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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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RE: Deserved by Anonymous

Obama has absolutely no responsibility for the national debt that he inherited, only for his actions to reduce it.

Of course he has some responsibility. He had the chance to vote back in 2001 to reign in Fannie/Freddie and chose to not only abstain, but foster a democratic block against legislation that he then later voted for 6 years later. How can you overlook this fact? Not only that, but then once voted in as President, he has brokered the largest bailout of the same folks that he supported back in 2001 that led to this disaster in the first place…..but we forgot, when Barry speaks, he’s always correct!

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RE: Deserved by Anonymous

Every word you spew, you’ll eat in 2010 at midterms and then again in 2012….it’s so awesome!

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RE: Deserved by Anonymous

i want to know what obama would do if 911 were to occur again, only far worse and even more damaging than it was in 2001.

would you stilll think he deserves the NPP if he went to the middle east to have some discussions with say, the afghanistans or pakistanians, who probably are housing osama bin laden? would these “discussions,” after we are brutally attacked again, do any good to stop the mad growth of al queda?

do you know that bill clinton told george w bush, as he was leaving office, that his biggest regret as the president was not taking bin laden out when we could have [done so]?

does the world view obama as the deservant winner of the NPP because he intends to stand by those in the middle east? why should he? maybe what obama means is under the circumstances of TODAY, but still, we should kill bin laden.

what would happen to obama’s world opinion of him should he blow up about 6 atomic (not thermonuclear) bombs over places in the middle east if we were attacked again? they could not then take away his NPP, right?

i think that our leaders failed us miserably prior to and during the time when we were under seige from islamic terrorists on 911! where were their guts? why did it take so long to get fighter jets up into the air on that fateful, horrible day?

i do not think mr. obama is a saint that deserves the NPP for things that he might accomplish in the future. i don’t see that he himself, on his own merit, accomplished much in his political career either. i live in chicago and i should know.

i do not think the nobel peace prize should be awarded, ever, to a person that has done nothing to deserve it!

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RE: Deserved by Anonymous

Here’s your statement:

“Obama has absolutely no responsibility for the national debt that he inherited, only for his actions to reduce it.”

The deficit is TRIPLE what it was last year. does this mean Obama will get a nobel prize in economics too?

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RE: Deserved by LordDilly

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.

You sure got that right … er…

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.

“Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama” and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France’s international influence."

Well, there is the British …

… Okay, so he repeatedly snubs Gordon Brown, insisting the US and UK have “no special relationship” and even denying Brown the usual joint press conference during his visits.

I know, he has made great strides in our relationship with Eastern Europe … except that he sold them down the river on missle defense to get the Russians on board with the Iran nuke issue. (On the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, to boot.) How’d that go? Yeah, the Russians aren’t exactly … helping? “At the current stage, all forces should be thrown at supporting the negotiating process,” [Russia’s foreign minister] said. “Threats, sanctions and threats of pressure in the current situation, we are convinced, would be counterproductive.” Plus they just recently said that “Yeah, we reserve the right to nuke anyone for just about anything.”

Even the New York Times (!!) weighed in on how awesomely awesome the World’s love for our president is:

“European allies still refuse to send significantly more troops to Afghanistan. The Saudis blew off Mr. Obama’s request for concessions to Israel, while Israel rebuffed his demand to stop settlement expansion. North Korea defied him by testing a nuclear weapon. Japan just elected a party less friendly to the United States. Cuba has done little to liberalize in response to modest relaxation of sanctions. India and China are resisting a climate change deal. And Russia rejected new sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program even as Mr. Obama heads into talks with Tehran.”

Well … at least he must be making some headway in between Israel and the Palistinians? Why … yes!! President Obama has gotten them both to agree on something !

“’The Americans thought they would come in here and push us around at the beginning of the week. But they didn’t get what they wanted and now they are the ones left looking embarrassed,’” said one Palestinian official involved in the talks.

Speaking to an Israeli news network just before the holiday weekend, Mr Netanyahu said about the peace talks: ‘If it will be, it will be. If not, not. I didn’t ask for it and I didn’t put conditions on the talks.’"

Common ground, at least, right?

At the very least, the World loves President Obama enough to give his adopted hometown of Chicago the Olymipics … er …

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