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October 9th, 2009
09:47 AM ET

Rollins: Obama must now 'earn' Nobel Peace Prize

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a stunning decision that comes just eight months into his presidency.

Ed Rollins questions what President Obama will do to ''earn'' the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ed Rollins questions what President Obama will do to ''earn'' the Nobel Peace Prize.

The decision appeared to catch most observers by surprise. Ed Rollins, CNN political contributor and Republican strategist, says the question now is what does he do with it?

Rollins joined John Roberts and Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Friday. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.

John Roberts: The president has given three significant speeches talking about peace – in Germany, in Cairo, and at the United Nations. He's traveled the world very extensively in the first nine months of his presidency. Could that not be said – and considering too the change in tone – to be worthy of being recognized with the Nobel peace prize?

Ed Rollins: You usually get recognized at the end of some major accomplishment. I think three speeches are a start from his perspective. And I want to congratulate him. I'm always for Americans winning, whether it’s golf, tennis, or the international stage. And it's a lot better Friday than last Friday, when he woke up saying, “We came in fourth.”

I think at this point, the thing I'm curious about is, this is a storybook made-for-TV story. A young senator basically gets elected president after a very short period of time. Nine months into his administration, when the world is still at war – he’s sitting down at a war council today – he gets the Nobel Peace Prize. I mean, if you presented that as a made-for-TV, you probably would get the script rejected.

The key thing I think today is how does he think of himself now? … I'm now a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I've got to go out and make sure I create peace in the world. Not a bad objective. Except, are you as commander in chief basically going to abdicate some of your duties?

Roberts: You are saying that he's been given the award, now he's got to go win it?

Rollins: I think he has to go win it. I think clearly you don’t get the award for three speeches. There's a very strong anti-American sentiment around the world. I think he tapped into that by his apology tours and I think, to a certain extent, he was rewarded for that. I think now at this point in time – Nobel peace prize winner – what does he do with it?

Kiran Chetry: How much does a Nobel Peace Prize matter when you’re sitting in the White House with so many things on your plate domestically?

Rollins: It doesn't create any jobs. It’s not going to get any votes on the health care package. It certainly gives him a prestige on the world stage, but does it make Prime Minister Putin sit down and say, “Gee, this guy is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I've got to be better to him”?

Chetry: Does it?

Rollins: No, I don't think so. And I think there may be a little jealousy – a little jealousy by some ex-presidents. We talked about Bill Clinton. What does Bill Clinton do at this point in time, who worked very hard to basically reduce nuclear…

Roberts: And came very close to peace in the Middle East.

Rollins: He did. And he worked very hard at it. So I think to a certain extent, once again I congratulate him for it. I'm happy for America. I think the key thing here is what does he do now to go earn it?

Roberts: Clearly, the Nobel committee appeared to award him this prize for the work that he has done so far and the potential for work in the future. And the Nobel committee loves to award people who continue their work. I mean, they gave the peace prize to Al Gore. He didn't say, “That's it, I'm done, thanks.” He continues to work on climate change.

Rollins: And they gave it to Jimmy Carter, a failed presidency, who was rejected overwhelmingly by the public, by Ronald Reagan, who did go out and do a lot for world peace.

Roberts: But Jimmy Carter did manage to broker those Camp David accords. That’s fairly notable.

Rollins: He did but that was not what he got his award for.

Chetry: You noted that no Republicans get the Nobel peace prize.

Rollins: I don't want to say it's anti-Republican or anti-Bush family, per se – except for Teddy Roosevelt, who we all loved. The other part that I think he has to be concerned about, people like Woodrow Wilson who won it, others – some of their presidencies failed.

Roberts: How much of this is just sour grapes on the part of people who complain about the president getting this? Obviously, the Nobel committee took a look at all 205 people who were nominated and said, this person is the most deserving. Why should anybody question what they did?

Rollins: Who was the Nobel committee? And what were the reasons for it? If it was the three speeches, then say that. Is it really that he's built peace in the world or just wants peace in the world? That's the critical question.

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  1. Kina

    The Nobel Peace Prize is given "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
    I believe President Obama is well on his way to fulfilling the Nobel Peace Prize statement, but due to the fact that February was the nomination deadline, I do wonder about the panel's intentions. I think they are nudging, no, forcing the President to really find a way to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think they are also hoping that he finally ends America's bullying of other countries. I think it's their way of saying "We know you're on your way, but speed it up."
    Also, it would be rude of him and a slap in the face of world unity if he were to return it.
    Congratulations Mr. President. Keep up the good work and please, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. And keep them out of countries they don't belong in!

    October 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  2. principaldad

    Some of Obama's opponents are saying "it's too early" or "he hasn't done enough".

    – Actually, he did enough when he did not descend to the level of his opponents when those opponents trotted out swift boat attacks on his character and background.

    – He did enough when he turned raciaI attacks against his church into the greatest speech on race relations since MLK.

    – He did enough when he travelled the world to promote peace, all the while taking flack from opponents who loathe "apologies".

    – He did enough by creating one of the most inclusive inaugurations, and presidencies, in history.

    – He did enough by continually inviting his opponents to the table, never once saying "it's my way or the highway".

    – He did enough by accepting criticism, often faIse criticism, like no leader in recent memory.

