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. Voter

    All this lifelong Democrat can conclude is that the Nobel Committee has reduced itself to a politically correct cheering section.

    How about an award for instituting health care reform on the backs of America's oldest and most vulnerable citizens. Do we have an award for that?

    Then there are the basic human rights of gays and lesbians – he made what are turning out to be many empty promises to those citizens. What prize does that earn? Oh, did I say, "earn?"

    I guess this means we can pour all the money and lives we want into making Bush's wars look legitimate.

    Let America's unemployed and our broken hearted foreclosed families eat cake.

    October 9, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Brandon Mayes

    If anyone wins award for America I am happy. I dont care what it is for. I treat everyone like they were my son or daughter winning a award for the country. I feel like it is just unpatriotic to talk down about anyone who wins a award for America. If you dont have anything good to say about America then shut the hell up.

    October 9, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Tom Kaye

    Another one who would rather see people throw shoes at our President rather than cheering him!

    October 9, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Susan in Arkansas

    Ed Rollins and those of his ilk just don't get it. Too many Americans have absolutely no understanding of the importance this country plays on the global stage. President Obama's plan for peace is based upon communication with our global neighbors. We should celebrate this award in that it represents the ground work for hope in this troubled world. We will no longer be the great nation of our fathers and grandfathers unless we treat our global neighbors as peers. And, for those people who have complained recently that President Obama is a failure because he hasn't accomplished "anything" in the eight months he has been in office, your arguments that this award is too premature in his term, need to take a course in Logic 101. This is a proud day for all Americans!

    October 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. john

    Obama has only been President for several months. He does have a list of accomplisments in his early Presidency that the Republicans don't mention. After such a failed Presidency as the Bush years you would think the Repblicans woudn't be so quick to criticize. What have they accomplished in the last 8 yrs.?

    October 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. anthony

    Giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is very strange because he has only been in office for less than a year and quite frankly has not had enough time to do anything diplomatically that would merit the award. It is like giving an award to the Republican Party for its work in health care reform. I mean, shouldn't people at least have to do something before they receive an award?

    October 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Grog in Ohio

    So... an American president wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the GOP whines that it's a bad thing? Why do Republicans hate America?

    October 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Observer1234

    A simple question. How did Obama win Nobel prize and for what?

    October 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Sharon

    Rollins is sour grapes! Another example of partisan politics. Anything to belittle the President. I did not hear him speaking out about how Bush did not win the election of 2000, and that by the Supreme Court stopping the count that it cheapened the Presidency.

    The Nobel Peace Prize was given for President Obama's outstanding reach out to the world and for attempting a new form of diplomacy. For agreeing to sit down and try to work on solutions involving the entire planet and not using force to accomplish diplomacy. Because at the end of the day, we are more alike than different, and if we don't improve the situation between countries, we will loose the world.

    I am very proud of our President and obviously, so is much of the world. It feel great to see the world look up to America again.

    October 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. America Shrugged

    Another nattering nabob of negativity. Geeze..

    October 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Paul

    Rollins is either ignorant of the way the Nobel committee reaches its decisions, or just thinks he knows their business better than they do. King received the award in the midst of the civil rights movement. Tutu received it before apartheid was over. Gore received it before climate change was solved–it's an award for effort, and a goad to continue that effort.

    I am very proud that a sitting American President received this award. It astonishes me how many on the right are angered by this.

    October 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Florida Joe

    By signalling a complete change in direction from his predecessor Bush, Obama has shown the world that he is interested in a direction for pec=ace which the whole WORLD seeks. It is not premature and the WORLD agrees with the Nobel committee. the President of the United States is an immensely powerful position.

    Only those who want wars and deaths of thousands of innocent through thoughtlessness and indifference to the planet's climate etc will fail to see and admit this obvious fact!

    October 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Chris

    Not as much as CNN has cheapened their journalistic standards attempting to become Fox News Lite.

    October 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. mn

    I'm going to have to agree with this one. The President has been in office less than a year. He really has not accomplished much just yet. He has not done anything to earn this award. It is not the same as MLK who led a movement or Wangaru Maathai for her work in environment and sustainability. IS the committee just passing them out now? Pres. Obama has the potential to do the work that is worthy of such an honor. The thing is, he hasn't yet...

    October 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Centrist

    Rollins unfortunately cheapens the honor of having the Nobel Peace Prize given to our President of the United States, no matter which affiliation.

    Rollins should at least acknowledge President Obama's accomplishments so far: unanimous support for nuclear disarmament at the G20 summit, a more constructive defense policy in Europe, and nuclear non-proliferation legislation as a senator.

    October 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Billie Lamaire

    How about the American soldier? Do they not contribute most heavily to world peace? Obama's main contribution to the USA is to incite jihads in our own country (what peace???).

    October 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Cyrus

    I am surpised at Rollin not seeing that at least Obama has proved to the world that Republicans are the clog in the wheel of progress not only in America but to the world at large. I was amazed for a man of his standing to not acknowledge the harmony that now exist between world leaders when Obama came on stage. First thing first is to achieve cooperation and then others will follow. This is what the previous administration lost completely and plunged America and the world into chaos that we now experience.
    Please Rollin put aside politics for a moment and lets be real – was Bush able to gather world leaders as did Obama? That's a plus on his side. I suggest that you Republicans should give him a break to turn America to a better place for us all.

    October 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Ryan

    I agree....I tthink BO would as well. Awards should not be given to individuals with the possibility of accomplishments. Get ready for the backlash! See the RNC response. I stay in the middle on most issues, but man, this will be bad all around.

    October 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Chris Matt

    This is a day of celebrations. Comments like this only cheapens those who make them.

    October 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. AMERICA LOST AND REPUBLICANS REJOICE ON US LOSING THE OLYMPICS

    the republicans are on FIRE hahahaha

    cant wait till HEALTH CARE REFORM PASS

    2010 going be a BLUE ELECTIOn :)

    October 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Roger

    I am shocked by Ed Rollins comments, he is usually above the GOP fray.....The way I see it is that this president has attempted to do alot to help the US & the world & some people see this... BUT when you have got a bunch of right wing republicans that will do nothing but say NO (OBSTRUCTIONIST), they had the white house for 8 years and done nothing but ruin our economy, get us in debt & into 2 wars....I think the award sends a message to the US citizens that the world appreciates a kinder, gentler, more civil method of dealing with others....The COWBOY days are over & everyone but the right wing republicans/GOP is happy...

    October 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. FL

    Cheapen is not the word. He has accomplished absolutely nothing on the world stage. Give the Middle East a free ticket to kill each other and us now. Oboma won't act now for sure to save his award. Israel has see its final days. No other country or the U.N. had the guts to stand up for Israel before now Oboma will surely fully turn his back on them now.

    October 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Todd Hedley

    you stay classy Republicans...

    October 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Nina

    Obama was certain from the very first day that he is not Bush and he can show the world how peace can replace fear and scare tatics. He is not responsible for any of the problems we are facing as a country right now,. and he is trying to change it with poistive attitude and humility. He is making a difference with in a short span of time and everthing is going back to normal. So give him a break and be proud of his achievment because he is Our President. God bless America and Our President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Dan, TX

    No, Rollins, you don't give him an 'A' for trying. You want him to disappear. Most Americans and most of the rest of the world don't want Obama to disappear.

    Americans elected Obama president. We all deserve this award.

    October 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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