Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize!

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Kelly - posted on 10/11/2009

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Personally, I think this award has become just another Emmy, Oscar, etc. A worthless thing based on a popularity contest. I am not saying that Obama is not capable of great things. I agree with the majority of posters that this award was completely premature. The cutoff for nomination was Feb. 6th, so he was nominated for the award 11 days after taking office. So what exactly was he up for? His campaign promises? The fact that he was awarded the NPP so early cheapens it. I think even Obama himself is probably wondering what the heck he got it for. It really doesn't affect my feelings for him or his administration one way or the other, I think it just solidifies the fact that the NPP doesn't really stand for anything anymore.

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I have mixed feeling about it - and I am certainly a strong supporter of Obama. But when my husband mentioned it to me this morning when he read the news, I thought he was joking. From what I've read so far from the Nobel committee, it almost sounds like they wanted to give him the award for not being G.W. Bush - an opportunity for one final insult to Bush. I think that really belittles what the award is about. And really, I think Obama has the potential to do great things in office. But the timing of this award seems to be playing more on partisan politics than anything Obama has actually done. I do think its great for America, though - I hope getting the Nobel will help some of the international efforts his administration is involved in. But I think it will have a negative impact on domestic politics. This is just more fodder for those who already dislike him, and whether he deserve the criticism or not (it's not like he put his own name in for consideration), he's sure to get a lot of it right now.

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Jeannette - posted on 10/11/2009

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I will add: having 3 teenagers, I could "brainwash" them when they were little, but they are a little too smart for that now. My kids surprise me with what they are actually thinking about, and the stance they've chosen for each issue. I cannot tell them they are wrong because they think differently than I do, but I am always curious if they see the other side of a point....they do, but they don't change their own opinion. I have asked my oldest, if you had to compromise your far left stance, and another had to compromise their far right stance, how would you both do it? Sometimes she says she doesnt know, but other times, she plays the game, and we start putting forth ideas...that is progress. (I have to play the far right stance - abolish abortion, no legalization of marijuana ever, illegal prostitution, all capitalist society...it gets interesting)

Jeannette - posted on 10/11/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

I am an Obama supporter, but I do believe the nominating committee got this one wrong. I am happy for our President and the temporary spotlight on America. But I think the committee most likely got caught up in the media frenzy of Obama's campaign. Like others mentioned, awarding Obama with the NPP is too premature. 5 years down the road, might have been a better timeframe to capture the actual "peace making" process IF peace was actually made! Again, I don't feel that Obama was the best candidate and the committee should have considered others. But, Obama won-time to move forward. I am just so sick of anti-Obama "Americans" chronically bashing the president. Get over it, or move out of the country. I'm sick of the cry of Freedom of Speech and I can say anything I want. Yes, you can and we are lucky to live in a country that you can speak negatively against our leaders. But, the impact on younger generations are filled with hate and the belief that it is A-OK to blatently disrepect the President.


I don't know what you mean by blatant disrespect, so I cannot agrue or defend that point.  I will say, I think it is just as okay for kids to say I don't like Obama as it is for kids to say I love Obama.
I will bet neither knows why they think this other than they were taught this.



I don't think it is okay though, to call our President names (such as Hitler, or any derogatory name) but I have to admit, it would also make my skin crawl if I heard children uttering idolizing names (such as The One, and anything that equates with near worship).  It would be nice if the kids could be left out of it entirely, however, we want them to be the next leaders who know what is actually giong on and what has transpired in our nation, so we kinda have to include them. 



I don't care who wins the NPP ever, so this is a non issue for me really.

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I am an Obama supporter, but I do believe the nominating committee got this one wrong. I am happy for our President and the temporary spotlight on America. But I think the committee most likely got caught up in the media frenzy of Obama's campaign. Like others mentioned, awarding Obama with the NPP is too premature. 5 years down the road, might have been a better timeframe to capture the actual "peace making" process IF peace was actually made! Again, I don't feel that Obama was the best candidate and the committee should have considered others. But, Obama won-time to move forward. I am just so sick of anti-Obama "Americans" chronically bashing the president. Get over it, or move out of the country. I'm sick of the cry of Freedom of Speech and I can say anything I want. Yes, you can and we are lucky to live in a country that you can speak negatively against our leaders. But, the impact on younger generations are filled with hate and the belief that it is A-OK to blatently disrepect the President.

