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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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".
There were no grounds on which to base his qualifications for the award. He didn't earn that.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.