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. haren

    Ed Rollins they think what is right in the future.

    October 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. 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 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. deborah/kansas city

    I think it is not preliminary to call you an unAmerican dirtbag.

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Lynne

    Why can't the republicans for one day just congratulate the president as Americans and move on?? Their bitterness is a sickening reminder that America has become all about politics and little about country.

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Sarah "death panel" palin=Osama bin ladden, they both use their influence to fuel extremism

    And who are you? the World does not have a limit in West virginia. Everybody loves Obama whether you like it or not, he is the leader of the world

    October 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. NC

    Well I guess they could give it to Bush or Cheney. They overthrew the Iraqi Government and hung their leader.

    October 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. James-STL

    I agree. What a cheap worthless award this is now.

    October 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. tylerkad

    The Next GOP election slogan:

    America Sucks.
    A Vote for us is a vote against America
    Let us complete our final plan to destroy America.

    The GOP are traitors clear and through.

    October 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. thompson

    I don't understand why we as a nation refuse to get behind this president, at such a crutial time in history.

    October 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Dex Houston TX

    So tell me Mr. Collins what awards will the RNC win, oh I know:
    Hate Mongers Award
    Most lies told by a Political Party Award
    Most likely to start a War Award
    Most Shoes Thrown At Award
    And my all time favorite award for the RNC… drum roll please:
    The Glen Beck Award

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Virginia Mom

    Congratulations to Pres. Obama. However, I think the man who has started all the girls' schools in Afghanistan is more deserving. It seems like this award has become a lot like the Hollywood award shows, where star power often triumphs over actual accomplishment.

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Bob

    So say another hateful and do nothing republican!

    October 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Dave

    YES – It's nice President Obama received this award but just like when Al Gore won his, it's ALL about politics and not about what these men have accomplished. The Nobel peace prize is about as meaningful now as the MTV awards

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Big Ed

    Compare President Obama's work so far and the direction he is taking with the actions of Former President George W. Bush and Former Vice President Dick Cheney. 'Nuff said!

    October 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. ed

    im going to have to agree with ed rollins here, i mean not to say that President Obama hasn't done ANYTHING, or that he isn't trying, but let's face it, he's only been President for 9 months, a US senator for less than 2 yrs prior to that, and a state senator for a few yrs prior. many winners of this award spend their entire lives generating accomplishments that have meaningful impacts before being selected for this award. to me, it just doesn't make sense that someone who has not made an overly momentous impact (yet, it remains to be seen what he may be able to do), gets a unanimous decision for the Nobel Peace Prize

    October 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. billie david

    The committee SAID that gave it to him for his EFFORT...and as long as we have the older people that are stuck in th opinion we as Americans are DOOOMMED...

    October 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Theresa

    Well it is not a suprise that a republican would say that. He has been given an award that they can not seem to get and all we here from them and anyone who dosn't like him is whinning(by the way my 2 year old does this when he gets up too early!! Maybe they all need to go back to bed.) Can we not just get along for a few min and say it is a great thing and it shows that we do not need to kill everyone to get anything done in the world.Great Job I am very happy for him!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. WhoCares?

    Why don't you just read why they gave him the award you Republican tool??

    THAT is why they have given it to them...not on concrete results but by the collective withdrawal from World War that has taken place since he has put a new foreign policy attitude.

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. buckwheat

    Remember that dynamite funds the Peace Prize. Socialist pass the money out because they are adept at spending other peoples money even after they are dead.

    October 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. FormerGOP

    How unpatriotic can the GOP be!
    The GOP has reached a new low.
    He is the President of the United States
    Get a clue GOP United we stand!
    Divided we fall you!
    The whole world is watching you
    Dweebs Have some respect for your Country

    October 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Tony

    I am proposing that everyone in the world have Clean Water by the Year 2050. Does that qualify me for a submission next year?

    Come on, I intend to see it happen. I am promoting it. It is a good cause. I will work toward it.

    Pretty Please..................

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. David

    Rollins, have you ever won the presedency of the USA as a black man? How many speaches have you made to the World declaring the peaceful intentions of the USA? When was the last time you talked about making a plan to elliminate nuclear weapons?
    It's time that the tone of conversation in our nation turns to support of the ideals that our president is striving advocate on behalf of our nation. He represents every citizen of the USA to the World and we should all feel proud of his recognition by the Nobel committee.
    The fact is, if he wasn't democraticly elected by a majority of US citizens he wouldn't have been in the running for the Nobel prize. That is accomplishment enough for me.

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Peace

    It is very astonishing that some of the Nobel Prize winners like the lady Wangari Mathai who just planted trees, even her own country did not see the benefit of it, her Prize passed without any word. How come to our Pres. who is the only HOPE to bring PEACE to many his Prize is criticised!

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Nicholas

    shame on u Rollin. must GOP criticize any Obama achievement? shame on you GOP

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. katiec

    Are there no decent, honorable republican politidians out there??
    If so, why are they allowing, supporting the sewer tactics their
    party has resorted to?? Why are they not putting our country and our survival over party first, winning at any cost??
    Why are they not speaking out, trying to bring some integrity back to their party and politics as they are today??

    October 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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