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. Dave

    This is absurd..he has not done anything yet to deserve this.

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. David - Tulsa

    Fortunately Michael Steele, you and your republican tribe know all too much about not doing anything. You have whined, cried and bellyached about everything put forth and yet you still stand at the door and offer only your hat in hand seeking to tell everyone else what someone else has not done. There is no joy in mudville for you or the late Jesse Helms. The two conflicts that we are mired in were inherited from that boy genius George, conflicts not WARS, as ther has never been a declaration.

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Accountant Guy

    LOL, the Republicans seem to get more pathetic as each day goes by. Get over it Patheticans, he deserved it, you all are just upset that no Republican has done anything but get caught in gay scandals!! CONGRATULATIONS MR PRESIDENT!! YOU DESERVED IT AND WE AMERICANS ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. sean

    It is pathetic that the anti-American Republicans can't even see the good in recognizing Obama's choice to talk over committing to knee-jerk war. They fail to see the benefits of having the U.S. welcomed back into the community of the world's nations.

    Sour grapes from the party of "No!" that left the country in near-ruin. They need to go away and GROW-UP!

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. shmeckel

    Stating the obvious. We already know all of this Mr. Steele. You do not help your party when you are always so darn hateful. Why attack the President for something he has no control over, Yea, I am sure the independents will come running over to the right.

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. William

    I realize this must be terribly upsetting to republicans who tear down Obama every chance they get. Much better on this one to keep quiet. Look at the world wide comments and see where the criticism comes from–do you really want to be a part of that group?

    October 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Ed Tallahassee

    Wow the RNC can turn anything into their Talking Points.

    The President of the United States just won the Nobel Peace Prize, and all you do is trash him.

    October 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Kelly

    He won because, in the words of the committee that unanimously gave him the award, "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," That certainly is better than with an iron fist. And once again, just like in the general election, those who scoff President Obama are a MINORITY. Small minded individuals, make way for the will of the World.

    October 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. J.P.

    Like at my kid's soccer game, the president gets a trophy just for showing up.

    2010 and Obama's pending lame duck status can't get here fast enough.

    "I'm the cult of personality,
    the cult of personality,
    the cult of person-al-ity."

    October 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Rafael Ramos

    I always wonder who's side is the RNC on... I am one who believes that it's to early in his presidency for such an award but the RNC should just congratualte their president and move on.

    October 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. jon c. sprowl

    lets get rid of all liberal democrats, their a joke.

    October 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. AXH

    That's exactly right!!! What has Obama done, nothing except spend, spend and spend more of Americans hard earned money!

    What a shame the real heros out there were past up, those who have REAL accomplishments!!

    October 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Laura, WA

    Wow...they can't muster the class to simply say "congratulations"? They can't even pretend to be happy that the US President is being recognized like this on the international stage?

    Suspending disbelief for a moment and imagining President Bush had won a Nobel Prize, can you imagine the cries of "unpatriotic!!" that would have arisen if the DNC had issued a statement like this?

    October 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Laverne

    Michael Steele one thing for sure is you could never come remotely close to achieving what Obama has and you are jealous! The world sees President Obama in a different light, they recognize what he has done and is trying to do. It is people like you in the America who are so hate filled you can't see straight. It takes lots of COURAGE to stand up under such great opposition from the right to get things done, try and tackle huge initiatives that others just talk about or complain about. By the way who in are you to say who is deserving of the nobel peace prize? It was a unamious decision by the panel and that is all that matters. Congrats President Obama for your achievements in the face of so many, especially Americans who criticize your every effort. Hang in there, we the people what you in the White House!

    October 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Steve

    Can we award Bush a War Prize? He definitely earned that!!!

    October 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is the turnaround of policy and image throughout the world. We have a President who is looked at as one who provides an opportunity for peace!! He can, has and will endure great criticism for an obvious honor. However, this President will endure and demonstrate his Change Positions that will be a model for American Citizens and the world. The Issue is not the Republican rhetoric which is partisan and stifling, but the actions of a leader who has begun Change in the world economic and political landscapes!!

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Beyond Absurd

    Has the GOP succeeded from the Union? Hey guys, the country's President just won a prestigious award that may just give him more clout to pursue our countries interests internationally and help in solving the Afghanistan problem, so why are you attacking him and trying to use it as a political weapon? Americans are starting to ask, is the GOP with the USA or is it against it?

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Ray

    GOP Talking Points for the past 8 months:

    "Obama is dismantling the country. He has destroyed the constitution. He is putting plans into action will turn us all into dirty commies. He is initiating government takeover. He has is doing this. And doing that. I don't like anything he's doing."

    GOP Talking Points post-Nobel prize:

    "Obama has done nothing at all."

    Well which is it???

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Pam

    This is not so much rewarding Obama as it is slapping the face of the Bush administration. Which makes it all the better.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Wow. Pretty shallow.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. NYObamacan

    What is wrong with these people. Our President wins an interantional award and the RNC can only criticize it? What happened to the RNC's pride in our country?

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Tim

    Mike Steele you've got a lot of nerve for constantly hating on the President. You think you'd be in the position you're in if Obama wasn't President? Do you think you'd be there if McCain was elected? You need to stop fooling yourself and making yourself look stupid. President Obama is more than worthy of this alcalade. Who do think should've gotten it, George W Bush? Give me a break. Unlike you so-call consevatives who get your rocks soft by establishing conflict in the world, President Obama is about peace and he represents everything that's good about this country. He has also changed the world perception of us. So you, these Tea bagger, and all these other so-called conservatives need to just get over it! While you're at it, remember who and what you are and where you came from!

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Craig of LA

    This criticism by Steele is petty, unpatriotic and shamless. Republicans first attack our president for his patriotism – advocating for our country to be awarded the Olympics. Now they attack him, a fellow American for receiving an international award?

    In the midwest where I was raised we honor and celebrate any American that wins an award as it is good manners and patriotic.

    The republicans and their fig leaf of a chairman have now sunk to the point where I believe they seek to destroy President Obama's presidency at any cost, even if it brings harm to our country. They lust for power for power's sake and like Machiavelli will use whatever means necessary to achieve it. Well, Mr. Steele, I condemn you and your party. You bring shame to America.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    Yes, it was an interesting choice by the Nobel committee but I understand their message and their perspective. Are there any Americans on the panel? Americans would have a different perspective on the things Obama has done that probably got him selected.

    I do have to agree with Michael Steele's comments although maybe will be too brutaly honest for some people.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Debra Austin, Texas

    Now the Rethuglicans certainly don't want 9 months of the 'delegitimization' program to go to waste when Obama picks up these awards. How dare they ruin our efforts to bring down the President and this country. "Country First"....but which country?

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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