The Bush administration was war happy and started wars all over. It's common knowledge that 911 was an inside job orchestrated by the government in order to start wars and thereby profit from them. Obama deserved the prize simply because he is expressing the will of the people. That in itself deserves a prize. Bush didn't care what the country wanted and followed his own, selfish path of retribution.
President Obama won that prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. If nothing else, he is trying to do that, and it is easier said than done.
Even though a lot of people seem to be puzzled about him winning this, it wasn't like some bunch of ?Good old boys? getting together and giving it to a buddy. I think almost the entire planet heaved a sigh of relief when Obama became president; it changed the world, not just our country. The Peace Prize sort of acknowledged that, gave credence to the turning point that his election signified.
Barack Obama has fought and passed significant legislation to promote a nuclear free world and has opened up lines of communication from the United States to dozens of countries. As well as he has worked to amend the relationship between the Middle East and the West. The only reason why many think he should not have won is because the media only covers huge and eye catching stories or about wars. And many do not even realize all he has done to bridge the gaps between our wounded world. From directing refugee funds, to creating Special Envoys to further assist Middle Eastern countries, to easing restrictions on Cuba as well as working with them for democratic reform so that they can mend their relationship with the world as well, to helping ensure peaceful and fair deals by Kenya and Somalia to work together in rightfully trying pirates, worked to better promote an end to genocide in Darfur, a fight against poverity throughout the world while providing tools to prosperity for many African and emerging countries (which will of course add to and improve the world economy), he worked to withdraw our country from Iraq knowing it would help ease tensions between the United States and the Middle East, outlined and promoted ideas to deal with the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, and he did indeed create a new climate in the air which was acknowledged by many world leaders who truly felt that the President had created an entirely new atmosphere in the world for dealing with problems. As a senator he has proposed (often successfully and bipartisanly) plans to control the world's suppy of weapons as well as biological weapons and WMD's. He bravely stood up in public right in Hamas to argue that they must relieve themselves of all hostilities and deal with Israel pragmatically. He has amendments in order to create a plan for comprehensive immigration and ease tensions between countries. He has also fought for transparency of foreign aid and federal funds to fight for a more honest and less corrupt world. I can assure you that most people did not know about a single one of these things. Think outside the box please and do not be afraid to learn things for yourself instead of just being fed lies from your favorite biased media station.
Barack Obama deserved the 2009 Nobel Prize award for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. He earned it! Just because you guys out there are jealous of him, doesn't mean you have to turn your anger out on him! Seriously, if you don't like him, why don't you get a Nobel prize!?
He deserved to win because when he was elected President and then placed in office he inspired more hope and feelings of peace in the world than anyone else did that year. He helps people to feel inspired to further the cause of world peace and hope around them and throughout the world.
Nobel Peace price is awarded not just to recipients who have accomplished deeds pointing to world peace, but also manifestation of recipients' exemplifications, suggestive of noblesse oblige to the world, worthy of laurus nobilis that would benefit the whole world sooner or later. President Barack Obama's birth can never be a waste at death, because his Presidential legacy is already archiving positive deeds for the betterment of humanity around the world.
The Nobel Peace Prize has always been a farce, a way for some inconsequential, unregulated bunch of Norweigans to make a political statement. Its committee is a bunch of retired politicians. Just because they give out an annual prize with "peace" in the name doesn't mean their nominee is a living saint-- they select from whoever is famous at the time, someone whose agenda aligns with their personal politics. They chose Obama, therefore Obama deserved to win.
Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, in my opinion, because of the many things he has done on the world stage, to promote peace. He worked with Senator Richard Luger, while himself a senator, on non-proliferation. In part because of his efforts, the world's superpowers reduced their nuclear armaments, creating a greater desire to work to end world war. The non proliferation treaty was signed by dozens of nations around the world. In addition, Obama built bridges to the Muslim world, and insisted on treating them, not as terrorists, but as human beings. Finally, Obama ended the dreaded Iraq War, which inflamed Middle East sentiment, and increased global terrorism. It was not certain that we would be out of Iraq if Mitt Romney was president. He and others, like John McCain, who was another of Obama's rivals for the presidency, implied that America could be there indefinitely. But because of Obama, we have ended one disastrous world conflict, and drawn down another in Afghanistan. For these reasons, Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now as we head into another election, I can say now that the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was given to the wrong person. It should be taken away from Obama and given to the memory of Ronald Reagan for all he has done for this country. Someone who has done something for this country.
And I'm pretty sure he and everyone else in Washington are also still confused. There is nothing that puts him in the same category with Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and the majority of people on that list. I don't understand how the Nobel Committee could justify awarding him with the peace prize. All he had to his name was serving as an Illinois senator and then one term in the U.S. Senate. Now five years later, I'm pretty sure there's no chance of him getting another one. Ever.
No one ever heard of the so called peace efforts. The award is a complete politically motivated joke.
The Nobel Peace prize used to have gravitas; from now on it is a joke award and I won't care who wins it or assign any importance to the announcement. In 2012 the European Union won the award.
Another joke political decision.
The award is now just like the Turner prize for Art.
Something that can no longer shock and that no one takes seriously any more.
