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Was Barack Obama qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

  • Yes, I believe that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because...

    His extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons. And Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

  • No.

    The Nobel Organization thought that by giving him the Peace Prize would encourage and stimulate US government to change the course of their wrong foreign policy by supporting Israel against Palestine and blocking the peace for decades and stop killing or imprison people without trial. In fact under his rules the killing of innocent people gotten worse by increasing drones attacks and Israel continue to threaten together with USA the middle east region. Disgusting USA, disgusting Israel.

  • Yes, I believe Barack Obama was qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but I'm not sure he was the most deserving choice.

    Being qualified and being deserving are two different things. Any number of people are qualified. I might even be qualified myself, but that doesn't mean I should win it. I'm not sure who else was on the list of nominees, but I have the feeling that Obama was a sentimental and symbolic choice that the committee wanted to make.

    Posted by: SuddenRashad84
  • Obama was qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize, because he won an election by promising hope and change.

    Barack Obama inspired a nation and won their vote and confidence by promising a new age of hope, change, equality, peace and prosperity. He was qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize simply for the fact that he represented a change in the course of American history. While his most ardent supporters may be disappointed that he is not as liberal as they want, he has great respect on the international stage and is following through with his commitments to end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Posted by: FlakyHerb64
  • Obama, even without his political affiliations, has worked for peace for his whole life and is deserving of the award.

    In Obama's youth, he worked very hard in inner cities on many projects of community action. In addition, it is clear that if he was not restricted by politics he would have done a great deal by now to ensure equal rights for people of all races, sexual orientations and personal interests. Finally, Obama is the first president to push for socialized health care, an area where we've been behind for quite some time.

    Posted by: daveyxh
  • I believe he truly does have the ability and diplomacy to help international people get along.

    Desmond Tutu thought that Obama had tried to create more cooperation in the world from the very beginning of his Presidency and had indeed managed to "lower the temperature" of the world. He inherited most of the mess that was already going on and I believe he truly is trying to guide the world to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons.

    Posted by: DesmondN
  • No

    He did not do anything except be a different race from all other presidents. He has only put us 1 trillion dollars in debt per year. He has not even followed up on half his promises he made to get elected. Over all, all he has going for him is good speaches

  • Heck no.

    Under george bush, unemployment was half of what it is now, and people relying on food stamps and welfare have more than doubled under obama. Obama has no understanding of how to run this country, because he doesnt understand what debt is. Obama supporters are like christmas lights. not too bright, and only half of them work.

  • Absolutely not

    He started more wars and in fact even though he took us out of Iraq, he only did it under pressure. The reason they say they gave him the Peace prize was because they expected him to create peace. That doesn't make any sense especially considering he was nominated after barely being in office for a month.

  • Barack Obama was not qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize, because he had no accomplishments at the time he won the prize.

    Barack Obama had done nothing to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize at the time it was awarded to him. Since that time, he has proven that peace is not a priority to him. We are involved in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and, as of this week, Africa. He is not a proponent of peace.

    Posted by: WoozyEusebio
  • Barack Obama did nothing to earn or win the Nobel Peace Prize, because there has been more chaos caused since this award was given to him.

    When Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, there was nothing of significance done to earn him that prize. Soon after his inauguration, the world became more chaotic and less peaceful. There have been government upheavals, riots, protests, coups, and assassinations all around the world, at an increasing rate, since this Nobel Peace Prize winner has become the most powerful person in the modern world.

    Posted by: Sk8brdrCar
  • Barack Obama has done nothing that should qualify him for such a prestigious award.

    Shortly after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama withdrew troops from Iraq and sent them to Afghanistan. This hardly sounds like 'peace' to me. While he is the first African-American President, this is merely progress, and while I support that, I firmly believe that the Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to someone more deserving.

    Posted by: AboriginalKing28
  • Barack Obama had accomplished absolutely nothing as an ambassador or crusader for peace in the world when he was awarded that prize.

    The reason Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize was due to the fact that he was elected President. Too many people had a false view that this simple act was a clarion call for peace in the world. Well, at least that seems to be the logic behind it, because there is no other explanation for his being given the prize. Not only was he only elected President, which was a feat that he did not accomplish for the purposes of peace, but he has shown no worthiness of the prize since.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • Barack Obama has done nothing to win a Nobel Peace Prize, because he has zero accomplishments, besides getting elected.

    Well, first off, in Barack Obama's own speech on winning the Peace Prize, he said he felt he didn't deserve it. At the time of the award, he had only been in office for under a year. Since being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he has bombed Libya, and kept Bush's wars going in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guantanamo prison is still open. He blows off our allies, and bows to dictators. The better question is: why did he win the Nobel Peace Prize?

    Posted by: envytjoy
  • No, because Barack Obama has done nothing yet to meet the high standards required for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Obama received the Prize very early in his presidency, when he had not accomplished anything as far as world peace is concerned. The Prize is not given on potential. Past winners have solid, demonstrable achievement. This was clearly a politically-motivated award, designed to curry favor with the U.S. political establishment, and actually reduces the value of the Prize.

    Posted by: laceymarya
  • No, because he never actually had a chance to participate in a groundbreaking act of peace.

    His Prize was based on the future anticipation of an act of peace, based on the Nobel criteria. But as we can see, that has not necessarily happened. In fact, today, the Nobel people would have completely ignored him based on his continuation of the two Bush wars, the continuation of wireless wiretapping, keeping Guantanamo open, and the treatment of the private citizens who leaked information to Wikileaks.

    Posted by: waffleshq

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