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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  1. JP

    It must be April fools day. If they gave a Nobel prize for the advancement of socialism Obama would clearly be the winner. I feel sorry for the people who truely earned what was until now an honor.

    October 9, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Baby Ray Ray

    The Nobel Peace Prize has been seriously cheapened by this.

    October 9, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    It means nothing being awarded without results. I see people work hard all the time and fail. Success is not weighed on effort but results.

    October 9, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. J,

    When you give European liberals a door to influence US policy, they will ! and this president does. Also all his hesitations and non-actions on many foreign issues seems to be motivated by the knowledge that he is a candidate to this prize so the prize already influenced Obama policy. This is a joke, if he deserves it for efforts in policy, then why not give him in other areas: he wrote a book, so give him in literature, he is in a good physical condition so give him in physics, he has good chemistry with his cabinet members, so give him in chemistry, has talked about the economy like he understands it, so give him in economics, 150 medical doctor came to the WH with white lab coats so give him in medicine. Why give Nobel prizes to anyone else this year?

    October 9, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. james

    agree, the award should be based on actions taken and not promises unfulfilled. perhaps obama will turn into a 'do something' instead of a 'do nothing' president but i don't know....i'm still waiting for the hope and change that was promised and i can not say that its coming my way anytime soon.

    October 9, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Wise Latina

    Cheapen? It was already at trash bin value after Gore, Arafat and Carter!

    October 9, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Say what?

    This not only cheapens the award - it now makes it totally irrelvant. Who would even want it now? What a crock !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. army wife

    According to Rollins his allies certainly aren't the U.S. citizens he's authorized to govern. I'm truly amazed at the amount of disrespect given our commander and chief.

    October 9, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. clifford in New York

    When Matt Lauer of the Today show says, "I don't mean to be mean spirited but he (Obama) hasn't accomplished anything Internationally!" You know this is a crock!

    October 9, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Joan

    Shame on Ed Rollins. His jealousy is showing. If Pres. Obama cured cancer the Republicans would not give him credit for it. Read the reasoning behind the Nobel prize commtiee's decision to award it to Pres. Obama and you will see how much he does deserve it. He has changed the way the world looks at peace and stability and has finally brought some respect back to your country. The rest of the world respects and likes Pres. Obama. Too bad many on the right in your country can't get past partisansip and give him credit where credit is due. It shows more about the Republicans than it does about the President.

    October 9, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Another Betsy McCaughey. Go figure

    October 9, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. kd

    Obama has done a lot already and seems certain to do a lot more. He is the obvious choice to win the Nobel Peace Prize in today's world.

    Stuff it, Rollins.

    October 9, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    I expected this from Republicans, I don't think they would approve of President Obama no matter what he does.

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Chris (NY)

    Thumbs Up to President Obama for changing the image of the United States from being an extremely negative to a positive force in the world. Congrats to the President for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thumbs Down to Ed Rollins for being a Republican Strategist.

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. shawn

    What a joke! Are you going to honestly tell me that Obama is on the same level as Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela? Those people weren't given the award until much later in their lives after they had given a lifetime of work and sacrifice. Obama has been in office 8 months! Did any of the other Nobel Peace Prize winners order 68,000 troops to kill people in Afghanistan? This award was bought, sealed, and delivered by our stimulus dollars!

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Gus The Willie

    Oh geeze, the because the is no one the Republican can laud with a Noble Peace Prize in recent years from their ranks, they are calling foul. How sad to see this group of Neaderthals pout. It's a shame they dont' recognize the importance of this award, and the messeage that goes with it. The United States is still a leader on the world's stage. Just once, the Republican could acknowledge the importance of this event. How sad the see Rollins stoop this low.

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Laura

    The award was tarnished years ago when the terrorist Arafat was given it.

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Mississippi Miss

    He has definitely made history, by being the first Black President of the United States. He will also be known historically, as the worst President in the history of this great nation. I wish we could fast forward to 2012, elect a great leader who is up to the challenges that Obama is leaving to us. It is not good to wish ones life away, but 2012 cannot get here soon enough. I will celebrate, when I see the presidential seal restored behind the podium, and see a President standing there that I can finally respect again.

    October 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Accountant Guy

    I am so proud of you Mr. President!!

    October 9, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. HouseDiva

    In a world where reaching out to Muslims for peace is unpopular...one man has decided wholeheartedly to take on the challenges that others didn't seem to have the courage, knowledge, compassion or understanding to do.

    success, or fail; Obama deserves the award...haters are going to hate no matter what he says or does anyway.

    people truly need to get over themselves, and their ignorance...SERIOUSLY!

    October 9, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Accountant Guy

    Amazing job Barack!! We Americans are so proud of you for being a leader that we don't have to be embarrassed by, finally!!

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. scott

    Wow, even when the President is recognized for great things republicans hate him so much that they are bringing down the Nobel name. I didn't(or don't) see any republicans trying to do bring peace to the world. All I see is this pathetic crybaby mentality.

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Susan

    I think the fact that Rollins doesn't know who Obama's allies are makes the point...it is not "us" vs. "them" any more. We are one world, one people, and we need to focus on peace.

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Anthony

    Yes perhaps if he could add fuel to disagreements, like iran and north korea, and russia. Perhaps had he refused to speak with anyone who disagreed with him. Perhaps he could have backed out of international treaties and violate international law and conventions like the previous administration. The maybe he would get a nod from republicans. Gee Ed im shocked you didnt suggest these aproaches instead. Just give him a moment and a chance, and let it go for a day.

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Doc in Virginia

    Rollins....another pathetic CNN right wing waterboy right up there with that gambling windbag who doesnt know his arse from a hole in the ground, but can pontificate on anything and everything without any credibility. His name isnt worth the wasted font.
    The award isnt so much about what Obama's accomplished, it is basically because he's the anti-Bush and people see how deteriorated the world has become when Bush and his political hacks made it into a frat club where we snobbishly dismiss some countries and embrace others in how mightliy they kiss our heiny.
    I hope this makes McCain's day.

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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