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. Lisa P

    "...so they resort to their predictable response and standard playbook of demonizing those who disagree with them..."

    Pot, meet kettle. The RNC are such fools! The title of their playbook is "Demonize" and "demonize" is the only word in it, repeated again and again, beginning to end, every single page filled with it. They need to figure out a new strategy. We're on to them.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. A. M. Howard

    To the masses who think, "What has President Obama done to deserve this award?" After the past eight years where America went from respected to revered and hated is quite simply this, HE'S GIVEN HOPE. Let's face it, the world looks to America for guidance. Unfortunately, because of the past administration's propensity to act unilaterally and employ cowboy diplomacy, America was hated world wide. With the election of President Obama, America and the President has given the world hope and respect once again.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    Excuse me, but the screamers at the town hall meetings WERE an angry mob. Some of them had to be physically removed from the premises by law enforcement. Some were fascists. Others were just misinformed and aggravated that a black man was president. "Can't no good come from that!" The vast majority were just reacting to the massive campaign of scare tactics being employed by the RNC.

    Only right-wing partisan extremists would actually complain when the President of the United States wins such a prestigious award. This can only enhance the President's respect and influence around the world, and that cannot be a bad thing for the United States, no matter how hard Republicans try to de-legitimize it.

    It has become quite evident that no matter what this president says or does, he is going to be attacked and insulted by the Republican Party. No policy or decision that he makes will ever be accepted, much less supported by these political creatures.

    While I have a lot of admiration and respect for President Obama, I still see him as a human being who is perfectly capable of failing. And I will watch what he does and judge him accordingly. But that is NOT what the GOP is doing. Since Obama was elected, the Republican Party has instituted a campaign of slander and lies in order to de-legitimize the presidency during a time of national crises. And all of this is being done in the name of politics and winning back a few seats in the 2010 mid-term elections.

    What a country.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. yuri

    We feel the same way when we learnt BHO was the finalist for Nobel Peace prize, since the Committee kept the other finalists' names as secretive as possible. Thogh not " shocking, it, indeed, was astonishing.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Obama supporter

    I think the Republicans are terrorists looking for Obama to fail (and as such the U. S.) and not applauding any accomplishments. Hey, you can do that in Russia. Out of here. As goes Obama so goes American. He is President. Bush is history. Live with it. I put up with Bush 8 years. Your turn.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. john

    Both groups are acting like CHILDREN!!!!!!!! PERIOD. The RNC has the right to disagree with this choice. The DNC will demonize anyone who disagrees with them.

    That's real balance there.
    A revolution is coming, a civil war is coming america.

    Whose side will you be on??? Freedom or Socialism

    October 9, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Obana's naeve view of the world and "world peace" might when a beauty pageant. But that view puts us a lot closer to the hands of terrorists than criticism from conservatives.

    October 9, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. IVOTE

    The GOP has not delivered one positive reaction to the President of the United States of America's agenda. The GOP needs to wake up and smell the coffee because the world is watching what is happening here and see who and what we are. President OBAMA deserves this Nobel Peace prize for his efforts so far.

    October 9, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Independent_me

    Michael Steele will not be remembered by history.
    Barack Obama will prove to be one of America's greatest Presidents.
    Nuff said.

    October 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Jake

    Someone please explain...

    The President of our country wins an international award, and half of the country is upset?

    We lose the opportunity to host the Olympics, an international event, and half of the country is psyched?

    What the hell is going on here!!??

    October 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. pete at the beach

    Maybe Obama won it because there is such a dirth of peacemakers
    and a lone voice in the wilderness of hate that is destroying our republic

    October 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Bill Lewis in Austin

    Let's see, in recent years the Democratic politicians have won 3 Nobel Prizes and Republicans-zilch. I'd say that any complaining would be sour grapes.

    The prize is given to those that make a positive impact on the people of the world. Carter and Obama won for humanitarian efforts. The Republicans should consider this a wake-up call. Other than President Bush's support of HIV/Aids worldwide, what have they done to improve the world situation-nada.

    October 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Jim

    The President has acheived a lot and would acheive more if the Republicans had not made the decision that whatever he was for, they were going to try to stop. The first thing he did that helped world peace was to address the Muslim world with respect. I can't think of a single Republican that has done that. It went a long way to calming anti-American sentiment.

    October 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    Excuse me? Did I just read what I thought I read? Did I just hear the Republican National Party, instigators and authors of some of the most blatant lies, misrepresentations, and out and out inflamatory rhetoric accuse the Democratic National Party of demonizing? The party whose supporters are calling for the assissination of the President? The party whose lies about "death panels" have frightened the old? The party who called me a traitor because I disagreed with the Bush Administration's Iraqi adventure based on known lies which cost us trillions of dollars (carefully hidden from the public view), thousands of American lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives accusing the OPPOSING party of shameful political rhetoric?

    I must be tripping. Please tell me that the Party of No, the party of Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and other pundits who'd rather score points using attacks than logic did NOT just say what they said!

    OK, you want to know what President Obama has accomplished? In the months of the campaign, he took the high road, never sinking to the level of the GOP's attacks. He campaigned on a vision of hope, of change, on putting American back on the international stage as an advocate of peace rather than war. He reached out, both in his election night speech and his Inaugural Address, to the world for the use of diplomacy rather than force, and reached out to the GOP in an effort to work together for a bipartisan government.