The Nobel Peace Prize is meant to recognize and honor the further progress of peace within the world--and it has to be earned. Historically, there have been unusual decisions on the part of the Nobel board--including the awarding of the Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger for his work in Cambodia, during the worst year of the Vietnam War--but none so unusual as the awarding of the Prize to President Obama. If you look at the timeline, they made their preliminary decision within a week of his inauguration--and what could Barack Obama have done within that week? Becoming our first African-American President could have been his only act in office at that time--and as we recently learned in Massachusetts, just "showing up for the dance" doesn't mean you're going to be elected the Prom Queen, anymore than simply running as a Democrat in Massachusetts is an automatic guarantee of being selected State Senator. Either the Board should have waited a year or more--or Obama should have declined the award.
The question of whether Mr. Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize can be answered as a simple matter of time frame. The Peace Prize was awarded less than one month after he because President. You might argue that he did something as a State Senator or U.S. Senator that deserves the peace prize, but there's nothing in his record that compares to other winners of the Peace Prize. It would have been better to reevaluate Mr. Obama's eligibility for the prize after he leaves the office of the President.
Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize, he has not done anything to deserve it. I believe Obama was surprised himself that he received the Nobel peace prize. I personally think he was awarded it, so war would not be declared on any other countries such as Iran or North Korea. It would make Obama look really bad if he received the Nobel peace prize and declared war. I think the united states has become to politically correct, and it is destroying our country.
I believe that Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel peace prize. I do not think he did anything to even come close to deserving it. It was very early in his presidency. They have not even gave sufficient evidence to why they felt that he deserved to win it. I believe it was done to prove a point.
It seems to me that the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize should have made some significant contribution to peace in the world. President Obama is working toward that end, but so far has accomplished nothing. There are many more worthwhile candidates at this point. Realistically there should be something specific you could point to and say "this is why he is eligible."
Barack Obama had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing more than having been in office less than 2 weeks. The Nobel Prize committee likely nominated him for it because he was not George W. Bush. Who did he beat? Sima Samar, a women's rights activist in Afghanistan, who kept schools and hospitals open under the Taliban despite threats to her life. Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, who risked his life to help gang rape victims in their tragic civil war. Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for advocating for democracy. Whether Obama earns a Peace Prize is yet to be seen; as President, he has that opportunity to do so within his term. However, he has done nothing to date to earn it. And by awarding it to him for merely gracing the world stage and winning an election, over those who risked their lives for human rights, they diminish the value of a once great award to a mere popularity contest.
I think giving the Nobel Prize to Barack Obama is a waste. He does not deserve this because he never accomplished anything for the development of peace. War does not bring peace; it only destroys humanity and creates new enemies. I am sure Obama knew in his heart that he was not a worthy candidate. He refused to meet the King of Norway. Meeting the king of Norway has been a customary practice for all Nobel peace prize winners. This is a good sign that he himself was not sure and ready to accept an award which even Gandhi did not get.
Obama is plotting war with Syria as we speak. Definitely unworthy of such an honor. Yes chemical weapons may have been used but they can't even confirm it's the dictator, Assad who did it. It could've been the rebels or foreign insurgents or something. Obama wants war. And their OIL!
When digging into the future of his plans, we realize mass changes that must be done either forcefully (by changing all the regiems in the Middle East) or peacefully by resignation of all leaders who do not agree to his politics.
Middle east lived in poverty and after all those changes it now lives in worse poverty including the fact that the countries have lost many people in internal conflicts that Obama and his politics has caused.
Tell me why Obama is supporting exactly every side that went againts their first "leader" like Husni Mubarak in Egypt, Ali Abdallah Saleh in Yemen etc. How come for instance he is against the new revolution in Egypt that removed the post revolution president Morsy in Egypt? Isn't it obvious that all these changes except for Morsy are for Obama's benefit? Why is engaged in changing every regime stating that this is what the "people want" and when it comes to Morsy he is against his removal?
Can't US once for all stop fighting countries and causing war?
And they still give their president a prize for piece?
The same day as the UN investigators arrived Syria, there was an attack of chemical weapons. How obvious that this attack was planned?!
The opposition is supported by the Alqaida that could destruct the two tower in USA but still USA is supporting them.
Didn't they say that their is a part of the military that is standing with the regime? Couldn't that military force have made that chemical weapon attack?
However its all obvious why all this is happening. There is a plan to change the map in the middle east and that is now forcefully implied with a war on every refusing country!
Millions and billions of dollars is being used in this war. These could instead go to the poor americans who wish to find a job and pay their health insurance. Maybe if the money were used this way, then I could say a Nobel Prize for Freedom would be deserved.
It was a mistake to give Obama the prize in 2009. He was awarded it for "...Extraordinary efforts toward diplomacy...." He made very small efforts that year. What he really did was simply suggest diplomacy between nations. He created no such diplomacy that year. In 2009 Obama was given too much credit. The prize should have gone to someone else.
The fact that Gitmo is still open, US draw-down of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is still incomplete, these were two platforms that he ran on that I know many people voted for him in the first place. He has since then continued to use the executive branch as a deadly weapon. With his secret kill list and the killings of many people abroad, both foreign and domestic. He personally has done nothing to help US foreign policy, not that I believe one man could, at least not one of Obama's character.
