October 9th, 2009
09:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Rollins: Nobel committee cheapens award

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/09/art.rollins.cnn.jpg caption="Rollins says the committee awarded the Nobel Prize to President Obama prematurely."](CNN) - Did the Nobel Committee cheapen the Nobel Peace Prize with its choice of President Obama Friday?

CNN Republican strategist Ed Rollins says the award should be based on what someone has done, not what they might do.

"I think this may be way too preliminary," Rollins said on CNN's American Morning. "At the end of four years, maybe he has accomplished something and deserves it. I think it has diminished the award itself."

I think certainly you have to give him an "A" for trying," Rollins also said. But at the end of the day, what has he accomplished? Who on the world stage are his allies at this point in time?"

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. IndyVoter

    You Sir are cheapening President Obama's award. What kind of person is it that sits there when someone wins an award and criticizes the fact that they won an award. We teach our children to behave better than that. Or maybe some people don't teach their children and they grow up to be like Mr. Rollins. Sad, pathetic, insecure bunch of killjoys!

    October 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Loup Garou 782

    Ed Rol;ins wants to know...."who on the world stage are his allisa at this point in time"
    Mr. Rollins might consider looking at those who obana is comfortable with....Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, Manual Zalaya,William Ayers....need I continue or do you get the picture?

    October 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. sammieb51

    Rollins should be forced to disclose how much FOX pays him - he cheapens the integrity of hte press.

    October 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Why doesn't Rollins question the Rebpublicans about Obama's lack of achievements so far? Could it be because they are constanly saying 'No' to everything he tries to do. No matter what Obama does or tries, the Rebpublicans are there to tear him down.
    Good for the Noble Committe for awarding Obama with the Noble Prize. They seem to have more faith in him than the Rebpulicans!

    October 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. mims

    of course he would say that.

    October 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Lisa

    Rollins and the GOP are vicious, vindictive and jealous. They've become dangerous.

    October 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Allen

    You don't get a Nobel Peace prize or award for tearing the whole world apart, leaving the country in huge deficits, creating a financial mess, isloating the Unites States, and running up the national debt, which is what President Bush accomplished in all his eight years. Barack Obama won in just eight months in office for his efforts in trying. Yes, he has not accomplished his goals, but the mood of the world is changing, attitude towrads America is changing, the economy is back from the brink. The President did not win this award for accomplishment, he won it for eight months of efforts and action, which is more than I can say for George Bush.

    October 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Erasmus

    Rollins said "I think this may be way too preliminary". Ed, I think you mean premature. You cheapen the esteemed profession of second guessing, know nothing TV pundits.

    October 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Hank in Seattle

    Ed, please show a LITTLE class this morning.

    October 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Steve,Austin

    And FOX News really cheapens everything!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Pat

    Mr Rollins, does it hurt so bad to acknowledge that the rest of the world might LIKE this president more than the last one?????
    I did not hear you criticize anybody that openly when he did not get treated equally on other occasions, such as college invitations or broadcasts to schools.
    Considering how the world looked at the US under Bush, Obama has done the impossible – make countries actually be in favor of relations with us again..

    October 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. MCD, SF, CA

    I believe that this was two-pronged.

    One, it speaks directly to the frustration that the world felt with the Bush Administration and the tactics they used... and you must remember, the American People let it happen.

    Two, just like Pavlov's theory, you reward good behavior in order to reinforce it... this does not mean President Obama is being treated like a dog... it means that the world is trying to reach out to huge and sometimes unruley country, America. This is a tactful way of urging The American People to realize we are better off as part of a World Community and not as a renegade.

    October 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Reagan was wrong

    Rollins, a disciple of Reagan's (and the GOP's) pugnacious attitude towards the rest of the world, will obviously disagree with Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Pres. Obama realizes that as the world becomes more interconnected and more interdependent, there is no room for the black and white "us versus them" thinking that characterizes GOP thinking. Does he deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? I don't know, but at least he's trying, which is the polar opposite of every Republican administration for the past 40 years.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. buckwheat

    Along with the Nobel Peace award goes a great sum of money that gives these Socialist the money to travel all over the world after they have done their damage to our country and try to screw up other peoples elections and countries. They should ,after they fail being a proper president ,just shut up and disappear as Liberals want Bush and Cheney to do.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. HBO

    I thought Ed Rollins was better than this. Oh well...

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Expat American

    Republicans are like rabid dogs...biting at anything they can with no rhyme or reason...refusing to believe that their 'values' platform on 2004 proved to be nothing more than a failure.

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Larry

    Rollins, no one cares what you think and for the life of me I can't understand why CNN even employs you for your superflous opinions.

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Jamie

    Rollins, don't be ridiculous! It is amazing American citizens can still be so vitriolic against President Obama, no matter of his policies or actions and negate the positive diplomatic style that America has lacked for many years.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Bob in Pa

    The Nobel Committee cheapened the meaning a long time ago. This is just another in a series of yerrible picks.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. George K.

    This is another Republican gone mad that Our President another Democrate Mr. Obama has won something they have died to win for decades now. Rollins roll over in your grave and die if this award displeases you that much. You people have hated this President since he became the first black President, and now that he has won this award even deepens your hatered for him.
    He has done something far more better then any of your thuggish, gun slagging, lets who get sick die on their own before we can help republicans has ever done within his few months in office.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    It got real cheap when Yassir Arafat won it, the that blathering idiot Jimmy Carter, then Al Gore for pepetrating the global warming farce. The award has not been truly deserved for years and this award to an absolute lying, moron is going to make it a laughing stock.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Who on the world stage are his allies at this point in time?? Answere- the people of the world.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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