    Sure there is more to do, the Nobel Prize is not a lifetime achievement award" or an award for the world leader who get the most bills passed in the US Congress. This recognition was not about some theoretical checklist that naysayers would impose. It is about commitment to peaceful diplomacy and steadiness in a world leader, a rare trait indeed.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  3. Chris

    Anyone read these posts, besides myself, and just wonder what's happening to us as a country? Such anger. Such frustration. Such division. I too am surprised by this decision, but I'm happy and proud that he has been selected. Was it premature? Perhaps, but he has at least made attempts to close Guantanamo Bay, end torture as an acceptable interrogation practice, reduce troop levels in Iraq, and attempt to engage countries diplomatically even with those we don't get along with all that well. I would say that is a lot more than just "a few speeches." Unfortunately, we're going to miss out on the joy of this moment because we're just too blind to see what's really important.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  4. Ron Vanderveer

    President Obama didn't ask for this, he didn't butter up any committee members, he didn't even know he was in contention. Why are we "blaming" him for the award, and saying he now has to earn it? I do think it's a bit bizarre, frankly, but it's not the President's fault. If you want to hassle someone, start with the Nobel peace prize committee, who have a history of bizarre awardings.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  5. RM

    All HOPE and no SHOW. Good intentions can only get you so far. Apparently the world has run short of nominees that actually effect change. The Nobel Peace Prize and the entire Nobel organization has lost credibility.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  6. DJK

    I hope he fails

    October 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  7. Rob

    I guess the criteria for the Noble Prize has just changed, you need to do nothing to qualify. The "Rock Star" continues to defy the odds. Guess they felt sorry about the Olympics. Maybe he should donate the prize money towards the stimulous since he didn't have to print the 1.6 million himself. Hope you enjoy your skewed win. Now do something positive with it, like donate it to the family whose child was beaten to death in your home town, or where ever the hell your from!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  8. Lynn

    Why does CNN put new posts at the bottom of their page, rather than at the top? I guess it is like their reporting... usually upside down when it comes to reality. 🙂

    Please change this policy... oh, and while you are at why not go ahead and change your complete philosophy? 🙂 I know, I know – I'm dreamin'.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  9. Mark Q

    Once again, the Nobel Peace Prize committee perpetrates another sham by awarding its prize to a President who has done exactly SQUAT to achieve World Peace. The award is meaningless and as yet unjustifiable. We are still at war in Afghanistan, not yet out of Iraq, unable to solve the Iran and North Korea issues, and show no signs of making progress in resolving the Israeli-Arab impasse. Yet, to simply send a message and perhaps influence Obama's decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan, it cheapens the award into yet another political ploy. ..And, WILFREDO, your comment about Reagan is retarded. Reagan was the key transformational figure of the 20th Century (since FDR) who ended the Cold War, freeing upwards of 150 million people from Communist tyranny. His actions in Central America were a part of ending that tyranny – fighting Cuban and Soviet belligerents and freeing more people. Also, in '88, Reagan WAS nominated but it was given to Gorbachev instead because Oslo "did not want to influence the US presidential process" (election). Once again, yet another politically-motivated slap at a Conservative (and one of our greatest) Presidents for not thinking like a European Liberal. What a Pathetic Sham.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  10. Yang

    I am glad the Obama won the prize instead of other anti-China junks, such as Rebiya.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  11. Tom

    Love seeing the comments that the rest of the world thinks he deserves the award ... obviously not reading the international blogs ... check them out ... people around the world realize that he doesn't deserve anything for 2 weeks in office ... how embarrassing

    October 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  12. Don

    I am happy that an american has won the prize. I am rather surprised by the choice. Not that Obama is a bad choice just pre-mature. The nominations were due Feb 1st. He had only been president for 12 days. He hasn't done I feel as much as like Bill Clinton who has raise a ton of money around the world for humanity. Al gore won it in helping not only produce a film on climate change but raising awarness and money to fight the cause. Like I said I am glad that an american has won it, but this appears to be polically driven rather then based on accomplishments. Obama was surprised himself. I have to say that this just feeds into the GOP of "what has he done." While he is attempting to do much, I left wondering just what did he do in just 12 days to deserve this?

    October 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  13. Susan

    What a surprise. I think his speech writer should have been nominated. I think our entire world is going mad.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  14. Joe

    To Brent,
    I can understand why people call this award premature. But for people to criticize him as a know nothing done nothing awardee simply underestimate the global political climate prior to his leadership. We went from a world of dangerously contentious political stand-offs and factions all with an emphasis on anti-American sentiment to a swift change for the better. In 9months (since you all like to toss that number around as evidence he is unworthy) he has changed the geopolitical landscape completely with his vision and direction and has foreign world leaders falling over themselves trying to show their support. America has gone from global pariah to global leader again, but on a platform of peace, hope and inclusion. Has he achieved these things yet? No, of course not. But what he HAS achieved is a unified vision that these things are possible and more importantly that America is ready to set the pace and world leaders are ready to follow. If you think that is "nothing", you are simply looking for reasons to hate Obama, or you are an idiot. Likely both.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  15. Sixxx Sluggs

    Man, there is more OUTRAGE on the internet about Obama winning the prize then there was when Arafat was a co-winner back in '94.

    Rather than supporting Obama and coming together to help him push for nuclear disarmament and international cooperation, we're debating whether or not he deserves the award in the first place.