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Quoting Christa:

No I'm not a cancer researcher, :-) I do understand what his intentions are, I was just illustrating that intentions SHOULD not be rewarded like this. Many mistakes have come out of good intentions. What if Iran nukes us? He probably won't deserve it then since his intentions resulted in a terrible event. I'm not saying I think that will happen, only that the future is unknown and it makes the people who vote on this award look ridiculous. If they had awarded him this award 4-8 years from now, I still may not have agreed with it, but at least they'd have reasons to back it up. Like Al Gore, I don't think he deserved one either, but he has more of a track record then Obama does.



Like I said, I think they awarded it too early.



But for the sake of some debating...



You mention that if Iran nukes us after Obama's peace efforts that it will make the committee look dumb. Why? Obama has no control over Iran's (or anyone else's aside from his own) actions. He is doing his best to achieve his idea of a better world-one without nuclear weapons. If others disagree or refuse to cooperate with his efforts, he can hardly be held accountable for their actions.



I see more of a problem with his administration's attempts to add more troops to the war than with the fact that nothing has come of his peace talks yet.

Tawny - posted on 10/10/2009

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So did they get the NPP right away NO they got it down the road after awhile. First of all I can not link Obama right now along with Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King... Im sorry but I can not see what he has done to deserve this award.. Now if a year from now there is a more signicant difference then YES he deserves it ... But there hasn't been much of a difference... Im sorry but he needs to prove alittle bit more than whats been done.. Yes Im not saying that Obama isn't doing the things that the NPP awarded him... but to me it is a little bit premature to award him with this prize. I am not being prejudice in the least I hope that everything he is doing works out and then he can be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Isobel - posted on 10/10/2009

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Mother Theresa didn't succeed in curing all the sick people of the world. Martin Luther King did not end racism...this prize is about the EFFORT...the attempt...to make the world a better place.

Tawny - posted on 10/09/2009

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Okay I don't mean to come across as a witch with a B ;) but I dont understand that if Obama received the NPP for making peace with other countries..... so who is to say the countries that have made peace start a war with each other. I don't wish this but they are jumping the gun. I think that they should have waited it hasn't even been a year since Obamas been in office. So if everything stays the same with what he has done. Then okay give him the NPP. Then I can say Congrats to the President. But I have to kind of laugh at this. He needs to show a little bit more and then maybe he deserves it..

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Quoting Christa:

I think it's ridiculous, since when do you get a NPP for what you WANT to do. I want to cure cancer, where's my NPP?? Let's give him some time and 4-8 years from now if they feel he deserves it ok then, but now it's just ridiculous.



This difference would be this-are you a cancer researcher, or have you made large strides toward a cure for cancer? I'm genuinely asking because I don't know. We can say we *want* to do something until we're purple, and if we do nothing to try and change things then what we say does not matter. Obama is actively participating in trying to restore peace and repair damaged relationships with a lot of countries. As I said in my previous post, I think it's premature-but I do understand what the committee said about choosing him as the winner.

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Quoting Lindsay:

Yo, Barack, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Mother Theresa was the best peacemaker of all time!



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Ok-so my take is that if Al Gore can win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at making society more environmentally conscious, Obama can certainly win it for his efforts to make peace with other countires. That said, I think the timing is off, and he should've been given more time in office. With the way the nominations work, he would've had to have been nominated 2 weeks after he took office-hardly time enough to see if he was actually going to *do*  anything rather than just make campaign promises.



I think Obama is a wonderful example of what you can do with the right determination, attitude, and the right breaks in life.  I think he's trying to make a messy situation better and getting a lot of crap flung his way because of his ideas of how to make things better. But I wish they'd waited longer to give him the award, because if he does live up to his talks about wanting peace and stays on the path he has been so far then it would've been even more worth giving him the prize in a year or two, and if he doesn't then they've cheapened the award by giving it to him too soon, before they found out if he's all talk.

Isobel - posted on 10/09/2009

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well...I understand the argument that he hasn't actually accomplished his goals yet, nor has Al Gore, nor has last year's winner (the guy who started the Indian banking system), I think that the award has been, recently, to acknowledge people who try to fix the planet, by bringing world issues to the forefront and offer real solutions.
I say to Obama...Congratulations, the world sees what you are doing even if so many in your own country don't.

Lindsay - posted on 10/09/2009

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Yo, Barack, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Mother Theresa was the best peacemaker of all time!

Esther - posted on 10/09/2009

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I think his response was pitch-perfect: "I will accept this as a call to action".

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