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Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Deserved or Premature?

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Deserved or Premature?

This morning, a humbled President Obama said he did not expect to wake up to the news that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Maintaining that he did not feel that he deserved to be in the company of the transformative figures previously honored by the prize, Obama said he would accept it as "a call to action, a call for nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century."

The Nobel committee cited Obama's rare ability to have "captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future." The committee also strongly criticized Obama's predecessor, revealing that the award may have been a rebuke of President Bush.

But some aren't so convinced that Obama was deserving. RNC Chairman Michael Steele offered his opinion: "It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."

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wassy988 wassy988 7 years
I have to disagree. I am on a college campus and we had a presentation by a professor from China and he did an entire election of how celebrated the victory of Obama was. Trust me, the world celebrated. From France to China to remote regions of Africa. And anything is better than Bush, and that is not just my opinion. While in Italy, a German tourist told me that he loved Americans but hated our government. So logic and psychology states that it is human nature to love the antithesis of what you hate. Obama is a fresh breath of air to the world. Research it. Sure there are people who disagree with him and are sad to see him in office, but the vast majority are excited by his presidency.
mermei mermei 7 years
"His election was celebrated around the world, and proved that Americans are smarter than we look, and we can elect greatness against adversity." ...or maybe that we're suckers for flash over substance. Too soon to tell. All this "the world loves Obama" and "he's uniting the world" talk strikes me as painfully Eurocentric, though. Pull back from there and the picture is far more mixed.
wassy988 wassy988 7 years
I understand the argument that he hasn't done anything yet. However, they are not awarding him the peace prize for being president and doing presidential things. He is being awarded the peace prize for his international efforts in uniting the world. His mere presence as an opponent to everything that George Bush did to divide the world is what he is being praised for. He has made the efforts through visits and talks to re-unite the world after years of complete schism. This award is not because of his efforts in America but rather because he was such an influential part of the world culture based on his election. His election was celebrated around the world, and proved that Americans are smarter than we look, and we can elect greatness against adversity. That is what he is being awarded, and he deserves it.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
I like Obama, and I voted for him. That being said, I was surprised as heck when I found out that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. I others have said, the nominations were due barely two WEEKS after he was sworn in! In the future, yes, I think he would have done enough to be more deserving, but right now, I think it's pretty premature.
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 7 years
Plus, Obama has been in the game longer than just 2008/2009. He's done alot in his community over the last decade Maybe they are taking that into consideration. I just don't know why everyone has so many negative and bad things to say about this man. Why don't we get started on the Bush character. He has given us plenty of reason as to why we should speak negatively of him!
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 7 years
Haters are going to hate. So what if he does or doesn't deserve it. Can we be happy for the man??? Good grief!
ECULeah ECULeah 7 years
It sucks that our last president damaged America's relations with the world so much that when the current president just does his job he gets a prize!
mermei mermei 7 years
Even next year, they could legitimately be counting his appeals to the UN on denuclearization... but this year, all that happened after the nomination deadline! It's so premature, it makes a mockery of the process. I wish he would turn it down.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
I voted for him, but this is premature, no question. If I was him, I would be embarrassed. Having an idea does not make you is accomplishment that should be rewarded.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Beyond premature. I'm in the middle when it comes to politics but all the praise this man is getting for doing nothing so far is appalling. Yes the president before him was terrible but that doesn't mean that he's great. So far in office he has done nothing to deserve the widespread praise he receives.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 7 years
Absolutely, definitely, without a doubt 100% premature. Awarding the prize to him at this point in time has turned the whole thing into a joke.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
Definitely premature.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
He should have declined it
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
I personally think Obama is most likely UNhappy with this award. Talk about pressure. So far he has been promising, promising, promising... where is the action? Especially Nobel Prize worthy action?
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Absolutely undeserved. I believe he got this award solely for being something new and different, and that since the United States has a bi-racial president the world will be changed. Honestly, I think that notion is absurd to begin with. Our country will remain the same so long as the people in the country remain the same. He may have inspired people who are bi-racial or black to go out and seek presidency and be proud of who they are -- but he has done nothing worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. I truly do like Obama, and in a few years time if he does some fantastic things, then he may be deserving. For now, I think people got way too excited and way ahead of themselves.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I heard this on the radio this morning and I thought wtf? I like Obama and everything, but really, if there wasn't someone else more deserving of this, the world is in trouble.
starlotus713 starlotus713 7 years
I love Obama - I voted for him and think that he's doing an admirable job despite many challenges. If he truly relied only on his "star power" he'd have accomplished a lot more by now, but he's going slow and steady and hopefully that will get things done by consensus, not might or force. But I am also baffled by this Nobel thing. It's awesome that he's been one of the clearest voices finally speaking up for change in the world, but there has been little work done yet! I am just hoping this ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy - he's got the prize now he has to work extra hard to prove it wasn't awarded in error.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I'm not sure what he's done yet to deserve this, but I think it speaks volumes that the committee thinks he does. For the past 8 years, we were despised by the rest of the world. I'm relieved that we finally have a president that other nations respect and admire. Maybe action hasn't happened just yet, but getting along with other countries will make actions much easier. Premature? Yes. But I have more pride in my country now than I did with any previous president.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Anon 13: No, it's not deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. By this logic then the United States as a whole country should be awarded the prize since it was the people who voted him into office. He didn't do anything to make himself black, he didn't choose his race, he didn't work towards being a black man to promote peace in the world.
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