It's very ironic that the man who once was a noble peace prize winner is now trying to start another war. The American Presidents are all the same, this Democratic Republican party is just a show that they have put on to fool Americans. He is not even waiting for the UN inspectors to give their report. SHAME ON THE NOBLE COMMITTEE!!!!
The committee should have waited until after his terms to decide if he was worthy. As we can see he is heavy with the war, drones, and enjoys getting whistle-blowers. He may speak well and do a good job getting people mesmerized but if you take all of that away you see him for what he is - mediocre at best, a bully, corporate shill and a war monger.
A lot of nice talk, peace in our times, blablabla. But the fact is, he is a US president, not much different than the ones before. Sure, he's less of a catastrophy than Bush jr. But he still kept a lot of the embarassements to a democratic country that Bush installed (Gitmo, Prism, you name it).
The fact that he is not as bad as he could be doesn't make him elligible to a Nobel peace price.
In fact, Manning acually cared about peace and actually risked everything to support it.
Take it away from Obama, give it to Manning.
It absolutely baffles me at how blinded some of these guys on the far left actually are. Im more or a libertarian; i was raise conservatively but I do not consider myself a republican. Some of these guys that just hone in on MSNBC really need to open their eyes. TV news period. Look into independent media. Just remember, the truth is a crime nowadays. When they continue with the gun banning effort, don't forget, if they take away one of the rights on the bill of rights, why wouldn't they take away the rest???
I feel that in all what he has done killed innocent people in Libya and the middle east by drone attacks do not warrant him to deserve such an honorable thing. It is like giving a serial killer house arrest even though he killed 50 people and should get charged with first degree murder in each killing and lock him up for life. It seems like a trivial thing but it is saying that its ok to kill innocent people and get a good job and a pat on the back for doing so.
He just got into office when awarded the price. He couldn't have done anything in such a short time. The nobel price is very political and is controlled by norweagian leftist. He was awarded the price for simply not being Bush or McCain. Also the nobel comitee wanted 5 minutes of fame for handing over the price.
He has just as much blood on his hands as any other past president maybe even more. He has done little for the devastation in syria and darfur. There is no greater peace today than when he became president. The idea that he was "going to be" less war prone is not a reason to give what has always been a retrospective award for work done.
He did nothing to deserve this prize, and subsequent to his award, he has done little to advance the cause of peace in the world. How could someone who authorizes drone strikes that harm civilians be a worthy recipient of this prize? If it is to be awarded to a president, it should be awarded after he's actually done something.
He MIGHT have done one thing right. But that does not put him on top of the list where most of the nominees almost laid down their lives saving others...
Instead of giving such a honored prize to people who sit in AC rooms with virtually no first hand experience in common man's difficulties, and who travel from car to carpet like Obama and Al Gore etc... For once give it to common people who placed the welfare of complete stranger's lives over their own...
This will atleast be a first step in changing minds of common people like myself, who think "nobel peace prize also has fallen in to the list of stupid awards which are not given but BOUGHT"
The Nobel peace prize is something to be awarded to an individual who impacted the society of earth in a positive manner through means of discovery or technology or works of art not for the color of ones skin. Though being the first black president is a historical mile stone that deserves recognition and attention that does not mean however it deserves a peace prize. One of the highest awards for ones work. Bottom line there were alot of people that worked hard in 2009 and deserved that prize. Barack Obama did nothing. And don't argue against this saying "well youre racist." because that's just childish.
He was awarded the prize because of his promises, he did nothing other than prevent some torture happening in Mexico and closed a secure prison. This Socialist man has no place in the Oval office, and he has plunged America further into Socialism with his destructive Care Act. I pray that the American people get the right information into their heads before we are all forced to pay for a failed health insurance plan.
Just looking at what he's doing exactly in the USA and around the world, in terms of helping to destroy the world bit by bit. It was like some signal to the American people that he's not Bush, that he's going to stick to his word and bring back the soldiers from Afghan and Iraq, when in actual fact he's done nothing of the sort. He lied during his presidential campaign, went back on almost everything he promised to do.
He was given it was simply to brainwash the United States public into thinking this new black president is their savior, when he's nothing more than a celebrity spokesperson for corporations that run the country.
Strip him of the award to be honest, give it to someone who truly deserves it.
After his efforts as a senator from Illinois, plus 12 days as president, there is no way Barack Obama is the most deserving for the 2009 Nobel peace prize. His efforts as a senator were mostly devoted to helping Illinois residents and preparing for his presidential campaign. It's very said that the Nobel committee has become so overtly political.
They usually award things to people for having accomplished something, not for future possible maybe achievements. Think about, remove whatever political cap you have on at the moment and give it a good long think. No one wins something for something that they may do. It's simple. He doesn't deserve it. Read about the other people that were skipped because of President Obama and you will rage. You will have a mega rage dump. It's obvious why he won it. Do I have to spell it out for you? B U S H. Four little letters. These four little letters that in Europe tantamount to well, a four letter word [a swear] won President Obama his prize. We could have elected a broomstick to the presidency and the broomstick would have won it. It's clear that they hate Bush, not the normal hate, but the kind of hate that makes one tarnish a celebrated and distinguished award that is renown throughout planet Earth as the accomplishment of a Lifetime. It's also clear that being not-Bush is not a reason why one should be awarded this...This..Prestigious *cough* achievement. Hell, I'm not Bush neither, neither are you. Were is our damn prize?
