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Obama's Nobel: But Has He Done Anything Yet?

By October 9, 2009

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Where's the beef? Obama's Nobel seems slightly premature. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The list of Nobel peace prize winners is full of dubious, at times downright outrageous choices: Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Menahem Begin. Some of these guys were avowed terrorists (Arafat and Begin), some of them are still wanted in some countries for war crimes (Kissinger), all of them at one time or another thought diplomacy an interruption of war by untold means.

The list also contains obvious choices: Eli Wiesel, Mother Teresa, Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela--men, women and organizations that unquestionably moved regions of the world in more peaceful directions while restoring dignity to masses of people who'd been denied it by force.

The question is: where does Barack Obama, who just won the peace prize, fit in all this?

It's not that he wasn't going to be a shoe-in for the prize at some point, if even a quarter of his ambitious pledges were to come true. Maybe in a year or two or three. But this soon? Ten months in, with fewer accomplishments than a quite dubious record of continuing Bush policies by more polite means? With Guantanamo, secret rendition and military tribunals still on his doable list? With Afghanistan a war zone soaking with its own war-crime scenes?

"Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics," the Nobel committee noted. "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 United States 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."

All true. But diplomatic climate change is fickle. It can turn at any time. The substance of Obama's international diplomacy, from Iraq to Afghanistan to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (where he just caved on settlements, giving up on his previous resolve to make progress conditional on a freeze), and even to climate change itself (where he's proposing no ground-breaking initiative)--that substance is lacking. Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen nailed it in his last impersonation of Obama: "I haven't done anything yet."

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October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am
(1) questioning says:

I’m a fan of Obama, but really? Already? What’s the big hurry? I wonder if he could turn it down.

October 9, 2009 at 10:28 am
(2) Pierre says:

My sentiments exactly. Interesting notion, turning it down. But it would be out of character for Obama.

October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am
(3) annieoftx says:

Obama won’t turn it down because that would mean turning down the $1.4 million prize money. Wonder if he’ll take the money and run or if he’ll spread some of the wealth around will his family living in abysmal poverty in Kenya? Not likely.

October 9, 2009 at 11:03 am
(4) S4Nana says:

I’d have given him a Nobel Prize simply on the fact that he gave hope to people who no longer had any. Hope that ALL people ARE created equal, that people can do for one another without financial gain and that people from ALL over the world can help each other without putting a price on each others life. I say why not? I live in a town where I as a Mexican still worry about being dragged down the street on the back of a truck based on the color of my skin… or that my son will miss opportunities because he is brown.. and yet I am still hopeful.. So let him have his moment.

October 9, 2009 at 11:22 am
(5) Ms. T says:

Everyone is surprised. I’m happy someone is looking at the fact Obama is trying to do his job, but constantly getting put down by the American people. I just wish that America and the Republicans would give the man a chance. I congratulate you President Obama on your award and I have great respect for you to be able to keep driving on with all of the people out there hating on you. Keep you head up and drive on.

October 9, 2009 at 11:26 am
(6) Rufus says:

He got this award for trying to destroying America! Triple the debt, taxes for everyone, spend, spend, and spend! This award makes a joke of the whole Nobel Prize process! But I’m sure that is village in Kenya is really happy for him!

October 9, 2009 at 11:44 am
(7) Dude says:

I was upset that they bestowed this honor to him. What has he accomplished? This is premature. A few years down the road if he actually makes some accomplishments then maybe he should be considered. His approval rating is constantly dropping due to lack of action on his promises. People need to get over this craziness and Obama mania. I believe this is setting him up for failure, they are setting the bar way to high and it is becoming unreachable. We will see.

October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am
(8) RICKusa says:

vERY SATIFIED WITH THIS FOR mR OBAMA ,HE IS GOINGTO BE AND DO A LOT OF GOOD THINGS FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE
gOD BLEES AMERICA AND OUR PRESIDENT

October 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm
(9) Sara says:

Obama doesn’t derserve this prize in my opinion because hes don’t nothing to really help our country but raise taxes and say that he was going to do things that he hasn’t done.