    The rest of the world must think that the US is still a nation of retards.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  16. chanur

    It didn't take but reading a couple comments before finding a silly one, so I'll stop at this: "He brought Peace to the world because he replaced Bush."

    There are no more or no less war's in the world since Obama has been president, including those involving the US, and nothing he is doing seems likely to change that "ever" during his presidency.

    Apparently, the peace prize is about what people are hoping you think, not what you actually do.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  17. William

    Not surprising at all that the Leftists who hand out this joke of an award selected Obama, and that the clueless sheep who worship at his feet are euphoric. Their collective understanding of the world's realities is as vacuous as Obama's rhetoric.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  18. Chris

    Ed Rollins, I used to have respect for you as a pundit. You disappoint me.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  19. Tom

    This award may be a bit premature. Obama gets a solid grade 'A' for his international policy and initiatives so far, but it will take time to see what the results of those actions are.

    On the other hand, this award can only be a positive thing for our country's continued leadership on the international stage. This award is a sign that the world still looks to us for leadership, and very much hopes that we will take the initiative in promoting peace and security worldwide. I hope that we as Americans will recognize this, and will humbly and gracefully embrace this award and all of it's implications.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  20. Jake Micheals

    First off congrats to the President for winning, but what did you win for? all the things you've yet to make a decision on? Your 9 long months of hard work to bring peace to the world and stop wars? The standard line from the WH is that they are getting to things but the plate is full...well it's time to start chewing guys. I agree that an american president deserved this award. Bill clinton would have been appropriate but handing the award to our current president makes as much sense as giving it to our last president.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Let me see if I understand all this. To win a Nobel Prize requires good intentions and a disdain for Bush policies. So here goes:

    As a physician, I am outraged by Bush-Cheney policies that contributed to increased pollution, with a secondary increase in the cancer rate. Therefore, I am announcing my intention to cure cancer during the next decade. I assume the Nobel committee will not find it necessary to delay the award until I accomplish my goal. Thanks in advance to the Nobel voters.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  22. valerie

    Let's count how many Republican Americans have recieved the Nobel peace prize. Which I've listed below:

    October 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  23. Sarah

    He already received it. They don't give out first place ribbons BEFORE the race and hope you earn it.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  24. Ike

    I believe Obama really does have World Peace at heart and is doing some good things that way.

    But the Peace Prize (and all Nobel Prizes) are suppose to reward real results. Now, it could turn out that what he is planning on will result in some major World Peace milestones in which case he should get the prize, but it could also turn out that what he's doing has some yet unknown consequences or possibly just leave things the way they are. We are still in the hypothesis/experiment phases.

    If the Peace Prize was based on world perception of good intentions then yes he would win, but I think we need to wait to see the actual results. I'd hate to think that he would do something actually world changing that cries for Peace Prize but is now marganlized by him receiving it already when he has yet to get really rolling.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  25. david

    Obama got the Nobel because he is president of the country with more stupid citizens than any other country...obviously that is the reason...simply look at these posts. They recognize the impossible task he has of leading this group of total idiots. I for one, am proud to be an American today. We are recognized for attemping to change our past.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  26. isaac

    why should i listen to someone who has a biased opinion? why don't you ask someone who isn't a republican?!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  27. Zipity

    He joins the illustrious role of past winners, like Yasser Arafat, who planned and ordered the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics. Or RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Guatemala. She is the notorious Guatemalan faker and author, sort of, of I, Rigoberta Menchu. Like President Obama, she is a memoirist of distinction. Lying about her background, and life. Or MOHAMED ELBARADEI (UN Nuclear Weapons Watchdog) (joint winner). He's done such a nice job with Iran. Or KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they respectively served as the vehicle for, and presided over, one of the biggest scams (Oil for Food) in history. And stood idly by while hundreds of thousands were murdered in Rwanda. Or BETTY WILLIAMS, United Kingdom, founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People), who in later years repeatedly called for the assassination of President George Bush. How peaceful can you get? Nice company there, Mr. President. Let's also not forget, the nominations closed ELEVEN days after he took office. Wow. Nice work.

    “Life is full of ironies, if you’re stupid”

    – P.J. O’Rourke

    October 9, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  28. Noah

    For eight years republicans had to put up with the more conscientious Americans belittling their president. Now, just like the immature little cry babies they are, they want revenge. So they point and complain about how Obama is ruining this country. At the same time they complain he is doing nothing. Which is it exactly? Is he doing nothing or is ruining the country?

    Does Obama deserve this award for his actions? Probably not.

    Has Obama made a difference in the world view of America? Absolutely.

    Should we as American's be proud of this? Yes

    Do republicans get a say in anything? No absolutely not, because you didn't win the election did you? You can just sit there and cry about it for at least 4 years hopefully 8.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  29. jeff

    really who cares of such a thing. does a president really need an award? Let's get on doing some good for the people. Honeymoon is over and now it is time for him to be a president that makes the tough choices and not care about being on TV or in the spotlight.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  30. jerry

    This is even more laughable than the prize awarded to Carter or Gore.
    Perhaps they should make public thier criteria: 1. Democrat 2. Hates America 3. Avowed socialist. They could nominate Bill Ayers or Charlie Manson next time.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  31. stan c

    This almost seems like Obama's hand is being forced to deal w/ issues like Afghanistan, Iran, Gaza, and other "hot spots" thru peaceable means only or stand to look like a hypocrit. This definitely was political in nature and not based in merit, unless hope & intention are factored in?!?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  32. Annie

