-South Dakota

    So, what's wrong with just saying Congratulations Mr. President........but nooooooo, as a Reagan commercial once stated..IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA....except the GOP wants nothing more than to DENY, DELAY & DO NOTHING America. It's a honour for our President and America, I'm glad it's a Good Morning America!

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Rob Johnson

    It is obvious to people around the world that Obama has already accomplished a great deal, in terms of promoting civilized dialogue between countries and encouraging a more peaceful society.

    How any American citizen can be upset over their President winning one of the most prized honors in the world? It can only be good for America for Obama to be respected and admired around the world.

    This just goes to show how the GOP's hatred of Obama has blinded them to reality and common sense.

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. scott

    i just Simply have ZERO respect for the RNC or GOP for their Crass – Disrespectful Treatment of our President. nothing more to say

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Dami

    BTW, Michael Steele is a fool. He has already achieved so much in your frigging backyard. Do you know how many people have been affected just because he won. Please micheal shut your mouth. CNN, i dont expect you to post it

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Carnell From Detroit, MI USA

    I Should Have Know That RNC "Uncle Tom!" Michael Steele "Magnolias" Would Have Nothing Intelligent To Say About It. So In My Refrain I'll Say To Him What I've Said And Am Going To Keep Saying...Be Jealous!

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Sheila Williams

    Congratulations to President Obma, Shame on CNN , Rollins, and the loser Republicans> I have no respect for CNN or the MSM, they have all turned into Fox lite.

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Harold, NH

    He's the FIRST black president of the US! HELLO! How could you not give him the prize?

    C'mon, man!

    October 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Lila

    Disgusting. And astonishing. Perhaps Steele should take some time to seek the explanation for why Obama won.

    This is a day in which we should be proud of our president, and of our country. But the majority of the right dislikes Obama so much that they can't stop to do that.

    They definitely hate Obama more than they like America.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Aaaaaaand there we have it folks: undeniable proof that this scares the GOP. What a petty bunch of children they are....seriously...the only reason to say something negative about it is because they fear it damages their position with the voting public.

    Here's what they should have said: "We would like to congratulate President Obama on receiving the prize. It does honor to our country to have the POTUS' efforts towards world peace recognized in such a manner." Period. End of story. Move on and talk about the economy, etc., but don't link the issues like they did. They're just too stupid, angry and afraid of losing power to realize that they will look petty, childish and bitter for attacking it. It's completely absurd.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Librals make me want to puke

    Well said.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. BDB

    Most patriots would be pleased that their President has received such a prestigious honor.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    The Republican Party is a has-been.

    - All of their ideas are tried-and-failed

    - All they care about is money and power

    - Their ranks are filled with hypocrits spouting supposed "Christian" values

    - They hate our President more than they love our country (how else do you explain their glee at Chicago losing the bid for the 2016 Olympics?)

    All the GOP knows how to do is twist words, play on people's fears and stand in the way.

    A pathetic end to the party of Lincoln!

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. D&D

    Nothing is ever going to be good enough for republicans anyway...when you don't like someone, no matters how good he/she is or what he/she does, you will never acknowledge it...that what is sad with most republicans.

    Congratulations Mr President.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Steve in Denver

    Steele – just another mean, spiteful thing when Obama is being recognized for reversing eight years of failed foreign policy.

    He is ending the war in Iraq that your guy bungled for five years. He is working to find a solution to the eight year nightmare your guy bungled in Afghanistan. He is closing Gitmo. He is negotiating with foreign leaders, working to find non-military solutions to global issues.

    Why can't you neocons get it? When America wins, we all win. Had we won the Olympics, Democratic entrepreneurs AND Republican entrepreneurs would have won. When Obama ends wars, Democratic soldiers and the few Republicans who serve stay home.

    Why do you hate America so much that you'd do anything, including cause America to fail, to make sure Obama doesn't get credit for anything?

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Duane

    I'm an Independent and I'm baffeled why he won as well......I voted for him but he has done.......nothing to deserve this award.......nothing.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Norm

    OK sure, the Nobel Peace Prize? Don't completely get that, but to turn it into a political shot!? The GOP is shameless! Obama didn't lobby for the award, he can't be blamed for being GIVEN an award. He didn't run a race or take a test to get this award. Some judges used arbitrary criteria and came to a decision (albeit an odd one). The GOP needs to concentrate on solving problems! How about this "Congratulations Mr. President, now lets' get back to work".

    I'm an American too Mr. Steele, I'd appreciate it if you didn't try and speak for me!

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Criticism is appropriate

    Obama took office 10 days before Nobel prize nominations closed – this is a global disgrace.

    The US is waging two wars and Obama is thinking of escalating in Afghanistan – this is an insult to Muslims around the world

    Obama may be a fitting choice in the future - IFm and that is a big IFM he actually accomplishes something truly worthy of the Nobel prize.

    I fear that this premature award diminshes greatly the stature of the Peace Prize, and is an insult to every previous winner.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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