October 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(10) test says:

People need to get over this craziness and Obama mania. I believe this is setting him up for failure, they are setting the bar way to high and it is becoming unreachable. We will see.

October 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(11) Brian Rollins says:

What has the man done to deserve this? people get this award so because they have done something. If at the end of his presidency what and peace is among the world go right ahead and let him have it. but that happens when in a year or two the U.S. gets bombed or attacked again? then we’ll say good thing our blessed president won that award too.

October 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(12) Ben Winter says:

Rediculous! The sycophantic honkies have gone crazy!

October 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(13) Shamir Roshan says:

I’m saddened and sickened that president Obama received the thing based on his handling of the middle eastern countries seeing as he threw Israel to the wolves and embraces a religious base that is absolutely foreign to our national government, morality and heritage and a peoples whose goal is to eradicate every Jewish person on the face of the Earth and which has a motivation to force every person in the world to conform or convert to a satanically inspired religion or die.

October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(14) Heartburn51 says:

Absurd. I agree with Rufus, he’s being rewarded for causing the downfall of America as the leader of the free world and turning us into a 3rd world country.
He was nominated for this award 2 weeks after he took office!

October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(15) mitha says:

As yet there is nothing to the credit of Mr. Obama even to think of considering him for a neobel prize. He is part of the conspiracy to kill innocent citizens in Iraq. Afghanistan and Pakistan has not taken a single step to make this world peaceful and free from atrocitities. who created Talibans? Uncourse USA. Why ? tok pull back russia form Afghanistan and trained these people with everything USA does and called them Mujahids (freedom frighters) now the same bunch is Taliban, as USA totally abanadoned Afghnaistan and Pakistan once the objective was achieved whata a short sighted foreign policy. Now they want to get physically rid of so clalled Taliban, a dream which will never realize. drone attacks can only strengthen their will to fight for decades and uSA will collapse sooner than taliban can. It is very strange I ahve not found a single person who speakes sense in USA they think their sukper power image is permanenent. Nothing is permanenent in this world. taime is coming soon USA will go to chine with begging bowl and ask for mercy from all.

October 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(16) William G. says:

Alfred Nobel noted inventor of dynamite and war profiteer had this prize named after him. Nobel’s invention of dynamite has killed a countless number of people and he profited greatly from it. So I find it completely appropriate anytime a politician wins this prize, because a vast majority of politicians today are out for self-advancement and profit. It is another example of a completely deserving person winning the prize based upon whom it is named for.

October 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm
(17) Katrina says:

Trying to destroying America!” Rufus, please learn how to write English properly before spewing your ignorance on the Internet. Now, go to your backwoods and watch a chicken fight or sleep with your sister.

October 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(18) soon2b says:

He is single handedly (along with the evil people he is choosing to surround him) ruining America and running us further into the ground. He does NOT deserve any kind of award!!

October 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(19) Deborah says:

Oh my goodness, yes!!!!!!!!!!! I thought it had to be a mistake. I like Obama but he hasn’t done anything to deserve this. I am sure there are others that were way more deserving!!!

October 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(20) Rick Usa says:

Obsviusly you all live in the city and dont see the buildings,Obama is and will be one of the best president this country ever had
But any way we live in a free country and everybody opinion will be respected

October 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(21) Deborah Postle says:

The man is a destroyer of a country. he is corrupt as corrupt can be. Give us our precious country back, and our money. Noble Peace Prizes are not given to corrupt criminals!!!!! Let’s stand up and take our White House Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(22) TJ says:

Outrageous as it may seem, at least Obama is not a lunatic; as has been the case with many of the Nobel winners.

October 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm
(23) Victor says:

Sincerely, I think Obama is a great man, but giving him a Nobel Peace Prize is too early. As a person, giving him the prize is too early, because he still has a long way to go in maintaining international peace and diplomacy.

October 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(24) Daph says:

I just read the list of Nobel Peace Prize winners. Some of these folks have done nothig but spread hatred & terror the world over. Yes, Barack Obama hasn’t been on the worldwide scene very long. But what he has done millions thought would never be: became America’s 1st African-American president. I see no reason for elongated, trite discussions about Obama’s receiving the prize. He is alot more deserving of it than most political leaders of today.