    Awarding this Nobel Peace Prize for what they hope Obama can accomplish in the future or wishes to do is a slap in the face to all other nominees who have actually been doing something, some for years and years. I will congratulate him on his win but find that those using it now as a tool against anyone, especially republicans,who feels the ideals of this prize have been compromised are showing that your adoration of Obama and his ideals is not being displayed in your actions or words. You may be happy people of the opposing party are reticent of this award and you now have something else to beat them up with, so does that mean you are happy about the award and what it stands for or just that he got the award and it is another tool in your arsenal now to speak constant negativity of anyone who does not agree with his policies 100 percent?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  33. Lynn

    Brandon in Dallas October 9th, 2009 10:40 am ET

    I’m thinking about inventing a teleporter this year. I’ve never invented anything before, but I’ve talked with a few of my friends about it and they are SUPER stoked. I’ll go ahead and have that Nobel Prize in Physics so that I can continue my work. Thanks!
    Great stuff! I needed another good laugh to go along with this "historical" day! I have to admit... Obama being given the Nobel Peace Prize was a good joke – but your joke was better! Great job!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  34. Toni in Texas

    Why is it always a Republican/ Democrat battle? I thnk almost everyone that commented talked about nothing at all to do with the point! Distract and attack- at least we can tell which of the commentors did vote for Obama.. The debate is Did Obama Deserve It? NOT do we like him?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  35. Ken, Centreville VA

    Since Ed Rollins is a CNN contributor, why doesn't he go meet with members of the Nobel commitee and tape the interviews?

    Then he'll understand how one wins it, and he can share his enlightenment with the rest of us.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  36. Mike

    "You usually get recognized at the end of some major accomplishment. I think three speeches are a start from his perspective. And I want to congratulate him. I’m always for Americans winning, whether it’s golf, tennis, or the international stage."

    Americans for proseprity, Beckians, and Limbaughians take note. This is how you disagree with the president and still be patriotic. It is good when America wins prestige, period.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  37. Frank , San Diego

    Rollins ignores the President's singular accomplishment, one that few others could have achieved to such a degree.

    He has turned us away from the arrogance and the violence of the previous Administration. He has rescued American influence and our leadership role in the struggle for world peace.

    If he does nothing more on the international stage, he has done enough to merit the prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  38. Joe

    Ed Rollins is just another predictable GOP hack.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  39. Pat

    I like the guy I just don’t want to see his presidency diminish by an "affirmative action mind set" by our national and the international community. I want him to go down in history as the best president ever but he must earn it by his accomplishments and not by emotions, feelings, and hand outs. We don’t want him to become complacent while in office .

    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  40. jimpr

    I am no GW Bush fan, nor a huge Obama fan. I walk the middle, a centrist an independant, so when I say this seems way premature both parties should listen. Independants are the new party like it or not. And fact is that if Obama could get it already for the small amount he has done and the rest he "intends" to do then why does GW Bush not have one for all the aid he sent Africa?????? He did more aid work in Africa than any other American President and that is a fact. Hell Bono even applauds that aspect of the man. This is a glaring mis step by the Nobel team. I think they just nullified the significance of their own award. I think the Bush africa oversite is proof positive of them being anti Republican/ anti Bush.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  41. robert fordham

    Normally individuals receive awards for their outstanding accomplishments, not their potential.


    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  42. T-Rex

    Just imagine what Rollins would be saying if Obama had NOT won.
    I think the message from the Nobel people is that there is a great need for peace promoters who have significant global relevance, the president of the US being one of less than a handful of humans that fit that description. As for the president's role as Commander in Chief, it's always been known that great victories may be achieved without spilling blood, through diplomacy and maneuvering. They are just harder to recognize (Didn't Reagan win the Cold War that way?).

    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  43. Megan

    I am unaware that President Obama has done anything to have earned or deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Typically, you have to do something in order to earn a Nobel Peace Prize. What successful action has taken place big enough to say, "President Obama has made a notch or difference in a big way concerning peace"? Speeches do not count. Actions speak louder than words. When an action occurs of such that it can be considered to be worthy of President Obama to accept a Nobel Peace Prize, then by all means I hope he accepts one. But at this time, he has not properly earned one.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  44. Reese

    I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.

    I'll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody'll dare
    Say to me,
    "Eat in the kitchen,"

    They'll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed–

    I, too, am America.

    Congrats to the President and to America! I am proud to sing America today!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  45. A. Rice

    I am proud of our President. He has attempted to create an open, honest dialogue with people all over the world. His speech this morning reflects that commitment. He was humble, articulate and honest in his acceptence. No grandstanding, no arrogance. He did not ask for the award, but he sure deserves it. Why not be proud? Why make it a political war with comparisons? Be a proud American.
    President Obama, Thank you for you hard work.

