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. Adam from Ohio

    Can't this jackalope just ONCE be proud that America's star is shining brightly on the world stage?

    October 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. samilli3@yahoo.com

    America is now the most admired country in the world..from number 7.....America gave a chance to someone who no one thought would ever be President. This is a win for AMerica and people need to stop hating. Congrats President Obama

    October 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." – Gandhi

    October 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Steve in Denver

    The appropriate thing to do when one American is given a significant award by esteemed bodies is to say "congratulations."

    He is being recognized for the diplomacy he has engaged in, reversing eight years of "I can see his soul by looking in his eyes" that the moron last president practiced. He is being recognized for restoring America's moral leadership in the world after eight years of ignorance and torture.

    I'm so glad we went with the smart guy this time!

    October 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Nick

    These animals can't let up for a minute!? The President of the United States received the Nobel Peace Prize, and that's somehow a bad thing? What a shame.

    October 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Pauline

    Mr. Steel is just a jelous man. Pity he can't stop trying to put the Pres. down and do something constructive for once in his life . He will never get to where he is inspiring to be, cause the RNC wont let him. They are to radical. Have some back bone for once Mr. Steel and stand up for truth.

    October 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. JOMO

    How ironic that Steele, the GOP's token, Uncle Tommish, "me too" response to the Obama nomination and presidential win, should criticize the president's award in light of the dreadful legacy on international relations and problems that we have inherited from the Reagan-era intrigues in the Middle East and Central America, and from the Bush Daddy-Baby military bungling.

    October 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Jim Clarke

    What is the reason people can not just accept that the Noble Prize committee Awarded this to President Obama. Remember this is an Award that others chose him to receive it. The President did not choose it nor nominated himself. We hear how others Self Promote and those who are commenting about the choice and the negative aspects NEED to look at themself to see where they fall short for themself.

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

    Hey Steele, remember we are all Americans! Also the award is not based on what has been done, but what is being worked on. The award is a so called push to make sure the recipent continues his/her work.

    Got to love the party of NO, first they cheer that America lost the Summer Games of 2016, now they question why an American won the Nobel Peace Prize... Country First, wasn't that their slogun in 2008???

    October 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Lisa Freeman

    What have you done except say no – Steele & Co.!!!

    October 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Centrist

    Huh? The RNC slams how proud our country should feel for having the President of the United States humbly receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his accomplishments: unanimous support for nuclear disarmament at the G20 summit, a more constructive defense policy in Europe, and nuclear non-proliferation legislation as a senator.

    What happened to "Country First"? Steele makes it seem more as "Party First". Sad for him.

    On a positive note, I congratulate our country and president again for this great honor.

    God bless America!

    October 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. BD

    Good Job RNC. Keep shooting yourselves in the foot by acting like the spoiled rotten corrupt babies you are. If Obama saved a baby from a burning car you all would slam him. You are the crying baby in the restaurant, the kid throwing a fit in the grocery store line, the church going hypocrites, and even with all your money and power the people with common sense and logical insight will prevail. I know it hurts.

    October 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. vlj in mn

    So predictable.

    October 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Farrell in Houston

    Michael Steele and to the rest of the Republicans, Hammas said the same thing and they are considered terrorist, so whose side are you on?

    October 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Billy J..Texas..

    The RNC spokesman said as he wiped a tear from his eye, and asked for his mommy...

    on a more serious note, I don't know what to think of the award, other than it was a thumbs up for dumping the last group of knuckleheads running this country. That doesn't mean they are going to love this new batch, if they don't get serious. But anything is better than throwing the finger at the world while you shovel money to your friends at the bank, Haliburton, Blackwater, pharma etc.

    October 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. TBA

    Sounds like Steel is mad that a Republican didn't get the award for going to war in Iraq on false intell. Oh wait that George Walker Bush who lied the AMERICAN people to go to war. I think Bush should get an award for that, award for LYING to the AMERICAN people to declare war and also lets not forget to reward him for his FAILURE for FEMA in KATRINA.

    October 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Tom Kaye

    Apparently Steele and the other "anti-Americans" are not happy with our President AND the USA being honored.

    They were happier when the USA lost the 2016 Olympics.

    Apparently they prefer people throwing shoes at our President rather than honoring him!

    Don't these people like America?

    Like the old 60s saying: "American . . . love it or leave it"

    October 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I have never seen a nation as pessimissitic as the U.S. Nothing Obama has done is good enough. Michael Steele is the most Dump Of all. The Award was given

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

    What a total loser this republican party has turn into!!!!!!

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

    Michael Steele, if you have the mental ability to look back to a year ago, you should be praying to whatever god you worship that we were delivered from the grip of your party and that someone took over that has this country heading toward recovery. If you think that the American people cannot see through the nonsense that you and your party call a "platform" you are only fooling yourself.

    October 9, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. The black Spider

    The republicans hate the Nobel Price commitee because It should have been Ronald Reagan 9 months after he took office.
    I am sorry that did not happen and they are JEALOUS.

    October 9, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    When I heard that Obama had won, my first reaction was, "why?" That wasn't because of my objections to many of his goals, and my surprise had a flat affect.
    It surprised me further to hear criticism of the Nobel committee, any criticism seeming ungracious. However, what can one's reaction be?
    Obama, in fact, has not done anything to earn the Nobel Prize.
    I am still trying to understand the committee's utility for awarding the prize to him. The only reason I cen understand is that members of the committee want to help him with his far-left fiscal agenda.
    It is an embarrassing situation for all concerned.

    October 9, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. sonia k

    It is much more than you ever accomplished poor clown and will ever do in your lifetime.

    October 9, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. windfall

    What a jerk. Be glad the United States is viewed with some respect again. It's been 8 long years.

    October 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Ray

    The first thing that came to mind is that I know international relations under the Bush administration were horrible, but for the next president to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his trying to get international relations back on track within 11 days of his taking office, things were FAR WORSE than I thought under the Bush administration!

    Obama's administration has made a profound positive effect on the world of international diplomacy, he's given America her pride back - and not the harmful pride that was so prevalent in the Bush "let's be arrogant, condescending and arrogant" style of diplomacy.

    Still, a Nobel Prize is astounding - that means that Obama is doing everything right on the world stage and Bush did everything wrong. Are there any intelligent people left in the GOP who don't get this very obvious truth?

    October 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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