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. David

    Follow the money...

    Ed Rollins gets paid for these type of comments.


    I would like to pose you a question, Mr. Rollins. Who in 2009 has done more to encourage global peace & security than Barack Obama?

    Please tell me. I would really love to know.

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. luan isuffi

    Rolins is a moron.
    Maybe he should ask what his idol Bush accomplished in 8 years.

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. veteran

    Right on ! What a liberal political sham this award has become ! Carter and Gore got it and what weak "dodos" they were ! Jeez this world is nuts !!

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Farrell in Houston

    Ed Rollins himself has done nothing but support Bush's policies and should just shut up, he is a dishnorable American. This just solidifies the ugliness and hate of the Republican party to repute what we all want and that is peace.

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Jim

    Zero new jobs and unemployment hovering at 10%......fire up Air Force One, President MeMeMe needs to jet over to Europe again to pick up an award for being a celebrity, President TMZ.

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Karl in Charleston,SC

    He can't even bring peace to Chicago!

    October 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Stacie

    Shut up Ed! What have you done lately other than sit in front of a tv camera and criticize others?!?!

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. phoenix86

    The Nobel committee voted in mid-February to award the prize. So they gave it to someone who had been in office for less than 30 days.

    Look for the X-Men to win then next Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Congratulations to President Obama. He joins three other US Presidents who received the Nobel Peace Prize, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter. The negative reaction from the GOP and conservative political talk shows is not unexpected.

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Billy

    Why are republicans always cheering against America? I think its because they love their party more than our country.

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. john A.

    I have every reason to believe that Americans have lost their Way. Where is the spirit of patriotism and support for your President. Americans especially republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Even when the whole world is against America or the President, Americans Stick together, Love their country and support their fellow men. Remember; If the President fails, the country fails, the earlier we start supporting, praying and loving our president because thats the culture i was thot by my parents about America, the better we get. God Bless!! btw...Congrats Mr President.!!!

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Joe in NJ

    The Nobel Comittee already cheapened the prize when they gave it to Al Gore.

    October 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Jude

    The prize has become a joke over the years. Obama has not done anything yet other than encourage the third world dictators and succumb to Russia on the missile shield. It says a lot that the worst President in the last 80 years Carter also received the award.

    October 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Jim

    leave it to a republican to come up with this kind of hogwash.


    when are the republicans going to stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.

    i am disgusted.

    October 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. cjr

    sour grapes??? ed – get over it republicans are so out of date and so yesterday- and actually becoming rather unamerican- I don't think anyone takes them seriously anymore – after all look at the leadership sarah, rush- glenn, Not one of them has ever done anything of any importance. and just who will they run in 2010 – tim, mike and mitt – oh wow!!! I'm impressed!

    October 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Steve in Denver

    Just another whining republicant yaking away . . .

    Rollins, your side is rooting for failure. Your side cheered when the Olympics were awarded to another country. I hope the voters continue to treat you all as irrelevent until you all decide to get back on America's side, and root for success.

    Maybe Obama's success will bring prosperity to all, but get him re-elected. That would be soooo bad.

    Thank goodness we went with the smart guy this time!

    October 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Nat

    Oscar for best pretending is stil waiting for Obama.

    October 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Voter

    Talk about lowering the bar!

    Obama has ACCOMPLISHED nothing. He, like hundreds of others across the world, has started a lot of things, but finished NOTHING.

    How many troops does Obama have in Iraq and Afghanistan??

    A ridiculous choice. How can anyone take the Nobel Committee seriously in the future?

    October 9, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. donttreadonme

    Anyone US President that yields to the UN and allows foreign influence to shape US policy can certainly win this award. Thank you Obama for bring the US in line with “their” goals and value system. Thank you Obama for weakening America and bringing her in line.

    And most of all thank you liberals for insisting that improving our “Reputation around the World” is more important than our sovereignty and our economic well being. One Nation under God no more.

    October 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. db

    Stop the hate!!

    October 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Peter Wheatstraw

    I think Rollins cheapens CNN

    I wonder if he can name anyone else that deserves the NPP this year?


    October 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Judy Mia Fl

    suck on those sour grapes – CNN really is turning into a pot stirring mini-fox people.
    how "unpatriotic" these comments are. Don't you see that this is mainly a compliment no only to the President, but a incentive for Americas to "give peace a chance." We are not all knowing and almighty we're just like the rest of human kind.

    Congratulations President Obama from the bottom of my heart!

    October 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. james

    Nothing this guy says has any value, CNN. Before even reading the article, I can tell what he's going to say, just by the fact of who he is. Fool me once, shame on you...fool me a thousand times....I just quit reading.

    October 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Michelle O

    The Nobel peace prize has been given to a palestinian terrorist, and a failed politician/failed journalism student, mascerading as an expert on science. It has already been cheapened considerably. Instead of calling it a peace prize, they should call it the politically correct prize, since they seem to give it to people of compromised principles, whose only purpose is to promote their own political agenda.

    October 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Frank

    Somebody please tell Ed Rollins and the rebuplican party that they lose credibility everytime they critcize the President. And would somebody please tell Rush to get off the cliff. I guess the world hasn't rejected Obama like the rabid right thought.

    October 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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