October 9th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
10 years ago

DNC says Republican critics aligning with terrorists

 Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee Thorbjorn Jagland holds a picture of President Obama.

Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee Thorbjorn Jagland holds a picture of President Obama.

(CNN) - A Democratic National Committee spokesman said Friday the GOP has "thrown in its lot with the terrorists" in criticizing the president's Nobel Peace Prize award.

“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists – the Taliban and Hamas this morning – in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

"Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize – an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride – unless of course you are the Republican Party," the statement also said. "The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it's an embarrassing label to claim.”

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  1. Mike

    I totally agree! It's disgusting...

    Conservatives have no boundaries when it comes to our President and they have no respect for the office.

    Regardless of your personal thoughts he is the president of the United States of America and he should be treated as such by all AMERICAN's.

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. andrewstl


    lets be honest they like the democrats as long as the democrats do what they think is right. gop here is a clue we voted u out and hopefully for good. this crap you spewm ism typoical of why u r the minority . wake up . maybe the gop can get coffee for the president. eric cantor woud make a good waitress

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. william lowery

    Is Mr. Woodhouse on some sort of medication or illegal drugs
    to make the comments attributed to him in this article? The
    expectations of the Nobel committee are really very transparent.
    The committee leans to the left (ok) and are pacifistic in behavior
    (again ok). To say that the GOP has cast its lot with terrorists
    is just wrong. He is politicizing the question of 'Why Obama'
    and creating an issue that doesn't exist. Only 20% of the populace
    identify as Republicans? What is that about. Did you count me?
    Now that Mr. Nobel's TNT is used daily, not to mention it's
    harmful use, perhaps it would be me accurate to describe
    Mr. Obama's win as an affirmation of creating a dangerous world.

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Tree

    What an idiot. As a Republican I don't cheer for Obama's failure. I thought it was funny though when he went overseas to "seal the deal" for the Chicago Olympics and couldn't get it done. I wanted to see Chicago win it, but everyone was already giving it to Obama and I think it kind of put him in his place a little bit. As for the NPP, good for Obama. I bet as soon as he was notified this morning of winning it he thought "Oh boy, this isn't going to look good". If they gave it to him for his vision then they are ignorant. I would have liked to see Obama deliver on that vision first before he won the award.
    To be honest, I don't usually care who wins the NPP and I really still don't care. Just kind of funny.

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. JJ in NY


    Please dems, you're making me puke !!

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. j-stl

    I haven't heard any Republican member of Congress be critical (Orin Hatch was just saying it is always an honor...) This came out so fast – is he just making this up?

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Tom in FL

    I'll bet if Obama helped a little old lady cross the street, Republicans would claim that this was part of his plan to kill Grandma. And their idiot followers would believe them.

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. shmeckel

    So who wins the most ignorant statement of the day award? Mr. Steele with his thoughtless response to the prize or contestant number two Mr. Woodhouse with his thoughtless response to the response. This is going to be a close race folks, let’s wish them the best.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Joel Weymouth

    Obama is not being criticized, the selection committee for the prize is being criticized for stupidty. And as far as Republicans aligning with terrorists, Obama is meeting with Hamas and according to sources, he is willing to allow the Taliban some gains in order to go after Al Qaeda, so Mr. Obama does not seem to consider either terrorists. Maybe the DNC leadership should catch up.. Lech Walesa is questioning the award. And HE IS RIGHT. The nomination had to be be early February, and he did not have a chance to do anything. That is not criticism, he had been president exactly 10 days. It is the nominating committee that is being quite idiotic here.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Fred in Illinois

    Apparently voicing disbelief in a yet-undeserved award is tantamount to terrorism?

    Wow– the DNC loves to yell "Freedom of Speech" and yet hates it when their poster child is criticized. I'm sorry but if President Obama had actually DONE something to deserve the award I could understand it. Instead, he couldn't finish one single term in the US Senate using it instead as a platform to campaign for President.

    Call me when he accomplishes something that he's promised.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Anonymous

    it cannot be an honor to recieve something that has not been earned. President Obama has been in office less than a year while there are individuals in the world who have dedicated tangible results to society over the period of many years...politics...figures

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. babs

    Embarrassing. When will the party of no, can't, wont, shouldn't figure it out? President Obama could cure cancer and the GOP would find a way to hate it.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Mary

    I know who DOESN't deserve the nobel peace prize: republicans.

    Don't hate. Appreciate. Emulate.


    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Tony

    I am so proud of our President for his efforts. It is a shame that the Republican part won't even acknowledge something that we can all say is positive. They just attack and keep attacking. It will bite them in the end, in the end!

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Fool me once shame on u, fool me twice... err...

    The DNC is right on the money on this. It's good to see the DNC showing a pair of Graysons. It would be nice to see the lefties in congress follow suit!

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Dcook140

    I agree with Huckabee. The Republicans should not comment on this "award". Maybe CNN can "fact check" the awarding of previous Nobel Prizes with the one that THE ONE won. I think this is extremley unlikely.
    One good thing though, the annointed one gets to take another trip.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. andrewstl

    news flash gop since u have selective meory

    why did u not get up in arms when nut ball bush spent money or when he started the bailouts. why did u not get up in arms when the wars were deemed a failurre. all of the sudden you forget that the gop was the start of this. your tea party effortys are nothjing more that gop disguised as tea baggers

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. alpha_nu_916

    first they bash the president when chicago fails to land the 2016 summer olympic & now they denegrade his nobel peace prize.
    geez louise . . . who's unamerican now?
    the republican party better get a grip on reality because they're nothing but a teaspoon of milk in a cup full of coffee.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Doug

    Hey DNC, you obviously have the pulse of th 47% of americans who don't pay any taxes. Keep the rhetoric up. See you at the polls.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Gia

    It's true. The Republican party has criticized Obama winning the award just the same as the Taliban has. It just reflects what the Republican party has come to be about: chaos, destruction, and hate.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. St Louie

    Perfect response. I couldn't have said it any better myself! I'm just sick of the negativity toward our own president. After the election is over, regardless of party affiliation, is the time that each and every American should support the President until it's time to elect a new one.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Patriot

    I couldn't agree more. The Republicans are nothing more than insurgents and should be banned and deported. Period.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Kwesoe

    President Obama is a phenomenon that some Americans are still struggling to comprehend. But on the international stage, people of great intelligence and stature have come to understand and appreciate Obama's intellectual capacity and leadership potentials. Here in America, the very fact that ordinary citizens are openly discussing issues like healthcare and the environment with passion means that Americans are engaged in their democracy once again. So, regardless of what Republicans think, this award is an American award. It suggests that the voters were wise in their election of Obama as their president. Good radiance!

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Filp

    GOP = Taliban = Hamas

    Way to go GOP! Nice to see you're consistent.

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. AG

    Republicans cheered against the US for the Olympics and joined arms with the Taliban and Iran against our President's Nobel peace prize.

    The Republican Party also voted against the defense authorization bill, wanting to stop funding to our intelligence community and military, both who are working hard to protect the US.


    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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