There would be countless teachers, doctors, mothers, fathers, professionals and just in general people, that have actively given up their lives to others in the pursuit of making life better for other people. I'm sure Mr. Obama is one of those good people to a degree being a public servant, but to throw the award at him who was running for president at the time, over say someone who has been struggling to make ends meet in a non-profit charity does not make sense to me. It is insulting to people who could use the popularity and the world stage to help their cause. Obama would have won a lot of friends if he checked the ego and refused it on the grounds of not having earned it and then set about doing so.
He was and is the commander and chief of an army involved in two major wars. That is nothing compared to the violations to human rights all over the world, all done in the name of American interests, which only seems to improve the lives and of course the wallets of only one percent of the population of America and one hundred percent of the political class.
Obama's win of the Nobel peace prize was nothing more than government propaganda to portray him as a peaceful man. What has changed since Bush's regime and Barack's? Afghanistan is still occupied (and illegal) as is Iraq. Not to mention Guantanamo Bay still being open and housing potentially innocent men without trial, charge or lawyer. Lastly, add Syria into the equation - it's the beginning of a path in the Middle East, around Israel, that will be the start of World War 3. I believe it is quite obvious to see that Barack Obama is not worthy of winning the peace prize when you take into account the laws he's passed and decisions he's made. I haven't even got started on the Boston bombings or NDAA.
Look, he is the first black president and that is something to be proud of but to win the peace prize you should be required to actually do something important. Remember he had to be nominated after just two weeks into office. So with two weeks under his belt they believed that was enough to win? As a senator he didn't help promote peace world wide either. He won because he was a black president nothing else. To all the people that think he won on something he did, please let me know what he actually did that amounted to him winning this award.
Obama has no significant positive achievement. Even killing Osama is highly suspicious. I believe that Osama was not killed as his body was not shown. When Saddam's last moment can be shown, why not Osama's? Also, he has waged unnecessary wars with egypt, libya for no reason. Egypt and Libya are now hellholes because of him. He ruined peace, not brought it.
Every US President has the potential to be a force for peace in the world. I think the jury is still out on whether Obama deserved it. Let's see what he decides about Syria after Congress votes.
There are also the Israel-Palestine peace talks, which the Secretary of State is trying so hard to engineer. As for Guantanamo, the legal complexities baffle me. But on the whole, I think the Nobel Committee put the bar high because it thought Obama would clear it. Wishful thinking on their part.
He has been involved in war after war since then, and now is pushing hard for a new war in Syria even though most of the world is against it and it is against international law according to the UN because there is NO PROOF that Syria used Gas. He is super trigger happy and is pushing for war regardless of what the rest think because I guess he has to do what he has to do according to their secret (not so secret anymore!) agenda of world domination!
Are you serious? You are asking me to explain why doing nothing deserves the Nobel Prize? I guess if Al Gore deserves one the standards must be low. Who's next, Al Sharpton, Harry Reid? The award has become a joke and no longer deserves to be considered an honor. Really.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee obviously bought into Obama's campaign of "hope and change". The committee was influenced by Obama's Cairo speech in 2009 and his so called efforts to "prevent nuclear proliferation" and Obama's support for using established international bodies such as the UN to pursue foreign policy goals. The Committee also "hoped" the award would contribute toward these goals.
Fast forward 2 years then another 2 years and it's obvious the Committee drank the kool-aid and bought wholeheartedly into "hope and change". The situation in N. Korea is worse than ever as is the situation in Iran, Egypt has become a hell hole, Libya has become a hotbed of extremism, the US Embassy in Benghazi over-run, and Israel has become even further isolated since Obama came into office. Do I need to even mention the US military hardware sitting off of the Syrian coast?
A message to the Norwegian Nobel Committee... Wait a few years before handing out prizes, not to say the Nobel Peace Prize means anything nowadays.
He is a war monger and Chicago gangster who does what he is told by Israel. Kissinger, Mandela, Peres, Arafat, and others. Jews start wars and let others like Americans do the fighting and dying. Nobel was himself a war profiteer and all around bad egg. No good deed goes unpunished. The Nobel Prize for Peace proves that no bad deed goes unrewarded.
News everywhere for the last a few weeks. I do not recall any of the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the history has promoted military attacks on other counties thousands miles a way. Obama is a typical American president not a person deserves Nobel Peace Prize, in my opinion.. What do you think?
Obama is a divider NOT a uniter. He has set racial harmony between blacks and everyone else back about 50 years. He favors muslims and Islam while humiliating Christians and Jews or any other religion while claiming to be Christian. That MUST be a lie. I could go on for hours...
He was nominated 12 days after he took office. Nothing of import in relation to peace in the world took place during those 12 days. If anyone can point to something related to enhancing peace during those 12 days in office I will retract my vote. Does anyone disagree with me?
