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. Bill

    Add this guy to the yutz list – and while you're at it check to see if he can produce his birth certificate – or, promote him up to Fox 'News' – fits right in with those folks. Steele's grandma would kick this guy in the behind
    as well.

    October 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Dylan

    In my opinion, the awards intention is to bring focus on the President's desire to create change, so that those who may be surrounded by dogma suggesting continued American militarism can realize that suggestion isn't the case. Hopefully, it will make those hostile pay more attention to what the President's intentions are and their role in also making a move towards peace.

    I think the intent of the award is essentially to give additional focus and political capital to President Obama and his intentions – something that hopefully aids his success in the future. Rather than an award for good intention, it is an award of faith – one intended to allow others to follow suit and also take the risk of hoping that there can be a better future. There can be no action without hope.

    October 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Bev

    I disagree with individuals saying that there is no proof in the pudding for the Peace Prize being awarded to President Obama. He has had a highly significant and positive effect on the peace process, world opinion, willingness to engage in dialoge, and a general feeling that there are alternatives to shoot and run. My biggest hope is that, with this award, we rethink our military involvement in Afghanistan, and that the President use all the other tools in his substantial toolbox to focus on peace instead of war, on construction instead of distruction, and on good will instead of ill.

    October 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. rr

    I agree: name me one place in the world that is a more peaceful place or has more human rights because of either the word or deeds of Barack Obama. Name just one: Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Sudan, Somalia, Georgia, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia?

    He's ACCOMPLISHED nothing to deserve this award.

    It's like giving the super bowl trophy to a team that has a really promising pre-season!

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Jay T.

    Politics runs so deep in this country that there are people angry that our leader has won this prestigious award. Oh, the Repubs will be whining today. How about deal with it and have a little national pride!

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. John

    Oh, by the way Mr Rollins, NO Republican President has ever won a Nobel Peace Prize, not even your highly revered President Regan.

    It just has to frost you and your constituency!

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. We Won Get Over It

    Old sour grapes republican is at it again.....since he gets a chance to slam Obama he can do away with his blue pill today. Post this CNN

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. New Era

    Every time a black man gets this award there is always a question of whether he deserved it. This man has done more for the country in 8 months than George W. did in 8 years. The Nobel committee has recognized it now get on with yourselves.

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look Rolly, they stated, and correctly so, that Obama brought people together in an unprecedented manner. You cannot deny that as it took this country HUNDREDS of years to elect their first Black President. If you don't call that an outstanding accomplishment, especially in light of all of the hate, then I don't know what is. They went on to say that he is bringing the world together by governing from a standpoint that is common to the majority not just the few. He is refreshing, he is real, and he's OUR President.

    Stop the hate.

    Obama 2012 and beyond!!

    October 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Sam Castilla

    You are a Republican, so this comment from you is not shocking. But as an American, I find it offensive that you would ask "what has he accomplished?" Just because he has not rained bombs on Iran and bullied every leader in the world does not mean he has not accomplished something. There is progress on the talks with the said Iran, there is action on the closing of the gulag called Guantanamo, he is working on a healthcare reform program, he has stabilized a world economy that was failing, he is working with Russia on nuclear arms control and the list goes on. Please listen to his speech at the United Nations again. Nine months is not a lot, but winning the U.S. presidency and turning the anger by the rest of the world at the U.S. into a "wait and see" mode has saved a lot of American lives overseas. I always thought you were one of the few enlightened Republicans. Very disappointed sir.

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Veteran of War

    It's a shame that people who are always touting America the greatest country in the world would belittle the President because they say he has not accomplished anything. He's accomplished alot just by trying to do things, did the last President even try to do any of the things that the current one is doing, I think not. At least he have accomplished a dialogue and has put pressure on a few countrys to listen. It's not the award that diminshed but the U.S who's leadership in the world that has and that what he's trying to rebulid so yes you should get something for trying when nobody else will

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. I'm so over CNN and the RNC!!!

    Bunch of jealous republican idiots! and the notion that Obama can fix this HUGE mess in our country in 10 months is ridiculous! americans have serious mental issues...we are the country of the biggest spoiled idiots in the world! we cry about everything! OBAMA'S BEEN IN OFFICE 10 MONTHS!!!! NO ONE IN THE WORLD CAN FIX THIS MESS IN THAT LIL OF TIME ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE IDIOTS LIKE MICHAEL STEELE, BOEHNER, LINDSEY GRAHAM AND THE REST OF THOSE IDIOTS OFFERING NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTIONISM!

    October 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Bubble of Sanity

    Rollins is spot-on. It is no negative reflection on our president that the jury is still out on his meriting such an award.

    However, the jury is back on the Nobel committee, and the thin veil that covers their agenda. They had to step past dozens of deserving candidates and their sacrifices to give this award to someone who does not yet qualify for it.

    But as Americans, it's nice that Europe will send any recognition our way. We can at least be thankful that the award this year did not go to a certain Venezuelan dictator.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Goodies

    Another hated republican who can only talk trash. Stop being so jealous.

    October 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. gt

    this was just a payback at george w... really what has this man done... it is kind of sad and embaressing to the president....

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. CTER

    Mr. Rollins – Sorry but I have to disagree. The Nobel Peace Prize was cheapend and lost credibility a long time ago.

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Will-South Dakota

    The President has Amercia and the world talking about the 800lb gorilla thats been sitting in the rooms...health care overall, market domination, helping the POOR, Low Income Americans.....we are talking about it and making changes....big accomplishments from the past 8 years of Bush and GOP domination in Congress. Congrats Mr. President!

    October 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Tabeth

    A true Prophet is no good in his own home.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Minnesotan

    Suck it, Rethuglicans!

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Obama worst president EVER

    Tough to cheapen an award given out by morons.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Randolph Carter

    So now Obamessiah and Jimmy Carter have something more in common (than worst POTUS) .

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. ray

    rolling why dont you get a real job and see how hard it is to earn money, you are idiot.

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. D&D

    Hey right...Rollins thinks that just because he's on TV, he has to say something...that's ridiculous!

    October 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. lori, mi

    I have to say that I today I am ashamed for America. Our President won one of the most pretigious awards in the world and all you media types and so-called experts can do is put it down. What has happened to this country when we cannot rejoice in something like this? You should all be ashamed of yourselves.......all of you. You are a disgusting bunch of hypocrites full of hyperbole and ignorance. I've never seen this country so full of hatred and ugliness since the McCarthy era.

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Rob R

    He as accomplished a double-digit increase in the world's approval of the U.S.. He has persevered through the most organized and brutal opposition and is still making headway. The question is, what have YOU accomplished, Mr. Rollins?

    October 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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