October 9th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
11 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. Lisa P

    The RNC walked right into that one. No surprise there.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. The TRUTH will set you free!

    Congrats Mr. President – keep up the good work – keep seeking God's wisdom and you will be fine!!

    To the party of "no", stop hating & whinning and do your jobs! Our country needs solidarity, peace and hope more than ever before and all you have to offer is hate! Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.

    God Bless & Peace

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Carl Justus

    It is unfortunate that the republicans cannot bring themselves to be happy OUR president won the Peace Prize.

    It show they have no intention of even trying to work with OUR president to solve the massive problems we face as nation. The republicans and their party would rather see us go bankrupt- which George W. Bush actually started by giving the top 5 percent of the population not one, not two, but THREE of the biggest tax cuts in history of the country.

    He then proceeded to go invade a country that posed no threat to the USA, but borrowed 6 TRILLION DOLLARS INSTEAD TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN TO FIGHT FOR A LIE HE AND HIS ADVISORS MAKE UP SO HE HE CALL HIMSELF A WAR PRESIDENT.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. John (A Republican African American)

    Really because the Dems never said "The War is LOST" or "George W Bush is an enemy of this country"? Give me a break, dems you are pathetic and small people that can dish it out but certainly cant take it. Small small people.

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Virginia

    I knew those bigoted small minded republicans would be furious when they heard about Pres. Obama receiving the Nobel Prize. So the world keeps on turning and they keep on sniping and trying to bring him down, what else is new?

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. George Sales

    Mitch McConnell and the GOP have become irrelevant !!! Also, all Democrats need to show their full and complete support of our president and our party's efforts to reform healthcare!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    We should all be proud that America, via our President Obama, has been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Instead, we are infighting. What's new?

    We don't have much of a future when we don't join together to better our nation and the world.

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Larry

    I am quite pleased that THE PARTY OF NO is finally being recognized in this country,for the low life that they truly are

    Any group that so openly hopes for the failure of our greatest leader, is proof that they as individuals do not deserve the positions that they have been awarded by the American people

    If anything, they as individuals deserve to be stripped of these roles to make room for those who truly care for this country and this world we live in


    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Robert

    The constant whine: He hasn't accomplished anything yet.

    So he hasn't, really. But it is not unprecedented for the committee to award the prize to someone they expect great things of – as a way to pressure them to do those great things. The president of that committee said as much this morning when he compared giving the prize to Obama to the prize awarded Mikhail Gorbachev at the beginning of he term.

    So stop whining. This president is on the right course, and this is just a vote of confidence by the Nobel committee on that course, and a little pressure for Obama to make his stated goals a reality.

    If McCain can show some class in his response to this, so can the rest of you Republicans. Stop complaining over every little thing this presidents does/tries to do/achieves, etc... It is so very old..

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Abu Bhuiyan

    I fully agree with DNC's statement. The Nobel Peace prize received by the Preisdent of the United States is an honour for all Americans and they should be pride of it. Remember, this is not not the moment for criticize but this is moment for joy for all Americans.

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    Well, this story sure is full of crap. It's the DNC that is aligning with terrorist!

    The deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 1, 2009. Basically, two weeks in office and this Presidents gets this award. Even the heavy drinking kool-aid drinkers can't deny this is a joke.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Dave Eccleston

    What'll he say next? Across the board, democrats and republicans alike, have noted that President Obama hasn't actually *done* anything yet. While Obama may 'hope' to accomplish great things, wouldn't the award mean more if it was given to him *after* doing them?

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. colleen

    Shame on the statement from the RNC President. No matter what your policies, you should always be proud when any American receives the Nobel Peace Prize. The Americans should feel priviledged that one of their own was chosen. I am a Canadian, and cannot understand any American, either Republican or Democrate, Independent or otherwise, not being thrilled that one of their own got this distinguished honor.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Equality for all

    I too noticed this morning that the Republican's response to our President being awarded this honor was the same as the Taliban, Hamas, and others who hate America. I guess the saying "great minds think alike" can be applied to feeble minds as well. Congratulations President Obama! Please live up to American's and, indeed, the world's great expectations!!

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Linda

    Shut up Republicans – you have nothing to offer the USA anymore except lies, hate, war and poverty. Oh and add illness without health care to that list! I am sickened by your hateful responses to anything positive that happens to our nation, just because you hate Barack Obama for winning. You had better get used to that for I know Americans are much smarter than you think and will not buy into your lies and hate speech.

    I am proud of my President and my great nation today in spite of you .

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. wye

    "It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it's an embarrassing label to claim."

    Truer words were never spoken.

    October 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. gw3

    you people in the liberal party mak me sick! why should anyone be excited about this award? there are bound to be people who have worked harder for world peace and longer than obama. I personally think he is a good man ,its the idiots around him like this dnc spokesman that worry me!his comment is like every thing else the dems say. i am a republican ONLY because they are the LESSER of the two EVILS. you people sling more crap than anyone in D.C. we could sure as hell do without the whole lot of you.

    October 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. jennifer

    Republicans knew we could not afford the olympics. Brazil has the billions it will take, in the bank. Stop twisting everyone's intent, when they don't agree with the White House. As for the nobel prize, it was awarded prematurely.

    October 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Wake Up

    Dems are a joke. Olympics would have hurt chicagoans. Dems clearly don't understand seriousness of the world, as they make terrible comparisons.

    October 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Tom in Delaware

    This is a joke..... Obama, The UN, The Nobel Committee and the DNC.

    October 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. OH IO

    Funny stuff – Obama hasn't done jack – EVER. He has never worked a day in his life....wake up people..frkn zombies and pawns are all you are. You really think he cares about you? Laughable.

    October 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. mjm

    Republicans...like everyone else in the world...are wondering what Obama has done to deserve the Noble Peace Prize. The 5 people in charge of awarding the prize COULD HAVE WAITED to see if Obama actually deserves the award.

    I don't think Nobel had "expectations" in mind when he envisioned future recipients.

    Hey, didn't Carter win the Nobel? Nuff said. Maybe Obama will follow in his foot steps after one term.

    As far as the DNC and their comments about Republicans and terrorist...They got it wrong....Ayers is Obama's friend.

    Do you think the Taliban woke up this morning, turned on their TV, learned about the award and then issued a statement criticizing the President?

    Or is the DNC nuts?

    Gandhi…didn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize after being nominated 5 times…Obama does?

    October 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Proud American

    The award was based on EXPECTATIONS. Not what he has done. If he had won the war against the Terrorists I would be all for him winning the prize. But it's on EXPECTATIONS, that is uncertain he can win this war. As the old saying goes:


    October 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. ray

    right on d.n.c, these republicans are worst than the terrorists. republicans wants america to fail, yes the racists on the right wants all america to fail beacue they are not in power. the republicans had 8 years and the mess this country up and now the want it to fall on its knees for ever just because they dont have the white house and congress. shame on them.

    October 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. buckwheat

    Go ahead and close this one too when things get too hot. Truth hurts.

    October 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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