He has brought the world to the brink of war, destabilized and destroyed nations, given trillions away to banks while the people suffer tremendously. Maintained Guantanamo, created new powers of arrest and even execution in the hands of his office. He is an evil man
Even President Carter has spoken out against him and his policies
During the Cold War, Russians escaped to America for freedom. Now Americans escape to Russia for freedom
Prize for ideas, words, but no deeds?
It's the same as his election.
Actions speak the truth and from what is seen, there is no difference in methods between this Democrat President and the maligned Republican Presidents.
The words published by friendly and perhaps deceived members of the press are different but the strong arm and blackmail politics are the same, if not even more intense.
I think the panelists forgot the meaning of the word peace. This is an insult to the previous winners. Come on seriously. A nobel prize for doing nothing. Its not just the person but the country behind him which makes it undeserving. 2 wars going on, one unjustified and one unwinnable, toppling democratic gvernments, arming rebels, manufacturing evidence...
He's cracking down on the freedom of expression (Snowden, Manning, Assange), and his policies on the Middle East totally failed, and that hostile world is more hostile now and is on the brink of collapse! He increased the drone attacks, killing innocent civilians, many say they are terrorists, but its all propaganda (How do drones knows if it's a terrorist or woman or child or teen or man); there might be (that's an exaggeration) but it doesn't mean you wipe out the whole existence alongside terrorists. It appears if you're are not a friend of America even if you're neutral they consider you are an enemy! I admired this guy and his slogan 'Yes we can' but it's an utter lie!
I am not aware of any international peace bringing actions Obama took. However, I am aware that he promised to pull back troops, instead he did the opposite. Under lies and fabricated evidence (nuclear weapons) the US started the war and and least after it was official that this evidence was fake, Obama should have stopped Bush's initiatives, but he did not.
Then he spoke for the protection of whistle blowers and strangely he is chasing every single one of them and trying to execute. Lies, lies, lies
Whoever awarded that price to him after 9 months of him being president should be more than ashamed to throw away Nobel's cash and spit on people who actually made true effort to bring peace.
He had done nothing to promote peace. As far as I am concerned, he should stop off in Oslo to return the prize, on his way to the Hague to be prosecuted as a war criminal. His continued unconstitutional war activities around the globe have made George Bush look like a piker.
What did he do again? Because I don't remember him making any positive changes that would account for him earning a nobel peace prize, and 4 years later, I still don't understand why he won the award, which makes the overall value of the award greatly depreciate. So no, he did not deserve it.
In the beginning, I thought he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. As a senator he tried to do a lot of good work and as a president he tried to bring in the kind of universal healthcare that every other developed nation enjoys.
However, since he became president, he has allowed unmanned drones to routinely slaughter wedding parties, funerals, and children. His 'pilots' never face censure for their crimes and he is, according to Americans, the Commander in Chief. He should face trial for the crimes of those under his command.
As a South African we look to Nelson Mandela as a hero, someone who actually did bring about change not just talk about it. Someone who made a country do a complete 180 degree turn. To equate his legacy with that of Obama who has failed to make much of a difference, who allows systems such as PRISM and drones is not only a disgrace to what the Nobel Peace Price should represent but also a disgrace to a real hero like Nelson Mandela.
It makes a mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize and those whom won it before him who actually did something to recognize. If you have to ask why he got it, then clearly he has not done anything outstandingly worth recognizing. And saying he got it because he inspires peace is bollocks, there are a million people on the planet that also inspire peace.
Look at PRISM and drone killing. Then look at how he reacts to the public when his dirty little secrets get discovered. Obama is no different than Bush or other US presidents before him. You could argue Obama is a saint that saved America from hell. However he caused more harms for this world than any other dictators.
I can give a strong effort to become a Doctor. If I fall short they don't just hand me a PHD because of how hard I tried. If that were the case then anyone whosoever tried for anything in life can win the Nobel Peace Prize. Give me a break.
Obama did not deserve anything. He sends drones to kill people in other countries and yet he gets a peace prize huh? And he also makes those cover ups such as sandy hook and boston. I hate to say that they were covered up because innocent people were involved but it is sadly the truth. And I'd rather have the truth than live a lie.
A real Nobelist would rather try to make the world more peaceful, rather than spying around the world and attacking innocent people in AfPak border. I would like to get a statement on why he got peace prize.
This is not acceptable. Hope that some institution will deny his Nobel Peace Prize.
Way too many things to get into here but to keep it short... Guantanamo Bay, he added 3000 troops to the Afghan war, TSA, NSA, LIBYA! And now he is going to arm the Syrian rebels with assault weapons and ammo, guaranteeing more blood shed. Hardly peaceful in my opinion. This award should be taken away from him.
Haunts whistle-blowers like Manning, Assange and very likely soon Snowden;
Orders drone attacks in foreign countries like Pakistan;
Guantanamo still isn't closed;
The only good things I saw coming from him are universal health care and trying to make it harder to get guns. But all in all he disappointed many people ho had high hopes for him (me included).
Obama did nothing noteworthy of any prize, much less the Nobel Peace Prize. He became the first (partially) black person to become the President of the United States. While that is certainly a first, and even a gigantic achievement, it had nothing to do with him promoting peace, nor "doing" something that bettered human kind.
