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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  1. sean

    The Republicans cheapened themselves by appealing to the worst in American society. They are no longer patriots- they are now the American Taliban. Fortunately, they are an ever dwindling minority.

    October 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Expat American

    It will be interesting to hear what the Palin bigots will say....especially those who have never traveled more than 10 miles from their place of birth, do not even know what is the Nobel Peace Prize and couldn't even find Norway on a map.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Kelly

    He won because, in the words of the committee that unanimously gave him the award, "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population," That certainly is better than with an iron fist. And once again, just like in the general election, those who scoff President Obama are a MINORITY. Small minded individuals, make way for the will of the World.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Nick

    To bad Ed the there is not a prize for warmongering! Then your Republican Presidents would have been Nobel winner hands down. Or, Ed, may a prize for lying to the international community? The Republican Presidents, especialy GWB, would have won that! Alas, they don't give Nobel prizes for pandering to the dark side of human nature.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. AMG

    Mr. Rollins might begin by congratulating President Obama upon the receipt of this distinguished award. Few American Presidents have received the award and instead of second guessing the Nobel Prize Committee wouldn't it be more useful to advocate for how Obama could use this award to further his work to bring Peace to the World.

    Debating whether he should have received it or not is just the dribble of today's news. Partisan, divisive and a poor image to present to the world.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. D. Tree

    What sour grapes! The Nobel Committee made a bold statement today. They showed us that the World is ready to work with the USA on a range of issues. I predict we will start to see a host of other nations emulating kind of behavior. More countries will want to help us achieve our goals. Its a very good thing for America.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Rollins is correct.
    It would have been just as illogical to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to Mitterrand for his book about his adventures with "boys" in Thailand.

    October 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. AXH

    Well said, Ed Rollins, what has Obama done, nothing!!!
    He does not deserve this award based on what he might do, this award should be given for solid achievements, period.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. yuri

    Most of the diatribes and distractions for the Dem Prez. are comin' from the other side of the aisle and this is expected of them. We feel the Nobel Peace prize Committee is gonna come under ragin' fire for this premature award, that is sure to stoke the flames of tirade, especially, from the wingnuts of the right wing.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ken from missouri

    He has made this country safer while improving our status in the world anybody who has to go behind bush and in 9 months have the country looking like it's for peace and not war deserves this award.

    October 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. nellie

    Would not you say, the world accepts this man, because of what he is attempting to accomplish? No, not many in the US are proud, but it seems to me, the world is. Maybe, he should resign, give the job to Biden. All the negativity makes no sense when it comes to this man. What did people really think he was going to get accomplished in just a few months? With commentatorors making such harsh statements about the President, if you all are so smart, why don't you all run, next time?

    October 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. DJ

    what is wrong with you REPUBLICANS?????????? What has Bush and your congress achieved in past 8 years???/ NOTHING. can you be positive for anything??? THE NO NO ...party for anything

    October 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Kerri Jones

    Obama may not have solid global allies at this particular moment, but we are closer than we have been for a very, very long time. That in of itself is worthy of substantial praise and honor in my book. No doubt in my mind that our President not only deserves this honor, he earned it.

    October 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Crab

    Don't hate the player, hate the game!

    October 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Pam

    I think awarding this to Obama is more about slapping Bush in the face (which only makes this better). Especially since Bush practically campaigned for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. ltran

    Obama should be very wise to decline the award. Just like North Vietnamese's Le Duc Tho did in 1973. (Henry Kissinger accepted)

    October 9, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Darla Wilshire

    If you ask for comments, unless they are deemed inappropriate, they should be included. You could be editing for a slant to the comments. I will no longer comment here.

    October 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Michael

    So we have a president that has NOT fullfilled his promises from the campaign trail and some say he still is campaigning and goes around the world bad mouthing and apologizing for the USA, and now he has done nothing but talk talk talk and you get the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Hmmmm go figure.

    Pray for world peace everyone cause we're going to need a miracle if this type of or lack of democracy keeps up

    October 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Debra Austin, Texas

    Just ruins the Rethuglican mantra in place for 9 months, trying to delegitimize this President. Shame on you Rollins and what is NOW the 'New Whig' party. Try focusing on his already accomplished work to reign in loose nukes and nonproliferation agreements with Russia and his advocacy for conflict resolution rather than war as a first option. Rollins, when you get an award, ANY award, you can open your trap.

    October 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. jeff

    Look at what the rest of the world says about Obama. He has over 70 percent approval rating in most of the world. I would say Bush was in the teens most of his presidency. Thank you President Obama for not using force for everything and actually talk to the leaders of the world.

    October 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. fellow from chicago

    Couldn't agree more. Would think such a prestigious award would be based on accomplishments, not visions. Visions can be obtained by indulging in drugs, accomplishments by actions ending positively.

    October 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Scott, Tucson

    Well I wouldn't say the Nobel committee have cheapen the Peace Prize...dumb it down maybe but not cheapen.

    October 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Rosebud

    Why is the backlash face of the GOP always some old tired looking white man?

    October 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. lila

    . For a moment, just a moment, all sane people heard the voice of their better angels. That's not an easy thing to do. And after the republicans nonstop hate and fear campaign, it made it all the more impressive. Most democrats were after blood, Obama was not. Obama was and is not a hateful person. That basic decency might not seem like such a big deal to some, but it is, and it's sad that basic decency has become so rare as to be prized, but it is because of the fact it is so rare that we must prize it now more than ever. We all can be decent to each other, but most are not. Just read the republican out lash and you will understand why it was so fitting for Obama to win.

    October 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Manuel TX

    This does cheapen the award.

    Seemingly, the Noble selection process is no longer merit based. It now joins the US presidential election process as merely a popularity contest.


    October 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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