October 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(25) Debbie says:

Why do people who love Obama claim that HE gave them hope….are you not able to do that on your own? Allow yourself to change what is wrong in your life! Do NOT rely on anyone, not even Mr. Obama or even Mr. Bush to change what goes on in your life. Have some self-respect and maybe your children will learn from you.

October 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(26) John Fitzgerald says:

Most simply don’t know what the Nobel Peace Prize is given for nor do they bother to find out.

If we have to wait for an accomplishment of peace to be fully realized, we’ll all be long dead and gone. They are, after all, still lynching folks in Alabama. There goes Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts.

In the words of Alfred Nobel, the prize is given “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, … and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

One popular web source explains, “Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, … the Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace.”

Obama won “for the holding and promotion of peace …” And in a world of pessimism, it is often harder to stand up for what is right than what is happening.

Obama was recognized for his “audacity of hope”. He received the award for a “Nobel” effort.

October 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(27) John Fitzgerald says:

The shear volume of moronic comments here is simply overwhelming. I wish people would stop and ask themselves the simple question, “how do I know this is true? Can I substantiate my statements?”

> I’m quite sure I have relatives in Ireland. Half the phone book is “FitzPatrick”, the other half “FitzGerald”. By your reasoning, this makes me personally responsible for half of the people in Ireland.

> How does this person substantiate “Triple the debt?” The total debt was $10 Trillion before Obama took office. $1 Trillion was added in last six months of the Bush administration.

Regardless it is the Congress that authorizes spending money. It is, after all, called the Congressional Budget Office.

> Go read Alfred Nobel’s will and rules for the prize. It is awarded for persons in the process of resolving a process and creating peace.

> No taxes have been added. The facts are that it is also Congress that exacts tax code. Even so, no additional taxes have been added. And, taxes have never been lower since 1945 with the difference between the top and bottom tax brackets lowest since 1913. Even more so, the fact is that taxes are simply too low. And I can substantiate that statement.

Your failure to understand economics is only exceeded by your inability to stay in touch with reality.

> The fact remains that the conflict is between Israel and Palestine. It’s a feud. Sadly, the Israeli government is stuck trying to deal with a populous that won’t respect the boundaries that have been agreed upon. Sadly, the Palestinians are guilty of the same. Sadly, both sides are guilty of ignoring current law and claiming rights based on events that happened decades and centuries before they were even born.

> Substantiate your belief that we are a 3rd world country. That one is so far out of touch with reality that there is nothing to say.

> Dynamite has never been used as a weapon by the military. Not one of Alfred Nobel’s inventions were ever used as a weapon. It has been used to mine for numerous metals.

Nitroglycerin was synthesized by chemist Ascanio Sobrero in 1847. Nitroglycerin, which Nobel didn’t event, was made safer to handle by Nobel’s invention of dynamite.

> Nor are there any facts to substantiate an accusation of “corrupt”. Again, out of touch. Dude, take your medications already.

> While it is certainly the fundamental responsibility of the individual to strive for personal hope, the economy and the world is intimately connected in a million different ways. No man is an island. Each of us relies on others every day. We rely on, at the least, the police and fire services, ambulance drivers, the grocer, that guy that reads the water meter, and on and on. Think man, think. Unless you live in a shack in the woods deep in the Montana wilderness, you rely on the actions of hundreds of people every day. And it is the hope that we might better rely on the actions of others that gives us hope above and beyond our own personal efforts. Society was never built on the random selfish acts of individuals but on the cooperation by many that achieves more than any one can achieve alone.

It’s a shame that all the efforts made in our public education system is of little consequence. But then, half of the population has a below average IQ.

October 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(28) John Fitzgerald says:

The shear volume of moronic comments here is simply overwhealming.

> I’m quite sure I have relatives in Ireland. Half the phonebook is “FitzPatrick”, the other half “FitzGerald”. By your reasoning, this makes me personally responsible for half of the people in Ireland.