He let four Americans be murdered/slaughtered in Benghazi, one of whom was his Ambassador. Where is the peace in that? The USA is more racially divided than ever under his administration. Where is the peace in that? He shouldn't have won based on his promises of peace. That was completely unrealistic. The world seems in more conflict than ever since Obama has been President. And that he won based on his ideas of a non nuclear world...Maybe Iran and North Korea didn't get THAT memo. On a personal note, he doesn't strike me as a very peaceful person. Quite the opposite. Completely chaotic and dysfunctional.
I truly believe he did not deserve it because he actually has not accomplished anything with the American troops still largely present in the Middle East. There are plenty other more deserving candidates that the honour. However I have completely lost faith in the Nobel Peace Prize now, after all even Mahatma Gandhi, a true leader who defied violence and brought about the most peaceful revolution the world has seen and has inspired millions has himself never won which is truly bizarre.
Obama is the first black president; besides that, he has been incredibly mediocre. Even comparing that to other accomplishments, nowadays blacks are definitely treated equally, so there's nothing extraordinary there. He's as significant as the people posting "First" on YouTube videos. He is lucky has has not been impeached yet.
Obama is a coward. His actions watching navy seals and the Lybian diplomat in Benghazi have proven this. He deserves to be impeached if not thrown in federal prison for letting those people die. Not only that he has done nothing for America. Mr. Obama has his priorities all wrong.
Barack Obama is probably the first Nobel Prize Winner with a kill list. He increased drone strikes. He hasn't shut down Guantanamo Bay. He approved an invasion of another country to kill Osama Bin Laden and several other people that were with Bin Laden. He did NOTHING for peace before he was president. He was ignorant to foreign policy and foreign relations. Need I say more?
Now on his second term he still has not created any significant change despite his position and re-election. Over the years Obama has done anything but hit innocent civilians or so called "terrorists" for the sake of his version of Peace. It is almost disappointing that President Obama did win the prize solely on his slogan for "Change", winning a prize on a promise.
Obama uses drones to target civilians who are not involved in any declared war. Even if a war was declared against countries where these targets are located military commanders have a responsability to
evade civilian casualties. Rendition is an illegal act and BO has continued this activity. The courts continue to be closed to persons injured by the USA and its allies in the war on terror
Unlike Martin Luther King Obama didn't do anything. He might have gave people hope but he never assured peace and safety. Martin not only gave speeches about equal rights he also fought and died for it. I think Obama needs to work way harder to win the prize. Not only that, Obama also lied. He said he would HELP our environment, but as you can see NOTHING has changed.
He has made us more divided, more racist, has killed many civilians and then lied about it, lies about his wars, lies about promises just like Gitmo, hides evidence just like fast and furious, appoints his top donors as ambassadors since they have just as much experience as he does, approves and signs bills that do nothing but take away rights from citizens... Where's the veto for NDAA, Monsanto protection act, more patriot act powers?
He promised change, instead he surged Afghanistan with more troops, more raids, more drone strikes and even invaded Pakistan. To this day we still have troops in Iraq. Obama won the Nobel prize while continuing a war. He is a tyrant and a war monger. I hope he gives the medal back.
Okay, the civilian death toll from illegal drone strikes alone is enough to make Obama's Peace Prize a total joke. Of course we shouldn't be too shocked since Henry Kissenger won one as well, if memory serves. And his withdrawal from Iraq was just following the time-line set in place under Bush, so I'm not sure why anyone thinks that is such an achievement. Do people really think that Obama couldn't have removed us from Iraq during his first year in office? He is a war criminal just like Bush before him. Unfortunately I think his supporters are still deluding themselves through their commitment to the two-party ideological paradigm, in which their party is assumed, a priori, to be beneficent.
Obama has been useless and is a terrible president. I still have bad memories of his naive supporters going mad if anyone dared suggest he wasn't a good choice. He is a bad president (drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay, bank bailouts). He's very weak personally and deeply corrupt and simply lazy.
There's no way a guy who has been at war for his entire time in office should have a prize for peace. You can blame that on Bush, but Obama has personally bombed six different countries without consent from Congress, and has declared wars after the war in Iraq and declared the US to be a "war zone".
He doesn't deserve the Nobel PEACE Prize because he as done nothing to promote peace. In fact, he has done quite the opposite. He supports the brutal tyranny of the Bahrain, Yemen, Qatar and Kuwait governments through military support as they continue to massacre their people. He has continued to provide financial and military support to the Racist war-mongering Israeli government as it continues its brutal repressive occupation against the indigenous Palestinian people...and has done all he could to vote against any peaceful resolution to the conflict at the UNGA and UNSC. Don't forget he voted against a Palestinian state and in favor of Israeli settlements which are in violation of numerous international laws. His drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent men, women, children and elderly in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and has consistently provided a cover of secrecy and impunity over U.S. war crimes which have also included the killing of Reuters journalists...while violating the human and civil rights of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning as the perpetrators get away unpunished. He promised to close down Guantanamo Bay and still hasn't as it continues to operate under the false cloak of the so-called "war on terror" in order to continue breaking internationally recognized human rights laws and continue brutal methods of torture against arbitrarily and indefinitely detained "militants" most of whom are civilians picked up in the chaos of war. This guy doesn't deserve to be a U.S. President, much less have a Nobel Prize on his mantle. The only thing Obama deserves is a set of handcuffs, an international war crimes tribunal, and a lengthy prison sentence.
