President Barack Obama's star power overshadowed more deserving recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele said Friday.
In one of the first statements to pounce on Obama's having received the prize this morning, Steele said that Americans are questioning the president's accomplishments so far.
"The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’" Steele said in a statement. "It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."
Obama's prize has been warmly welcomed by Democratic lawmakers who are supportive of the president's international agenda.
Steele is the first Republican to openly question the Nobel Committee's decision to give the award to Obama within the first year of his presidency.
"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," Steele said.