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. john

    Let me take a second to list the reasons why Obama deserves this award...
    Thank you for your time.

    October 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. snood

    True very true it is a cheapening of a award that should go to the diserving. you should have to prove yourself not just provide empty words. maybe someday but now was way to soon

    October 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. jay

    He was in office 10 days before the vote was completed. He did not even have a chance to "change" anything. This is so political that it cheapens all the opther winners of theis prize. He can't even get the 525 memebers of congress to play nice.

    October 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. James

    What a surprise, a Republican doesn't like that the award was given to a DEMOCRAT who can use his brain. Rollins, go jump off a cliff and take Limbaugh and the entire Fuax News company with you. Idiot!

    October 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. wow

    Ed Rollins has really been bitter lately.

    October 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Maxie

    The Nobel committee is now telling the world that their prizes mean nothing. How dare they hand a prestigious award to a man who has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to bring peace to any part of the world! Obozo is nothing but empty teleprompter talk. He can't make a promise and keep it and he is useless as far as promoting peace since world leaders have no respect for him. That is, except the leaders of al quaeda and other terrorists groups.

    October 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Moe, NY

    Mr. Rollins you fit the description of the "UGLY AMERICAN" to a tee. What is wrong with you republicans/conservatives??? If, for nothing else, President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize just for fighting the right wing extremeists in America...you know the ones....the ones who constantly tell lies, want our President to fail, and are basically just filled with hate. It is apparent that the republicans/conservatives have no shame. I, for one, am extremely proud that our President received this award, and extremely proud for America....it is a great honor.

    October 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Emmett Brown

    If they gave one for CNN Republican strategist, Rollins would still come in second........lol

    October 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. true american

    obama is the greatest president after bill clinton. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Richard-Arkansas

    So far Obama has accomplished one great thing. He has shown the world that the US isn't composed of just gun slingers who shoot first and then sort out the dead later.

    Rollins is wrong in that the Nobel Peace Prize should be given for accomplishments. It is given for a number of reasons including the aspirations that the actions of an individual will improve the world.

    The other Nobel prizes award accomplishments-the Peace Prize is just that-honoring activities that push the world toward peace.

    October 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Rob

    Typical spin from the right .I think the world truly feels for the first time in years the world again respects the U S A,and are trying to look the President for a new direction for global peace No matter what the President does the right will say he's wrong. The rest of the world wants him to continue his efforts toward helping the world be a safer place.At home it seems that all the right is interested in is tearing him down,no matter what When the Olympics were not given to Chicago they cheered,when he is awarded the Noble Peace Prize they boo and question the whether it is a valued award. Go figure

    October 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. gg

    Typical republican!!

    October 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Debra Fraser-Coleman

    Honestly, putting all feeling aside that one may have for our president..can't it be seen what he has accomplished? Give him some credit!

    October 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Barbara- a Canadian Perspective

    I am thrilled at this news.... Sure, President Obama is fairly new in his Presidency, however, he set reset the tone of American foreign policy very early.

    His Cairo speech was phenomenal, and inspirational, and a declaration of a new respect to the citizens of the world. His actions since legitimize the absolute change of priorities from previous arrogance and isolationistic policies..

    Those who critiize the award to your President because it happens so early in his Presidential tenure are also those who think he should already have solved all the problems inherent in a near global collapse. Can't have it both ways.

    Also... this award fully meets the vision of Nobel as noted in his Will! (Google it).

    Congratulations, President Obama, from a proud neighbor!

    Ontario Canada

    October 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Dean

    ALLIES?!?! Duh! Obama has mended the Bush broken fences with many of our former friends in the world as well as laid the groundwork with former adversaries for mutual respect and peace. If you actually read the award before opening your mouth, you would understand that is precisily why they awarded to him. If the headline read 'OBAMA CURES CANCER' I believe that the republicans would complain that Obama just cost the medical industry jobs. They are all about the negative and nothing else. Boo

    October 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. no need to know

    Ed Rollins is and always has been a loser who cares what he or any other Republican thinks except other A.H.'s

    October 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. abe

    The Nobel committy cheapened the Prize long time back when they chose Kissinger for Peace prize !!!

    October 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Andy

    Sure Mr. Rollins, Obama hasn't accomplished anything. Becoming the first black President of the United States of America is just like, whatever man, it's nothing.

    October 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Shucks

    It only cheapens it if you are not an Obama supporter or a republican, for the rest of us It is as well deserved as our disdain for the last administration and their communist dictatorship agenda.

    October 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    While Mr Rollins might not agree with the Nobel Committe's selection, it is not his to determine the selection criteria that they used. And while he does not agree with the Committee, in this issue his views are personnal and the only thing that he should be doing is congratulating the President. Unlike a election, those up for consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize do not place their name in the hat.

    October 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. katiec

    Am curious to see how Jack handles this, as he has become
    another Rollins.
    Don't know what has happened to him but he has certainly
    changed but not for the better. He used to be the only reason
    I turned to CNN, as we would get middle of the road and sometimes even a little left reporting, now he is typical CNN.

    October 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. pinkette

    I think the Republican nay-sayers should keep quiet while the rest of the world praises the President of the United States.

    October 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Dave

    Without trying to attack President Obama personally, I am amazed and shocked that he was given this award. President Obama has only been talk and campaign up to this point during his tenure. He has accomplished virtually nothing (and SNL was dead on with its skit on this subject). Yes, it is true he wants diplomatic solutions to problems. And yet, he sides with dictators and thugs around the world. He has betrayed Eastern Europe. He appears to be directionless in Afghanistan. Nothing has changed in Iraq or the Middle East. In fact, things may get worse with Iran (especially if appeasement fails). This is extremely disappointing and embarrassing! What are they thinking when this award had to be submitted only two weeks into his presidency? I don't get it! The value of this award has just been diminished for all prior recipients.

    October 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Henry Kissinger

    Hey, they cheapened the award when they gave it to me. I engineered genocide in Chile and East Timor. Love, Henry Kissinger.

    October 9, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. John

    Rollins is a GOP HACK!!!

    We should be taking pride in that the Nobel committee has awarded an American President the Peace Prize. How much peace work was done by Bush and Cheney?

    To use the word "cheapens" once again shows the bigotry and partisanship inherent in American politics. Shame on you Rollins, and you call yourself an American?

    October 9, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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