> How does this person substantiate the “destroying of America”? “Triple the debt?” The total debt was $10 Trillion before Obama took office. $1 Trillion in his last six months of the Bush administration. Keep in mind it is the congress that authorizes spending money. It is, after all, called the Congressional Budget Office. The facts are that it is Congress that authorizes taxes. Even so, no additional taxes have been added. And, taxes have never been lower since 1945 with the difference between the top and bottom tax brackets lowest since 1913. Even more so, the fact is that taxes are simply too low.

> Go read Alfred Nobel’s will and rules for the prize. It is awarded for persons in the process of resolving a process and creating peace.

> No taxes have been added. I certainly hope they are though as taxes are far to low with the top tax bracket the lowest it has ever been since 1913.

> The fact remains that the conflict is between Israel and Palestine. Saddly, the Israeli government is stuck trying to deal with a populus that won’t respect the boundaries that have been agreed upon. Saddly, the Palestinians are guilty of the same. Saddly, both sides are guilty of ignoring current history and claiming rights based on events that happened centuries before they were even born.

> Substantiate your belief that we are a 3rd world country.

> Dynamite has never been used as a weapon by the military. Indeed, not one of Alfred Nobel’s inventions were ever used as a weapon. It has been used to mine for numerous metals.

> Nor are there any facts to substantiate an accusation of “corrupt”.

> While it is certainly the fundamental responsibility of the individual to strive for personal hope, the economy and the world is intimately connected in a million different ways. No man is an island. Each of us relies on other’s every day. We rely on, at the least, the police and fire services, ambulance drivers, the grocer, that guy that reads the water meter, and on and on. Think man, think. Unless you live in a shack in the woods deep in the Montana wilderness, you rely on the actions of hundreds of people every day.

It’s a shame that all the efforts made in our public education system is of little consequence. But then, half of the population has a below average IQ.

October 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(29) Ron says:

Selling at 1.4 million I think is very cheep.

October 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(30) antonymic says:

What has he done?
He has got worldwide attention and popularity but he seems to be very concerned only about America.
He was telling that he would shut down Guantanamo Bay but he turned his back on it.
He was not able to stop the mass killing in Srilanka.
He has done nothing yet and the word peace comes nowhere in his life.
Nobel Peace Prize? Even Mahathma Gandhi was not awarded.
Nobel Peace Prize for Obama makes the nobility of Nobel Prize questionable.
I am asking..
What has he done?

October 10, 2009 at 12:24 am
(31) Kalaiselvan.S says:

Yes,Barack Obama has fully deserved for Nobel prize for opening a new era in US policies especially in Nuclear non proliferation.He is more committed than even more but at the same time his past acievements can’t be forgotten.He served as a civil rights attorney in America.Hence I acknowledge he is fully deserved for the Nobel peace prize.
-Kalaiselvan.S

October 10, 2009 at 1:16 am
(32) Greg says:

B.S.

October 10, 2009 at 1:30 am
(33) Lori says:

I think that other Nations perceive our President of the U.S.A. to be a peace keeper is awsome! He can’t change things over night. My president’s intentions have been heard. If people in the US would educate them selves more in regards to politics they would recognize, President Obama did not create the mess we’re in now. Other nations see this also. Americans wake up!

October 10, 2009 at 2:27 am
(34) olutola okunowo says:

Obama doesn’t deserve this Award just yet, i’m sure he will still get it… at the right time when he will be appreciated, and unquestioned.

October 10, 2009 at 3:07 am
(35) Rajamanickam Tamilan says:

We TAMILS expected a lot from Obama when india killed thousands of TAMILS in TAMIL EELAM. Still we are helpless and HOPE Obama will come to our rescue

October 10, 2009 at 10:33 am
(36) Brigitta Deistler says:

Yes, he has. Suddenly the world climate has changed. Although the same problems doesn’t cease to exist, there is hope that this “most powerful man in the world” is focusing on peaceful solutions. Perhaps a US citizen can’t realize what enormous nightmare the Bush era had been for the rest of the world, and Obama has changed this almost single-handed. So everyone, even Americans, should be cheerful about this Nobel.

October 10, 2009 at 11:58 am
(37) hashim says:

What has he done for the world?
Continuing war in iraq and afghanistan?,or continuing the torturing in guantanamo bay?
and many many things…
What has he done?
I think he likes to make some changes.But someone is pulling him from back(?).He and his chair is under someone’s control(?).

