October 9th, 2009
12:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Nobel reaction battles

(CNN) - The RNC is reacting to the DNC's reaction to the RNC's reaction earlier Friday to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize:

"Like most Americans, the DNC can't think of one achievement that the president has accomplished, so they resort to their predictable response and standard playbook of demonizing those who disagree with them. First they call Americans concerned over health care 'rabid extremists' and 'angry mobs.' Now, when challenged to answer the question of what the president has accomplished, Democrats are lashing out calling Republicans terrorists. That type of political rhetoric is shameful."


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  1. pc macdonald

    This is just another typical dilution of Nobel's prizes. This prize didn't mean much after Mr. Global Warming won, and mean even less today. Nobel must be truly disappointed.

    October 9, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Al from Denver

    Here's whats wrong with the RNCs initial response. Why make a negative response to the president for winning an award he did not ask for? Why try to score political points against the president when as an american you should have been standing proud because your president (yes he is your president) had just been awarded the Nobel Peace prize. I have stopped trying to comprehend why we as a people can't come together and work out the issues that are affecting us all. At a moment when we should all feel proud, some are taking the opportunity to show just how ignorant they are.

    October 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Eisener

    WHINE. Oh goodness do I feel sorry for people such as Huckabee and those thumbing that President Obama has been awarded a Nobel Prize.

    I am very very proud that the United States have by far majority a world leader that is now recognized with the greatest honor.

    This was NOT awarded to President Obama after two weeks as President. Huckabee and others stating so: YOU LIE!

    🙂 (smilimg, never-the-less, this is actually true)

    October 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. MikeTo

    As Americans we should be proud of President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize but sadly the republicans and the right wing bible thumping portion of our society is trying to discredit the award. Why not be happy and be proud. This day should be rejoiced but because of the racist, juvenile and uneducated responses of the republican party and right wing nuts the celebration is turning into a debate. Mr. President you do not deserve these indignations and you truly deserve the award.

    October 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Click here for The National Association of Free Clinics

    The Republican Party is the intellectually and morally bankrupt Party of No.

    October 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    It's the RNC's partisan rhetoric and petty mindedness that's shameful. Is "Congratulations, Mr. President" really so tough for them? If so, well, they're only 20% and shrinking fast. I guess that's something.

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. grammarian

    It's small-minded for any American to complain about this. The reason? American opinion doesn't count – the Nobel Peace Prize reflects the judgment of people outside the United States. The rest of the world thinks it's noble that a blackman got elected president. They might be correct.

    Deal with it.

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. SJ

    Obama has done little......but he's done much more in promoting world peace in 9 months, than Bush & Co. did in 8 years. And we're no longer hated by the world in general. The ones that do the least will scream the loudest.....just watch and listen.

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Len in Washington

    "That type of political rhetoric is shameful"......
    and WE know shameful....WE wrote the book on it!

    signed,
    the RNC

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Tom, NC

    What Obama accomplishments? A Peace Prize? What do you expect from Norwegians who spend six months of the year in the dark....

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Kettle calling Pot

    Remember the days when republicans used to call "Anti republican" opinions as unpatriotic. Republicans need to be proud that they have taught that lesson well to DNC

    October 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Jose

    This is sad that the only thing the republicans can do is tear down, criticize and ridicule when they are nothing more than war mongers, religious fanatics and obstructionists. It is a sad day for not only them but for the country, for democracy and for civilization. Let us, not make everything into political positive or negative points but in a way that maybe we can understand one another just a little better.

    October 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Scoobydob

    I've read as much as I can and can't find anywhere that the democrats control all the voters who unanimously voted Obama the award. It must be in the fine print of the health care bill next to the death panels that Betsy McCaughey made up.

    October 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. David Spiro

    Isn't this just MORE sour grapes from 'The Party of NO' since NO Republican president has EVER won the Nobel?

    October 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Reny

    Well he didnt invade a country based on lies.
    He actually cares for the country and not just the rich people.

    Obama has done more than that idiot Bush did in 8 years.

    October 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Keish

    and they dont have to answer to you...it wasnt their decision to make. Get over it...this will be one decision you all cannot do anything about. He won it because they wanted him to and there is nothing your little gatherings of protest are going to do about it. He didnt ask for it so stop trying to make it like he put in a bid for it. He was just as shocked as anyone. Keep it moving RNC and focus on something you MIGHT be able to change

    October 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. tara

    First Of All Obama
    Not just through speeches but through legislation and most now as Pres through UN resolutions has been a champion of Nuclear weapons reduction but for those of you who do not understand how the Nobel is chosen. First of all OBAMA has nothing to do with it at all. .. He doesn't any apply for it or anyting he is chosen.. and here is a little insight. ...

    The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
    I believe he has all that covered.

    It is not just about building schools in Africa and those type of tanglable things it is also about inspiring people to change and inspiring people to movements and inspiring peace. I am not saying that he has caused the uprising in Tehran, But I have many Iranian friends and they were inspired by the Elections in America and by Obama's words and actions and his opening diplomacy to the muslim world for many of them it gave them the courage to hit the streets and for one in particular it change her view of America... so yes he deserves it!!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Michael

    In his first DAY in office, he sent a clear message to the world that the US condones torture, and condones permanent imprisonment (Gitmo). Those two seemingly straightforward acts turned the world view of the US on its head – to the betterment of the US citizens, the US as a whole, as well as the world – because they may again begin to trust the leader of the free world – the US.

    October 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. David Spiro

    Maybe it's time to nominate BUSH for a Nobel for all the BUSHBURGES popping up all over this country.

    October 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Barry In Las Vegas

    This really is a bad joke. He got this prize for the work he did in the first 11 days in office?

    Forget what he hasn't accomplished in 9 months – what did he do in 11 days?

    This isn't Obama's doing but unfortunately his receiving this prize deminishes its importance.

    Poor Obama – he looses when he wins.

    October 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Scott L

    The DNC is comparing Republicans to HAMAS and PEOPLE WHO KILL???????

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU LIBERALS? You have some serious screws loose somewhere to compare us to KILLERS.

    STOP THE MADNESS. We are just asking WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE? Can you answer that question? Jobless claims up! Detroit people fired up! Afghanistan a mess! Health Care no leadership! WHAT HAS HE FREAKIN DONE?

    October 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. vic nashville , Tn

    I am Happy he got the Nobel Prize

    To early to get the Nobel Prize may be

    The way conservative criticize I don’t agree with them specially ambassador John Bolton he is crazy

    World understand where Obama stand but our republicans they don’t get it
    they never get

    Obama you deserve it

    October 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. evman

    The negativity from Republicans is both astounding and consistent. The Irrelevant Republican party of NO and NO IDEAS.

    October 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. What a Joke

    One word describes this.... "Hunh?!?!?"

    October 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Lawrence Burt

    Thinking that anyone in the United States needs to justify this award is just plain silly, and arrogant at the same time. It was not given by anyone in the United States. It was given by the Nobel Prize Committee. They have already given their rationale.

    It was also not given for accomplishments or vision prior to nomination. It was given for a new direction promoted prior to Selection.

    Two weeks from presidency to nomination has nothing to do with anything. Surprise, surprise – most recipients were never US Presidents at all!

    Accomplishments are also merely a component of the selection process. Many have been selected as much for what they promoted as for what they actually achieved.

    October 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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