It has been said that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his promise to bring peace among many countries and in the Middle East. Lets review; since his award the Middle East has completely broken down with many nations overthrowing their gov resulting in the deaths of close to 100,000 innocent people. What a joke, way to completely devalue the award for so many people that actually earned it.
Iraq, Afghanistan and soon to be Syria and possibly Iran. He fights wars and gives guns to "rebel groups" to kill in the name of democracy and oil yet says how bad guns are in the U.S. and how guns kill people. I guess killing is only okay when its for democracy or his "god" (money or mohammad, either will do). So tell me what has he done for peace? He speaks for human right around the world yet steps on them at home every chance he gets. Its like giving a Nobel prize to Oppenheimer...or is this all just because he is the first black president?
The war in Iraq would have ended anyway, and other wars have gotten much worse since he took office. Not to mention the fact that Obama allows drone strikes that kill innocent civilians. This is very common right now, and these drone strikes are seen as unethical by many groups. What is happening with this is promoting hostile feelings towards the US and certainly does nothing to promote peace.
Obama takes credit for ending the war in Iraq. That was already a foregone conclusion. Additionally, he has ramped up efforts in Afghanistan, and sent support into Syria early into that conflict without approval. At best, he's done nothing to support peace, and all of this occurred AFTER he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He did nothing to earn this award. And, much like he has diminished the office of the President of the United States, so has he diminished the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Actions speak louder than words. This is absurd. His presidency is the worst in American history & this is an embarrassment not only to the prize, but also to the world. He does nothing but inspire hate between all Americans & the classes. He bates races against each other like it’s a game then mocks Americans with his policies. It just shows a complete lack of respect. He has spurred hate & anger in ways that Americans never knew existed. Appalling, disgusting, & filth come to mind, definitely not peace.
He spent two years as an unknown Jr Senator before being elected president where the Nobel prize came less than a year into his unaccomplished presidency. He’s adored by celebrities and he’s been unchallenged and unvented by the media. Ronald Reagan accomplished more for world peace through a strong unapologetic stance against our foes.
No, Barack Obama had not done enough to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. Even today, there would be no reason to give him the prize. He has left Guantanamo Bay open and not really ended any wars that we are in. There surely are more deserving candidates. It seemed more like a way to meddle in American politics than a genuine award to me.
Jagland said "We have not given the prize for what may happen in the future. We are awarding Obama for what he has done in the past year. And we are hoping this may contribute a little bit for what he is trying to do," noting that he hoped the award would assist Obama's foreign policy efforts. Jagland being the chairman of Nobel Committee in 2009. When has the Nobel Peace Prize been given to someone because of what may happen in the future? Jagland claims it not to be the why Obama was chosen but it sure sounds like it to me. Obama has done nothing to deserve this award!
Obama is extremely divisive here in America. He targets blacks to vote him back into office solely based on his skin color. He riled-up victims of Katrina in a speech and inferred that they received inadequate care simply because of their race. In a time in which our nation has come so far into seeing beyond skin color and into a person's moral character, Obama behaves more like a rioting Malcom X than a peace-loving Martin Luther King Jr. In fact, I believe that MLK Jr. would be ashamed of his actions.
No. How can we give a nobel peace price to the leader of a country currently involved in the act of war. How can we give the peace price to the leader of a country that uses drone strikes to bombard civilians and other humans in foreign countries indiscriminately. Obama does not in any way deserve this price. He has done nothing to stop this act of warfare. He might have strengthen international politics but he absolutely does not deserve this
A president of a country that is engaging in military intervention in various countries is not exactly the ideal candidate for the nobel peace prize. When you add to this the heinous use of drones which attack indiscriminately in villages where they are deployed as a took in counter-terrorism, the whole thing becomes rather insulting to previous winners.
One of the people who obama was up against for this prize was a 98 year old lady who had had both arms and legs broken in the holocaust for being caught smuggling Jewish babies out of Germany under the noses of the Nazis for years beforehand. She was almost killed hundreds of times saving lives, yet a politician who has only had a year and a half to talk big and not actually do anything gets the prize instead. That is incredibly wrong.
Not only no, but not ever. He had not done anything at all to earn the award. It was given to him on the chance he might do something later and that he was not Gorge Bush. The Nobel committee had no evidence or actions on Obama's part to even give consideration to Obama And the ensuing years have proven he is the last person to have been give the Prize. He has funded the "Arab Spring", uprisings in the Mideast. He has executed American citizens around the globe and stiull have done not one event that could be construed as peaceful. He left Iraq in worse shape than when when Saddam had Iraq under his control. He has turned our Embassies not targets and does nothing to create peace. But has done a lot to create hate mongering division among religions. n Obama promotes the Muslim Brotherhood, known terrorists who murder innocent civilians then and still to this day, yet Obama fund the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to turn on the citizens of the countries Obama has been nation building in. Obama created the same war that is now raging in Syria, to put the Muslim Brotherhood in power and instill dictatorial sharia law, against women. The list is long and telling of Obama's rimes of war and hate against others in this world, in the almost 4 short years he has been POTUS.
