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October 9, 2009

Steele on Obama Nobel peace prize: "Unfortunate"

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, who criticized President Barack Obama's failed overseas sales trip on behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee, issued a grudging statement this morning in response to the president's latest, and unexpected, global laurel: the 2009 Nobel peace prize.

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights," Steele said.

"One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action,” added the former Maryland lieutenant governor.

Other Marylanders were more generous with their praise.

Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, in Athens, Greece, where he spoke about climate change to a meeting of European parliamentarians, said the award "represents international support for a world leader to pursue human rights concerns and advocate for peace around the globe. This award is a testament to the power of diplomacy and it serves as a reminder that the light of cooperation can be rekindled through open dialogue and a willingness to concentrate on the values shared by different peoples rather than our differences."

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of southern Maryland issued a congratulatory message, which noted that Obama "has committed our nation to a course of renewed diplomacy and engagement across the globe, noting that the challenges we face can only be met when the world acts together. As the president said today, this award is a ‘call to action’ to continue working with our allies to address the issues of our day. This award does not mark the end of a legacy; rather, it marks support for a new vision of American leadership.”

The Democratic Committee responded to Steele, tying the Olympics and the Peace Prize together.

Dem Party spokesman Brad Woodhouse, widely quoted online: "The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim."

Posted by Paul West at 12:31 PM | | Comments (29)
Categories: Michael Steele


the most baby killer president qualifies you to be a nobel prize for peace? they are blinded.! its a joke.!

Imagine being Michael Steele, a black man and an American--the first thing he has to say about a black American president winning the Nobel Peace Prize is . . .
"This is unfortunate" . . . how does this guy live with himself?

He makes Colin Powell seem like a Black Panther.

Whatever one thinks about this award,
I wish the GOP loved our country as much as they love pure power and partisan politics.

The Steele comment is 'unfortunate' I did not vote for Obama but have tried to keep an open mind and I've been encouraged. In January, on his way to Washington, his disregard to Mayor Dixon and her shannigans raised a glimmer of hope. Hmmm, maybe it's not going to be just business as usual. The Back to School speech was a winner. Loved his comment on Kynae West at the Awards Show. This Prize is (I believe) being given on a transient, but very real and needed ideal, Hope. Not so much as a statement against the Bush Administration. Hope carries the day. Always.

Alfred Nobel - "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, ... and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Wiki - "Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which recognize completed scientific or literary accomplishment, the Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace."

As much as the critics are attempting to focus on the recipient as not being "deserving" of the prize, the award is consistent with the Nobel Peace Prize objectives.

The criticisms is really of the intent and purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize itself. But it was Alfred Nobel that defined the rules of the game, it is his award. The committee follows the rules set forth by Alfred Nobel. Yet, the critics focus on the recipient.

But then, that's fairly typical of these types of critics. They blame the winner and the rules for their losing.

The critics lack the ability to tell the difference between the cause and the effect, reality from fantasy, what they want from what is fact, and what was from what can be.

Obama won “for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” And in a world of pessimism, it is often harder to stand for what is right than what has happened. Obama got an "A" for effort. He got an "A" for his audacity of hope.

Can't say that of the "so called conservative" anti-social republican crowd.

Funny how these "losers" blame the rules for being "unfair" and the winner for their losing. Funny how they get so upset about someone attempting to achieve where they won't even try.

when will we stop biting each other because of this "Party B-S" I thought we where a country of many differences and tolerance, it looks like can't do anything as a group and have some pride in the leader that in working for changing the face of the USA in way we can be proud. "Sicking!"

what a jerk, obama has done more with his life in a week than steele has done his entire life.

First of all, "the most baby killer president"? I did I miss something? When did the President kill any babies? Are you talking about abortions? The Supreme Court has continued to uphold Rowe V. Wade through 3 Republican and 2+ Democratic administrations. Was Reagan a babykiller? George H.W. Bush?
How about George W. Bush? Abortions continued under his watch.

Does the President deserve the Peace Prize? Obviously the Committee thinks so. Many times this prize is awarded to encourage or bolster the efforts of the winner, not just to reward them for past efforts. I can see why the Committee gave the President
this for his foreign policy efforts. However, I think it's a couple of years too early to judge those efforts, let alone award him for them.
As for Michael Steele, at first, I welcomed his voice as an African-American who brought a different perspective to the discussion, even though I disagreeed with him 95% of the time. Now, I consider him to be just another right-wing hack who I wish we could just ignore.

L Norton sound like a racist.


All describe the Celebrity Spokesman Obama.

Maybe he got it because he too hates America just like the left keeps telling us the rest f the world does.

They cheer when America loses the Olympics, and they grouse when an American wins a Nobel Prize. Are they anti-American?

It is unfortunate that a man who has not accomplished in of the goals he set to complete won such an award. It demeans all the people that cam before him that worked their whole life to receive this very award. Men who actually acted to make the world a better place instead of just speaking with outstanding rhetoric.
Im liberals say that if you oppose the president your a racist, I am BLACK so what that make me.

He has created only chaos in the U.S., promoted abortion of millions, and has divided the country, doesn't sound peaceful to me.


I must correct your statement about George Bush: "Abortions continued under his watch." The FACT is: Abortions *increased* under his watch. This always happens when birth control, sex education, and prenatal care are suppressed, even in if it does lower the *waste* of our tax dollars... Lord knows, we all want to cut taxes--on the top 1%! Trickle down!!!

