October 9th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
13 years ago

RNC slams Obama award

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is slamming the Nobel Committee's decision to award Presdient Obama the Nobel Peace Prize:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    It pains me, but in this isolated instance, I have to agree with the RNC.

    President Obama's award is premature. It would have been much better if the nomination were submitted in 2-3 years. By then President Obama will have actually accomplished something (or not).

    This premature award based on what President Obama says he wants to do in the futuire, cheapens the Nobel award.

    October 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. eds

    exactly why Mr. Steele and his party didn't win... no diplomacy, no dignity, no desire to have meaningful conversations and find a middle ground.
    Congratualations President Obama. I do believe you make a difference in the World, your ability to do so in your own Country is inhibited by the neadrathal republican's tiny little minds!

    October 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. 8 years 4 sure

    CRY BABIES!!! You are wrong again...This man is working and the RNC is crying, kicking and screaming like a baby in a wet diaper (with a rash!!!)
    It is evident that your worn-out negative, scare tactics are not working for you, now roll up your sleeves and help solve problems and quit being one all of the time!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Jayden,FL

    The GOP is a disgrace to this country. it has become a far right terrorist group!

    October 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. RICO

    Question to Mr Steele, what has the Republican party done lately, beside oppose everything, and spread lies and fear to Americans? Its so much easier to say NO and be negative, than to acutally try to accomplish something. This should be an honor that every American should be proud of, but yet again we show our ignorance to the World, and start calling the Noble prize worthless, and say that our own President does not deserve it. Great time to be an American.

    October 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. John

    I am getting really sick of all this partisan bickering. Can't you just say congrats and move on to actually doing something other than complaining?

    October 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. haren

    What else RNC can do?
    They don't have any choice.

    October 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Shelley

    As Americans, we might show a little pride at having our President recognized by the world as an achiever of peace. How can Mr. Steele make such disparaging remarks about such a prestigious honor? It is getting weirder and weirder. The party of 'no' is becoming a caricature of itself. As I heard said on one of the talk shows, the conservative right hates Obama more than it loves America.

    October 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. deborah/kansas city

    Its a shame that you are an embarrassment to American Mr Steele and have made it obvious that you do not care anything about America or Americans. Pary first, oligarchy controlled by military, that is all you stand for.

    October 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Mike from Pelosiland

    If Obama had actually accomplished something it would be one thing but since he has not this represents nothing more than a sad degradation of what was once a very meaningful and prestigious award.

    The Nobel Peace Prize is now irrelevant.

    October 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Anthony

    Yes perhaps if he could add fuel to disagreements, like iran and north korea, and russia. Perhaps had he refused to speak with anyone who disagreed with him. Perhaps he could have backed out of international treaties and violate international law and conventions like the previous administration. The maybe he would get a nod from republicans. Gee Ed im shocked you didnt suggest these aproaches instead. Just give him a moment and a chance, and let it go for a day.

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Steve/Boston

    Mr. Steele, as a representative of the insular, out of touch, negative, mean spirited, and loony politics of the hard right, has once again put his foot into his mouth.

    What a twisted political message of cynicism. Shame on you Mr. Steele. I have to wonder about your own patriotism and love of country, especially when absolutely ZERO ideas have come forward to deal with the issues we face as a nation.

    What a bizarre thing it is to be attacking a man for receiving an honor he didn't seek, criticizing his leadership, and actively seeking his "Waterloo" at the expense of the American people, who deserve way more than you or your party can give.

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Jen

    How Cruel?? The reason Obama hasnt gotten anything done is because Republicans are fighting him 100% of the way! Kinda hard when you got haters fighting against you! Stupid Republicans. THey love to mince and change words around to benefit themselves. Only those who have a Brain can see that.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. j

    Accomplish !!!!!! A willingness to recognize and listen to others, that`s what. Sometimes that goes a long way to improve relations.----– Republicans just don`t get it.

    October 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Cindy

    What did you expect from this do nothing bunch? They are full of nothing but negativity and should be ignored. It is their job to criticize everything PRESIDENT OBAMA does or when he is recognize for doing good. This President is all about peace and helping the middle class and the poor. Unlike those repiblicants who is all about the rich getting richer. Anyway, just what did these republicants accomplished while in office? Nothng positive that's what!!!
    michael steele is a idiot, even his own party knows that!
    Prsident Obama will do good things for this country with or without those whining republicants and jump ship democrats.

    EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT republicants!!!!

    October 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. PNWjim

    here is truth: if you were not black you would not be head of the repubs and if palin was not good looking she would not have been the vp pick .repubs are about preception not reallity and there are much smarter and more capable people than you two.

    October 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. rk

    Very simply, SHAME ON YOU, Michael Steele.

    October 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. cbrucecrawley

    I would truly love it if our nation could come together and celebrate the fact that OUR President is being recognized on an international level for trying to solve problems with his words instead of his fists.

    We all need to keep in mind that his nomination came before he took office, and that should then direct our attention to his global footprint up to that point. This was a peace prize, not a local policy prize... It was not too long ago that I remember his election, with commentary about how it was like the world came together and that people of all races rejoiced as one for the first time in so long. There were headlines in every nation celebrating such an achievement for the United States...

    Why does it feel like the pendulum has swung the other way and we have all forgotten why we elected him in the first place? We should all be very proud of our country for electing someone who has been able to have a global impact in such a short time instead of criticizing him and even belittling the value of this prestigious award.

    October 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Tired of the bickering

    For crying out loud, can't anyone just "congratulations" anymore without turning it in to a battle. This should be a proud moment for the United States as well, not criticism from political party fights.

    October 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Doug

    Michael Steele is a Republican puppet. Anything and everything to Republican is NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, and NOOOOOOOO.

    October 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Deb (long island)

    There goes the token African-American for the Republican party. Mr. Steele I feel is so envious of our President. Although our President has not been in office a year yet, the world recognizes all of the accomplishments he will make. Our President is humbled by this win and we as Americans should be proud and supportive of our President.

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Nonnie

    Sour grapes?

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. dom

    What a hater! What has Michael Steele ever done to better the world? The Republicans are quick to shut down anything that involves the president. They seems to forget that he represents all Americans. Shame on them!

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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