If anyone thinks for a moment Obama deserved to win the Nobel the peace prize they need to put down the kool-aid and sober up. Obama's mindless myrmidons harp hope and change and have no idea what that really means in Obama's mind. Obama is a danger to the Republic and the world and he needs to get handed his walking papers Nov. 6th.
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There were no grounds on which to base his qualifications for the award. He didn't earn that.
During his presidency, Barack Obama has steadily increased the US war machine throughout the world, especially in the Middle East. There have been no successes in helping to further peace in the world, therefore it was premature and misguided for the Nobel committee to award him the prize. The prestige of the award has been lowered by granting it to a world leader who has only worked to further war.
Obama was not very far into his first term as President, so he had not had the opportunity to accomplish much of what he had promised. The Peace Prize was given to him prematurely, in my opinion, and would have had much more significance if it was given to him at a later time, assuming he continued to be a president deserving the prize.
At the time that Mr. Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, he was president of a country that was actively engaged in two wars. He had done very little to end those wars. In fact, in Afghanistan, his administration began a surge in troop deployment. Likewise, although he signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay, this has yet to happen. More recently, he had our country join with NATO to aid the rebels in Lybia's civil war. Now, the President has three wars, Guantanamo Bay, and no major peace accord on his resume. All of this suggests that, had the Nobel Committee waited to see what Mr. Obama would do as president, rather than listening to his speeches, he would not have been chosen.
President Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize very early in his administration, and he was largely given it because he wasn't President George W. Bush. It is true that President Obama is winding down our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he has still taken very hostile actions with drones in Yemen, violated the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan, and started a new war in Libya.
Although I voted for Barack Obama and back him as the president, I do not believe his efforts were so outstanding. When I think of the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, I think of people who went way above and beyond their station in life. The changes they made were changes that another person in that same position would not be expected to procure. Although Obama did change some aspects of international politics, his efforts were not extraordinary and above all others in this field.
Barack Obama did not do anything deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize. Typically, the prize is awarded to someone who brokered a breakthrough peace deal, fought valiantly for civil rights or justice, or made great contributions to world peace. Barack Obama did none of these things. He has not achieved any large foreign policy breakthroughs that promoted peace, and his track record on human rights is spotty: he has even left Gitmo open.
I know many would disagree, but President Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His selection for this prize was solely based on promises that he made during his election and we all know the type of follow through election promises get. Even at this point in time, I feel that there are many more deserving individuals who could have won it instead o him.
President Barack Obama may be a great man and a great president, but when he received the Peace Prize, he had been in office for less than a year, and had done very little policy making and peacemaking. The Prize was given prematurely, to a man who had yet to effect any change. And giving it to someone who has done so little, diminished the worth of the Prize. It reduced the Prize to a mere symbol, rather than an award for great achievement.
The Nobel Prize for peace is given to distinguished people who have made an extraordinary contribution. Obama has done nothing significant, besides becoming the first black President. Are they going to give that same prize to a woman when she becomes president?
President Obama should not have been given an award of that magnitude because he was too new to the world scene to have made a substantive difference through either diplomacy or policy. I do not believe that he should have been given the award based on the fact that he was the first African American President and he espoused a peace agenda in his campaign. It would have been nice if he would have made a difference somewhere in the world first.
When Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he had served as the President of the United States for a short while. He was awarded the Nobel because he was said to have good intentions, but the fact remains that he had not done anything concrete to improve the world. So I do not think he deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
There's nearly 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan alone. There are withdrawals from Iraq, but there is still essentially a war on there as well. I can think of no evidence at all that he has advanced the cause of peace - and I'm a liberal!
When Barrack Obama was running for President, he promised so much to the American people that was never upheld. One of the things he promised was that the war in Iraq was going to end. As of yet, I still haven't seen this take place. He won this prize because he has made some leeway supposedly with the Iraqi people. Personally, I don't think he has done enough to deserve such an honor.
Barack Obama should be recognized for his many accomplishments. However, look at the people in the past that have been selected to win the Nobel Peace Prize and you can see that they have spent the better part of their lives dedicated to promoting peace and making the world a better place for everyone. While Barack Obama may very well prove later that he is worthy of such an acknowledgment, he simply hasn't had the time to deserve the prize yet.
Even as a long time supporter of president Obama, I do not think that he was deserving in winning the Nobel Peace Prize. In my mind, it almost seemed that he was given the prize for two seemingly unimportant reasons. One, it seemed as though he was being rewarded for not being George W. Bush, as though being a different type of president granted him such a great reward. It also crossed my mind that he is the first black president and that may have something to do with his winning. While yes I do think it is just great that our country is finally at a point where we can have a black president, i do not think it is something that Obama should have been granted such a high prize for.
While he may well do so in the future, Barack Obama has not yet carried out enough concrete actions to move the world in the direction of peace. Words alone are not sufficient to make one worthy of the prize. There is also a certain irony in the fact that the leader of a country carrying out multiple wars around the world won a prize for making the planet a more peaceful place.