October 9th, 2009
12:41 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Ann

    I'm not a rabid extremist – but do people realize the nominations were due February 1st for this award? What exactly did President Obama do in his first two weeks in office to earn this honor?

    October 9, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. B. Churchill

    Simply dislodging the GOP from the White House is accomplishment enough. The whole world knows this. The rest – and there is more than enough – is just gravy. Read the qualifications – the vote was UNANIMOUS...

    October 9, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Mary

    While Obama is a great speaker and that looks good on a center stage – I am not impressed with what he has done so far! And I am sorry but I do not believe he deserves this award at this time. I am wondering if Obama received this award because we will soon be faced with a crisis that Obama will not be ready for because he will be to busy with photo ops and interviews because of this award ??

    October 9, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. ja

    the republicans are simply determined to derail President Obama's efforts, for the sake of polictics, America need health care reform today, they speak about patriotism, people are out of work, how do you afford health insurance, while unemployed, or even employed, get over it and work for the good of all instead of your corporate cronies

    October 9, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. becca

    Maybe it would have been nice to allow us one moment of simply feeling proud, just proud that our president is so honored, before spewing your garbage in our faces.

    October 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. b coop

    the Nobel prize has been a joke ever since Gore won it for his faux-AGW mockumentary

    October 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. mike murray

    Congratulations to Pres. Obama for being the first man commanding troops actively fighting in a foreign country to win the Nobel "Peace" prize.

    October 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. ERP

    Let all the miserable creatures and followers of Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh and Fox News and right-wing Republicans in general eat their hearts out. Their ilk and the likes of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Cheneys of the world represent the greedy, dark, ugly and pessimistic side of humanity. Barack Obama represents the hope, generous, bright, optimistic and uplifting side of humanity. Bravo Mr. President, we're proud to be your neighbours and fellow human beings.

    October 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Frank G

    It's nothing the Administration lobbied for; it happened and the President in comments placed the Award in the proper perspective. Now every commentator should, for once, just shut up.

    October 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Kyle, MS

    Why are you asking the DNC, why not ask the Nobel Prize Committee, they're the ones that gave the prize to the president. Don't make this political. As Americans, we should thank the committee and move on.

    As I understand it, they gave the president the prize for what he is trying to do. End of story, it's their decision, not ours.

    October 9, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. ILSrwy15

    Repulicans need to realize that there is a great big world out there that does not include them. I could not be happier that they have been reduced to a regional party of nay saying pantie waists......good ridance. And...if you are a republican I hopethis post pisses you off. Enjoy your Friday.

    October 9, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. DF - Toronto

    There is a more appropriate and new meaning to the acronym GOP.
    The GOP should now stand for the "GET OBAMA PARTY".

    October 9, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. joe m

    the reaction from mccain and huckabee are the examples that republicans and their supporters need to take notice of. these were gracious and recognized the fact that attacking the president in recieving this honor does not help their cause. huckabee's point that rather than appearing to be 'whinning' republicans should challenge the left to explain the reasons why the president deserves the honor. what critics need to also take note of is that even the president was surprised, therefore neither he nor his allies were lobbying for him to win. criticism needs to be directed toward the members of the nobel committee, who may have been influenced by the president's global celebrity rather than his actual accomplishments. at the core of their rationale is the 'effort' that the president has dedicated towards peace. in contrast, this same committee has failed to recognized Ghandi who is universally recognized as one who achieved peace; more notably through peaceful means.

    October 9, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Young independent

    Wow I think both parties are being babies so if you republican or dem i say we end this and start another revolution and get back to our core principles "for the people by the people" instead of the political retoric now of "how can i get re-elected with out doing anything while making as much money as possible." Cause this is a joke and the U.S is starting to look like a big whiner on everything instead of a leader and an example

    October 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Carl in MI

    Republicans ARE terrorists... dealing in fear, fear, fear!! All they do in fear monger... be afraid of Obama, he's a Socialist who's turning your country Communist!! That's the kind of stupid rhetoric we hear from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.

    When I hear these people saying that the Democrats political rhetoric is shameful... I know that compared to the above conservatives and Republicans who are MASTERS at being shameful, that statement from the RNC is meaningless.