October 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(38) m says:

Truly this award means nothing at this point.

October 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm
(39) Jason S. says:

I think it’s great that he won it, I think he deserves it but he needs to continue to prove that he does deserve in in the next 3 years he has in office. He has stated that the 1.4 Million will be going to charity, I hope it’s a charity that benefits the American people, considering many Americans are still suffering. Even though the economy is slowly recovering unemployment is the slowest to go up.

October 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(40) Dusty says:

I’m with the B.S. person. I’ll 2nd that. Obama’s got to be one of the scariest individuals I’ve ever read about. He’s done absolutely NOTHING for this country except insult it. I pray he’s voted out come next election.

October 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(41) Bery E. says:

Let us try to put this in a business context. Imagine a large corporation hires a new CEO to bail out the company that is performing poorly. The CEO then calls a meeting with it’s major competitors and explains that the company had behaved badly and apologized for being too agressive in it’s pursuit of protecting the company’s policies and strategies, to the detriment of the competitors. The CEO goes on the say that it would be in the best interest of the marketplace if the participants played more fairly and that the company would reduce their position of dominance because it would be for the overall good. FInally the CEO would explain a plan that he has no authority or ability to execute because the companies many stakeholders will clearly object and block the plan.

This CEO would be handily fired, not awarded. Even if the plan was plausible and even if in the delivery of the message the CEO had not derided the company’s past, clearly there would be no reward for a plan that had not been executed.

There is no plan. There are no results. This is like Nobel Prize welfare. We know you are trying to work and be a contributing member of the world so here you go. Will 1.4 million tie you over?

October 10, 2009 at 1:46 pm
(42) Larry says:

In a very short time–from the start of his presidential campaign until now–Obama has held up a vision of a better world and has inspired people everywhere to hope for, believe in, and work toward that vision. He deserves credit and accolades for that accomplishment, but I agree that awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 is premature. Not because he hasn’t accomplished all that he has told us is possible, but because he hasn’t had time to demonstrate his ability to transform his vision into sound policy and lasting achievement.

While it’s true that the Nobel Peace Prize is sometimes given to acknowledge laudable efforts and works in progress, it should not be awarded for good intentions.

I believe we’ll see great things from Obama–we’re starting to see indications of that already–but this prize would have had more meaning if the Nobel Committee had waited until Obama had really shown us what he can do.

October 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(43) Earl says:

Bush and his group thugs sunk our world reputation into the sewer for eight years,but now lest eight months President Obama has most of the world liking us again.You don’t see US flags being burnt when he visit our allies,unlike when the previous war criminals that had control of the of White House.

October 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(44) urip says:

wonderful global politics!

October 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(45) VERNON BALMER JR. says:

Is Barack Obama on a fast track to sainthood?http://equalty.blogspot.com

October 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm
(46) DC says:

I think it is sad that even when our president and head of state receives an award such as the Nobel Peace Prize, many look to find reasons why he should not have received it but IT’S ALREADY DONE! I’m proud of my president, no matter what the circumstances were for a global committee to bestow this honor upon him. He is the global representation of the USA and is doing a great job thus far! Let us support our president.

October 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(47) Judith Moore says:

Too soon, perhaps, however Obama has the right ideas to change things for the good of our country. He is not getting very much help from all the high and mighty in government only criticism it seems. Give this wonderful man a chance to do his work. He has impressed me so much. The honor is deserved.

October 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(48) billthered says:

Obama’s foreign policy so far reminds me of Neville Chamberlain, who also thought he could get along with dictators through the force of his personality…. Just for jollies, I checked who won the nobel prize in 1939.

Are you ready for this? Neville Chamberlain was nominated for his work with the Munich accords (which gave away the national security and 20% of the land mass of czechoslovakia).

Another entry was… Adolph Hitler… for no specified reason. Perhaps they thought if they gave him an award he would quit devouring small countries.

In any event, no award was given…. something must have happened…

October 11, 2009 at 9:56 am
(49) Cherie says:

He’s the biggest mistake to our people and Country.

