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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize ... Seriously?

President Obama has won a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Considering nominations were due only two weeks into his Presidency, the simple question is – what did he do to deserve it? The Nobel Committee acknowledged the award was made on promises to reduce world nuclear arms, combat climate change and ease conflict with Muslim nations. Miss America hopes for World Peace, too.

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….except they had to get rid of the “change” stickers and kept to the “hope” stickers….

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have to agree by wyldeling

Okay, I’ll admit it: I voted for the man, as I believe he was better than the alternative. That said, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the skepticism about him receiving the peace prize. I realize that it is the most political of the prizes, and that it was a dig against the former president. But, WTF? Honestly, giving the prize out on promise not actual work, or even effort at that point, just seems disingenuous.

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Deserved by Occams

Obama himself admitted to being surprised at the decision.

This award is about what non-Americans think of him.

I think it is a bit premature, but he is firmly on track to earn it eventually. I don’t think many Americans appreciate how much he is respected outside their country. Sure, some of that is due to his predecessor being a numbskull, but his intelligence, education, and good manners have won a lot of foreigners over. He has created a new climate in international politics.

His initiatives on nuclear arms proliferation have certainly stimulated new dialogue and a revived interest in this vital peace initiative. He has indisputably forced the USA to play a more constructive role in climate change. Inevitably this henerates a lot of hope for peace in the world.

Some of the earlier comments here are derisory. Obama has absolutely no responsibility for the national debt that he inherited, only for his actions to reduce it. It is unreasonable to expect him to have a nothing presidency because he devoted all his energy and national resources to resucing the debt created by his predecessor. He would be given no credit for doing that. If he had not reacted to the GFC with stimulus spending he would have appeared inferior to every other national leader in the developed world: correctly.

Obama has to show his detractors that he can lead the country and the world. Also the DEMS have to be given the opportunity to redress the damaged cause by the previous administration and show what they stand for.

Obama is smart enough to understand that this award is really designed to spur him on to some real achievements in ths area rather than to acknowledge his achievements so far. As he said:
“I know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievements,” Obama said, adding, “It’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century.”

So the award was a very good move, and he was right to accept it.

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What a joke! by smcbride

What fu__ing B_lls__t! Peace Prize my a__! I haven’t forgotten the Reverend Wright. I haven’t forgotten our president past connection with Acorn. He is the worst commander in chief we have ever had. The man can’t tell the truth about anything. The left has had control for the past two years with no result. Let have a little refresher 101:

Lied to the American people when he said people could keep private insurance, knowing full well that his legislation would inevitably drive private insurers out of business. Vindictively fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who investigated Kevin Johnson, a buddy of the president, for misuse of funds from an AmeriCorps grant.

Supervised the effective takeover by government of banks, the largest insurance company (AIG), and General Motors (GM) and Chrysler… the bulk of the U.S. auto industry, thus depriving bondholders, shareholders, and others of their property. Pursued cap-and-trade legislation. It would in a manner of speaking tax the very air people exhale and give the government unprecedented control over the economy and American businesses.

Added a trillion dollars to the national debt in just a handful of weeks. Appointed “Czars” to oversee everything from the closing of Guantanamo to the nation’s food.

Obama said America is not a Christian nation. In 2009 Obama said, “You might say that America is a Muslim nation.” He treated the Queen of England with casual familiarity, but bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, where Muslims won’t permit Christian worship under penalty of death.

In his book, Obama wrote of Muslims, “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

This is just the tip of change, we haven’t seen nothing yet. I must stop here before I say how I really feel.

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Knee Jerk by AnonBCA

While I do have my reservations about the choice made to give Obama the award I think it to be a bit of a knee jerk response to say he’s unworthy of it. I think the point of the award is establishing the fact that only through a certain amount of unity can peace ever develop a foundation. Believe it or not the MAJORITY of the world is unified in their support of Obama. It really is only a minority faction of outspoken Americans that seem to have trouble accepting him. I think over the past year his greatest accomplishment was inspiring the GREATEST nation on the face of the globe to Hope for a better America. He accomplished that without question, now, the plan he’s chosen to accomplish that goal could very well be debatable, but then again, look what he’s up against. The kind of change he inspired the nation to believe it couldn’t happen overnight even if he had the authority to attempt it. What takes more time and patience then anything else is getting people to think differently, and humans, time and time again have demonstrated that they don’t seem to respond to anything other than extreme conflict. (which happens to be the OPPOSITE of peace) I suppose if you wanted to truely establish a baseline for Obama’s qualification for the award you’d have to ask yourself what is peace? Is it that straight forward a concept that you can conclusively and without reservation say that he doesn’t qualify?! People are so quick to either dismiss the people who award the prize, and/or the award itself rather than taking a closer look at the awardee.

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