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. Bill from CA

    The Republicans are the LAST people who should be talking about 'shameful' rhetoric. Remember when people who opposed the war in Iraq were called unpatriotic?!? And while I don't believe all of the health care opponents are angry mobs, there is definitely a fringe group of extremists representing the right by trying to compare Obama to Hitler. Maybe that's just mainstream in the GOP, but for most of America, we consider them extremists.

    October 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Deb (long island)

    As an American I would be happy if people were just honored that someone from the US was indeed

    October 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. john

    i don't understand why the GOP is so upset, this should be an honor for the whole U.S.; the DNC did not choose him as a the winner, the committee did – which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, so obviously someone other than U.S. democrats felt he deserved the prize.......

    October 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Butch Dillon

    The DNC is simply hitting back against the seditious rhetoric that spews forth from the republicans on a daily basis. The rest of us are waiting for them to take their sour grapes to the street, armed with their 2nd amendment right. I hope to meet them, armed with my 2nd amendment right.

    October 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Ex-NC-Pub

    Democrats are lashing out calling Republicans terrorists. That type of political rhetoric is shameful."

    As in the McCain/Palin campaign????

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Perhaps the RNC should consider how the last president managed to alienate most of the international community and create total disdain of the United States abroad. In eight months or less, the current President is rebuilding international relationships and is on the path to forming better alliances via dialogue and appeal that fosters "meeting others half-way." If the RNC and others seriously wish to conduct a critical analysis, perhaps they should start there.

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The democrats must have sympathy for the Republicans as their elitist leadershave always had symapthy for the terrorist because of what the Evil America has done to the World. Isn't that what the President has been apoligizing all over the world and especially in Muslim nations for?

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    I'm FINISHED with anything and everything from the Left...whatever it takes to defeat them is OK with me.

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. William

    This is business as usual for the GOP. When you can't use the facts, to make your case, then just make some up. This should be a proud day for American, instead, we are having to defend President Obama's election. What a shame.

    October 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Only 23% of the country approve of Republican'ts in Congress

    No! What's shameful is an American political party that cannot, for ONE DAY, put aside partisan politics and offer sincere congratulations to OUR President who has been awarded such an honor! What's SHAMEFUL is that the Republican party, once again, puts it's own political interests ABOVE the interests of the country at large! This honor is not just given to President Obama, it is also given to us, as a nation, because he is our duly elected President! Instead of trying to tear that honor down, ALL Americans should be taking pride in it . . . . no matter what your political beliefs are. We just got rid, finally, of the Republicans' president who was REVILED by most of the rest of the world. This one is HONORED by most of the rest of the world and the Republican'ts just can't seem to move on for the good of the country. That IS shameful indeed!

    October 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Adam

    1/22/9 – Appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East peace

    1/22/9 – Ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay

    1/22/9 – Ordered comprehensive review of detention policies

    1/22/9 – Prohibited use of torture

    1/22/9 – Signed an executive order to close CIA secret prisons

    1/23/9 – Lifted “Global Gag Rule” on international health groups

    1/26/9 – Began to address climate change by increasing fuel standards for automobiles

    1/26/9 – Appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change

    1/27/9 – Signs Lily Ledbetter “Fair Pay” Act

    2/1/9 – Expanded healthcare for children by signing SCHIP

    2/5/9 – Again addressed energy conservation by increasing standards for appliances.

    October 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Vets4Obama

    Just one achievement is all you want?

    Got rid of the biggest terrorist this world has ever seen, Bush/Cheney.

    Beating the second biggest terrorist the world has ever seen, Palin/McCain.

    Who cares that he hasn't let 3000 people die in his first 9 months, or saved the auto industry, or endeavored to save the lives of 45k americans every year from the republican endorsed health care system. Who cares that he's inspirde a country, a nation.

    And best of all, he's got the terrorist cell known as the "GOP' pissed as all heck.

    Republicans are truely the most treasonist dirt bags to have ever gained citizenship in this country we call America!

    October 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. TEXAN

    The President deserves the award. He is also in a powerful yet dangerous position by playing peace maker in this racist country. He carefully conveys his views while listening and addressing other view points.

    This safe glorious country allows the advertising of the N-word in referencing our President at the Georgia Peach, which is owned by Republican Pat Lanzo, a convicted sex offender and longtime hatemonger in the town. The restaurant has a number of racist images in his Georgia Peach Museum bar such as cartoons of Klan members lounging on lynched black men and items disparaging Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A number of Klan rallies have been held here in the past. One such rally was the Aryan Unity Rally on May 18, 2002.

    All Americans need to aide the President on keeping the peace.

    October 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Audrey Fryer

    It has nothing to do with "Achieving Peace" it has to do with attempting/trying to obtain peace and stability via diplomatic efforts, etc. It also has nothing to do with being "President of the U.S.". That just doesn't factor into it. Remember, Pres. Carter obtained the Peace Price for attempting to negotiate peace (it just didn't happen); Yasser Arafat obtained the Peace Prize, again for attempting negotiations (again it didn't happen); the Dalai Lama has received the Peace Prize for talking about Peace (he too, hasn't achieved anything concrete). The RNC just isn't happy because this is an award that they cannot sully because it was granted by other peoples in other countries.