    A. Rice
    Arlington, VA

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  46. Joanne

    Well, I guess a one-term president deserves at least one award if not winning a second term.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  47. Josh

    The real issue to me is not whether or not President Obama deserved the award. The real issue is how the Nobel Committee can say he deserved the award after only 12 days in office. Nobel Peace Prizes should be awarded based on what someone has actually done to spread peace in the world. In 12 days as president, what had Mr. Obama done that was worthy of winning one of the most prestigious awards in the world? One day, Mr. Obama may do something worthy of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, but to suggest that he had done something between January 20 and February 1 (the nomination deadline) that was deserving of the prize is laughable at best.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  48. Tommy

    How can you win a PEACE Prize if you currently have troops oversea's fighting? Nobel Peace Prize FAIL

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  49. MikeR

    As Americans, I think we have a very distorted view of just how important we are to the rest of the free world. After the last 8 years of Bush/Cheney I'm not really all that surprised that the NP panel would unanimously vote to award President Obama the prize. As a superpower, our former stance of "you're either with us or against us" was cause for much uneasiness and tension around the world. The world, I think, watched and breathed a sigh of relief when Obama took the stage and offered...hope. A person that can accomplish (yes I said accomplish) a feat like that in the opinion of the panel deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  50. Dustin

    Hey Audrey!

    Why doesn't this man and the Dems support this country instead of telling us how bad we are! Why do they have to change everything ALL AT ONCE, and WHY do they say we are transparent and inclusive when the exact opposite is true? People are upset because hard work and accomplishment have been thrown out the window! People, including the President, are given credit and MONEY for doing NOTHING!

    I keep hearing the President speak of the values of this country; my question is who's values? It appears that the TRUE VALUES and Foundation of this country has been forgotten. The debt is so high, division in this country is so great, and the world considers this man a coward. America needs to catch up with those million people that marched on Washington, the millions of people who nobody hears of.

    We can't negotiate with terrorists, keep spending money we don't have(stimulus did nothing to help economy), or destroy an entire health care system to cover 10%. Enough is enough!!!

    This award says the wrong doesn't represent what it is intended to represent! Symbolism over substance AGAIN!!!

    How's that Audrey!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  51. Tianna

    For those of you that say Obama does not deserve this award, he is trying make the world a better, safer and more fair place. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? I'll answer for you COMPLAIN.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  52. Amy

    MONTANA, I'll say it AGAIN. Greg Mortenson. Look him up, and then explain to me what President Obama has done better than he.

    For goodness's sake people, THINK FOR YOURSELVES! Stop parroting partisan liberal lines and actually READ. You're outing yourselves as the fools you are.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  53. robert

    i have NO idea why he was even in the running????????! Wait till he sends more troups to afghanistan..that will send some shock waves up someones backside!!!! id love to see that ballot results! who was he up against? cher? brett farv?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  54. Danno

    We just spent 8 years with a president whose hawkish "act first, think second" approach cost us thousands of lives and billions and billions of dollars, not to mention our reputation in the world. His claim of "mission accomplished" in the war on rings hollow eight years after the invasion of Afghanistan.
    Now we have a president who thinks before acting, who can actually think on his feet, who can apply what we learned from the failures of war with no exit strategy, who is gaining the respect (and not disdain) of allies around the world, and who will not back down from the challenges before him.
    I don't know if nine months in office qualifies any president for such a prestigious award, but under his leadership I like our prospects of keeping the peace and staying safe and secure, unlike his predecessor who thrived on governing through fear, and look where that got us.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  55. Robert

    Again: Let President Obama do something about my human rights violation here in America. Let's see what does a HRV consists of; cruel and brutal treatment by a civil servant, unethical guilty verdict with no evidence and failure in government oversight to do anything about it.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  56. goldy1

    i think the international community is playing him like a stradavarius.,setting him up to back off on afghanistan, offer less support to israel and allowing the iranians to go on their murderous course with obama thinking that he is the god of peace. gimme a break people, this emperor has no clothes and if he did he would be an empty suit. this is not black white, this an egomaniac narcissist who will go be seen as possibly the worst president we have ever had, or the one that caused the demise of the united states. read machievelli, read any ancient greek, or latin drama, this is the classic set up, and we dont see it , then i guess you will all be happy as something other than americans.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  57. 3D

    Big ups for our elected, by the people, President Barack Obama, who is descent for greatness. No matter how his own country men try to foil his attempts to do right by the people and to bring about change, change for the better, change for the good of all nations. Barack Obama is far beyond the mere logic of his green eye critics and the republican party, of whom, should be sighted for treason. They want Obama to fail even if it means America falls. Obama is the plan of the Unseen. Obama will succeed. If Obama presidency is successful, America will prevail and the world will be better for it and God will get the glory!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  58. HELEN




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  59. Jo

    If you haters are so angry about the accomplishment this President has made in 9 months versus 8 years, then you are really living under a Bush rock. Bush never once spoke to anyone with a kind word except war and oil. Now you Republicans needs to know that this country is not build on you guy but of people who wants to be glad and proud of the United States of America, We have soldiers going to war and don't know if they are coming back home or not. and the Republican have the nerve to critize. Why don't all you Republicans go war and see what these soldier feel and how their families live on hard times trying to cope with that war smear fear. Why Republicans because you all don't give a dam.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  60. Becky

    I use to have a great respect for the peace prize and the people who were awarded it. Previous winners Nelson Mandela, Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King were great examples of people who really put their heart and soles into peace and freedom and worked very hard for many years to bring it about.

    Al Gore made millions and millions of dollars presenting Gobal Warming videos. It is how he made his living, not what he felt in his heart. It wasn't until people were outraged at his home personal electric bills and how long the outside lights stay on, etc. and the large vehicles he drives that he modified his home to appear more "green." His heart is not in it – only his wallet is. , President Carter is one of the worst presidents America has endured.

