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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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. ray

    yep, yep, yep, just another icing on the cake for the racists on the right. listen americans of all parties, the racists on the right is bringing this country down at any cost so start thinking for yourselves if you do have a brain. dont let rush limbaugh, sean hannity, bill o'reill and the savages of the world think for you, regardless if you like obama or not , if he fails america fails and the republicans wants that to happen , all republicans.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Christine

    This response shouldn't be a surprise for anyone. The party of "no" can you tell the american people what you have accomplished?

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. snarkysmachine

    Well I'm sorry, Mr. Steel, they don't give them out for being a token for the republicans.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    These republicans are war mongering jealous idiots. They started a war, bombed a soverign nation, then tried to justify it with lies, over 4,000 dead brave Americans, now you tell me, we didn't need someone to change our image with the world, God Bless our Peaceful President. And all the jealous republicans can go to hell, hell, hell.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Minnesotan

    More rotten eggs from the Republicans. What a bunch of sore losers!

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    How awful. STAND BEHIND OUR LEADER. You lost, Republicans. Quit whining and move on. Have some respect.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Put down the Haterade republicans. What did George W. Bush do peacefully during his 8 year tenure? Oh! He sent us to a war based on falsehoods and many young Americans DIED. Our current President went to Cairo and opened a dialogue betweent the U.S. and the Muslim world. I can't think of any republican who ran for POTUS in 2008 that would've done that.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Robert Austin, Texas

    The only people criticizing Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize are the Taliban and the Republicans – the root of all evil in this world and country.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Ben

    I like the guy a lot – but he should not accept this award. There is too much left to be done; a good start but the award is far too premature.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Mitchell from MS

    Well said!!!!!!!!

    What has this man accomplished?

    1. Quadrupled the national deficet in 9 months
    2. A failed stimulas plan
    3. He could not run cash for clunkers
    4. Let Iran develop a nuclear weapon while turning his back on Israel
    5. Turned victory in Iraq into uncertanty
    6. Allowed more US military personel to die in Afghanistan while he drags his feet making a decision on troop levels.
    7. Tried to force millions of Americans into a gov. run health care plan they do not want.

    I could go on but I am not going to. If this is what it takes to win a peace prize you can keep it.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    I agree that this award for Obama is a sham, but comments like this by the GOP is why I find it hard to support either party anymore. Yes, we know it is a sham, but this press release is unnecessary. We the public know it is a sham. If the GOP wants to win back supporters, they need to grow up a litte.

    As for dems, they have shown they are incapable, even with unbelievable majorities, of accomplishing anything meaningful.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    Get over it rethugs.You're just jealous because little georgie DIDN'T win in 2004. For the life of me, I'll never understand how the nominating committee could have even nominated two such warmongers as bush & blair.

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. WHO ME?

    sour grapes Mr Steele? The Nobel Prize committee has nothing to gain or loose by awarding President Obama this award. They see what he is promoting and what good he can do.

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Liberal4Obama

    He has restored Americas image around the world, rescued the economy from the brink of collapse and is closer than any other President in 40+ Years to achieve comprehensive healthcare reform.

    What has the GOP done?... oh yea they ALL want America to FAIL

    Republican Congressional voting record:

    - NO
    - NO
    - NO
    ...

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. HF from PA

    The Repugs are just sick....

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. JayG

    They must be giving these awards away in happy meals now. Obama does not deserve an award like this. That award is now cheapened in my eyes. Anybody who actually thinks he deserves this award is kidding themselves.

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Rob

    EXACTLY! What has he accomplished? He's apologized to pretty much every tyrant and dictator. He's ruined the US economy for years to come. He's putting decent Americans' lives at risk trying to decide which approach to Afghanistan will keep him popular. He hasn't accomplished squat! I guess then by the Nobel standards, one really doesn't have to DO anything, just look good saying it.

    Someday Obama won't be able to pull the wool over people's eyes.

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Living in America

    This American thinks it's fantastic! Congratulations Mr. President!

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. AEK

    Mr. Steele and the Republican party are "experts" at all those things he is criticizing the President for? It seems to me that the economy was in the toilet, job loss was accelerating, and Mr. Bush had gotten us into two very expensive wars prior to President Obama taking office. Now that he's been in office all of ten months, the Republicans are blaming him for the eight years of failed government under President Bush? Sounds so typically Republican!

    October 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Crystal

    As Americans, shouldn't we be proud that a fellow American won this prestigious prize? They can give that prize to anyone, and I, for one, am proud of our President for winning this award! We may not understand that decision-making process of the Nobel committee, but their decision was unanimous and based on Obama's efforts over the course of his twenty year career in American politics. It sounds naive, but can't we just agree to be proud Americans on just this one issue???

    October 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Donald Johnson

    These are the American leaders that sit around write our legislation. I think the Republican party needs to learn how to have better sportsmanship about things.

    Barack Obama has accomplished something so large and powerful, Mr. Steele is even envious of his strides. For the first time in 8 years, politicians are talking about middle America. For the first time in ten years, politicians are talking about health care. For the first time ever, I can tell my children, who will be mixed race (Black and Mexican), that they can be whatever they want to be without feeling like there is a 1 in million chance that they will accomplish their dreams.

    I am sick of politicians like you that believe in smearing someone that is only trying to fix this country. I hear you when you say he has not lived up to all his promises, but I did remember him saying in his campaign "there are times when you will not like me and there are times when you will love me." He is bringing the change we believe in to this country in way that is fundamental, he is doing what is right, not politically right. He will not be liked, but you have to hand the man respect for his beliefs.

    Barack Obama, congratulations! Take this moment as one of inspiration.

    October 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. payback

    .......michael(uncle tom)steele. Stop Hating....................

    October 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    They're just jealous! Look who they've got:

    Palin, Ensign, Sanford, Huckabee, Romney, Pawlenty ...

    A bunch of quitters, cheaters, ignoramouses and airheads, willing to put party before country in their quest for money, power and fame.

    Hypocritically spouting "Christian" values, all the while assuming Americans are too stupid to notice.

    Pathetic losers, all!

    October 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Global disgrace

    How can the Olympic committee get it right and the Nobel committe be so wrong.

    How can rhetoric be rewarded like this -- especially when the actions differ so greatly from the words. I can think of 5 million or more far more worthy recipients of this prize.

    This is a polarizing thing for Norway to do - and a huge gaff sure to bring global condemnation

    October 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Zane

    SLAMMER!!!!. . . . . . . . . . The GOP has no one who can even come close and the sad fact is, they know it!! Congratulations President Obama!

    October 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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