Steele: "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"

The Republican National Committee chair isn't impressed with the president's new award

By Alex Koppelman

Published October 9, 2009 2:30PM (EDT)

There are a lot of people out there who are more than a little skeptical about the Nobel Committee's decision to award the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. Perhaps foremost among them so far has been Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who pulled no punches in a statement the RNC released about the award:

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.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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