    President Obama spent the two previous years on the campaign trail (not earning the prize) and before that he spent his two years as a junior senator preparing to enter the campaign trail and would show up for only a few sessions of Congress and when he did show up he did not take a stand on anything. He voted "Present." (He was not earning the prize).

    So, the 11th day of his Presidency was the DEADLINE for the nominations for the Peace Prize. Just what did he do in only 11 days that other people have spent so many years doing earning the right to the Peace Prize? You can't count his trips to Europe, etc. because the 11th day of his Presidency was the Cutoff. He hasn't accomplished anything – yet, except he has bankrupted our beautiful country and hesitates to give our troops the support they need to stay alive.

    I have lost all respect for the prize now and what it stood for before Gore, Carter and now Obama received it. Everything is all politics and I guess we just have to live with that reality. Sad, so very, very sad. It is all a joke.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  61. bill donges

    Congratulations to Obama. The first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Oratory.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  62. Todd

    I am a conservative, but I would even object to this award being given to a new Republican president. The world is judging him based only on retoric and speeches. The Nobel committee is making a political statement that will now influence our president's national security decisions. They shrewdly awarded him this prize, fully knowing that he will now feel obligated to live up to the ideals behind it. Its all about politics and influence, which is a topic that our president understands all too well.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  63. John

    Lets see,

    The nomination for the Nobel Peace prize was due 2 weeks after Obama took the office. At this point he only gave speech in Germany. So essentially this award was based on first 2 weeks of Obama presidency. What did he do during first 2 weeks to earn Noble peace prize???

    October 9, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  64. Robert

    Congratulations to the President lets list his achievements that contributed to him winning this award. Voted, against the troop surge in Iraq, which if this would have been carried out would have resulted in a failed state in Iraq. Does not support a surge in Afghanistan, which under his presidency has had more casualties then the last seven years combined. Makes negative comments to the international community about the United States and receives praise from Venezuela, N. Korea and Iran. Passes the stimulus bill which has resulted in higher unemployment from 8% to 9.8%. And his approval rating has dropped in the first year faster then George W. Bush. Finally coming soon Gitmo prisoners to a neighborhood near you. If the past winners are a measure of the award Al Gore, Arafat and Carter; Obama is in good company.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  65. Kari

    The Nobel Committee has awarded this prize to Obama as a final slap at George Bush just as the head of the Nobel Committee previously publicly acknowledged that that the award to Jimmy Carter in 2002 was intended to be a "Kick in the shin" to George Bush rather than a acknowledgment that Carter never accomplished anything beyond lighting the fuse in Islamic Extremism and establishing the west as the target for terrorists for the next 50 years.

    Similarly the Nobel Committee acknowledged that the prize awarded to Al Gore for his fairy tale about Global Warming, a term which incidentally we're supposed to replace with Climate Change since everyone including tree hugging liberals have been forced to accept as fantasy, was in fact awarded in hopes it would upset George Bush.

    Please keep in mind that the Nobel Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, a socialist country which "Rolled Over and Played Dead" for Hitler even faster than France.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  66. valerie

    If they gave this award to Obama, then he deserved it. Fortunately, no one asked the Republicans or the Taliban to be a part of the voting committee for the Nobel Peace prize, and rightfully so, because they both hate America and it's goverment. And they have no desire for peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  67. John Carter

    Well I want peace too.. I havent done anything about it but I want it. Do I get the Nobel Peace Prize a long with a 1.5 million dollar prize?

    People, I am not here to argue about whether or not Obama is a good President. Though the Nobel Peace Prizes prestige has just been lowered not only in America but the entire world. You have to understand people everywhere in the world are wondering why their Country's candidate did not win when they actually DID something. All of them WANT peace just like Obama. I think the majority of Presidents of the US WANTED peace, though only one 2 sitting Presidents ever received it. Guess what, it was for things that had DONE, not wanted.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  68. Kathy

    From what I've seen of both sides of the argument, I believe the committee jumped the gun on this one.
    President Obama has not even been in office for a year. While I admire his vision and hope, I believe it is too early to tell whether he is really worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. I agree with Rollins in that Obama now must earn this honor. And I'm not saying he won't. If President Obama sticks to his plan of diplomacy, I believe he can make a great contribution. The problem is, it's too early to tell.

    Also, I just want to say that disagreeing with the decision to give Obama the Nobel Prize DOES NOT mean that I do not support our president. He is the leader of our country and, as such, deserves respect. I may not agree with some of his policies, but I do not believe disagreeing harms our country. In fact, different opinions and views aid in the edification of individuals and our nation as a whole.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  69. derek

    Speeches are not results. Ghandi produced reults, MLK produced results, Mother Theresa actually did things to help people. Obama should not be in their company at this point. Obama has made some pretty speeches, but Iran and North Korea are still developing weapons and testing missles. Afghanistan has become a mess and Obama doesn;t seem to have a clue as to what to do.
    I know you libs would love Obama if he was caught drowing kittens, but he hasnt earned this yet. for you to say he has shows how close minded you all are

    October 9, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  70. Victor

    Probably those critizing Obama's award, would be very happy if the Nobel would have been awarded to George Bush or Halliburton, sorry I mean Dick Cheney 🙂

    October 9, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  71. Tom

    Obama wins a Nobel prize (as did Yasir Arafat).