October 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(50) Laura Peterson says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLEcCvo-x3E

Why did President Obama win the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?

This is the question circulating all over the Internet.

First, let’s take a look at just a few of President Obama’s broken campaign promises:

Are we out of Iraq? No.

Did he close Guantanomo Bay? No.

Did he improve the US relationship with Afghanistan? No.

Did he end income tax for seniors making less than $50,000 per year? No.

Did he allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts? No.

Has he recognized Armenian genocide? No.

There is much debate among political pundits about why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Probably the most popular reason is that he is not President George Bush.

I have some inside information from the Nobel Peace Prize committee. The real reason President Obama won is because of the other Nobel Peace Prize contenders:

1. Windows Vista

2. Dr. Nikolas Chugay inventor of a new weightloss technique – a tongue patch that makes eating painful. The Chugay Tongue Patch is a postage-stamp-size piece of mesh that is surgically attached to your tongue to make eating painful. The patch remains in your mouth for a month, a daily reminder not to eat. During that time all nourishment comes from a liquid diet. Implanted in only 10 patients, Chugay reports that these patients have lost between 15-30 pounds in one month.

3. Governor Mark Sanford

I would have to agree with the Nobel Peace Prize committee that President Obama was the best choice to receive tne 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

October 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(51) beechiegirl1953 says:

When I first heard it, I thought it was a spoof. What is WRONG with the Nobel committee??? No one even really KNOWS anything about this man. While campaigning on the most “transparent” government ever, he won’t even release his real birth certificate. HIDING something, Mr. Obama??? Sen. McCain produced his during the Primary. The current OBAMAMANIA has grown out of a world weary of war and dissention; hungry for change, but not THIS kind of change. He has greatly INCREASED the divide between Conservatives and Liberals in our country. THEY certainly aren’t making PEACE! It’s an ‘us against them’ mentality. Bush started it and Obama is escalating it! The Independent Party in the US of A is growing!!!

October 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(52) Roosevelt says:

You have got to be kidding right! Had this award been given to Bush there would not be the slightest of objections. The problem here is quite simple: there is a constituency of “Americans” that still have a problem with a Black Man in charge of America. There are those that will argue this point but in the months following his election one can see the real bigots in America rear their racists heads. Yes I am bold enough to call you bastards out. This man has been elected for less than 10 months and there is a question of how effective he is. Bush took his time f___ing up this system, which spread worldwide by the way, and you want this man to solve 6 years of s___t in a few months. We KNOW what the real deal is here. There are individuals on both sides to chickenshit to stand up and be “proud” of their bigotry. We elect a well educated, Harvard lawyer, versed in policy regarding his job and well spoken and we cannot accept the fact that he is the Commander in Chief. Equal my ass! Only 400 million of the 700 million of the stimulus has been issued and now the conversation is about whether we should think about another one. This amount is slowly bringing us out of the recession and all these bastards want to do is criticize his actions at every turn. An American won the Nobel Peace Prize, be proud of that! If you are not I think that is inhumanely un-American. P.S. If you don’t like the fact that a Black Man is in charge, CEO of the US, move your bigoted ass somewhere else in world.

October 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(53) Ricardo says:

has Obama or anyone gone to YouTube and searched for TELMEXUVISION ? Have you ? If you;re black or latino or white, you have lots to ponder after watching… Vaya con Dios.

October 12, 2009 at 4:03 am
(54) Dan Turner says:

If Bunce got a Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his eleven months of work of virtually ceaseless negotiation obtaining signatures on armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab States, Barack Obama may as well have one. He can’t be any less successful.

(From June of 1947 to August of 1949, Bunche worked on the most important assignment of his career – the confrontation between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. He was first appointed as assistant to the UN Special Committee on Palestine, then as principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission, which was charged with carrying out the partition approved by the UN General Assembly. In early 1948 when this plan was dropped and fighting between Arabs and Israelis became especially severe, the UN appointed Count Folke Bernadotte as mediator and Ralph Bunche as his chief aide. Four months later, on September 17, 1948, Count Bernadotte was assassinated, and Bunche was named acting UN mediator on Palestine. After eleven months of virtually ceaseless negotiating, Bunche obtained signatures on armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab States.)