    October 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Anthony

    FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT.
    I know you absolutely hate the thought of it BUT hows that one for you, RNC.....

    October 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Adam

    2/24/9 – Directed almost $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health

    2/25/9 – Initiated international efforts to reduce mercury emissions worldwide

    2/27/9 – Committed to responsibly ending the war in Iraq

    4/1/9 – Agreed to negotiation of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

    4/1/9 – Enhanced U.S. – China relations

    4/2/9 – Led global response to the economic crisis through the G20, obtaining commitments of $1.1 trillion to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable economies

    4/4/9 – Renewed dialog with NATO and other key allies

    4/5/9 – Announced new strategy to responsible address international nuclear proliferation

    4/13/9 – Began easing tension with Cuba through new policy stance

    4/17/9 – Secured $5 billion in aid commitments "to bolster [Pakistan's] economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism"

    4/22/9 – Developed the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

    5/8/9 – Proposed International Affaires budget that included funds to create a civilian response corps - teams of civilian experts in rule of law, policing, transitional governance, economics, engineering, and other areas critical to helping rebuild war-torn societies; Provide $40 million for a "stabilization bridge fund," which would provide rapid response funds for the State Department to help stabilize a crisis situation.

    6/4/9 – Gave historic address to the Muslim World in Cairo – "American is not at war with Islam" Foreign affairs experts insist that Obama's engagement with the Muslim world has been remarkable. "He has been able to dramatically change America's image in that region"

    8/4/9 – Used DIPLOMACY to free 2 American journalists from a North Korea prison

    9/18/9 – De-escalation of nuclear tension through repurposing of missile defense prompting Russia to withdraw its missile plan.

    October 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. edwin kihika

    The republican party has lost all pretense of being a prominent national party, In my mind, this party is nothing but a collection of an angry mob whose professed mission is to denigrate everything the president does or is associated with him. Two weeks back, they cheered wildly when chicago lost the games, now again, they are flailing wildly demanding to know what the president has done to merit this award. First, an american city is eliminated in the first round of voting, and they cheer wildly. The amercan president is chosen as the recepient of this year's nobel peace prize and again they're wildly oppossed. My question is this, are these people truly american?

    October 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Mark Borde

    It's time for America to celebrate this award for all of us, just like any other country would do if their leader got the award. To immediately critisize and cry about such a wonderful prize is unbeleiveably sad. Only in America would we take such a honor and taint it with partisan comments. We should be dancing in the streets and show the world we support our President, peace in the world, and a policy of olive branches and not military invasions!

    October 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Buffalo Bill

    As a right-wing extremist nut job, I would offer the names of Ronald Wilson Reagan, and George W. Bush, ahead of the "rookie" who now occupies the Oval Office. I wonder what Bill Clinton's immediate reaction was?

    October 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Wendy Knickerbocker

    Unfortunately for us all, *no one* has been able to *do* anything that has actually brought peace. The Nobel Prize is given not as a reward for action but as a recognition to those who *try* to make peace; those people's efforts are often unpopular within politics as usual, but those efforts always encourage and/or inspire others to work toward peace. Obama has been both encouraging and inspiring, worldwide, to those who support meaningful engagement before or instead of using military force. That encouragement and inspiration began with his inaugural address.

    October 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Steve W.

    To comment on the characterization of conservatives by liberals: the "rabid extremists" are a (hopefully) small but extremely vocal group and are very much real–however conservatives by and large do not deserve this characterization. The valid criticism of the republican party is that they do not denounce these individuals and organizations, but rather allow them to soil the conservative title for the sake of appearing stronger as a group.

    Until the republican party can clarify the limits and extents of its views it will lack the credibility and integrity needed to criticize the White House or the Nobel Foundation.

    October 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. kari

    Why does the DNC have to explain what Obama has done to merit the Nobel Peace Prize? Did the DNC have anything to do with the nomination and award?

    October 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Willing To Make A Change - You Deserve it President Obama!

    If the shoe fits, wear it. What a bunch of crackheads. Their cover has been blown and the hatred is really showing. PRESIDENT Obama's prize will really fire them up now. It's a disgrace for a bunch of old, wrinkled men to act like elementary school kids just because. PRESIDENT Obama was chosen for his efforts and vision towards WORLD Peace, the same as Dr. King and Dr. King wasn't a President. Keep doing what you do Right Wingers. You are only hurting your party.

    October 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Punctus

    Sounds like sour grapes to me. Would it kill these guys to be gracious just once?

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    It's not rhetoric. It's simply fact. Deny it all you want, delusional morons will not see facts for facts.

    Republicans ARE domestic terrorists and have never in their pathetic treasonist lives loved this country as the rest of us truely patriotic americans! Just ask McCain, who is admired by the right wing for his treasonist behavior in Vietnam, where he turned into 'Song Bird McCain' and campaigned for the enemy, costing american lives.

    GOP is the enemy with in. Vote every one of the traitors out of office!

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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