    Milly Vanilly won a Grammy.

    And people wonder why both are considered "jokes" of the international awards.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  72. Dan

    The Nobel commitee has said that he already has earned it.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  73. Paul


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  74. Jenny Thornhill

    Ed Rollins, If you want to be taken seriously, then make some comments that do not show partisan ship.
    You should be proud that an American won this pretigious award/prize.
    We Canadians would be so proud of such an acheivement regardless of political affiliation.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  75. MLK - NPP

    Had MLK brokered the end of segregation/racism/the Civil Rights Act when he won the NPP? No he set the stage, shifted ideas, dared to touch on complex issues affecting our society, raising awareness. You don't get the award for checking complete off the list, the iniaitive to move is awarded. People complianed with MLK got it and said he has not completed the course (we were still in turmoil). MLK moved us closer to the starting line, we are still running the race. Obama has helped line us up on the starting line to improve international relations, end Nuclear proliferation, broker peace, calm the heated rhetoric. He deserves the award for setting the stage just as MLK did with Civil Rights...

    October 9, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  76. Dennis

    I love our president, Barrack Obama. I love Michelle Obama even more, but what exactly has Obama done to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Let's be fair about this. He hasn't accomplished anything. If he won the Nobel Peace Prize just for not being George W. Bush, then we all deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.... Where is mine...GD IT :-((?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  77. MartinSA

    The logic that is applied to Obama's winning the Nobel Peace Prize is the same logic behind awarding an Oscar to a movie still in production. It's the same logic in awarding a grammy to a song that isn't out of the studio. It's the same logic for giving any sports team in the middle of its regular season the coveted championship title.

    For many people, giving awards under those conditions is ludicrous. I'm aghast as to why it's acceptable in this circumstance.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  78. Yul

    I agree with lastexposfan and since we are in the mood of giving award for trying lets also give him an honorary Oscar award. Whatever!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  79. Tom

    Ed Rollins? Really? Ed Rollins is pontificating that Barack Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Wow. I guess Ed is better versed in his own greatness than I am. I thought he was just a bloviating pundit. But apparently he is a moral and intellectual titan who can say Obama doesn't deserve this prize. Who knew?! By the way, Ed, Republicans don't get the Nobel Peace Prize for one very good reason–they think America should rule the world and they are enamored of war.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  80. Brent

    Given the very politically charged comments I'm reading here, let me disclose this first: I am an independent who voted for Obama. I think we need two parties in the US, and I frankly don't find Rollin's opinions to be "hateful", here or in his writings–I don't always agree with him, but I view him as an asset to the Republican party. He's definitely not in the same league as Rush Limbaugh (fortunately).

    I do not find Rollins' words to be hateful here either, but I do view the comments above in this vein as being those of sore winners. I would remind all of you calling Rollins hateful that he has said himself on more than one occasion that he hopes Obama is successful in his presidency for the sake of America.

    I agree with Rollins here. Yes, the G.W. Bush presidency was a disaster. I applaud Obama in his reaching out to other nations, and I congratulate him for winning the prize, but he has at least three more years left in office, and there is much more to be done.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  81. Leah

    Maybe this is Sweden's idea of an April Fool's joke in October. RIDICULOUS!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  82. Spizzell

    They just cheapened this award bigtime. I am not an Obama hater, but, what has he done to deserve it? Nothing. Where's the blood, sweat and tears that go along with this award. The change that makes a difference in people's lives? Really disappointed in this award.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  83. Dino

    Congratulations to Obama for winning an award he clearly did not deserve. Simply wishing for world peace won't make it happen. We are still at war around the world, other countries (such as China and Russia) are becoming more aggressive toward us and others, Israel is still trying to build settlements and disrupt any hopes of peace talks (Hamas isn't helping either), and the list goes on. I didn't realize this blind infatuation with Obama extended beyond our borders. And, it's funny how to many you must support Obama or else you're a Republican (hence all the evil in the world). We need more healthy skepticism in this country, and apparently in the Nobel Peace Prize committee as well. Let's not give out any awards before the results actually appear.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  84. munchmom

    I think that Mr. Rollins speaks very succinctly and intelligently. Don't criticize him for stating very clearly what many of us are thinking. Obama doesn't deserve this prize at this juncture, and may not at the end of his term (hopefully in 2012!). And besides, he will get a nice chunk of change (about $1 million) to add to the $4 million he is already worth. Maybe he should "spread the wealth" with that money or better yet, apply it to our ever-increasing deficit.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  85. Trevor

    Actually Ray, that was OUR REPUBLICAN President. Think of the Bush Administration this way – YOU couldn't find anyone better suited to run this country.

    I didn't vote for Obama (and no, I'm not a right-wingnut by any means), but I will support whomever we elect to the Presidency. I do agree that the simple act of electing him to office was an important step toward creating a more positive outlook of America on the world stage.

    But any President would be willing to put forth the dedication and resilience toward cleaning up a former administration's mess. That's nothing worthy of a Nobel prize. Don't get me wrong – I think he is an outstanding leader, and I do believe he can be one of the greatest Presidents in our history. But I feel as though he is being held up to MUCH too high a pedestal, given accolades that he is maybe not deserving of at this point. Deep down, I’m sure he feels the same way about the media circus that has surrounded him for so long.