Bunche returned home to a hero’s welcome. New York gave him a «ticker tape» parade up Broadway; Los Angeles declared a «Ralph Bunche Day ». He was besieged with requests to lecture, was awarded the Spingarn Prize by the NAACP in 1949, was given over thirty honorary degrees in the next three years, and the Nobel Peace Prize for 1950.

October 12, 2009 at 8:52 am
(55) John J says:

Putting a scoolboy in the Whitehouse demeans the office. Awarding the same inexperiencd schoolboy a Noble prize devalues same.

October 12, 2009 at 9:01 am
(56) Pierre says:

John J, you’re confusing George W. Bush with Barack Obama. We’ve moved on.

October 12, 2009 at 10:55 am
(57) meyou says:

Everyone I think seems to forget that Obama hasnt even completed a year of his FOUR year term…can people just give the man a chance to fulfill his promises. Just like some spoiled Americans, wanting things to change over night!! The world doesnt work that way; I know some of you would like for it to but it simply doesnt. Obama still has a little over three years to get things done, and some of you are also forgetting that some of the things he promised was dependent upon a second term in office. So, just take a breath and let the man do his thing.

October 12, 2009 at 11:41 am
(58) WB says:

I’ve seen pundits from Freakonomics and Planet Money both saying the same thing I thought when I saw the headline …. that it must have been from The Onion. Way too much way too soon for no apparent reason. It’s laughable. But it also is unfair to Obama. It throws his minuscule foreign policy advances under a microscope rather than the domestic agenda items he has actually been working on. His top 10 priorities were all domestic. Now he’s given a prize for things he hasn’t even put any energy into? Of course, it is worrisome that with Iran developing the bomb the US hasn’t been putting any energy into that. Just being charming and “not Bush” isn’t diplomacy or world leadership.

October 12, 2009 at 11:56 am
(59) Paul says:

Will he ever do anything? The answer may be in his past. He voted ‘present’ 130 times in the Illinois senate, neatly sidestepping any issues that he he either didn’t know anything about what he was voting on or, worse, did not want to create a history of his votes as he thought he might move on to bigger things. Of course when he had the chance to vote to kill babies he was all for that.

October 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm
(60) David W. Conolly Jr says:

Whether you think Obama deserves the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE or not, an American who truly understands what is at stake would be proud and relieved at the same time. It is a sign that the world is ready to calm down follow behind America again!!!

You need to show that same patriotic uniformity the whiners showed backing Pres. Bush, when they sent me and my brothers and sisters in arms over seas. Afghanistan attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11th. NOT IRAQ!!! We still backed BUSH and re-elected him with the campaign of “STAY THE COURSE”.

Obama hasn’t got money invested in Oil, with ties to the Large War Profiting contractors in the Middle East!!! We see and elect folks that do, and you seen what happens. As sad as it is to say, I think a lot of people would would be willing to risk America’s future, and everything they enjoy taking for granted in America, just because they have personal issues against Obama. They know it is petty, so they disguise it by nitpicking and getting mellow dramatic about his policies.

You know the man doesn’t have a hidden agenda, other then doing a good job for the history books. Why treat him with so much distrust and scrutiny. We trusted Bush, because he had sensitive information about other countries. We didn’t even question when he declared a country had Weapons of Mass Destruction going to be used by another country. Not the one who attacked us, on Sept 11th, either. We took him at his word. We went in and sacked a country that has oil oozing out the ground. Its literally floating on a sea of oil. Don’t forget BUSH’s family makes money on oil. So we make sure that sea of oil doesn’t get put on the market, driving oil prices to the ground costing the BUSH’s a lot of money.

WE DIDN’T EVEN QUESTION IT!!!!

A few comments here and there, but thats it!!!

I think Obama’s opposition is a reaction of fear that he will do a good job, because you will see more folks like him running for office and getting elected.

He deserves the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE just for validating the U.S. Constitution that sacred American document that begins with the words, “WE THE PEOPLE”. Its no longer a politically correct document! It applies to all Americans.