Well, first of all Pres. Obama is milano he is not all African American..
Second, for those who have commented, Can you please tell me the ONE thing that he has done to actually even be a contender for this Prize?
The committee is very liberal based that is shown by the past winners, not that they did not deserve their prize mind you.
I think the bottom line here is that the President actually does not deserve this not because of who he is, but because of the glaring fact that there is no accomplishment he has made to date that actually deserves this award persay.
When people cannot even give one accomplishment this tells all.
This is a sad day when one can win on nothing, it just shows that this so called committee can shun the people who have really deserved it by spending their lifes in the causes that they have made a difference in. I think the committee should be embarrassed at this and ashamed of themselves for ignoring the true winners for this prize.
President Obama would have done much better to decline respectfully to allow someone who really does deserve it to win it. The fact is he has not done anything and that is what the base of this is all about.

Dear JUSTICE777,

"Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."

Read more at:

What if your entire premise is wrong, and that he is not being awarded for 'past accomplishments,' but rather, for communicating to the rest of the world what America wants him to say: We no longer want to be the same nation as we were under George W. Bush. And we have work to do to get there.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

Read more at:

And no, I am not saying that he is being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because he writes and delivers nice speeches. I am saying that he is being awarded the NPP because he articulating a break/shift/change in American foreign policy that embraces peace and dialogue over war, whenever possible.

Maryland, What are we going to do with Mr. Steele?

Has he looked in the mirror lately?
It's such a sad reflection of people of color.
Is this what his education has done to him.

How does his children cope with this parent. Truthfully.....

You forget yourself, but maybe not..........

So many questions........

I salute you, Michael read my mind. What has he done to promote peace?? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

As long as the Nobel committee is handing out peace prizes for what seems to be no reason at all, then Bush should have won a peace prize for fighting terrorism head on thus promoting a safer, more peaceful world today, despite the criticism. There hasn't been another attack on u.s. soil since, and many foiled attacks abroad. A Nobel peace prize should be given for achievements, not ideas or great sounding speeches.

Justice777, please apologize to Pepperidge Farm for calling the barakstar a Milano. What an insult to cookies everywhere.

I can see that some of the posters here feel that President Obama is really above all criticism. Also, I see more than a tint of racism in the demand that Mr. Steele take Obama's side because he is of the same race. Foreign travel and speeches(written by speech writers)does not add up to any accomplishment warranting a Nobel Peace Prize. Even President Obama, in his remarks, thought it odd that he had been awarded the prize. President Obama may or may not accomplish anything in the future internationally, but he certainly has not done anything worth an international award at this point. Others far more deserving were deprived of the international recogition due to this committee's poor work and final decision.

Obama knows he does not deserve the peace prize and should decline it.

Politics aside, a sitting American president winning the Nobel Peace Prize is an amazing positive for America. The Republicans know it.The Independents know it. The Democrats know it. The Libertarians know it. What is unfortunate is that politics causes people to wear false faces and make caustic statements that amp up the spirit of division in our country. Losing the Olympics bid was a loss for America. How could anyone truly find joy in that? Winning the Nobel Peace Prize was a win for America. How could anyone be cynical about that. It's been a very nasty 9 months in America! I really worry about what our kids are taking from all of this.

Clearly it is possible that Obama's 'star power' helped him get the award. He truly has not accomplished much yet---it is so early in his administration. That being said, of ALL people, Mr. Steele ( who also might have gotten his JOB out of a type of 'star power'..) seem ludicrous. In the end, however, we must remember Steele is just doing his job (i.e. maligning anyting a Democrat accomplishes anywhere or/and taking credit for any accomplishents the Dems make..he is just being a polician.

I suspect that the Nobel Peace prize was given to Obama to send a message... to whom and for what purpose, who knows

I am proud to be a Republican, and I am proud to say that, yes, Obama is our president, and no, he did not deserve that award. All he did by the time he came into office was make a lot of promises, something any politician could do.Most posting on this page are very negative, obviously liberal, and mostly all hypocrites. Calling conservatives, Republicans and Steele pessimists and the other things makes you exactly what you claim we are. Get over that rhetoric. Steele was correct in what he said. As for the Olympics, have any of you looked at what Chicago was up against? As an athlete, I would never want to compete in Chicago, its a terrible location and has horrible pollution. Instead of hosting in the cities they do host in, they need to look for better locations. Not to mention, we are one in how many countries in the world, and we think we should have the Olympics hosted here how often? 96' was not that long ago. Talk about being selfish. I am ashamed of many of the people on this page who obviously replaced logic and reason with dreams of rainbows and sunshine.

This was an award issued for his intention of fundamentally changing America, and the America haters in Oslo, love that intention...Read: The Nobel Prize? who's the joke on? at....

As an African-American male in this country, I am appalled by the negative comments of Michael Steele regarding
President Obama. According to Steele, Obama's Nobel Peace prize win is "unfortunate" for our country .....Steele's behavior and comments are unfortunate for our country and the African-American community as a whole.

His words/actions/attitude remind me of the "step and fetch it" behavior of the past. People have been trying to forget such behavior and all he does is perpetuate it.

Certain members of the GOP should be proud that they have a black man who thinks his position rivals that of the president -- why else would they allow him to shoot his mouth off!

What is unfortunate is that a moron like Michael Steele would be choosen to comment on anything of substance. He is an excellent representative of the Republican Party though. Mostly a bunch of retarded idiots

I think the Nobel Prize is an honor for the President and our country. Hopefully, this means we can end the war.

Obama on Steele: "Michael who?"


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