    Finally, I agree that he sincerely seems to have the well-being of the American people at heart. However, I don’t see the American people, as a whole, having quite the same regard for their own well-being. It’s going to take more than one man to reverse the damage that we have inflicted upon ourselves.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  86. Bluemoon

    Ed Rollins must earn his right to talk to CNN.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  87. RT

    Good Choice! -Yes. Controversial-inevitable. Even Mahatma Gandhi was not rewarded. Hope it bursts some blood vessels of some select few, such as, H-–y , B–k, L--h, and people like them.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  88. GC

    When I woke up to the news today, I physically wanted to throw up. It is perfectly clear now that the Nobel Peace Prize is rendered totally irrelevant. It was bad enough that Arafat received one and not Ghandi but this is a complete travesty. It's worse than Catherine Zeta-Jones winning an Oscar. What was the committee thinking ? Not a bad consolation prize for losing the Olympics.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  89. Robert

    wow! The blind support for Obama receiving this award is incredible! I don't think anyone has said that he's not a noble man, nor has anyone said he might not deserve the award, it boils down to timing in my opinion. I don't think anyone deserves the award for ideologies or wishful thinking, and at this point, that's about all we have from Obama. If that's the measure, then most of us deserve the award as well, for, I think we all want peace in the world, and given the forum, would be happy to discuss it with anyone interested. I think the issue here is there are clearly other candidates who have already done things that have had more effect than 3 speeches that have promoted world peace, and THAT's why I think Obama should not have received the award and someone else should have.

    Also, as a side note to everyone who keeps on saying we should just blindly support our president, I'm curious, did you feel that same way when Bush was in office?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  90. Toni in Texas

    Aside from personal opinion about the President, I thnk the question is- Does a person deserve an award for which he/she has NOT fulfilled the requirements? Look at past winners and compare- there is no comparison. I think people are ignoring whether or not it is deserved- they are focusing on everything else. The point is he won an award that he had only 10 days in the running for- what did he do in those 10 days??

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  91. joe

    It has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat. If wanting world peace qualifies yo for the Nobel peace prize then Every Miss America contestant should have a medal around their neck. Yes, he's offered an Olive branch to Iran (who then proceeded to eat the olive and wipe their asses with the leaves) but we are still in the same place as we were 8 yrs ago. Sending Clinton to North Korea to add legitimacy to the cartoonish dictator has achieved Nuclear dissarmerment! Not. The Nobel peace prize is now on the same level as the MTV Moon Man.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  92. MGD in GA

    Can I have some Kool-Aid too, please? This decision is more speculative/political than actual, and, unfortunately, it dilutes the prestige of the Nobel brand. I'm an Independent and, actually, I'm more of a fan than a crtiic of the President, but the order of urgency for pressing issues is #1: the Economy, #2: the Economy; and, #3: the Economy. Health care is interesting but it's not vital at this time. The Economy is our linchpin. Let's fix it before the Chinese and Saudis lose interest and spend their money elsewhere.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  93. Bill

    Fret Not Simpletons:

    If there had been a 'War Prize'

    George Bush would have won after 911

    Congratulations Mr President

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  94. kaleto

    Just another jab at Bush by the elitist world community. It should have been obvious to everyone the NPP is just a political tool when Algore won it for "drawing attention to global warming."

    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  95. nam, chicago il

    I should have won the Nobel Prize. I promise to achieve world peace, isn't that enough?
    Seriously, are the Nobel Prize committee members expecting that giving the Peace prize to the American president is going to change American foreign politics? I hope not. I hope Obama puts first the interests of the US and then thinks about the world.
    Obama is the president of the US, not of the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  96. jaime Greer

    WTF Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize! Don't you actually have to do something great regarding Peace? Maybe its just the prize that comes with the Happy Meal you get at MacDonalds this month.
    Mother Teresa is rolling in her grave. Didn't Ronald Reagan bring down the "Wall" and not get the Nobel

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  97. Penny

    Of course he doesn't deserve it – he hasn't done anything yet! Al Gore didn't deserve it either – he made a documentary – so what? What's going on with this Nobel prize committee? It is not only demeaning all those who have proven themselves 100 times over this presdient, but it demeans the prize itself.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  98. Bob Kole

    Point of order, to be considered for the 2009 Nobel Prize you had to be nominated by Feb 1 2009. Obama was President less than 30 days at that time!

    With that fact can any one please point out what he did to deserve that consideration?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  99. ThinkMore

    @ Mike "not like the repubs were about to become respectful and bipartisan anyway." You're killing me. Liberals always let their "truth" light shine. So sad. And that is coming from someone you would insult as a Repub who actually voted for the Big O man. Your thought has nothing to do with the thread. On topic ( take note ) has he done anything to deserve the Nobel PEACE prize? NO. Do they give out Nobel prizes to folks in Physics or Chemistry who THOUGHT about really cool things but never actually DID anything, never actually did the work to prove a theory? NO they DON'T. They don't award you for contributions you "Thought you'd like to make one day": What a joke. It has made the Nobel peace prize a J-O-K-E.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  100. stanford

    I am disappointed in the Nobel committe. This selection has watered down the idea that – "you will be rewarded for work well done". That is the entire premise of the NOBEL PRIZE.

    Bill Clinton would have been a better selection.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:41 am |
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