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?"

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Of course the radical right is going to speak out against our president receiving the Nobel prize for peace, of course the radical right refuses to acknowledge or honor this reward, of course the radical right remains disrespectful, hypocritical and a party out to destroy our
    president and our country,.
    And, of course, CNN will give them their full support and headlines.

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Tania

    I wonder why Bush didn't get it?

    October 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. NVa Native

    Rollins is a right wing hack who regularly scoffs at the legitimacy of the Nobel Peace Prize and anything else that ties us to the rest of the world. "Republican strategist" says it all. Soon we will hear from all the "haters of the US" ~ Beck-ler, Fox media, BinLaden, Limpball, Taliban, etc.,
    "NO" surprise here from a right wing spin dog from the party of "NO".

    October 9, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. No Surprise

    And if the Republicans would stop trying to undermine and block everything this man does, maybe we would see some progress.

    I find it interesting that Obama gets a Nobel and Bush gets shoes thrown at him.

    Why can't we as Americans celebrate the accomplishment of OUR President instead of trying to quickly put it in a negative light.

    I just wish the shoe thrower had not missed Bush...twice.

    October 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. inofritzn

    I agree, he MAY deserve it later on, but this was premature. But gratz anyways!

    October 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Darla Wilshire

    Mr. Rollins–your conservative bias is showing. The idea that world can get along, can solve problems, can make differences in the lives of their peoples is too big for your small, mean-spirited brain. The steps have been taken–by Obama. For that, he deserves this award. Another old, white traditional man wags his finger - at least Rollins agrees with the Taliban. What does that tell you?

    October 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    It's manipulation of world events......

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Terri from Texas

    It truly amazes me how many people are losing sight of the fact that "this" President is trying to make the world a better place for all of us. Coupled with the mess that he inherited, I feel he's done a good job so far. I totally understand opposition/disagreements on his policies. What I don't understand is the lack of "intelligent" dialogue to come to some type of agreement. All I'm hearing is a total disrepect for his office/administration.

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Sour grapes, anyone?

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. clifford in New York

    This is the first Affirmative Action Noble Peace prize ever given away!

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. nick

    Did this question come up when Carter won it ? Carter turned out to be great in his effort to bring peace through out the world and Obama will do the same. But to ask if Obama has caused the Nobel prize to be cheapened is a slap in the face. This is a question to be asked by FOX. Shame on you CNN.

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. mary

    Mr. Rollins, the folks that give the awards are not stupid! They clearly stated that Obama is creating the climate for peace to reign. Obviously, as a Republican, that's the last thing you want, so you can't accept the award. But whatever you say isn't going to reverse the decision. So live with it.

    October 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Scott L

    I am just SHOCKED! This man has done NOTHING except deliver great speeches. And he just dissed the Dalai Lama in favor of China, so how does he deserve to win? He has divided America more than ever.

    This entire Obama phenomenon is completely insane and out of control. Schoolchildren singing songs - giving him the nobel peace prize?

    Crazy what this world is coming to.

    October 9, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Jane

    I thought this was a joke when I read it this morning. The Peace Prize has been reduced to a popularity contest. How can Obama with only two weeks in office (Feb 1 is the deadline) possibly have contributed so much to win the prize? This is an insult to those who have won before Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Elie Wiesel, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The bar is has most definately hit rock bottom.

    October 9, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. too bad the republiklans lack ideas

    GW Bush should have won the Noble peace prize!....I wonder what Ed Rollins would have been saying about diminishing the award itself! – maybe an insult?!!!

    October 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Aaaaaah, today's first GOPer aneurism over this...simply delightful...

    October 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Hugo

    What a joke...

    October 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. PK

    If the U.S. can wage preemptive wars then why can't the prize committee award preemptive Nobel Peace Prizes?

    October 9, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Lynda

    I knew when I read that Obama got the Noble Peace Prize that the GOP would be all over this with negativity......just like everything else this President trys to do........this should be a time to be proud of this Honor that has been bestowed upon him, instead the republicans will use this to continue to put him down........and if they continue to do this they will continue to lose the respect of the American people and will be voted out one by one.......

    October 9, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    Get over it Rollins. You're just jealous because the Awards Committee didn't give it to little georgie bush in 2004. For the life of me, I could never understand how a couple of warmongers like bush & blair were even nominated to begin with.

    October 9, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. victim of republican greed

    Don't worry Ed, I am sure Cheney will get an award from Nuremberg for his work on war and torture.

    October 9, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. MaryS

    Indeed, granting an award for vision, not for accomplishments, creates a difficult precedent. Why not award scientists a Nobel Prize when they envision a cure for AIDS but have yet to come up with the vaccine? Or to freshly graduated economists who, in their thesis, envision a different world economy but have yet to test it?
    Besides, will that prevent BO from militarily responding to a potential new attack on America?
    If vision, not facts, is all it takes to earn a Nobel Prize, then it has lost its value in my view.

    October 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Louise in NC

    I am a 65 year old white female with a high school diploma. The so-called intellectuals of this world will never understand why he won, but the COMMON MAN knows without a doubt and understands why he won!!! TIME magazine goes out of its way to discredit President Obama and I no longer read their magazine to get unbiased information.

    October 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Bluebonnet

    I can just hear all the liberal loons now boasting. What a sad day the coveted prize has been cheapened by this award. Mr. Obama has all the intentions but when he was nominated for this award, back in January, he had done none of this and certainly had no accomplished anything toward that end. Sad.

    October 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Steve in Denver

    What has he accomplished? He has, in short order, restored dignity to America. Restored diplomacy to our foreign policy arsenal. Met with many leaders of the world, engaged in the issues of the world, and is ending the imperial foreign policies of the past failure of a president. He is getting us out of Iraq, working to close Gitmo, and looking for an intelligent way forward with Bush's other nightmare, Afghanistan.

    In short, he is undoing the damage of the last eight years in mighty short order.

    I am so amazed at the arrogance of the neocons. An international prize awarded to the person or people most accomplished in a particular field, and you neocons say neither Carter nor Obama deserve it. Carter, who ended the Israel-Egypt war that has stayed ended some 30 years later, is painted as a buffoon by the neocons.

    Thank goodness we went with the smart guy this time!

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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