GOP chairman Michael Steele, Republicans blast President Obama Nobel Peace Prize win

WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking a more negative spin on President Obama’s Nobel Prize than Hamas. Says Steele: “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. 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.” Reaction around the world appeared to be swift and largely supportive, considering the man hasn’t finished his first year in office yet. Hamas wasn’t particularly impressed, with Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, telling Reuters, “I think this prize won’t move us forward or backward.” Bloomberg quoted former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa saying it’s too soon to heap accolades on Obama: “He hasn’t made such a contribution,” Walesa said. “He’s proposing things, getting started, but he still has to do something.” The award appears to confirm an Obama campaign prediction: America’s international reputation would be instantly bolstered by his election. His presidential rival, Sen. John McCain, told CNN “I’m sure that the president is very honored to receive this award.”  “And [the] Nobel Committee, I can’t divine all their intentions, but I think part of their decision-making was expectations.  And I’m sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to,”… [Read full story]

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