    Sweep off your own porch, RNC... before you cast the first stone!!

    October 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. R Wendel

    In 2000, when G W Bush was elected president in a highly contested election, the right said to the left: "Get over it" and the left had to grit its teeth and bear it for 8 years because, Mr. Bush WAS the President. We have a new president now, Barack Obama, elected by a very comfortable majority. A majority of Americans like him and want to give him a chance. Many other world leaders like him and want to work with him. The Nobel committee, who can do what they want, elected to award him a very high honor and it's their right to do so. Until 2012 at least, he IS the President and deserves at least as much respect from US citizens as he has been given by other countries and world leaders. There are major problems to solve, fences to mend and an economy to repair and nothing will get done if this relentlessly combative stance by the right is not at least softened if not abandoned altogether until the next election.

    In short: "Get over it."

    October 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. big papa

    News FLASH Obama-hating propagandists:

    President Obama was nominated 12 days into his presidency...

    MEANING: The awarding of this VERY PRESTIGIOUS prize has NOTHING to do with his presidency...

    ...Barack Obama inspires PEACE and HOPE worldwide more than any individual in decades...

    ...Ronald Reagan only gave a speech and the Berlin Wall came down...

    ...the media snarks are showing just how DEMONIC this country is...

    October 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. florida indep

    Do I think Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize? No, or at least not yet. Some day he may earn it. I do have a problem with all this crap coming from the republicans about the nomination. Last time I did a reality check neither Obama nor the democrats had anything to do with the inner workings of the prize commitee much less who actually gets the award. These people remind me of 2 mafia families constantly bickering and killing each other so they can get a bigger share of the crime business while the people and this country suffer at their hands.

    October 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Joe

    Seriously? This tit-for-tat has gotten very old.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Tony Rosario

    Way to go America! It's obvious that we're all proud to be Americans today (except for the Republicans who just can't stand the thought of our President being recognized on the international scene as a peacemaker and diplomat, a fine American) I strongly recomend that any and all who feel it is more preferable to be divisive and seditious morons than unite as a country with one president, Well- go somewhere else, You've already screwed up the country enough.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Tired of the bickering

    "The better response is to simply allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition." – Huckabee

    Has it occured to anyone yet that neither Democrats or Republicans had a say in the nomination? It was an INTERNATIONAL award. How can either side demand explanation from the other?

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Party's Over

    They didn't call you terrorists. Their comment clearly meant that with your happiness that Chicago lost the Olympics and your desire to see Obama fail in everything is as unAmerican as terrorism. But of course, you will twist words to meet your own shameful agenda. And what about death panels and pallin around with terrorists? The GOP is filled with greedy hypocrites and whiners. Present some of your own solutions and accomplishments. Since 1980, all you have done is hurt this country.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Doug - Dallas

    Typical sour grapes, no wonder no one wants to be identified as a Republican! By always turning everything into a political statement, putting politics above common sense, national pride and by supporting nothing our President does, you accomplish nothing for the American people. You haven't had anything positive to say since the election in November and you're doing nothing to fix the problems that this country is experiencing. Your statement twists the truth which is what you've been doing since January and is the reason you have less than 20% support across the country.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Edwin

    It was surprising this morning (even though I did not think him a candidate, I was no completely surprised), but instead of the pundits and American people being happy for him, the country and the world at large, they viewed the whole affair with suspicion.
    They ask what he has accomplished to deserve this. This is the most hardworking president I have seen or heard of in my entire existence! Since becoming the President, he has promoted peace and mutual respect at home and abroad. There are those who do not like him for who is, and therefore have concluded they can not like anything he stands for. In the end who suffers, the American people and the world at large! We are in a real sad state of affairs!

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Char Hinners

    I am very happy and hopeful that the Nobel Prize went to President Obama and I believe it does show that character and persistence on the President's part is being recognized as a hope for the global community and it will bring "whining" and jealousy from immature Repubicans. I must add that out here in the hinterlands there is a definite perception that a lot of the hateful reactions are racist based!!!

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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