    His biggest opposition isn't Hamas, or North Korea, or al Qaeda - it is the real rabid extremists in the world - the members of the RNP.

    October 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Farrell in Houston

    They are the ones who called President Obama a Muslim but yet they are the ones who speak in line with terrorist, I'm just saying.

    October 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Charlier Brown

    Here's an obvious observation: Democrats don't have to explain what makes president Obama deserving of the Nobel prize because they didn't award him the prize. Obama himself said, "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize"

    If Republicans want an explanation ask the Norwegian Nobel Committee

    So, yes, you are terrorists, whiners, rabid extremists and angry-crazy zealots

    October 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Congrats President Obama! The RNC will never say anything good about you, ever. At least this time... unlike the snub America got from the Olympic Committee, you can tell the RNC... "hit me with your best shot, RNC, let the slug bounce off my medal..."

    October 9, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mason Langdon

    I wanted to clarify the nobel peace prize win for apparently the 99% of Republicans who don't seem to understand the concept of nomination. Obama was NOMINATED after two weeks in office because of the profound change he instantly instilled in the outlook of the rest of the world toward the US. He WON the award after further promoting that vision and helping to ease tensions in favor of multilateral diplomacy. Say it with me now, he was NOMINATED after two weeks. He WON the award after about 8 months. He did not WIN the award for 10 days. The idiocy of not one right-wing media outlet recognizing this distinction is absolutely mind-blowing. Should I provide a link to websters online?

    It's fine to believe there are more deserving candidates. But to blast the president for winning the Nobel Peace Prize? At this point, you criticize everything and therefore lack all credibility. Say it with me now, it's a good thing for the American President to win the Nobel PEACE prize. It is an unbelievably extreme viewpoint to blast the American president for winning the Nobel Prize. You cannot seriously be offended with being equated with extremists, can you? Celebrating the olympic defeat, now hating the nobel prize. What's next, you root against Israeli-Palistinian peace because Obama's involved in the diplomatic effort? You know what we call someone at work who ceaselessly criticizes everything without ever offering positive criticism or providing their own solutions? Fired.

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Lori, Houston Texas

    The Republicans have lost their collective minds. They're not happy unless they are complaining. I suggest therapy.

    Obama changed the world's perception of us just through his campaign vision of hope and a better world for everyone. When the American people voted for him over a McCain/Palin warmongering vision (bomb iran, anyone?), the world saw that we chose correctly as enlightened people in the 21st century.

    The Nobel committee recognized this choice by awarding this prize, not just to Obama, but to Americans for our decision to choose a future of peace rather than more war.

    Until Republicans learn to love their children more than they hate their perceived enemies, their situation will never improve. They have shown America and the world who they really are. Just hateful people. The result of their hate? A Nobel Peace prize awarded to one of their perceived enemies. With a strategy of like this, Dems should be able to clean house with 51 votes very soon.

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Necie in OKC

    The RNC reacts to how the DNC reacts to how the RNC chairman reacts to the PRESIDENT of the United States of America receiving a prestigious award. Give me a break! Regardless of your opinion of President Obama, the Man assumed a huge responsibility and has done more to bring peace (of all kinds) to our Nation and around the world in his short months as Commander-in-Chief.

    Agree with it – Don't agree with it. Who cares? He's there so can you find some kind of dignity to support and encourage our President? We are supposed to support and lift up each other-especially in the eyes of those who would do us harm. FOR ONCE...let them see we are UNITED. Can we?

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Lynda

    Who Better to Know about being Shameful than the GOP.......what you Republicians are doing is SHAMEFUL......Your reaction to losing the Olympics in front of the Whole World was SHAMEFUL......One of your Republician House members calling the President a LIER was shameful.........Your constant whinning, complaining trying to make this President FAIL is shameful........letting the radical right wing (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Palin, Wilson,) take over the GOP is shameful.......Palin calling Obama palling around with Terrorists was shameful........The minister praying for Obama to DIE is shameful........your followers putting up signs saying "Kill Obama" is shameful.........It is your Political rhetoric that is SHAMEFUL

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. tiff of lithia springs

    The committee that gives out this prize knows exactly the odds it took just for Obama to become President. After all this is the same committee that gave Martin Luther King Jr the same prize. It wasn't what he did during his Presidency obviously but how he behaved through out his candidacy the form and firm foundation of inspiration within this country and around the world. Even Michelle was a source of inspiration to many women of darker skin in other country when it's not popular to be of dark complexion in those countries. Through all the criticism and non support they still push forward with optimism for this country and around the world. I don't ever expect for Republicans to understand that. Their mentality isn't cut out for it.

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. joel palmer

    The remarks of Chairman Steele should fill all Americans with disgust and loathing. The RNC sinks lower and lower with its contemptible attacks. Offering NOTHING; they have become the nattering nabobs of negativity. Their collective conduct is despicable and we will hold then accountable at each and every election; they are on a slippery sloppe to extinction

    October 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Proph

    Can the man have a victory without all the haters??
    No matter what this guy does or win, it's short lived by all the negative attitude. Michael Steele, seriously, sorry you weren't the 1st black President, you will never be one.. So, stop making it so obvious that you are envious of Obama and put your Hater Degree away!

    October 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Greg

    I would be pretty pissed if I was one of Obama's speech writers – because it is really them who wrote good speeches for this guy and built his political career, and that is the only reason he won this 1.4 million – I repeat his speeches were the only reasons – good thing he can read off a TelePrompTer

    October 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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