October 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(61) John Q. Public says:

Next, Obama gets the Crown Jewels of England because he is Black. The world’s priorities and choices are extremely scary: Go Ahead, Give the Nobel Prize to a Muslim who does not have America’s best interests at heart and has already made speeches to that effect. So what’s your cover-up with that when the man, himself, say’s it. You are all a bunch of Liberals who love to lick the Black Card!.

October 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm
(62) Alesia says:

For John Q you are a ass !!!!!!!!!! I think that our President is the best choice to receive the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize there is too much hate try loving yourself and others just like JESUS.

October 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(63) Jessica A Bruno says:

He isn’t the right choice for this yr nobel peace prize in that category because I would prefer the committee waited sometime before awarding it to him.

October 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(64) Tommie says:

Fitzgerald, do you realize that your name calling just makes you a target? You said Obama is not responsible for the spending in the last 10 months. You said, the houses of congress are the ones responsible. You then stated that Bush is responsible for the spending in his last year. That makes a lot of sense. The congress that spent the money under Bush is still in place. The congress of which you are speaking–is in the bag for Obama.

October 13, 2009 at 7:51 am
(65) hazem says:

when this prize gave to normal person like me ,i do not worth it even i am talking about peace 24 hrs a day.but here we are talking about the head of the world whose even his good willings worth more and more prizes

October 13, 2009 at 10:30 am
(66) Missouri Mom says:

As I have read many of the comments on this issue, I began to realize a few things. First, why does every person who favors Pres. Obama think that anyone who disagrees with them on anything about the Pres. is a republican hate monger? When you and your spouse, friend or relative disagree do you automatically think they hate you? I agree that there is some fanatics on both sides of the polital parties, but just because you disagree does not mean that you hate that other person. It’s called FREE SPEACH and it doesn’t mean you have to like it, just listen to the other persons views as you would hope they would do for your opinion. FREE SPEACH is what makes the USA GREAT! It is why so many, many years ago, that thousands of immigrants came to the USA. FREEDOM = free speach, free will, free from the bondage of government controlled will. When they penned the constitution it was to protect our free will, so that future governments could not overstep their boundries.
And here is my next point, Considering that most of the Nobel prize winners are a little on the, well let’s just say fanatical side, don’t any of you think it a little strange that they like Obama so much? So well in fact that they gave it to him just for merely declaring that hope is his aggenda for the world. If a person is going to get the Nobel prize for speaking hope and peace then I think Jesus should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize instead. Jesus came, died and gave hope to the world in a far greater way than Obama could ever hope to do.

October 13, 2009 at 11:32 am
(67) Missouri Mom says:

I would also like to address this poster:
(“Alesia says:
For John Q you are a ass !!!!!!!!!! I think that our President is the best choice to receive the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize there is too much hate try loving yourself and others just like JESUS”)

Alesia, I know this is a little off the subject at hand but since you brought up the subject of Jesus here is a quick Bible lesson.
During Jesus’ walk here on Earth he evolked all kinds of feelings from people including hate, hence his death! And Jesus himself said and I quote ” (King James version)Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
Jesus not only brought hope and peace but every word that proceeded out of his mouth causes every man and woman to look at the evil in their hearts and realize their need for Him. His Word can cause all sorts of feelings.

Some folks here I’m sure are disagreeing with me right now and that’s ok. And No I am not a religious fanatic. I just believe what the Bible says and I take every word that God says to heart. Including the right to a free will which means I can speak freely and not be condemmed for doing so and so long I treat others respectfully. God gave us all a free will to make our own choices for our life. I just choose to use the Bible as my guidance. Lord knows we are not perfect and we all make mistakes, and I believe we all need to be respectful of others regardless of our difference of opinions.

December 28, 2009 at 4:09 am
(68) Tony Ares-Blackmore says:

He is a puppet president.

January 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(69) ava says:

i luv obama

August 9, 2010 at 3:35 am
(70) Vijayganesh (Tamilian) says:

Hi Obama,

This is vijay from Tamilnadu. My request is save the world tamil community from india and please get the seperate Tamil EELAM country for world tamil community and we are all hoping u to get the independence for us.thanks.

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